The Most Challenging Substyles, And How To Pull Them Off

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I think the three most challenging lolita substyles are Punk Lolita, Ero Lolita, and Guro Lolita. These three substyles each have their own unique characteristics, but they still fall under the umbrella category of “lolita fashion.”

Punk Lolita

  • What is Punk Lolita? This lolita substyle is heavily influenced by punk fashion. Popular fabric patterns I noticed for Punk Lolita are tartan or plaid, stripes, diamonds, and checkerboards. Some popular motifs are chains, skulls, thorny roses, and card suits (trump). Platform boots and shoes, Hello Lace describes Punk Lolita as “REBELLIOUS WITHIN THE OWN FASHION” and “edgy and cute.”

Cutsew from h.Naoto Frill

Asymmetrical Skirt from Putumayo

  • Good brands to look at? h.Naoto, Black Peace Now, Putumayo
  • Tips for achieving this style: I think a punky cutsew would be super cool in a Punk Lolita coordinate. A blouse would work well too, but I think this is one of the substyles that cutsews and other more casual tops (sweatshirts and cardigans) would work really well for. You can also experiment with legwear: leg warmers, unique printed tights, or mis-matching OTKs could look great with the right Punk Lolita coord! I think that an asymmetrical skirt would look great for Punk Lolita too. (And asymmetry in general is really fun… asymmetrical hems on a cutsew, for example. Or wearing a glove on only one hand.)
  • Great example of a Punk Lolita coord: I love GirlonSunday‘s style, and I found this old Punk Lolita coordinate of hers. I love her use of the pink and black jacket (with zipper details) and her platform creeper shoes. Her sheer tights add a sense of cute rebellious attitude. I love how the coordinate is edgy but also looks comfortable to wear.

Tumblr user Girlonsunday’s punk lolita coordinate is so cute!

Ero Lolita

  • What is Ero Lolita? This lolita substyle is looks more mature and has a sexy feel to it. “Sexy” does not mean completely throwing away the modest cuts of lolita clothing though. Ero Lolita coordinates should still maintain the lolita silhouette. The skirts can be a shorter length, but it should never be a miniskirt. Dresses used for Ero Lolita may also have lower necklines, or they could even be strapless (bustier-style). Most Ero Lolita coordinates I have seen stick to black for the color scheme and have a gothic feel.

Bustle Corset OP from Atelier Pierrot

  • Good brands to look at? Atelier Pierrot, Antique Beast, Moi Meme Moitie
  • Tips for achieving this style: A sexy accessory I would recommend for Ero Lolita is the corset! You could wear an over-bust corset or under-bust corset over your favorite velvet JSK or blouse-and-skirt pairing, and then accessorize with a velvet choker necklace, pretty hair bow, and high heeled shoes. If you don’t have a corset, a waist-cincher or other wide belt style could achieve a similar effect: drawing attention to your waistline, and therefore, your curves.
  • Great example of an Ero Lolita coord: Tamie de Rêve has coordinated some beautiful Ero Lolita outfits. She looks sexy yet elegant, and her coord style is still distinctly lolita.

Tamie’s Ero Lolita coordinate is spot-on!

Above, her skirt is shorter than standard lolita length, but it is still not a miniskirt. The skirt still floofs out in an A-line shape as well, so it’s safe to assume that she is wearing a petticoat. Her coordinate incorporates lace, a lush red wig, and dark dramatic makeup.

Here is another one of Tamie’s amazing coodrinates:

Here, she uses sheer stockings and heels to add to the sexiness of the outfit. She also wears a birdcage skirt, a great choice for Ero Lolita!

Guro Lolita

  • What is Guro Lolita? This lolita substyle focuses on the grotesque. Coordinates for this substyle tend to take on a theme: injury, blood, hospital, monster, broken doll, etc. Many Guro Lolita coordinates have a white dress splattered with blood. Many Guro Lolitas also use accessories like fake bandages, eyepatches, and ripped stuffed animals or broken dolls.
  • Good brands to look at? I can’t think of any brands that cater to Guro Lolita. Maybe h.Naoto or other brands that have ripped and/or distressed clothing styles may work for the creepy Guro aesthetic. But I think you should use your imagination and keep an open mind! Feel free to look at brands like Metamorphose and Alice and the Pirates. But at the same time, keep your eyes open at indie brand/off brand sources: search through thrift stores for loliable items that you wouldn’t mind bleaching, ripping, or staining with blood… keep an eye on online community sales like EGL-Comm-Sales or Facebook sales groups for people trying to get rid of damaged lolita pieces… and of course, you can look for cute dresses that can be incorporated into the Guro Lolita aesthetic without damaging them. I think that this substyle is about the creativity and the imagination!
  • Tips for achieving this style: I have always wanted to try Guro Lolita, but I do not have the heart to bloody-up or rip any of my dresses. If you really want to go for the bloody/ripped-up look, my advice would be to use a dress that is already damaged. That dress you spilled curry on and the stains just won’t come off? You could turn that dress into a wonderful Guro Lolita dress by adding fake blood and coordinating it with matching (blood-stained) accessories. Do you have a skirt that got snagged on something and ripped? You don’t have to try to fix it up; instead, you could use the rip to your advantage and accessorize with ripped tights or OTKs, fake bandages, and a medical eye patch… and you could go for the broken doll look this way. Even though most Guro Lolita coordinates use white dresses, you don’t have to stick to that colorway. You could use dark colors if you wanted to achieve a grotesque monster-like look; maybe you could use a print with a horror or creepy theme, and then do scary-looking makeup to make yourself look more creepy. If you want to actually look like a broken doll, you could try applying makeup in a way that makes your skin look like cracked porcelain. Be sure to seal your makeup when you are done so it does not smudge! Do you have a wig beyond saving? You could always tease the wig fibers and make it even messier to add to a creepy Guro look.
  • Great example of a Guro Lolita coord: On DeviantART, sassy strawberry has some lovely photos of her Guro Lolita outfit. She goes for the blood-splattered lolita look, with a white dress and white headdress and red accessories to accent the blood on her clothes. She even has a bandaged-up and bloody teddy bear as a prop!

