Girl Gone Lolita

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This past April was Geek Girl Brunch NYC’s annual Lolita Picnic at Brooklyn Botanic Gardens! Before I get in too deep, let me explain what Lolita Fashion is for those who think I’m talking about the Nabokov kind. Lolita is a Japanese street style and subculture that is heavily inspired by the Rococo and Victorian eras, but also has some influences from current fashion trends.

What I love most is that there are lots of Lolita sub-styles so you’re bound to find one that’s perfect for you. For more info check out the post I wrote for Geek Girl Brunch, Lolita Fashion 101.

Being a Lolita is expensive, which is probably why I only seem to get a new coord (coordinate/outfit) once a year. You not only need a dress or blouse and skirt, but a petticoat, shoes, purse and accessories. You can also level up and get a wig and circle contacts for baby doll eyes. I did not level up.

If you plan to wear the Chanels of the Lolita world like Angelic Pretty or Baby the Stars Shine Bright, dresses can cost you anywhere from $140-$500. Since I’m not ‘bout that “brand” life I’ve only worn “off-brand” clothing, which is still cute af and much more affordable. I suggest Etsy, Bodyline and My Lolita Dress for some amazing off-brand Lolita fashion.

With 14 or so Lolita sub-styles it was tough to figure out which one best represented me. I love how ridiculously cute Sweet Lolitas are, but also couldn’t deny that I wear an awful lot of black so maybe I was more of a Gothic Lolita…

In the end, I went for a Classic Lolita look with a touch of Garden Party to go with the Cherry Blossom Festival. I really wanted to wear rocking horse shoes and after an embarrassing amount of hours I found the perfect floral skirt on My Lolita Dress. My favorite piece however was the beautiful vintage hat from the 1960’s that I got from Age of Mint.

My Coord:

The GGB Lolita picnic was so much fun! Everyone came in their Lolita and Garden Party best. I love wearing Lolita because I feel super cute and always get showered with compliments. One little girl thought I was a princess and another asked if I was a butterfly. I just about died. There’s nothing wrong with a confidence boost!

The Lolita Brunch was extra special because I reunited with GGB NYC after being in Germany since December. I surprised Yissel and Rachel (my fellow GGB co-founders) with a commission of us three in Lolita made by the AMAZING Crown Maiden​! Check out the details of the art here

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9 thoughts on “Girl Gone Lolita”

  1. Ari Carr - June 18, 2015 6:33 pm

    Looking cute! Gosh, I’ve not dressed up in Lolita for too long. You reminded me how much I love it!

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    1. girlgonegeek - June 18, 2015 10:51 pm

      Thank you so much, Ari! :)

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  2. Kitty - June 19, 2015 10:56 am

    Everybody looks so good! [including you!] I feel some days I would fit really well into the Pirate-y Lolita…and then some days like GIVE ME ALL THE CAT PRINTS. *foams at the mouth* I’ve not had a chance to wear Lolita yet, but hope to soon. I just have so many other things taking priority.

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    1. girlgonegeek - June 19, 2015 12:00 pm

      Thank so much much, Kitty! I want to try Gothic Lolita one day, I just HAVE to!

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  3. Ashley - June 27, 2015 7:21 pm

    I’ve always wanted to dress up in Lolita! You DO look like a princess!

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  4. Jenn - July 24, 2015 1:21 am

    I love your coord! I’m super jealous, always wanted to dress Lolita at least once in my life!

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    1. girlgonegeek - July 24, 2015 8:17 am

      Thank you so much, Jenn! You should, it’s so much fun. I think my-lolita-dress.com is pretty affordable.

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  5. Jacqueline - July 29, 2015 12:11 pm

    Oh my word, I love the clothes so much! What a beautiful setting too. I visited the botanical gardens a few years ago and loved them! I live in Cornwall UK though and I will always hold Brooklyn in my heart! 💖💕✨💫

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    1. girlgonegeek - July 30, 2015 9:55 am

      Thank you so much, Jacqueline!

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