LBC: The Most Versatile Lolita Item I Own

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The most versatile lolita item I own would definitely be a blouse! Blouses can be worn under JSKS or with skirts, and blouses can also be used for ouji coordinates. I am not sure which blouse I have is the most versatile one, but after some minutes of thinking, I decided that my most versatile blouse is my black Fanplusfriend short-sleeved blouse.

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I believe that this blouse is the most versatile item I own because it can be used for a variety of different substyles: sweet lolita, classic lolita, gothic lolita, and even casual lolita. It has a simple design and the color is solid black (no other colors work their way into this blouse). The simplicity of this blouse makes it easy to match with different styles, as long as the color black works for the coordinate. Black is an easy color to match too! If the blouse was blue or red, for example, it would be harder to mix and match. In addition, the short sleevesย make the blouse ideal for summer heat, and it can be layered with a bolero or cardigan for the autumn or spring, plus with a jacket or coat (plus a scarf and gloves) for winter!

Here are some previous coordinates using this blouse:

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943713_10100278562780239_608462281_nMy most recent coordinate with this blouse was for the Baby the Stars Shine Bright Grand Opening in New York City. It was a really hot summer day, and I did not want to deal with the high-collar design of this blouse, so I unbuttoned the top buttons. As you can see below, the blouse still looks decent even though I didn’t button it all the way to the top! It worked quite well for the heat.

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Here are some detailed photos of my beloved blouse:

 

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So how about you? What is the most versatile lolita item that you own? And if you are not a lolita, what is the most versatile clothing item that you own?

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Some Casual Coordinates (so far, from 2013)

Warning: Photo-heavy post ahead!

My goal this year was to wear Lolita at least once a week. At the beginning of 2013, I was not doing so well with my goal. But in March, I was able to wear Lolita once every two weeks at least, and in April, I was able to wear Lolita every week, even twice a week at times! ^-^ I hope I can continue to wear Lolita every week, and hopefully I’ll be able to wear it more often as time goes on. (Since I returned home from college though, I was unable to wear Lolita every week. I’ve been busy unpacking, plus I had a convention recently, so I was busy cosplaying. And now I’m busy re-organizing my stuff and cleaning up. But I hope to try wearing Lolita once a month at least, and then work my way back to once a week!)

I’m really happy with the following coordinate, but I threw it together really last-minute to help out a friend with a project for her photography class.

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I am wearing just a headbow, a Fanplusfriend OP, random white knee socks, and white tea parties. I have minimal accessories, very little makeup (just lip gloss and eyeliner), and a casual wig. Unfortunately, I was really tired and slightly grumpy, so I think the bags under my eyes are pretty bad… But besides that, plus the whites not really matching, I think the coordinate is alright. In the future though, I’ll be folding the large parts of the bow back. The second time I wore this headbow, I folded the top parts back and, in my opinion, it looked better that way.

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Above is a photo of what the headbow looks like with the top part of the bow folded to the back. (Photo courtesy of Tasya Ward.)

I’ll post some of my favorite casual coordinates now; feel free to ask questions regarding my coords! I will not be posting full descriptions of every coord.

Here are some of my favorite casual coordinates from this year, so far:

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All offbrand! The blouse was found for $2 from a yard sale, the JSK is from Bodyline, I do not remember where the socks are from (I have had them for a long time), and I believe the shoes are from Marshalls. I love those Mary Jane flats! They’re so comfy and there are built-in arch supports. Oh, and my mom made the belt! โค

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The JSK is from Taobao’s Chess Story. I love this JSK so much! It’s so comfortable and I love the print. I am also wearing my first wig from Gothic Lolita Wigs in this picture! It’s in the color Wine Red, and I have to say, it is my favorite wig. The hair bow was a hand-me-down from my mom; she used to wear bows when she was my age.

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Here is what I wore during a late-night study session. It was cold out at the time, so I wore my warm fuzzy hat! The whole coord was black and white themed, and I was wearing my black winter boots. The boots aren’t exactly loliable, but I think they work fairly well. I definitely needed those boots though… The ground was slippery and it was chilly out. :c

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Here is a casual coord I wore during a particularly spring-y day. I am wearing my favorite color: red. The shoes are darker than my t-shirt’s shade of red, but I still really love those shoes. The coordinate isn’t perfect, but I really enjoyed wearing it.

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Above is what I wore on Valentines’ Day. The rain boots do not match at all… but it was a rainy day. Lots of puddles. Actually, I don’t even have those rain boots anymore because they ripped and became useless. In any case, I like the blouse and the skirt together, but I don’t like the way the headbow is sitting on my head. I think I might try coordinating this again, but with better shoes, tights, and perhaps wear a wig or re-attach the bow so it sits more flat rather than standing straight up.

More recently, I tried coordinating the above skirt again when some of my college friends and I went to watch Iron Man 3 at the cinema.

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In this casual coordinate, I am wearing a button-down summer blouse (off brand, thrifted) with tattoo tights and my favorite mary-janes. I put my hair in a simple half-ponytail, held by a pink-and-white scrunchie.

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Above is another casual coordinate, using the lovely landscape JSK from Lady Sloth. I paired the JSK with a cream-colored t-shirt, cream socks, and dark brown water-resistant ankle boots. (It was another rainy day. Sorry about the lame mirror shot! I wasn’t able to ask anyone to take a photo of me that day but I wanted to record this casual coordinate.)

International Lolita Day is this Saturday, but I am unable to attend any meet-ups. I will still try to dress up in a Lolita coordinate though! It will probably be a casual coordinate… but I will try my best to dress up in Lolita nevertheless. ^-^

I will try to make another post with my favorite over-the-top coordinates soon!