Tips To Perfect Your January Lolita Wardrobe Post

It’s that time of year again! Start ironing your dresses and get ready to show the community what your closet is made of. January’s wardrobe post is the egl topic that has more participation than any other, with many awaiting the chance to peek at some closet inspiration and others posting their own. But how to make your post stand out from the crowd? Keep reading to find out!

Setting Up Your Shots- Lights, Camera, Action!

There are two parts to a wardrobe post: the photos and, well, everything else! Seeing the clothes and accessories harmonize in a real way with the personal flair only an owner could give and stock photos could not is the main attraction. So please say it with me now and vow to uphold this rule: no blurry or dark photos!

Make sure you have a good camera on hand. You don’t need anything high-end, and your best bet may even just be your cell phone! All that matters is that it takes clear photos. Try tinkering with the camera settings instead of running on auto for more consistency and control.

Decide upon your set. Consider all that will be visible in the photographs and only let what you want seen into the frame. I suggest slight to minimal activity as you don’t want to make it too distracting, but some details add personality. Here are some examples to try out:

  • Place a temporary wall hook on a garden fence for a lush foreground.
  • Photograph accessories where they are stored if you have them organized in an elegant way.
  • Toss flower petals onto your scene for some added feminine flair.
  • Thrift a large picture frame and lay your dresses inside it.
  • monkeyhoney used bedsheets with a cute unobtrusive pattern.
  • ehcappella staged a dressform in a beautiful corner of their room.
  • terrayla‘s ruffled pink room was the perfect backdrop for her princess-like wardrobe.
  • cadney included some gorgeous close-up shots of her favorite details.
  • scarletsedusa‘s moody atmosphere (an exception to the dark photo rule) gave a mysterious quality.
  • rozarn displayed her dresses in front of her beautiful wardrobe.
  • riotkitty_ let their cute stuffed animals into the frame.
  • yueri-san placed their entirely Moite wardrobe on a bedsheet in their signature color.
  • mintiemii photographed over plain white sheets and added her own cute hand-drawn flair.

Establish good lighting. Even great cameras can have a hard time picking up details in the dark. Figure out when the area you plan to shoot in recieves the best sunlight or place a few bright lamps around to shoot on your own schedule.

A little editing goes a long way. Sometimes the colors look better on camera, or maybe the dirty clothes on the floor made their way into the frame. Scrutinizing each image with a photo editing program is that finishing touch that will ensure a flawless representation of your wardrobe to capture the community’s hearts!

Forming Your Post

With your photos beautifully taken, edited, and uploaded into your livejournal album the next step will be to make your post. You can add as much or as little “flair” to this as you like, but the basic things you should try and include are an entry image and the names of the dresses/skirts.
The entry image is that photo almost everyone seems to place before the cut (the link to the full post). It’s there to give you a preview of what you will find and entice you into looking. A few fun ideas to try are:
  • You in your favorite coordinate
  • A picture of your closet space or room
  • Detailed closeups of your favorite print
  • Your brand novelties
  • A drawing you made
  • mayartemis created a cute gif of their clothing stacking up
  • tehrin used their graphic design skills to come up with this amazing pastel intro

A small introduction is sometimes placed after this. I’ll call this part optional, but I feel it’s nice to get an idea of the person who has curated the wardrobe you are scrolling through. A small sampling of personal facts that can give someone an idea of your fashion bubble makes the photos even more inviting. For example, you could include:

  • Your age
  • What city you live in
  • Your occupation
  • Your favorite motifs/ colors/ brands
  • A link to past wardrobe posts
  • How your wardrobe has changed over the past year
  • When/why you started wearing lolita
  • Where/when you typically wear lolita
  • Other fashions you wear
  • buttcape included a pie chart showing which brands they owned

Now for the images. Since the dresses are the main attraction it’s best to place them first so appetites are satiated as they scroll on to see how you embellish them. Some thought should be put into how the images are arranged for that cherry on top, especially if you have quite a large wardrobe.

