I'm a fourteen year old who got into lolita through anime. Now, before you start throwing things, I'd like to say one thing I'VE BEEN LURKING. I've been looking around, through various blogs and this community, and I think I'm actually getting the hang of things. Here's a list of things I know, just so you know I'm not "OMGNARUTOLOLISEXYDESU" : Black base fabric and white lace is okay, but only when the lace is high quality. Black JSK over white blouse is usually okay.
Square headdresses are rather maid-ish unless you really know how to pull them off.
Mana is a man (despite all appearances) we all love because of his fashion style.
The skirt has to keep a certain cupcake (or, in the case of a few classic dresses, A-line)-shape. This is obtained with a petticoat, but a square-dance one won't do because of the way it flares out.
Head eating bows are EPIC.
It's "Gothic Lolita," not, "SEXY GAWTHIC LOLI COSPLAY VICTORIAN VINTAGE HOP TOTTIC"
You're supposed to wear blouses under JSKs, but when it's reeeeaaally hot, the Gods of Loli will forgive you.
Modesty is important, even in ero. Also, it's usually a bad idea to wear your underwear on the outside, despite what the "petticoat skirts" you see in costume stores may tell you.
A lot of satin is a bad idea, especially if the price tag is suspiciously low.
Same with crushed velvet, though nice velvet can be lovely.
Milanoo will eat your soul.
Wear what fits you, or be punished with the Curse of the Boobloaf.
There is a chance that Mister Yan will propose to you, so when shopping at Bodyline, bring a bottle of pepperspray and something heavy.
So, that's what I've learned. I'm fixing my old sewing machine, because my main source of income is allowance (Bless you, parents) and babysitting. The people I babysit for haven't needed help lately, so, yeah. ^^" Right now, I own hardly anything loliable, the only exceptions being old tee-shirts which I could screenprint (My poor money) and add ruffles to, and possibly have a cute cutsew or, with that possibility not reached, a pile of torn fabric for quilting. So, I have decided to scrape together money and buy from the dreaded Bodyline. I'm worried that some stuff might be a bit ita, though. Here are some of the things I found cute: http://www.bodyline.co.jp/bodyline/showProduct.asp?id=3347&pageNumber=1&pageStop=stop_17&noSubType=N
(It's adorable, but sailorloli could be seen as costumey. But, I love nautical themes...) http://www.bodyline.co.jp/bodyline/showProduct.asp?id=3872&pageNumber=1&pageStop=stop_14&noSubType=N
(A bit little girlish, and I'm not sure that empire waists would be flattering on me. I don't want to look like a teenage mom. ^^" But, the red one is so cuute!) http://www.bodyline.co.jp/bodyline/showProduct.asp?id=4393&pageNumber=1&pageStop=stop_4&noSubType=N
(I'm rather tall, and the cutsew is almost too short. I was thinking I could pull the skirt up a little, but, I don't want to make it too short.)
There we go- Some of my favorites. I'm only going to be able to afford one, and I want to make the right choice. So, there we go!