A Raine-y Wardrobe ~ 2014 Edition

Last year I shared my wardrobe and my library.
This year, I’m going the more traditional route and just sharing my wardrobe.

Alice and the Pirates Briar Rabbit’s Paysage JSK II and
Juliette et Justine Le Cadre du Lapin JSK
Alice and the Pirates Wicked Queen’s Poison Cellar JSK II and
Innocent World Flower Garden JSK
Angelic Pretty Wonder Queen Soldier JSK x 2 Excentrique Original Print “Crown and Lion Motif” JSK and
Alice and the Pirates Elizabeth Bride of the Death JSK II
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Angelic Pretty Day Dream Carnival Tiered JSK with
Day Dream Carnival Echarpe and
Angelic Pretty Day Dream Carnival Twilight Set(oops, I forgot to put the chiffon puff back on the lavender JSK)
Angelic Pretty Candy Sprinkle JSK
Leif My Tart JSK (International Re-release) and
Angelic Pretty Sugar Fairy Cake Halterneck JSK
Angelic Pretty Star Night Theater Bare Top JSK and
Angelic Pretty Star Night Theater OP
Alice and the Pirates Masquerade Theater JSK and
Infanta Powers and Thrones JSK
Innocent World Charles Crown OP and
Surface Spell Judgement Day Long OP
Innocent World Grazia Crown and
Alice and the Pirates Chandelier Flocky
Innocent World Sukeā? Rococo JSK and
Angelic Pretty Ball JSK (I believe this is a later re-release of the Ball JSK, as it’s not made of velveteen like the 2004 version)
Innocent World Rabbit Letter JSK and
Innocent World Luna Stripe JSK
Innocent World Royal Crown Embroidery OP and
Innocent World Rocaille Playing Cards JSK
Innocent World Ribbon Crown and
Meta LP JSK
Haenuli Sleeping Beauty OP and
Innocent World Crown Embroidery JSK
Haenuli Sleeping Beauty Special Edition OP and
Innocent World Stripe Jacquard Bustle JSK
Innocent World Round Collar Ribbon OP and
Alice and the Pirates 2012 Lucky Pack JSK
Angelic Pretty Cherry Print JSK and
Angelic Pretty Shoulder Ribbon JSK
Angelic Pretty Toy March JSK and
Innocent World Strawberry Fields JSK
Innocent World Emblem Embroidery JSK and
Innocent World Chess Print JSK (From Special Set)
Innocent World Roman Trump OP and
Innocent World Beatrice JSK
Angelic Pretty Fruits Parlor JSK and
Angelic Pretty Miracle Candy JSK
Angelic Pretty Dream Magic JSK and
Angelic Pretty Chest Ribbon Strawberry Floral JSK
Angelic Pretty French Doll Low Waist JSK and
Maxicimam Strawberry Lace Ribbon JSK
Metamorphose Balloon Popping JSK and
Angelic Pretty Dressing Up Jabot JSK
Angelic Pretty Candy Pop JSK and
Baby The Stars Shine Bright Strawberry Cherry Ruffle JSK
(the red Angelic Pretty JSK is missing it’s middle button. If anyone has a spare they would be willing to part with, I’m looking for one. I got fabric to make a new button, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet, even though I said the same thing last year.)
         Lief Sacred Night JSK and
Innocent World Antique Book JSK
Innocent World Flora JSK and
the Snowfield JSK
Innocent World Crown Embroidery and
A lovely floral JSK from Miscy.There is a lovely chiffon underskirt that goes with this Miscy JSK, and a velveteen sash. This photo does it no justice.
Innocent World Royal Library Ribbon JSK and
Innocent World Chocolate Fountain JSK
Putumayo Stripe 2WAY Halter JSK
Angelic Pretty Dressy Eternal JSK Putumayo Crown Check Ruffle Jsk
Angelic Pretty Dream Fantasy Pina Sweet Chiffon Ruffle OP
Chantilly Phantom Merry Go Round Skirt from
Harajuku Hearts Special Set
Angelic Pretty skirt from Fancy Bustier and Skirt Set
Angelic Pretty Sleeping Princess Skirt Angelic Pretty Sleeping Princess Skirt