  • List them in a rainbow starting from your favorite color
  • Create arbitrary categories you feel your dresses encapsulate (tea flavors, animals, zodiac, etc.)
  • If you have a meticulous mind for dates, list by when you acquired them
  • ruban_rose categorized her dresses by brand
  • antik_poesi structured their pictures three to a row
  • xandra292 included multiple themes into her categories
  • lollipurr divided their wardrobe into just two- cat related and not cat related
  • loresandpenates gridded their images to include lovely detail shots
  • alyssiumbaby made an efficient layout for such a picture-heavy post
  • sanakanami made navigation easier by sorting categories under spoiler tags

Add captions so we all know the names of those lovely dresses and you’re about done! If you have a story to share about a particular dress this would be where to do it. Make it personable by letting others discover how long it took you to find a particular item or how much your first dress meant to you.

Don’t forget to check your etiquette! After all that hard work be sure your post isn’t breaking any rules and users with slower connections will be able to view it. Heres’s a quick checklist to mark off:

  • Place all images after the entry image under a cut.
  • If your post is picture heavy please note it in the cut so others know to open it in another tab.
  • Do not hotlink images unless they are from your server or a photo-hosting website.
  • Keep your entry images no bigger than 500px wide or the egl layout will squish them.
  • Use your judgement on how large to post your wardrobe pictures- nobody wants to scroll horizontally!

I am so excited to see everyone’s wardrobe posts again this year! I’ve quite dedicated myself to making one every year to track my progress and phases and trends. It reminds me of flipping through old diary pages. Do you plan to make a wardrobe post this year? Please link yours in the comments so I can check them out!

I know a lot of people feel deterred from posting because they see their wardrobe as small but it’s just as nice to see a well-loved wardrobe of a few pieces as it is to scroll through an impossibly large collection. Have a sugar-sweet day and happy posting!

Historically Inspired: The Victorian Lolita

If there is one thing I love about history, it’s how lavishly the wealthy loved to dress. The well-to-do ladies of the Victorian Era were no stranger to this indulgence with their bell-shaped hoop skirts and bustles, parasols, bonnets, and other many accessories- sound familiar? The fashions of this period are a large contributor to the aesthetic of lolita, and with OTT Classic on the rise it’s a great inspiration for putting a little antiquity into your coordinates!

The 19th Century Silhouette

What dress makes the cut? The Victorian Era saw many changes in silhouette over the decades, but the two most iconic styles of dress were the hoop skirt and the bustle. The hoop skirt is the predecessor to the bell-shaped lolita skirts we wear today which make them easy to channel in coordinates, while the bustle has inspired a few modern interpretations on the lolita silhouette.

The bustle is my personal favorite from this period; I just love how it adds interest to every side on a lolita dress, and the design is very exclusive to the Victorians. There are several ways that lolita brands have alluded to the bustle in their designs, either by pinning the overskirt fabric so that it forms a swag, draping material on the rear, or just by placing ruffles on the back. Atelier Pierrot and Victorian Maiden in particular have made a large array of bustled skirts that can be adjusted up or down.

The necklines of the 1800s were high collared during the day and plunging in the evening. Classic lolita brands often put out cuts with standing collars that perfectly match the daytime look, and scoop necks draped with lace for the more elegant eveningwear will also sometimes appear. There were so many styles for sleeves in this era that you can get away with most anything, so just focus on where the neckline falls.

When it comes to brands heavily inspired by Victorian silhouettes, you can’t really go wrong with Victorian Maiden, Mary Magdelene, Atelier Pierrot, or Excentrique. Even Angelic Pretty will release their pastel version of a Victorian gown every now and then, which is a measurement of its broad appeal. No matter what your style, there is a Victorian-inspired dress for it!

While you can certainly get away with a Victorian-inspired dress featuring a fully illustrated print for a modern twist, the most common patterns at the time were florals and stripes. Jewel tones were very popular because artificial dyes had recently been invented, making it possible to get brighter colors than ever before, but they did wear more subdued colors as well. Wearing all black was considered mourning attire.

Outerwear & Shoes

When the weather turned cold, ladies would wear fitted jackets with high collars, or capes/cloaks long and short. These came in all different styles from minimal decor to lavish cuts and fabrics. Victorian Maiden and Innocent World are on the forefront of Victorian-inspired outerwear.

