Blouse: Anglomania High Collar Blouse in White
Corset: Vintage Boulle Corset
Skirt: Anglomania Mini Crini in Black Eyelet
Tights: Japan Label Rubbish Tights in Mild Grey
Shoes: Vintage Gold Label Elevated Gillies in Black
Jewelry: 3 Strand Pearl Bas Relief Choker, Diamante Horn Tiara
Some of my close friends already know this, but I’m about to do a wardrobe overhaul once again. For the past 3 years I’ve been focusing on my Vivienne Westwood collection 100%, and while I’ve enjoyed it, it’s time to start incorporating more items into my wardrobe that reflect what I like. Which means a couple of things.
1. Yes, I’m returning to lolita fashion.
2. No, I’m not giving up on Vivienne Westwood fashion.
3. Yes, I plan on combining the two.
4. My focus will be coordinating in a more mature and age appropriate way, no more hyper sweet lolita, but instead more classical themes and long skirts.
5. Why? Honestly because I do miss it, but the biggest factor is the community. For several years I’ve searched for a Vivienne Westwood community to participate in, for a long time I thought I was just not looking in the right places, but it just doesn’t seem to exist on the level that I was anticipating. When I collected handbags, I was very happy to be a part of the purse forums, and in comparison lolita fashion has a huge online community with dozens of thousands of members worldwide, but with Vivienne Westwood I’ve only found a handful of people who I adore dearly but are all very personal people with very busy professional lives and there is almost no online collective. The most interactivity within the Vivienne Westwood community you can expect is a few likes on an instagram post. Whereas Lolita fashion is a multi branded community with near hundreds of indie designers all constantly using fan feedback and current trends to cater to the member’s desires. When I left lolita fashion in 2011, it was still very much a world of over the top sweet coordinates, hyper cute and youthful, and a bit obnoxious, but now as the average age of the community is increasing, brands are catering more to both the new young members as well as the older long term dedicated members by varying their clothing lengths, colors, and degree of details. In the past few years the spectrum of lolita fashion styles have increased, and one thing that I’m currently in love with are the museum painting prints of Juliette et Justine, which for the community is already a passing fad but something I want to explore more of. When VW revisted this concept with her Rubens and Parlor prints in recent seasons, I was excited and expected to see more, but everything has gone back to muddy organic solid colors and abstract shapes which I’m not a fan of (at all). So, for the meantime, I’ll be doing a bit more selective purchasing, collecting my favorites from both fashions, and hopefully doing a little mixing and matching.