Innocent World Atropos Skirt Juno Skirt (Re-release)
Innocent World Chandelier Skirt (front) Innocent World Chandelier Skirt (back)
Metamorphose Horse Print Skirt Baby the Stars Shine Bright Dripping Lace Rococo Accessories Skirt
Bodyline g1265 Candy Skirt Bodyline g1265 Candy Skirt
Angelic Pretty Rockabilly Dot Skirt Putumayo Cat Note Round Skirt
Angelic Pretty Dot Angel Pony Applique Skirt Angelic Pretty ???
Angelic Pretty Sweet Ribbon Strawberry Skirt Meta Candy House Skirt
Angelic Pretty Strawberry Picking Skirt Angelic Pretty Gingham Triple Tiered Skirt
Angelic Pretty Pastel à la Mode Skirt Angelic Pretty Star Night Theater Skirt
Baby the Stars Shine Bright Clockwork Teaparty Skirt Jane Marple Chandelier Print
Meta Lucky Pack Skirt
(This is really weird in that is has white lace, and cafe au lait ribbons. I’ve been debating about just dying the lace or selling it because I don’t wear it much)
Taobao (R-series, I think)
Bodyline (This is one of the first pieces I ever bought. I knew that I liked bright colors, but I hadn’t really solidified what bright colors worked well for lolita yet, and I’m really not sure why it’s a classic/old school cut and a deco-sweet color/pattern…) Bodyline
Putumayo Autumn Garden Scalloped SK Ma MAXICIMAM Punk Lolita Mini Skirt
(it has a tail that buttons onto the tag that I never use XD)
Angelic Pretty Dream Doll Skirt Angelic Pretty Day Dream Carnival SK
Excentrique Angelic Pretty Bustier from Fancy Bustier and Skirt Set
Innocent World bolero in wine Same bolero in bown I also have a cream one which I missed
Angelic Pretty Tote and Parka Putumayo Cutsews
Angelic Pretty Angelic Pretty
Angelic Pretty Angelic Pretty
Angelic Pretty Angelic Pretty
Putumayo Cutsew and
Angelic Pretty Cardigan
Innocent World bolero and
Angelic Pretty Cutsew
Angelic Pretty and Bodyline (dyed pink by my girlfriend. I have another copy of the same blouse that is dyed a light teal as well) Innocent World
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Bodyline and Taobao Meta
Innocent World Innocent World
Innocent World Musette Bustier, Innocent World Blouse Angelic Pretty Lucky Pack Coat
Metamorphose Vest
(anyone know anything about this? like when this came out?)
Angelic Pretty Cutsew
Angelic Pretty Toy Drops Cutsew Op and Angelic Pretty Blouse
Offbrand Cardigan and Jacket Infanta
Innocent World (sorry this is out of order) Floral corsages I made to pin to my Pina Sweet OP, Baby the Stars Shine Bright tiara, floral comb from taobao and some pins to go with Elizabeth bride of death.
Angelic Pretty, Innocent World, Innocent World, Angelic Pretty, Angelic Pretty, Angelic Pretty, Meta, Angelic Pretty, Modcloth Star Tights, Offbrand tights Back row Angelic Pretty, front row Grimoire, Grimoire and Spica
Innocent World, Innocent World, Angelic Pretty, Innocent World
Innocent World, Alice and the Pirates, Angelic Pretty, Innocent World
Angelic Pretty
Alice and the pirates, Innocent World, Chantilly, Putumayo,
Innocent World, Angelic Pretty, Angelic Pretty, Offbrand
Victorian Maiden
Back center Boom Design, Front Baroque Antaina shoe bows ( there is another pair of lavender and one of the sax ones has a missing match…)
Angelic Pretty and Alice and the Pirates tights, Innocent World socks.
Innocent World, Alice and the Pirates Alice and the Pirates
Offbrand (Craft Store), Baby the Stars Shine Bright Offbrand (taobao), Offbrand (modcloth)
Alice and the pirates, Innocent World Angelic Pretty, Bodyline, Innocent World
Baby the Stars Shine Bright, Shirley Temple Angelic Pretty, Angelic Pretty