Lace-up ankle boots are the popular image of Victorian footwear, but they certainly didn’t wear that to the ballroom! Small satin slippers were also popular at the time, often decked out with little details. The heels for shoes were spool shaped (wider on the top and bottom) and the toe was pointed. Pleaser makes a few good Victorian-inspired boots, but American Duchess is about as accurate as it gets. Classic brands also release modern takes on the Victorian shoe.

Accessories

The Victorians had all sorts of accessories and embellishments they loved to add to their outfits.

  • Bonnets – Made from straw in the Summer, and decadent fabrics in the Winter. Ladies loved dressing them up much as we do with ribbons, flowers, plumes, and even real whole stuffed birds! Full bonnets that covered the back of the head were worn with a cute updo and ringlet curls.
  • Hats – Large wide brims topped with silk flowers and plumes and fake fruits were popular for ladies of wealth. Triple Fortune makes some that are mouth-watering, but you can find suitable ones fairly easy by searching for fancy hats. “Tea hats” like those you see old women wearing to tea rooms would work very well.
  • Stoles/Shawls – Delicate lace and fabric shawls would wrap around the elbows or shoulders of ladies day and night. Baby, the Stars Shine Bright has even started producing their own topped with fake flowers. You may be able to find these at thrift or antique stores.
  • Tights – Legwear was very basic, as the legs were not to be seen! I recommend solid or lacy tights, but nothing too flashy.
  • Parasols –  Already a lolita favorite! Ones dripping in lace are positively Victorian.
  • Bags – Pair your look with a small beaded bag held from a chain or thin strap with clasps, just like they used to. These can easily be found in everyday clothing and department stores.
  • Gloves – These were an absolute must for ladies. Long sleeved gloves reaching past the elbows were paired with short sleeved dresses for an exquisitely elegant look, while short gloves were worn with long sleeves. Try ruffled vintage gloves, or use a lacy pair for a soft look.
  • Fans – A hand fan was more than just a way to fight the heat, they were used to communicate across the room in a secret language! Lace or illustriously painted fans would pair fine with lolita.
  • Jewelry – Brooches, cameos, lockets, and intricately detailed yet bold pieces are a staple of this era. Jewelry brand 1928 exclusively makes antique-inspired accessories and many, many cameos and lockets can be found on etsy.

So there you have a basic (well, as basic as I could hold myself back to write) look on adding some Victorian era charm to your coordinate. Another approach you can take would be to wear a corset, or a dress with corset lacing, as that is an icon of the era even though it was never worn outside their clothing. Our beloved Alice was also brought to life in this period, making Wonderland coordinates a cute theme.

I put together a Victorian-inspired look so you can see these items together. This is the kind of look one would wear to a park on a sunny and breezy day I imagine. I picture a small picnic on the grass surrounded by dots of small flowers and little dogs playing.

Soft Victorian

As a last bit of advice, here are a few things to try and avoid:

  •  Square necklines – These are just too boxy for the period. If you don’t have any blouses with a high collar or scoop neck, I suggest sticking to a rounded neckline.
  • A row of bows down the bodice – This is more reminiscent of the Rococo era. A bow or two will be fine, but more than that will channel Marie Antoinette more than Queen Victoria.
  • Jabots/Cravats – By this time the cravat had evolved into a bow tie and lacy jabots were nowhere to be seen. This is such an extremely nit-picky detail though, so feel free to ignore it!

I hope you enjoyed this little look into the past! I would love to branch out to a few more eras of fashion this way, as I had so much fun with this one and there are quite a few to cover. Is the Victorian era your cup of tea, or do you have another that influences your look? I’d love to know in the comments, and it may influence which era I study next! Have a sugar-sweet day and thanks for reading!

Branching Into Multiple Styles

As promised in my last post, here is the presentation I made at Rufflecon! Big thank you and lots of love to those who attended. It was my first time hosting a panel ever, so thank you for sharing that moment with me.

Now without further adieu, here is my guide to managing multiple fashions!

Seek Out Similar Aesthetics

If you haven’t figured out what style you want to add to your wardrobe yet or need swaying one way or the other, consider that choosing a style with a similar aesthetic to your current one will give you a much greater advantage over choosing one that is drastically different. Not to say that you should only stick to similar styles- I’ll get to that in a bit- but if you’re looking to bring in another look with minimal effort this is the way to go.

