For International Lolita Day, I wanted to change it up a little. Over the years, I’ve worn most of the substyles- including my nemesis Sweet, which is no longer so intimidating to wear. However, ouji is not a style I’ve been able to indulge in much.
Work in Progress – Mannequin shot
- floral-print coat – unknown offbrand
- gobelin vest – ju’s
- pants – unknown offbrand
- latte-colored blouse, maroon chiffon blouse – offbrand
- flower brooches – apostrophe, Landmark and Foxcherry
- necklace – offbrand
- creepers – offbrand
Part of the reason is that I am a pear shape.
Lolita is wonderfully flattering for my body type, but whenever I venture into trying pants out again, it’s endless frustration. Curves are more common in the West, but the East thrives on small sizes. What that means for my wardrobe, is that I stick with the few basic pairs of pants that fit.
This coordinate was made around this floral coat. I talked about ‘instinctive coordinates’ before (one example being Domenica ); it feels as if the coordinate pulls itself together. I immediately knew it was meant to go with the gobelin vest I received as a gift. And they did work together- so well in fact, that they look like a single garment when combined.
These are the two major components! On their own, the fabrics used are very different; the vest is gobelin and the coat is something I can’t identify (my teachers would deck me for this) because it has qualities of jacquard, but I’m not about to open up a seam just to see what the reverse of the fabric looks like. In addition, the coat has fantasy flowers worked into the overall print.
The back of the coat features a single vent.
If I ever have a choice between single-vent and two side vents, I would pick the former because it minimizes the behind. I certainly don’t need any more padding, and side vents would create an awkward butt shelf that flaps around when I walk.
No, I’m not making that part up. Here’s an article to prove it. Even with a long coat, it’s not possible to hide everything. But diet and exercise will take time, and I just needed to have something to wear that day.
See what I mean about the fabric? It’s a peculiar thing- not canvas, or any of the fabrics I handle on a normal basis. It’s wrinkle-resistant, not too warm, and the color is absolutely vibrant.
The buttons are real metal – they have a solid heft to them that’s a nice change from the painted plastic metallic buttons on some of my other stuff. Taobao has its virtues, but plastic buttons are not my favorite thing in the world. Each button bears a lion and a crown with a banner unfurling underneath.
The last detail of note is the cuffs. This isn’t a full cuff; the outer part of the sleeve is cut long, and the half-cuff is folded into the seam. It’s an unusual touch, but the effect is really nice. It slims the shape of the arm, but you still get the detail bonus of having cuffs.
When worn; not by a mannequin but by an actual human, with hips and whose high-school skinny days are long past, and sees garments without shirring as slow death by strangulation – it would not work with just the one blouse. I don’t have the legs to pull that off.
There needed to be something, anything, to cover up the awkwardly long gap from the hem of the short vest (ideal for lolita, bad for ouji) to the crotch seam. If these were low rise pants, there’d be a catastrophic gap exposing skin, and all hell would break loose and bathe the land in fire.
No. There must be some attempts at sanity.
The easiest, quickest, and most painless solution is another layer. Since I don’t own a cummerbund (bless that particular item of men’s fashion, may the various lolita brands please take a hint and start pumping them out in a variety of styles) a maroon blouse added that necessary, sanity-saving several inches to the waist, and also added a bit of detail with the lace peeking out from under the coat sleeves.
And that’s it! We’re still in the early days of December, but I’ve already made my resolutions for the next year, which includes not being a potato and getting in shape. Enjoying my job and riding Rank 1 of Ice Spear won’t do me any good if I outgrow all my pants.