Baby the Stars Shine Bright Innocent World
Angelic Pretty Putumayo, Offbrand
Sweet Mildred antique book headpieces
Each of these features an actual miniature antique book.
Sweet Mildred Headpieces. The left and right were convention purchases, the center one was commissioned to match Innocent World’s beatrice.
Sweet Mildred Headpieces.
The left was commissioned to match the Pina Sweet OP above.
The center is from her etsy.
The right was commissioned to match Angelic Pretty’s black dressy eternal JSK.
Now Voyager Animal hair clips
Angelic Pretty Angelic Pretty
Angelic Pretty Back row is Angelic Pretty, front is Innocent World
Angelic Pretty Back most bow is from Sweet Mildred, others are Angelic Pretty
Angelic Pretty, Alice and the pirates, Leif Back are Baby the stars shine bright, front is Angelic Pretty
Angelic Pretty Angelic Pretty
Angelic Pretty, Innocent World and Sweet Mildred Innocent World
Offbrand (teal), Innocent World, Innocent World, Innocent World(Nicholas Fruit), Heart E (plaid), Innocent World, Offbrand
Offbrand (top), Innocent World, Innocent World, Alice and the Pirates, Alice and the Pirates, Haenuli
Putumayp (stripes) with offbrand pin,
Innocent World Canotier and comb
Angelic Pretty Combs, Haenuli Headbow,
Taobao headband (brown) and offbrand (clair’s) lace headband
Detachable bows from Innocent World, Innocent World Crown hair tie (I have two)
3 Paris kids barrettes (far left, bottom 3), offbrand.
two innocent world Jabots and a pin on bow from Sweet Mildred.
Bodyline headbow, 6%DokiDoki (Dark Pink & Blue) & Chocomint Angelic Pretty Barrettes and Canotier
Innocent World My derpy pirate had that I decorated. I have an Angelic Pretty ribbon badge that I pin on in the center
Some of my flower collection some of my bow collection
Fake pearls from Paris Kids, Innocent World & Offbrand Metal Necklaces, brooches, bracelets, hair tie and shoe clips (Paris kids, chocomint, Temple St. Claire, Etsy, Bodyline, Offbrand)
AatP wrist cuffs, Innocent world pearl chokers, Moss Marchen Apple Necklace and Ring, Belladonna anchor necklace, putumayo waist chain. Angelic Pretty crown necklace, Innocent world heart ring, and angel wing ring, Angelic Pretty navy and yellow star rings, putumayo butterfly oval rights, angelic pretty crown chocolate ring, moss badger bunny necklace and puppy ring. Innocent world velvet bow, downton abby gold scallop necklace… Baby the Stars Shine Bright
Pink x red wrist cuffs are belladonna, others are Angelic Pretty book necklace was made by milkteamilk, biscut pin and gold bow by sweet mildred. Ribbon Groupie barette is from Misako’s brand. Alice and the pirates eye patch. Assored Angelic Pretty, Indie and chocomint makes up the rest. Chocomint, 6% dokidoki, indie and Angelic Pretty
I found more bows! Also Indie/handmade, Chocomint & Offbrand. Meta, baby, chocomint & offbrand
Chocomint bows & Bracelets. Yellow & Bubble ones are 6%DokiDoki Gold Star bangles are offbrand, ones with music clefs & Stars are chocomint, all else is Angelic Pretty
Angelic pretty & Chocomint Chocomint, Angelic Pretty & Meta
Sorry for the bad photos, I totally forgot both of these things. Handmade clockwork crown. Handmade carousel headdress (sooorry, I need to take a better photo, this was from when I was making it)
Offbrand Offbrand
Offbrand (Union Bay), Vivienne Westwood x Melissa Offbrand
Bodyline, Offbrand Bodyline
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Vivienne Westwood x Melissa, Angelic Pretty Vivienne Westwood x Melissa