We all know how much time and expense it took to get our first wardrobe where it is, and I doubt most of us want to go through that again if we don’t have to. With this technique you won’t be starting from scratch. You will be utilizing as much from the first wardrobe as you can.

Going clockwise from the left: Sweet Lolita, Otome Kei, Cult Party Kei, Classic Lolita, Dolly Kei, Aristocrat, Gothic Lolita, Creepy Cute, Aomoji Kei (which could be in several spots on the map as it’s such a broad term), Decora, and Fairy Kei.

This is a quick graph I made showing how some of the popular Jfashion styles relate to each other according to aesthetic. It’s fairly noninclusive as there are just too many styles to cover and not enough room- gyaru alone could fill up its own circle! But I think it gives a pretty good framework.

The idea is that picking the style to the left or right of your current one will maximize the amount of looks you can get right away. For example, Sweet lolitas tend to have a good amount of pastel accessories that would go great in a Fairy Kei look, and some Sweet lolita dresses can be worn without a petticoat to suit the more casual Otome style and vice versa. It isn’t the most perfect graph- I could have had arrows connecting several styles to each other across the map but I think you get the idea.

Utilizing your current aesthetic in a new style has more to do with how you choose to use your current pieces rather than how many new style-specific additions you bring in. Of course, there will be some style-specific items you will want to get along the way to really immerse yourself in the new look, and branching into some styles such as lolita require extra work, but at the very least some of the basics like accessories, blouses, legwear, and headwear should transfer over.

Fairy Kei + Lolita + Otome Kei

Here is an example of this concept at work using the aforementioned sweet lolita wardrobe. Just by swapping out a few items I was able to branch off into two different styles that share a close aesthetic. This lolita skirt was given new life by ignoring the fact that a lolita brand made it and by pairing it in more casual and quirky ways.

The blouse was replaced by a cartoon t-shirt for the more casual and 80s pop culture feel of fairy kei, and two different bright patterns were brought into the mix for this quirky otome look. It’s pretty remarkable how little had to be changed to consider it a new style, and the majority of the items used are shared between all three of these sets.

It takes a bit of creative thinking and getting out of the mindset that certain articles of clothing belong to just one fashion. This leads me to my second point:

Don’t Treat Them Separate!

I run into this habit all the time. My lolita wardrobe is in it’s own habitat in another room apart from everything else and to be perfectly honest it stifles some of the creativity in my ensembles because when I go to wear lolita, I’m only looking at that sampling of my wardrobe. If we remember that clothing is fluid in their use there is a lot more to be gained from them!

Not only does this save you money because the pieces you need are already there, but think about how much less closet space you will take up by getting more versatility out of your stuff. Put your clothing to work and don’t let them fall under one style label.

Here are three different blouses all from different brands that cater to different styles. The first one is from Classic Lolita brand Victorian Maiden, the second is by Otome brand Milk, and the last is by roma-gyaru brand Liz Lisa. There are slight differences in the way they were made but you could use them interchangeably between those three styles because they are so similar.

I need to remember this bit of information myself next time I’m looking for a blouse to go with liz lisa bottoms because I constantly forget there are plenty of suitable ones over in lolita land!

Don’t forget that you aren’t limited to just what big fashion brands are putting out, either. Offbrand finds with similar style aesthetics are all around you in shops and malls as long as you know what to look for. I personally have a blouse or two from regular shops that I use with lolita, and I can’t even enumerate the amount of printed tights and socks I’ve bought around town that compliment these looks.

So what about those of us who are interested in multiple looks that may not correspond with each other?

For The Eclectics

If you already have a look- or few- in mind and they are nothing like your current one, there are still a few ways to ease in without completely starting from nothing.

For one, picking a color scheme and using it across styles will be a tremendous help. You will be able to utilize most of your basics across the board even if other items may need to be style-specific. These three darker looks would be able to share some items even though they are nothing like each other just because they feature a lot of the same color. In general, buying items in basic colors such as black, white, or off-white will go far across multiple styles.

