Which Lolita look would you go for?

The Lolita look is one of the most distinct fashion trends which Japan is known for. Not only can we spot Lolitas on the street, we can also spot the Lolita look in an anime or manga like Paradise Kiss and Tsukuyomi - Moon Phase. Needless to say, this trend is unstoppable, even spreading to countries like North America, United Kingdom where Japanese fashion is getting increasingly popular.

Let's take a look at the different types of Lolita look.

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Gothic Lolita

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This term came about from the combination of Goth and Lolita. It was first spotted in Harajuku in the late 1990s and had slowly caught on to the rest of Japan. This look is often credited to Mana from Malice Mizer who was often spotted with dark Victorian clothing and pale looking face with red lips. Mana even started a clothing label under his name called Moi-même-Moitié.

This type of Lolita look tends to come off as more mature with emphasis on dark clothing and makeup. It could be compared to the 'emo' look in western countries except for the difference in outfits. Accessories are always associated with cross jewelries, religious symbols or crucifixes.


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Sweet Lolita

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Ama-Loli is the Japanese term for Sweet Lolita. It is the complete opposite of Gothic Lolita as it is more childlike and the colours are mostly pink or pastel. Outfits can be exaggerating with huge puffy skirts and cutesy prints on it. Make up is often clean and light coloured so as to look fresh faced.


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Classic Lolita

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Classic Lolita is a more mature version of Gothic Lolita and definitely not as sweet and cute like Sweet Lolita. It's influenced by Victorian dresses in the 18th and 19th century which makes it more elegant and graceful, especially when paired with pearl necklaces lacey gloves and umbrellas.

If you spot someone wearing the classic Lolita look on the streets, take note of their dresses and you will see that it's made up of small intricate patterns. Make up is also kept to a bare minimum to look like a porcelain doll.


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Punk Lolita

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What do you get when you incorporate western influences like punk music and dressing with Lolita? That's right, you'll get Punk Lolita! While some may perceive the image of punk to scary or intimidating due to their dark eyeliner and their love for studs and spikes, with Punk Lolita that isn't always the case.

You'll find skirts with tartan prints or polka dots with frilly laces or ribbons making the whole look edgy and cute. Dr Marten Boots, Mary Janes or platform shoes with socks or tights are items which you can't live without. Accessories include top hats or anything with spikes, studs, skulls and crosses to bring the whole look together.


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The Lolita style is constantly evolving so there are many more subcultures to be introduced but here are a few main ones which Singapore has caught on. Which type of Lolita would you be?