I love how creative this look is!

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~Be sure to read other blog posts on this topic for the Lolita Blog Carnival! 

Sleeping Sweets, Fire Extinguisher, Daily Fuckery, Northern StarBreiðholt, Lemontree, Sparkling Girl, Hello Batty

My First Lucky Pack

Sorry about the brief hiatus; I have been so busy with school and such. Finally, I can tell you about my first Lucky Pack! I was lucky enough to join a group order for the Metamorphose Winter Lucky Pack (2013/2014). I have never purchased a Lucky Pack before because I was always nervous about getting items that I disliked or did not fit me. (And I do not think I am very lucky… I almost never win raffles, giveaways, and the blind bags I have purchased in the past have been disappointing.)

In any case, I do not regret getting the Meta Lucky Pack! My friend Emily ordered three Lucky Packs (total cost: 34,300 yen), and then we split up the items among us. There were three of us, so we each got a full Lucky Pack in the end, but we mixed and matched items to best suit our tastes.

The tote bag that I got!

The tote bag that I got!

All three of us got the same exact white blouse, but we each got different skirts and accessories.

Here is what I got:

I love this skirt!

I love this skirt!

  • A beautiful bordeaux skirt with an all-over print and a lace trim.

All three of the skirts had the same exact lace trim. My friend Emily observed that none of the skirts have a border print or border detail, other than the lace trim. Perhaps the skirts were made with surplus fabric. All three of the skirts have fully elastic waistbands. In my opinion, this is great because the skirts will fit a wide range of sizes (and I can eat lots of food when I wear this skirt!).

Meta LuckyPack Skirt

  • A white blouse.

I have not tried on this blouse yet, but my friend Lisa told me that the fabric is quite sheer. So I think this blouse would work well under a JSK, but it may not be so great with a skirt unless I wear a camisole under or a vest on top (or both). I wish the fabric was more opaque! The style looks very nice and versatile though; I think this blouse would work for a variety of lolita substyles.

  • A black bow hair barrette.
  • A crown cameo necklace.
  • Black socks with a trump-themed print.

I love these socks but I have no idea how to coordinate them yet. XD I really want a trump-themed skirt or dress to go with these socks. I think I can coordinate these socks with a plain black skirt and black blouse though, if I use some red and gold accessories.

  • A zippered cream tote bag

Meta Lucky Pack

The Wonderful World of MBOK

You can find some great deals on Mbok! Mbok is a Japanese online auction site that has a wide variety of items. There are lots of great J-Fashion (including lolita!) items there: you can find dresses, shirts, skirts, pants, jewelry, hair accessories, bags, novelties, and more. If you are not a resident of Japan, you need to use a shopping service to bid on Mbok items. The shopping service I used is Japonica, but there are other shopping services out there.

Searching for specific items on Mbok can be time-consuming, since you have to scroll through different pages, but it is pretty easy to find good deals on brand (and offbrand) items.

I would recommend using the Google Translate extension if you have the Google Chrome web browser. If you do not have Chrome, copying and pasting the Mbok URL into Google Translate works too. Google Translate is not perfect, but it works well enough to help with Mbok navigation.

Check out Mbok’s Alternative/Punk section for lots of lolita items! This is where you will find Angelic Pretty, Baby the Stars Shine Bright, h.NAOTO, Emily Temple Cute, Jane Marple, and more. This section houses lolita, gothic, punk, and other alternative styles.

You can also search for items from a specific brand on Mbok by looking at the brand category. Here are some great links to lolita brand items on Mbok:

Innocent World

Baby the Stars Shine Bright

Angelic Pretty

Metamorphose

Putumayo

Here are links to some great brands that may carry loliable items on Mbok:

Axes Femme – This brand has great cutsews and cute blouses! There are some nice skirts, JSKs, and OPs too (but not all items will accommodate a petticoat). An Axes Femme item was one of my first Mbok purchases!

Liz Lisa – This is a popular Gyaru brand that has some loliable blouses, cardigans, and cutsews.

Tralala – I’m not too familiar with Tralala, but it is one of Liz Lisa’s sister brands. You may be able to find loliable stuff here too!

Jesus Diamante – I’m not too familiar with this brand either, but it’s a popular Hime Gyaru brand and I’ve seen lots of cute loliable coats from them! They also have really cute parkas/sweatshirts.

If you are interested in Gyaru fashion, check out the whole Mbok 109/GAL section. I have not extensively explored this section yet, but there are tons of brands and lots of cute and cool clothes!

If you want to use Mbok’s search feature, here are a few terms you can try:

ロリータ or ロリィタ-  Lolita

姫  –  Princess (Hime)

ワンピース – One Piece (OP)

福袋 – Lucky Pack (Fukubukuro)

Find many more helpful search terms from this EGL post by Kyomu.

If you have any questions, feel free to let me know! I am not an expert, but I can try my best to answer your questions. I hope someone finds this post helpful!

Have fun browsing and shopping~!