However, just because something matches color-wise doesn’t always mean it will match the theme. This gyaru’s black hoodie would look terrible on that gothic lolita because it does not adhere to the lolita silhouette. Items like tights, socks, shoes, accessories, and some blouses would have better luck- it just depends on the items and the styles.

It also helps to figure out what the styles you are drawn to have in common and start from there. Stocking those items in your wardrobe before buying anything else will ensure you’re maximizing the potential of all your outfits.

Lets refer to the graph of styles again to give you an idea of how I managed my eclectic wardrobe. I like to dress in Sweet, Classic and Gothic Lolita, as well as roma-gyaru (which is floating on the top left there as I didn’t give it a place on the map), and aomoji-kei. As you can see that just puts me all over the place, so I sympathize with anyone who has diverse taste. I’ll be the first to admit that maintaining all of those different styles isn’t easy.

I was able to manage this by spreading out to the ones closest to my original look first, and then spreading out some more from there. This is a much simpler transition than jumping around the board, and your wardrobe will be a little bit more unified because of it. I started out with sweet lolita and shortly dabbled in fairy kei before I decided it wasn’t for me, so then I jumped over to aomoji-kei using cute clothing I had sitting around from my everyday wardrobe. After this I started getting interested in more mature sweet looks so I took things in this direction with roma-gyaru, which eventually lead me to introduce some classic lolita pieces into my wardrobe. Branching into gothic lolita is a funny story because as it turned out, I already had a gothic lolita piece I’d been dressing up as sweet lolita the whole time because it was pure white.

While I may not be able to share most things with every style across the map, I was very careful in making sure my purchases would be useable for more than one aspect of my wardrobe which eliminated the need to buy a lot. I also suggest supplementing with offbrand purchases, or items that can be found in local shops as they are typically cheaper than buying from style-specific brands.

Prioritize

Another tactic that has been truly helpful in keeping all those styles under control is prioritizing which ones to give the most effort to. For some of us who like a little bit of everything, there are the styles we want to wear most days and then there are the styles we want to wear every once in a while.

For my wardrobe I tend to wear a lot of Sweet or Classic Lolita and gyaru on days I want to feel extra comfortable, so my closet is brimming with items to match those styles, while Gothic lolita is more of an ‘every now and then’ thing for me so I have maybe four pieces I can mix and match.

Figure out how often you want to wear the styles you’re interested in and put your time into them accordingly. You don’t need a huge wardrobe for each to prove that you like all these styles. There is nothing wrong with having that one decora outfit for those rare times you feel like putting every clip you own in your hair. It makes sense to scale things down for those ‘once in a while styles’ so that most of your focus is on the fashion you tend to wear more often. And if you find yourself tiring of the same looks from the fashions you wear less often don’t just add more to the rack- swap your items out to save money and space.

Take A Good Look

Lastly, I’m willing to bet that most of us already have more than one fashion we could be wearing right now based on the current contents of our closets, we just need to be looking at them differently. The more you familiarize yourself with different styles, the easier it will be to shatter the limits of your collection.

Here’s a challenge for you at home: go through your entire wardrobe and try to come up with at least three outfits in a style you didn’t think you owned the right material for. It’s ok if they aren’t complete, this is just to give you an idea of how versatile your current clothing items are.

I took this challenge for myself a few months ago when I tried to figure out if my lolita pieces could be used in outfits other than what they were meant for. The results were pretty exciting and it gave me a new found appreciation for what I already had laying in wait.Taking advantage of what’s already there is your best money-saving option.

Have a sugar-sweet day and thanks for reading!

The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Summer in Lolita

Summer is right around the corner and for some of us that means nightmare-inducing levels of heat. Having partially grown up near the equator I am well aware of what a headache it is to even think about layers, but you shouldn’t have to wait out those months to wear lolita again!

The Right Fabric & The Right Cut

Let’s focus on fabrics that will maximize the flow of air through the clothing so that heat can escape as well as some cuts that are more loose-fitting to allow the fabric to do that. As a general rule, natural fibers such as cotton and linen tend to “breathe” better than synthetics, which do a better job of insulating.

