Today’s post from the 52 Week Lolita Topic Challenge is 15. 3 things I wish I was told when I was a new Lolita.
1. Consider your best colors for wearing, nor your favorite colors when planing your wardrobe. Sky blue always has been, and probably always will be my favorite color. Now, sax is not sky blue. It’s usually a faded baby blue, though every now and then it takes a leap and brushes the edge of sky blue. When it does, I long for the piece where this has happened, endlessly. When I was starting out, I was under the impression that sweet lolita came in primarily two colors; Pink and Sax and two shades, Black and White. If you wanted to be a sweet lolita, you were to pick one color, and one color only to build your wardrobe. Anything else and you would never be able to afford it all. So I picked sax, because I always pick blue. I adore blue. Now, royal blue looks great on me. Sax doesn’t. I picked sax, and I bought a gingham bunny pocket set and a candy print skirt from bodyline both in sax. It was an awful idea. I look so much better in bright colors like red and royal blue. Then again, I’d also been looking at a red AP replica on Milanoo because I didn’t know enough to know it was an AP replica yet, and Milanoo didn’t yet have a reputation, so maybe it was for the best.
2. Bodyline petticoats suck. They did when I started and a lot of them still do. I love my malco modes petticoat and my classical puppets one isn’t half bad. Spend a little on the petticoat, it’s worth it.
I will admit that I have two AP petticoats that I got from their New Year’s lucky pack that I’m over the moon for, BUT, and it’s a BIG but, the result, while great, isn’t significantly different enough from the classical puppets or malco modes to suggest that you spend retail price on a brand petticoat! If you can get a new one really cheap from a lucky pack, or a sale, sure, but otherwise don’t bother.
3. Don’t buy things just because they are cheap. Save up and buy what you really, really want. I have plenty of things in my closet that were just cheap… and I don’t wear them. I’m in the process of clearing them all out, and then, based on my calculations, I should have a couple thousand dollars regained from things I don’t wear. Which is ridiculous, when you think about it. So, if you really want Iron Gate, or Puppet Circus or Sugary Carnival, grab a jar and start putting money into it. Even better, grab some slips of paper and every time you are tempted by something cheap write how much you would spend on it, and then put those in a jar (and keep the money aside). You will be amazed how quickly those cheap impulse buys add up to a dream item!
Note: this is not to say that you shouldn’t buy inexpensive things if you like them. That is awesomely good; those times when what you want IS what is cheap. But, don’t buy a lot of cheap things you don’t love just for the price tag.