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.Tea and Jam
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This is outfit is a reworked design from the LM project. The pleated, colorful herringbone skirt features a blue bow on the waistband, adding a bit of color to this mostly brown coordinate. This skirt can work with nearly any blouse or cut sew top, and the cropped jacket adds a bit of flair to what is otherwise a very mature outfit. I added a blue and brown beaded necklace and bracelet to bring out the blue of the skirt, as well as a brown cloche that has a blue blow on its band. Also, despite it being a taboo, I added brown (though I now wish I'd made them blue) fishnet stockings with boots.
Although this isn't my favorite design, I think it's important to include some more toned-down outfits that can be worn on a more daily basis... as well as outfits whose pieces can be used outside of a Lolita wardrobe. A lot of Lolitas will advise wearing a more "classic" look in order to tone outfits down enough for school or work... but this doesn't always work. The reality is that a lot of the outfits put out by the classic brands still draw too much unwanted attention, and I think the reason for that is simply because the vast majority of what's out there draws its inspiration from Rococo and Victorian fashions, and the aesthetics of these periods are just so far removed from our own. So, here's a more modern take on Classic Lolita fashion
Dahlia © ~Seitou