While I think I captured all my dresses and skirts this year aside from a couple under skirts and a couple Cornet skirts which need to be repaired and one taobao dress, I only did about a third of my blouses and half of my socks, and I know I’m missing a bunch of accessories. I have a bad habit of leaving accessories in my purse or tote after an event and I didn’t check all of my bags. I also missed all my parasols.

Sorry not everything is named; if you want to know more about anything, just ask.

In the mail:

Innocent World Shaw and Shoes, F.i.n.t. Skirts (not strickly lolita, but I think they are cute.), and bodyline heels in brown and wine.

Thank you for looking!

Lolita Blog Carnival: 3 Prints In My Favorite Colorway

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When I first read the theme for today’s Lolita Blog Carnival post, I was a little torn as to what my favorite color way is. I really like royal blue, and I really like red and I also really like red and pink. But, you know what is my absolute favorite, deep down? Red x White x Blue.

Angelic Pretty Frill Marine JSK On a side note, it’s actually surprisingly hard to find accessories in red x white x blue. They are made, they just tend to sell out pretty quick, and it’s actually semi-difficult to find them second hand. Finding actual prints in red x white x blue is hard as well, because, while it is done, what you see more, are solids or people coordinating solid blue with red x white pieces. Angelic Pretty’s Frill Marine series is a great example of red x white x blue being used on a solid piece. Alice and the Pirates has been known to release things in that color set as well, as have other brands, but red x white x blue AP has a special place in my heart.

 

Angelic Pretty French CafeFirst up, we have Angelic Pretty’s French Cafe. Of the three prints I chose, this is the only one I don’t actually have in red x white x blue (or at all). I love the idea of this print, with it’s polka dot teacups (I love, love, love red polka dots!) and french kitchen ware and all the super cute desserts. I love the bright colors, I think both JSKs are cute quite cutely, and I have the sweater from this series already. However, the border print of this has always thrown me for a loop. It’s full of white! I honestly just wasn’t 100% sure how to make that work for the longest time without doing what the model here did, which is match it totally with white everything. However, it was one of my girlfriend’s dream dresses and she bought it a bit ago and wore it on ILD and she really made it look cute without using a lot of white. So now, I’m keeping an eye out; maybe she and I can both wear it sometime and be twins!

Angelic Pretty Star Night TheaterNext comes one of my all time favorite prints; Star Night Theater also by Angelic Pretty. What can I say? I love circus prints, and I love the bare shoulder JSK cut that this came in. This is probably in the running for the most ridiculous number of things from the same series in my closet. (OP, JSK, Skirt, Headbow x 4, headband, socks, some of the plastic jewelry…) Honestly though, I love this print. It’s pretty busy and there are a lot of colors in it, but it’s primarily royal blue with big sweeps of cherry red, and gold, with black and white accents. It’s so much fun to coordinate because you can mix it with black, or white, or red or even bits of pink or gold and come out with totally different looks, and it just absolutely sings out “circus”.

 

 

Angelic Pretty Wonder QueenLast, but not least, we have Angelic Pretty’s newest print, Wonder Queen. This print steers away from the super bold royal and cherry tones in the other two prints I’m featuring and more into a mature navy and wine palette. It’s still quite similar, but I think it really changes the whole feel of the print. I was honestly a little reluctant about this one. While everyone was going absolutely head over heels for it, I sorta kept feeling like the actual print was just way too busy. I think pictures like this one which included the socks (they look sort of blurry?) and used the white x red blouse added to that a little. I ended up getting the other JSK style in red and blue, and I’m planning, as of right now, to wear them with a bolero or something to minimize the heavy, busy stripes. I do have to say, the print is absolutely gorgeous up close, and I certain don’t regret getting it, it’s just that it presents it’s own challenges when it comes to coordination!

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Lolita Blog Carnival: 2014 Trends I Predict

So quite by accident, my last post was on the same exact topic as the Lolita Blog Carnival’s last post, which reminded me that it was out there, and that time passes, and that my blog was actually old enough now to apply to join (actually, it has been for quite a while, I just didn’t really think about it). So this is my first real post for the Lolita Blog Carnival, and the topic is “2014 Trends I Predict” (I’m working on getting a link up in the side bar and adding a list of my favorite blogs in general too, but the widget isn’t working right, by the way).

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There are a few things that have been brewing over 2013 that I think are going to solidify in the next year. First, legwear. I really think the days of knee socks outside of old school are drawing to a close. Lolita has taken on a much sleeker silhouette very quickly in the past year. I’m seeing a lot less clunny and other chunky laces, longer lines, more layers, more floaty, smoother fabrics. It’s like the fashion as a whole is looking at it’s younger self and going “you are kinda frumpy”.

 

As print tights have become easier to produce, and brands have found better options for getting clear prints in OTK socks, I think OTK socks and tights are going to become the norm (if they haven’t already). I do think that eventually there is going to be a big push for cheaper patterned tights and for OTK socks that is going to put a damper on the brand tights movement though. Basically, what I think is going to happen, is that we are going to suddenly hit a point in the next 6 months or so where people start realizing that they only bought the matching tights to their AP dress, and they now have a hole or snag that they can’t fix, which means they have no matching leg wear. The sudden appearance of Day Dream Carnival OTK socks with the rerelease of Day Dream Carnival makes me think that it might have already started happening even.

