What is Lolita ?

En español : ¿Qué es el lolita?

From up to down , left to right : Sailor lolita , Country lolita , Military Lolita , Gothic Lolita , Steampunk Lolita , Sweet Lolita , Classic Lolita , Punk Lolita , Hime Lolita , Wa Lolita

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   Lolita is a Japanese street fashion inspired primarily by the clothing and general aesthetics of the Rococo and Victorian periods. This fashion movement started in Japan in the 1980’s and has evolved greatly since. Nowadays Lolita Fashion has grown to be relatively popular all over the world. Relatively popular for an obscure Japanese street fashion, that is.

   While it is true that most fashions are open to various interpretations, the term Lolita is used exclusively to describe a very specific (one could say narrow) look that is created by abiding by a number of strict guidelines and principles (see Anatomy of A Lolita Outfit). The “rules” of Lolita fashion don’t exist to limit the wearer but are rather qualifiers of what makes an outfit Lolita. Within these rules however there are a variety of styles.
Gothic Lolita is probably the style associated most with Lolita Fashion outside of Japan. Lolita Fashion is often referred to as GothLoli or EGL. While GothLoli can be a correct term it only applies to the specific Gothic subset and not Lolita fashion as a whole (see Lolita Styles for more information on the different subsets). However EGL is an abbreviation of the term Elegant Gothic Lolita, which was coined by the Japanese musician Mana to describe his specific Lolita clothing line.

   The term “Lolita” may be off-putting to those who first hear about the fashion because of the connotation it holds from Vladimir Nabokov’s novel, “Lolita”, which changed the meaning of the name for most people in the Western world. It is generally assumed though that the name of the fashion comes from a distortion of the meaning while word-borrowing from English. In the case of the fashion the term “Lolita” only refers to the child-like nature of some of the clothes and is also used because of the beauty or cuteness of the name. Lolita Fashion is emphatically not about looking sexy and is instead about looking cute or elegant.

   In addition to being a fashion, some people enjoy living a “Lolita Lifestyle” in which one sees Lolita as more of a philosophy of living beautifully rather than just dressing it. Someone living a Lolita Lifestyle may try and live like a princess, surrounding themselves with things of beauty, and taking part in a number of ‘proper’ feminine activities such as baking, embroidery, sewing and other old-fashioned “women’s” activities.

Also there are more types appart from those that I presented to you at the begining :

This is the Qi Lolita

This is the Ero Lolita however it is often not considered part of the Lolita Fashion because they do not match with the principal concept of Lolita , but still there are some people who believes that this is part of the Lolita Fashion.

Lolita is:
  • Femininity
  • Modesty
  • Elegance
  • Innocence

So this is all for now , I would like to ask you a question for finishing : ¿which style of Lolita do you like most ? I personally love qi lolita , classic lolita , hime lolita and gothic lolita .

For more Information you can go to this page : http://www.lolitafashion.org/what_is_lolita.html

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