What is Classical Lolita fashion?
Classical Lolita is one of the subsets of Lolita fashion, a style of street fashion that originated in Japan during the 1980s. The fashion is largely an adaptation of Victorian clothing, mimicking the attention to detail as well as the bell-shaped silhouette of the knee-length skirts that were worn by Victorian girls; Lolita fashion also borrows certain elements from the Rococo fashions of the 18th century. While the fashion stresses elegance and modesty, it largely builds on the principle that "dress is a form of art." Classical Lolita, in particular, is the most historically-oriented subset, as it aims to create a more mature look than the others, namely Sweet Lolita. As with all the other styles, Classical Lolita stresses modesty and elegance, but it places extra emphasis on elegance; this style is mature, refined, and classy, but also youthful. The most notable Classical Lolita brands include Innocent World, Mary Magdalene, Victorian Maiden, and Juliette et Justine.
Considering how popular sunflowers are around the world, I'm somewhat shocked that there haven't been any sunflower prints or sunflower-themed designs in Lolita fashion. So, I've decided to do something about it! This is the polished version of my design from Summertime Swing. The dusty orange and apple-green plaid jumper-skirt has a two-tiered design, and each tier has a beaded hem. An abstract petal-styled design that mixes polka-dots and beads decorates the bottom of the top tier, giving the design a scrapbooked feel while also giving the impression of a sunflower; the dark blue-green bottom tier matches the straps of the jumper-skirt, which feature faux bowties. A sunflower-decorated cloche hat tops off this '20s themed outfit.
Wearing a jumper-skirt might be kind of taboo within the Lolita subculture, but I see nothing wrong with it, especially if it's warm outside. In the case of this jumper-skirt, though, I think it actually looks better without a blouse underneath; a blouse would just kill the '20s vibe... unless it's a sheer blouse.
Dahlia © ~Seitou