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Tea and Jam by Seitou Tea and Jam by Seitou

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

Don't ask about the title :P

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
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I love the way you draw their feet and legs. It's cute, and unique.
MissLumpy Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
This is so cute &kitschy!
Ysa Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Excellent work!! :heart: I love the pattern on her dress :heart: and her pose is just awesome too ^^
bobbeh-monster Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
This is super fantastical <3 <3

I think literally the ONLY thing I could suggest is her left foot, moving the position of it so it either really overlaps that border or doesn't touch it at all.

The rest of it is so fantastic. Such good use of flat colors and patterns and textures. <3
Miimeme Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Student Interface Designer
I love the simple yet eye catching pattern in the skirt, and that you paired it with a burgundy jacket. The broach is also extraordinary, it adds the toned down Victorian sparkle you said you hoped for. It (the broach) also adds to the Lolita feel, sort of like a girl wearing her families heirloom jewelery.
Neko-and-Koy Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
I really like the autumn feel to this piece!
Danni-Marie Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
I like the toned down look of this piece! It actually fits just perfect for Autumn/Fall season! :)
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