All my new Lolita things that had been in Japan since November arrived almost a month ago, I'm keeping most of them and only selling a few things.
Now I can sure say I'm not only a "beret-lolita" but a "skirt-lolita", I wear skirts most of the time and this has to do with the fact that I own only three dresses and, not including the ones I'm going to sell, I have seven skirts in my wardrobe after my Japan haul arrived.
I've heard a lot of lolitas saying that they don't like skirts. I can imagine a few reasons for that: skirts are less prone to fit than most JSKs, skirts make short people look even shorter if they don't coord it correctly and dresses are just a lot nicer to have!
|"Nah, I'm taking the OP"|
- Skirts allow more coordinating possibilities
- Skirts are more affordable, not only because they already cost less, when buying a print second hand you'll rarely find a skirt that costs more than it's retail price, can't say the same about dresses
- Sometimes I don't like the bodice of the dresses available of a certain print
- Finding the skirt of a print you want is, most of the time, easier than finding the dress
To better illustrate let me give you an example: I've always wanted Sweetie Violet, preferably the OP but loved all cuts still. I had the chance to buy the navy JSK once on Closet Child, the JSK originally costed about 26,000 yen but, since it's a quite popular print, Closet Child was selling it second hand for, if I well remember, 36,800 yen. That was the only time I found this dress up for sale. So when I saw the lavender skirt for 13,800 + shipping (knowing that it's original price was 18,144) I didn't see why not to grab the skirt. The same thing happened with Eternal Rose Bouquet and a bunch other prints.
Of course I want the dresses, but I'm not paying what I believe to be an unfair price for them unless it's one of my ultimate dream dresses and maybe not even them if it's something ridiculous like 500 USD.
Lately I've been seeing a few nice skirts for sale but since I only have three dresses I'm trying to save up to buy a 4th one now. However, I'll still be wearing my skirts a lot, and I see no problem with that since they are lovely.
So here's my little guide to coord skirts:
- If you don't want to keep it casual gotta have a good sort of blouses, boleros and cardigans. Throwing a simple white blouse won't compliment the skirt as much as a cute bolero
- Draw attention to your neck and chest areas, I'm personally a fan of neck bows but necklaces and collars are a good option too
-You can also pin a cute brooch to a cardigan to add more detail into your outfit
- I like to tuck my blouse in, but that's just me
Images speak louder than words, let's see a few great skirt coords to have a better understanding:
In my opinion what makes this coord interesting is the mint blouse, it really ties the outfit together making it really cute and lovely, the chocomint idea is very refreshing.
Here the darker color cardigan, the colar and the bow on the chest compensate for the ''empty'' area the skirt leaves creating more balance. I'd only exchange the headbow for a brown beret and a matching bow barrette and the striped socks for tights because thats who I am.
This outfit is sooo lovely, here you can clearly see how the neck bow makes a difference and adds detail to the outfit complimenting the beautiful print.
It's also important to note that boleros and short cardigans tend to work better covering only what is necessary, not hiding the details of the skirt such as pretty waist-ties, etc.
A fur collar is also a great idea, very versatile as you can see in the picture above.
What I love about this outfit other than everything is the neck bow and the beret, what a better proof of how nicely coordinated a skirt can be?
More casual yet lovely example, a simple cardigan with a cute matching brooch and cute necklace.
Here is one of my very favorite coords ever (skirt or not) she's not only rocking the skirt but also the rectangular headdress (something I didn't know that was even possible before seeing this picture).
After this post I'm pretty sure you are convinced of the awesome potential of the skirts. All pictures were found on my Tumblr dashboard and collected over the time for inspiration, if any of those pictures are yours and you want me to take it down lemme know!
Hope you all enjoyed this post, I can't wait to start posting regularly again!
Thank You for reading ♡