Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Welcome my dear friends,

And thank you for reading.  I'd be delighted to find out that you know where the name of this blog comes from.  It's one of my favorite songs and hopefully it's yours too.

This Diary has been created for the beautiful, elegant, and refined Classical Lolita.  It's a subcategory that seems to be often overlooked in today's popular Lolita culture while Sweet and Gothic Lolita, which I admit is often more opulent, seems to growing in popularity in the States.  While the sweet prints and adventurous modern tailoring of these styles is gorgeous, I'm still very fond of the original influences of Lolita fashion.  Classical Lolita is more connected to its roots, stemming effortlessly from Victorian and Edwardian girls fashion into the modern age.  The style relies less on exaggerated prints and over stuffed accessories and utilizes more complex tailoring trading elaborate border prints for pin tucks, pleats, and flounces.  Synthetic fibers are more out of place in this style than any other, and it calls for more 'mature' prints, and colors.  Here's and overview of what makes a coordinate distinctly classical.

Popular prints and fabrics:

  • muted floral prints
  • damask patterns
  • simple stripe and bar patterns, some polka dots.
  • tradition plaid and tartan patterns
  • Silks, velvet/velveteen, courduroy (more so than the other styles)

Popular motifs:

  • fairytales (not unlike sweet loli style)
  • chandeliers (not unlike gothic styles)
  • forest animals - deer, rabbits, birds
  • teddy bears
  • Roses, sunflowers, poppies
  • Victorian scenes,
  • gardens/bouquets

Garment styles and coordinates that are more uniquely classic:

  • The a-line cut (a straight line, from bust to skirt that flares out)
  • Gathered bustles (tiered bustles are common in all styles)
  • Mutton sleeves
  • back buttons
  • Hats (regular sized, such as the boater style)
  • More structured bonnets
  • Cravat (those fanciful, knotted scarves that burst from the collar)
  • Victorian style boots (ankle or knee high)
  • Longer bloomer and skirts (just below the knee)
  • Brass or antique gold/silver jewelry, cameos
  • Venice and  Chantilly lace, more so than eyelet, raschel or cluny
  • Many have no lace at all
  • More natural hair and makeup colors
There are of coarse many exceptions to the rules and plenty of room for crossover, but these are some of things that define classical Lolita for me.

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