The lolita fashion trend is heavily influenced by Victorian style, but has unclear origins. It is thought to have started around the 1970’s but did not become very prevalent until the 1990’s. The goal of a lolita is to look like a cut porcelain doll. The common clothing of a lolita, consists of knee length skirt or dress, blouse, knee high socks or stockings, and heeled or platformed shoes Lolita style today has broken down to many subgroups.
Gothic Lolita is the style combination of lolita and gothic styles. This subgroup of the lolita
style appeared in the late 1990’s. Followers of gothic lolita claim to be inspired by music.
A gothic lolita typically wears dark makeup and clothing. The makeup usually comprises of red lipstick (not always though) and smokey or well defined eyes. Their clothing color palette comprises of dark blues and purples, and black; with accents of white.
Sweet Lolita combine lolita style with child and fantasy aspects. The colors are typically
used are lighter colors or pastel colors.
Classic Lolita is a more mature lolita style that is somewhere in between gothic and sweet
lolita. Their clothing might be more simple than the other lolita styles. A classic lolita will wear a empire waist, but still generally stays true to the general lolita style elements.
Punk Lolitas are lolitas with punk elements. The punk elements of tattered fabric, ties,
safety pins and chains, screen-printed fabrics, and plaids are mixed with the lolita elements.
Wa Lolita combines traditional Japanese clothing with the lolita style. They typically wear
kimono modified to fit with the lolita clothing.
Qi Lolita is similar to wa lolita except for the fact that they combine the lolita style with
traditional Chinese clothing. Typically modifying a qipao and a cheongsam dresses to fit the lolita style.
Hime, or “Princess,” Lolita is characterized by a princess-style look based upon the
European aristocratic style.
Guro Lolitas try to portraya ‘broken doll’ by using items such as fake blood, make-up, and
bandages to create the allusion of injury
Sailor Lolita combine the lolita style with the sailor style. Sailor lolita style is common in