100% Cotton is a natural material that breathes very well and is great at absorbing moisture. It may be a little too good at absorbing moisture, however, and can stay damp for some time which may start to stain around the armpit and neck. Cotton may not be the best choice for a blouse or onepiece when trying to avoid the dreaded pit stain, but they’d be a great choice of bloomers for containing perspiration from the undercarriage.

Linen & Rayon are other natural materials (well ok rayon is semi-synthetic but it’s made from natural cellulose) that are cool and absorbent and don’t retain water as well as cotton does which makes them a great material for summer. Linen in particular tends to be woven loosely, making it ideal for airflow.

Chiffon is my favorite for summer because this sheer fabric drapes airily on the form. Several different materials can be used to make chiffon, so it depends on the garment when determining if it’s well suited for heat. Avoid wearing silk chiffon in the sun because rays and perspiration can deteriorate the material.

In general, sticking to light fabric in terms of weight and color will keep you cool. One of my best dresses for summer is made from 100% polyester but it works well because the fabric is so thin and weightless.

The best cuts for summer are ones that won’t hug the body too much, as this restricts airflow. For main pieces this issue is focused in the bodice, so silhouettes with smaller bodices such as empire or underbust which have a smaller area of fabric hugging the body are ideal.

Empire waist dresses have the benefit of a taller skirt, which means air is circulating through more of the body before being closed out by the bodice.

Trapezoid shapes do not typically have a tight enough bodice (if any at all) to cut airflow off, leaving air to circulate around the body completely. They also require a much lighter petticoat than normal- and the more relaxed ones may not even need a petticoat- which leaves another layer out.

Underbusts use less fabric on the bodice, exposing the chest to breathe properly.

Halter tops look fantastic without a blouse for the more daring of us, which takes off an important layer that likes to trap heat.

Skirts are, of course, a great choice for removing the bodice altogether. Avoid skirts with a tight elastic waistband because it may irritate your skin when you start to perspire.

For summer blouses I generally try and stick to the most airy ones I own because the fabric will come in contact with me less. Between my long-sleeved chiffon and my short-sleeved cotton I tend to favor the chiffon because it feels like I have nothing on!

Re-consider Your Undergarments

Be sure to trickle the consideration for materials and cuts all the way down your layers to the pieces nobody sees, and avoid tight elastic where possible.

Bloomers on the shorter side will sufficiently protect your modesty with less coverage, while longer ones are better suited for absorbing uncomfortable sweat. Some people skip bloomers altogether and prefer stretchy shorts!

Petticoats, while I do love them, can stay at home if the chosen dress already has one built-in or is shaped so that one is unnecessary. Even a petti with less layers than your usual will allow more air to pass through.

Ankle socks are probably your best bet for comfortable legwear, but in general cotton socks will do. Avoid printed tights because they are typically printed on fabric with a much higher thickness than sheers so that the images can be opaque.

Cotton undershirts -wait, haven’t I been preaching about less layers and how cotton soaks up moisture? This is just a different tactic to avoid sweat on your precious dresses, because having an underlayer to soak it up will prevent it from reaching your lolita.

Camisoles are great for the above, and allow you to wear those airy chiffon blouses with an underbust or skirt. Nudes or coordinated colors topped with lace can also add another element of delicacy to your ensemble.

Hair & Headwear

Wigs were item #1 on last year’s list of do’s and don’ts for beating the summer heat and I continue to feel that it is the most notable “don’t”. I love my wigs to pieces and they can be such a time saver, but they can also be the biggest difference between a comfortable coord and an overheated mess. Natural hair has been rising in popularity so use it to your advantage and brush up on some cute hairstyles!

Check out my pinterest board for more inspiring lolita hairstyles!

If you feel your hair is too thin to be left down then try a few volumizing hair products or attach extensions. A nice updo can alleviate the need for more hair with the added bonus of sweeping a layer off your neck and back which are areas prone to sweat.

There are benefits to doing both as much or as little as you like when it comes to headwear. An elegant updo topped with hair combs has the advantage of letting the scalp breathe, while full-size hats are great for keeping the sun out of your face and providing some shade. As far as hats go:

Boater hats are a great option for the heat because they are nearly always made from woven straw. This allows air to pass through easier to cool off the scalp.

