If you're an italoli - GET OUT
Lolita Fashion (not to be confused with fashionable lolis, though the two can co-exist) is a fashion subculture that is, typically, defined by clothing that would be considered elegant, cute or fairly childish; commonly being very baroque in nature. In a nutshell, one can describe Lolita dresses as overpriced, over-sized doll dresses. Despite it's origination being in Japan during the late 1970s, the fashion has grown fairly large and has become quite popular among women (and some men) all across the world. There are two International Lolita Days a year; the first Saturday of June to show off Summer wear and the first Saturday of December to show off your Winter wear.
It should be noted that Lolita fashion has very little to with prepubescent girls under sexual situations, despite it sharing a similar name.
Over the past few decades, the Lolita fashion has grown tremendously and gained various subgroups of styles; which are, but not limited to:
•Classic Lolita - One of the original Lolita styles, which commonly possesses a Victorian era/Rococo period based look. In comparison to the other styles, one could say Classic Lolita is the most mature of them all (the clothing, not necessarily the one wearing them).
•Sweet Lolita (also known as Ama Lolita) - Dominated by pinks, whites and other light colors. Sweet Lolita focuses on a the feminine, child's fantasy like clothing.
•Gothic Lolita (sometimes called "Elegant Gothic Lolita") - As black as the darkest night, as passionate as a burning flame, you ita-mortals could never truly grasp the pain, suffering and elegance that controls this style.
•Wa Lolita - A combination of Lolita fashion and traditional Japanese clothing; typically uses modified hakamas or kimonos.
•Punk Lolita - Safety pins, shredded clothes, ties; essentially the Sex Pistols in Lolita.
•Sailor Lolita - Taking your Sailor Suit fetishism to the next level.
•Ouji/Shounen-kei (Prince/Boystyle) - Typically portrayed with Victorian like clothing intended for boys. Despite being meant for boys, this style is mostly worn by women.
•Shiro/Kuro (White/Black) - Styles of Lolita that are specific to an individual color; one being black, the other being white. Racism in my fashion?
•Hime Lolita (Princess Lolita) - A merging of classic and sweet. A royal outfit.
•Ero Lolita (Not to be confused with Euro Lolita) - Ero Loli is a more revealing, provocative, sexy but modest style of Lolita and shares similarity in style with Gothic Lolita. Think of it as a misunderstood redheaded stepchild that is hated by its siblings. Ero Lolis are often lashed at by other Lolitas due to having sex appeal and showing cleavage and "too much skin", and are branded as either sluts or whores. Many Lolis will even stress that this style shouldn't be classified as a true Lolita. Spotting a Ero Lolita is a rare find due to their controversies among the Lolita community.
•Casual Lolita - Casual Lolita is a simpler, toned down yet still elegant Lolita style. As namesake, this style is casual which means it's a lot more lax. This style is less colorful, does not require the use of wigs or all of the mandatory accessories to match with the dress. Most Casual Lolita dresses look like a dress you would see a little girl wear to church.
Lolita fashion's beginning are murky, but it is believed to have started in the late 1970s when the Lolita harbingers Pink House and Angelic Pretty started putting out clothing meeting the modern definition/guidelines of Lolita clothing. However, it wasn't until the the early 1980s that Lolita truly found some form of solidity as an actual fashion. The fashion has grown in it's popularity ever since and has never wavered.
Hostility and Drama
The Lolita community, especially on the internet, can be incredibly malicious to one another. Followers of the fashion are known to mock others for things such as weight, height, natural body features, wealth and even clothing choices. Even the smallest, most unnoticeable flaws can be bring out their harshly critical anger. Disputes and insults are a fairly common thing to see in the Lolita culture. Such hostility can be seen portrayed on the blog Lolita Secrets, a blog that posts Anonymous picture messages from various people.
Because of their overly high standards, only the elite, rich and beautiful can deserve the right to call themselves a Lolita. It should also be noted that Lolita fashion is not a "hobby", but instead a lifestyle, or a state of mind. Lolitas don't want "ugly whores" ruining their hobby, and like hipsters, they will become overly bitter in the event that it goes mainstream. Thus the hostility will ensue whenever they see anyone unfit of wearing a Lolita dress (pretty much everyone except a select few) and calling themself a Lolita.
The term "italoli" was coined by this culture as an insult to people who use cheap looking clothing; a Lolita who is "painful" to look at (ita being Japanese for pain).
Lolita fashion still remains a popular subculture in Japan and has spread outside to other countries such as the ones located in Europe. While it's rare in western countries to spot a Lolita, they can mostly be found at an anime convention.
- Typical Lolita clubs are usually elitists and have extremely high standards
- Lolita Fashion also exists for males, which is called Brolita
- Expect to hear the words "kawaii", "desu" and any other weeb terms among lolita circles/communities
Lolita rage comic