F/W Trends 09, Lolified

December 8, 2009 at 8:28 pm | Posted in fashion, Life, Lumpy | 5 Comments
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Few of you know this, but lately, in addition to lolita I’ve been really interested in modern mainstream &high fashion. I’ve been watching the shows, reading the magazines, observing the trends every chance possible, &let me tell you I am loving it! This season is going to be amazing &I am adoring it. Part of my observing has been trying to see what current trends I can combine with lolita, &let me tell you, I’m brimming with ideas. Sure, the stiletto peep-toe booties I’ve been seeing around don’t exactly fit the bill, but let me show you some that do:

Fall Trends 1: copper eyeshadow &chignon by evil_neko featuring Charlotte Russe shoes

Fall Trends 1

Here I decided to combine two trends in one: copper eyeshadow and a low, tight chignon. While both have been increasingly popular in recent years, supposedly this season will be their heyday – personally  I totally approve, because both contribute to a very sophisticated overall look, in my opinion (my hair is too shrot now to partake in the chignon myself, but I’m fine with watching others do it!). To put these into lolita, I decided to go for a classic, steampunk-influenced look with Innocent World &steamy accessories, like boots &the necklace. Not sure if you can tell, but the socks are brown &white striped – it’s hard to see in the smaller picture. For the chignon, give yourself an extreme side-part near your ear, comb through with gel over your crown to keep it smooth&tight, &secure with a tight elastic. Style options are really quite versatile – rose corsages, hairclips, braids… it might even look cute peeking out under a half-bonnet.


Fall Trends 2: Red lips by evil_neko on Polyvore.com

Fall Trends 2

Another trend I’ve noticed, more this fall than so far this winter, is bright, fearless red lips. I personally love the timeless look of red lipstick, but I think it’s far too overpowering for me or, in my opinion, most forms of lolita (I have seen it done well, though, especially in gothic). Then  I started thinking, what about if it’s a Clara Bow? The Clara Bow was popular in the 20’s, when tube lipstick was a new-fangled invention that allowed the girls more freedom with its application. It is applied by paling out the lips with primer and/or foundation and redrawing them in smaller &fuller- a good tutorial is here for anyone interested. The reason I think this works well with lolita is that the smaller lip is less overbearing, but is still full &cutely pouty &suits the doll-like look of classic or maybe even sweet… but don’t get crazy. The Clara Bow can also be overpowering if it’s accentuated too much, so keep it simple!


Fall trends 3: monochrome with a pop of color by evil_neko on Polyvore.com

Fall trends 3

The last trend I want to address, &one of my personal favorites, plays with color palettes. Use a neutral like black, white, or gray, and pair it with a few pops of a bright color. I used black with pink for this example, but some others are brown with powder blue, grey with lavender, and white with sage green. Note that my examples are muted pastels, but you could potentially do something like red or hot pink if you have the right stuff. Caution – too bright colors can look kind of 80’s revival. ~Fashion~ (who?) says that in order for a color to be incorporated into an outfit, you should have three+ pieces of that color as well as your base, so a “pop” would be only one or two small pieces or accessories- a hairbow, socks, or purse, for example. This is, as I said, my favorite current fashion trend &totally defines my non-lolita style – I am SUCH a sucker for neutrals this season! Last year I avoided them whenever possible, but this year I am relishing them – right now I’m wearing solely black &grey as we (type?) speak &it is delicious!

You know I will never tell you to dress like the rest of the world, readers. I adore your individuality &support sartorial experimentation in all its forms, but I also think it’s important to look unexpected places for fashion inspiration, and you never know – that place could just be the latest issue of Vogue or Allure!

What are your favorite mainstream fashion trends right now? Do you incorporate them into lolita?

(also, apologies that I’ve been so sparse lately – I’ve had a lot of stuff on my plate, not least of which being my first legit University finals. Semester’s almost over, though, so soon I will be out of excuses &will go back to updating twice a week or so!)

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  1. I just wanted to tell you that I really enjoy this post. When I started to find Lolita fashion I little by little added to my daily fashion. That is one of my favorite things to do. Taking many styles and trends and making my own. Keep on making these awesome posts.

    • Thank you! Yeah, that’s definitely the best part of lolita &fashion in general – it allows for so much freedom 🙂

  2. For this fall, I’m still looking to add some leopard print into lolita, thing that some girls successfully do. But what I like most is to add a military jacket with large shoulders to my lolita outfit, it instantly gives it a more mature and feminine look, yet with a “circus” feeling with its silver embroidery that I absolutely love !
    That’s why I love fashion so much, you can play with trends, have a unique style and yet still be a lolita !

    • Both sound fantastic! Leopard print has been on a rise in the past year in lolita, &since AP has jumped on the trend with their winter coats it’s definitely gotten even more popular. I think it suits lolita well because it’s so luxuriant! &I always have a soft spot for circus theme &military coats 🙂 you should post pictures!

  3. Good blogpost, good looking blog, added it to my favs.


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