Friday, 28 June 2013

Lolita Blog Carnival: My Process For Wearing Lolita

Hi everyone! How are you all? I realised how long it has been since I last blogged! I apologise for that, I've been a bit tired and in a slump recently but I have some new posts lined up for you, including an excited Cosplay Progress series of posts detailing my Poison Ivy cosplay for Manchester MCM (July 20th) from start to finish!

So to kickstart my blogging again, I've decided to do another Lolita Blog Carnival. This week, it's talking about your personal process for wearing Lolita, illustrated by luxurious Marie Antoinette screenshots. Somehow I wish it looked like this:

But that's far from the reality. I have a bath the night before to clean myself (obviously :P) and wash my hair. I try to do something with my hair involving no heat curls but up until recently they have never gone to plan. I've tried plaits for waves, bendy curlers, sock bun curls and my latest one has been bandana curls, which seem to be the best one at the moment! They dropped a little bit during the day the first time I tried them but I think my hair was a little bit too damp. So yeah, I wrap my hair up in bandanas/a rolled up sock/braids, etc. the night before after leaving it to dry a little bit for the morning ahead.

The Lolita meets or events I normally go to tend to be a bit away from me distance-wise so I have to get up quite early to get the right trains and buses. For meets and events in Manchester I get up around 6am. I leave my hair in whatever wraps they are in right until I'm about to leave, so they can have more time to dry or set or whatever. I brush my teeth, do my skincare routine and apply my make-up. Make-up for Lolita takes a bit more time than usual make-up; it involves more eyeshadow, eyeliner, false eyelashes and a base, primer or both under my foundation.

Afterwards I get dresses, starting with tights and blouse, then petticoat to trap the blouse underneath it, if I'm wearing a JSK or OP with blouse. If I'm wearing a skirt or OP without a blouse, I put on my petticoat before my blouse or no blouse at all for an OP. JSK, skirt or OP next and I sort everything out, including making sure my petticoat isn't showing, smooth down my blouse and/or dress, tying waist ties, etc. 

Now it's time for the scary moment of undoing my hair. I often have visions of it being horrifically awful and wrong, yet not having enough time to sort it out before having to leave for buses and trains. Thankfully this hasn't happened yet, the worst case scenario has been mediocre curls. Sometimes I think I should just buy a black straight or wavy wig in case something awful does happen, or if I am too busy for a bath/shower. XD I could also wear it when my hair is greasy on regular occasions, such as popping to the shops. I try to tame my flyaways and glue my fringe in place with hairspray.

Next it's accessories! I put a coordinating hair piece into my hair and compliment my outfit with the proper necklace, bracelets and rings to match. I try to have false nails to match particular coords and apply these towards the end of my preparation so I don't have trouble applying make-up, dressing myself, etc. with false nails. Sometimes I'm running out of time and end up just rushing around, grabbing sparkly things and throwing them on but seeing as most of my accessories are one or two colours only, it never looks horrendous. Shoes are next, which can be a bit fiddly or accidentally pull petticoats down, which I then have to sort out again. Don't even get me started on going to the toilet.

Next it's a bus or two to the city train station, depending on the day of the week. If it's a weekday, there is a university bus that runs right from my house to the train station but if not, which it more than likely isn't, I have to get a bus to the city centre, then another to the train station. I could walk it but I prefer having an extra 20 minutes to getting ready, and the ease of mind time-wise. I walk back to the city centre coming home because I don't have time restraints. Then it's the fiddly notion of trains, changing them, stealing wi-fi from Upper Crust and either paying silly pence to use the train station toilets or maneuvering round tiny train toilets to arrive at my destination.

Again, I wish the end product with my friends looked like this:

But it more than likely doesn't, just because it has me in it. ;) Even though I have to get up early, I do enjoy dressing for Lolita events, it adds to the whole princessy experience!

Want to join the Lolita Blog Carnival? You should! We vote on a Lolitary topic of choice, then blog about the winning one the following week. These lovely Lolita bloggers have also participated this week:

Hello Kitty Loves Disney
I'm a Princess


  1. Intriguing post. I love Lolita style, but I know I wouldn't look good in it, with my body shape. ;_;

    1. Aww, why not? Lots of different girls with different body types wear Lolita and look great. Skinny girls, larger girls, tall girls, short girls. There are different silhouettes, length of skirts and cuts that suit different body types so there is something to suit everyone! It's all about experimenting and finding what suits you best. I understand some people can't afford to experiment so you can always ask for help beforehand! :)