Angelic Pretty TightsAngelic Pretty OTK SocksAngelic Pretty Knee Socks

 

 

 

 

On that same note, I think we are going to see a lot more “grown-up” fabrics and trims. Lighter, more delicate lace, chiffon, pearskin, brocade, etc. I see the old-school standard smooth cotton being banished to the domain of the cheaper printed pieces, while brands do a lot more with prints on other fabric types.

I think flowers are in to stay in classic, and we are going to be seeing a lot more floral headpieces, and more interesting headpieces that can go a little more OTT when it comes to classic and gothic styles. In fact, I see classic really embracing it’s more OTT side for good in this coming year, and I think by the year after next, if not next year we are going to have a concept of old-school classic, which is not what we consider old-school sweet today, but instead the more casual style of classic which has pretty much stuck around mostly unchanged for a lot longer that some of the other substyle’s foundation looks have. For example, below is an OP from Innocent World from 2003, and one from 2013. A full decade apart, but they could be consecutive seasons for how similar they are by sweet lolita’s standards.

Innocent World 2003       Innocent World 2013

I see classic really coming more and more in style as well, and taking the place of sweet as the dominant style in the west. I think the painting print trend of Juliet et Justine is going to die down a little in favor of classic’s take on sweet’s border print craze (only using motifs in the truly grand styles of classic), and really, a lot more pieces that have a lot of complex detailing in the trim and styling. I see 2014 as the year the princess grew up; she’s putting aside her over the top, sweet frocks and becoming the elegant, extravagant queen.

IW-LPAnd through all this, I think Innocent World is really going to struggle. They have 15 years under their belt, but if you look at their site, and how much they have to put on clearance to move and how many lucky packs they are making, and how few things are selling out when they first come out (especially considering they have some of the most forgiving sizing in classic!). I think, if they don’t change their business strategy and get their item’s scarcity and value up, that they will be hard pressed to make it to 20 years. I love innocent world, so believe me when I say I don’t like making this prediction, but I know way too many people who buy AP, Baby, AatP the minute it launches, and fight for it… but when it comes to IW, they go “I’ll just wait for it to go on sale”. Because with the exception of just a couple things, it does go on sale. Or at least hangs around for weeks and then pops up on mbok for half price or less when some Japanese girl has worn it once or twice and is ready to flip it. One of the interesting things with lolibrary is that for the brands we know are fully entered (IW, Baby and AP, mostly), we can actually track trends based on the number of an item they put out. So if we look at AP and see that suddenly they have put out tights and more OTKs and 0 knee socks compared to the year before when there were still a few pairs of knee socks (totally making this up), we can reasonably predict how popular knee socks have been. What you can also see is total items released. In 2013, Innocent world released 300-some items. All the past years that we have fully committed to lolibrary, IW has released 400-some items. That’s a 25% reduction in 2013, and that’s pretty concerning.

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I think Meta is also going to have to really find their stride this year. While they have been going along with the wacky prints and lace monsters with a few good solids mixed in, they really have solidified their reputation as the punchline of the “who makes the tackiest lolita items” joke, and I think that’s really a shame, because for all their wackyness, they really do make some really lovely, strong pieces. But those pieces don’t always fit the current narrative. Right now, Baby is experimenting with wild and crazy things… and it’s selling, because it’s really, really OTT, which is what is in. But Meta is still stuck on experimenting with weird cuts and odd print themes, and it’s just not the crowd draw that Baby’s stuff is.

138305-mI do think we are going to see a lot more of those super OTT pieces that Baby has been putting out at a very high price, and I think we probably will begin to see some similar stuff from AP, probably more along the lines of what they have been using as show pieces in the past. I think AP is probably going to keep doing really wacky asymmetrical cuts of things and they probably are still going to be stuck on a sky-themed chiffon print for the summer (suns or the whole solar system this year, maybe?). I think we are going to see a lot more OTT detachable pieces from AP as well, and more print re-releases used as filler.
Lastly, I think we are going to see a drop in second hand sales prices. The market is pretty saturated right now, it’s easier than ever to get lolita clothing, and frankly, there is a lot of stuff that is similar, or just out of style. I see IW dropping in value unless they fix their business model, and older AP and Baby is probably going to start creeping down even more than it has already too. I think brands like Baby and AP are going to start seeing their duds fall flatter too, as it becomes more and more easy to pick a more popular, similar piece second hand, or to buy from a competitor.

I hope, for some of these I’m wrong. I hope for a strong IW to come out swinging, and for Meta to find their stride, and I hope for others I’m just spot on; OTT classic, here we come!


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