Victorian & tea hats typically feature a very wide brim that shades the face, which is not only great for maintaining a cool temperature but it helps keep a youthful appearance by shielding you from the sun. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear sunscreen though!

On Preventing Sweat

At last, the topic that ultimately decides whether or not to leave the house in lolita on a hot day. Preventing perspiration can not only lead to a more comfortable experience, it can also help extend the life of your fabrics. Pilling, yellowing, and deterioration are ways in which bacteria and other properties can cause damage from sweat.

Antiperspirant is different from deodorant. One stops perspiration by blocking the pores while the other deodorizes sweat that has already formed. It should be applied in a light layer the night before so it can sink in while the body is at a cooler temperature. Deodorant is not needed after this step.

Deodorant isn’t the greatest choice to protect lolita if you think about it. Sweat will continue to form (just in a more pleasant odor), and the ingredients in the deodorant mixed with the ingredients in sweat can be a recipe for stains. However, deodorant is great on a day off from lolita because wearing antiperspirant every day may irritate the skin.

Underarm pads (also called dress or garment shields) are a surefire way to protect fabric from perspiration. Be sure to get the kind that attaches to your skin and not your clothes because adhesive isn’t good for the fabric and it’s more likely to shift!

Baby or feminine wipes make a great quick solution to refresh yourself and prevent stains. Finishing up with a moist cloth will remove any active ingredients the wipes leave on your skin.

Parasols and hand fans, didn’t think I would leave this out did you? Parasols are prized for their shade while hand fans are an exceptionally elegant relief from the heat. It’s all about prevention!

Do you do anything special to beat the heat? I like to spray my bedsheets with lavender scented linen water before going to sleep for a cool refresher. Have a sugar-sweet day and thanks for reading!

Easter Holiday, Victorian Ties, & Lolita Coord Ideas

Easter is a holiday I quietly look forward to. It’s a hallmark of my favorite season and there is never another occasion where rabbit themed goods dominate every store! This is owed to our beloved Victorian England which heavily popularized the images of rabbits on Easter scrap art and cards.

Rabbits are a shared motif between Easter and lolita and a great theme to incorporate into any coord for the holiday. Bunny ears are an obvious choice, but let’s not forget other long-eared options like one of Baby’s rabbit-shaped aprons or a plush bag.

A large bow between two tall ears is an undeniably adorable way to style your hair!

And of course, how can I mention bunnies in lolita without dragging out some of my favorite prints? As much as I’m sure a lot of people would groan at yet another rabbit print, I will always enjoy their likeness on skirts.

Own: FRILL Rabbit Pattern JSK, Cherry Berry Bunny, Wonder Story, Le Parfait du Lapin
Want: La Pièce du Petit Créature, Wonder Queen, Rabbit Letter, Le Cadre du Lapin

Chocolate is a second theme in lolita I can’t resist that is shared with Easter. Did you know that chocolate eggs are a product of the Victorian era as well? In 1875, John Cadbury’s process of separating the cocoa butter from the bean to create a chocolate easy to melt and mould would result in the the first chocolate Easter egg.

Pairing rich brown hues with frothy pastels is a great way to tie it all together.

Another theme that has undoubted connection with Easter and has been increasingly popular these past few years is Christianity. Although I wouldn’t personally feel comfortable wearing a cross on an adopted Christian holiday when I am not Christian myself, associated romantic imagery such as cherubs or painted biblical scenes or stained glass are classic and universal enough to recommend.

(featuring a beautiful rosary necklace from Moss Märchen)

What I would really like to see more of that fits the Easter theme is fabergé. Also due to the Victorian era (but in Russia), notable goldsmith Peter Carl Faberge created the art when he was commissioned by the Russian Czar Alexander in 1883 to create a special Easter gift for his wife Empress Marie.

Fancy Eggs – Metamorphose

Unfortunately this is the only print that comes to mind with the theme, but if you have a steady hand and some patience I am sure that fabergé-inspired nails would really set your coord apart just as this blogger has done!

I won’t be celebrating Easter until next weekend, but I hope you all are having a great one! In spirit of the holiday I took a few photos of my bunnies this morning.

Have a sugar-sweet day and thanks for reading!