Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What I Learned From the EGL Wardrobe Posts

For those unaware, the EGL livejournal community does a monthly theme post, which invites the members to participate in some activity and then share their experiences. For this last January, the task was to photograph your lolita wardrobe and share it with the community. You can check out the awesome results here. I rarely participate (read never) in these monthly events, and I will confess generally just lurk on forums, but I felt like this might be fun. I never posted my photos. I was to embarrassed. 

I never thought about it before, but my wardrobe is pitiful. I have worn lolita on and off since 2007, and I really wear the same 3 pieces over and over. So lets bring on the goods! Never before on display, my entire lolita wardrobe:

**~** OPs and JSK **~**

Anna House OP
For a long time this was THE dream dress.
Sadly when it got to me the bow was torn, and I repaired it by adding the sash  under the bust to cover the hole.
Bodyline Rose Print JSK
One of two Bodyline pieces I own. I wear the heck out of this JSK.
I learned that Bodyline is too short from me, so both pieces I own from them I added some extra fabric at the waist.
Bodyline Rose Print OP
The second of my "too short in the middle" Bodyline pieces.
I removed a LOT of scratchy lace from this piece, and its not bad, but I don't wear it much.
Handmade White Sprig OP
This is my second attempt at sewing for lolita. I have always liked the idea of this dress,
but something in the execution has always felt... disappointing. 
 **~** Skirts **~**

Handmade Black Skirt
Plain black skirt, nuf said.
Handmade Black Bustle Skirt
But that plain black skirt has some tricks! I actually love that skirt bustled in the back with a bow,
and layered over this ruffly goodness. I wear this a lot in a Kuro look, but my style has shifted a little sweeter,
and it gets less use.
Handmade Rose Print High Waisted Skirt
This is possibly the most boring skirt I own. It has a good cut, but nothing else. It was also the first lolita piece I ever made. Terrified of making an "ita lace monster" I didn't use a single scrap of trim. The result is not great either.
Mottled Green Skirt
This is probably my most worn lolita piece. It has a rather long history in my wardrobe. This WAS my very first brand piece. It started its life as this. Yes, a Meta OP. I was in love with the shiro/kuro look, and I snapped it up cheap on the sales com, as this dresses 4th (yes 4th) owner. It never fit right, and was the victim of a tea stain I couldn't get out, so I dyed it and cut it down. Now it gets more wear than any other piece I own,
and I love the marbled effect I got with the dye.
**~** Tops **~**
Cardigans, All Off Brand
Left to right: Mudd, Talbots, and Sweetness
Blouses
Both thrifted and remade. I swear the left one is black, but it photographed very poorly.
**~** Accessories **~**

Except the white hairbow and the black headband that are off brand,
everything is handmade here. The ring off to the right and earrings are hard too see,
but the ring is a spoon ring, and the earrings are cupcakes!
Shoes, Left An*tai*na Right Bodyline

So that is it. 7 years of lolita summed up in 12 pictures. Somehow all laid out, my beloved wardrobe seemed very small, very beginner. It doesn't LOOK like I have worn the fashion ever before. I see the wardrobes of girls who become lolitas when I did - after I did- and their wardrobes span pages, full of brand and perfectly chosen handmade frills. A week, then two, then three went by and I never posted my wardrobe to the EGL comm. I nearly deleted all the pictures without ceremony, but then had second thoughts. 

Why should I hide the wardrobe that a month ago I loved so dearly? Clearly my tastes have changed over the years, and early pieces aren't so bad. Aline is in again, I have lots of fabric left over from sewing projects. Perhaps my disappointment with my wardrobe should be a call to action, to revisit each piece and try to bring out its full potential. A rose sprig skirt with neat ribbon trim would be darling! A white dress with frothy ruffles, and brown trimming would put new life into my spring coords. Why should I stew? There is work to be done! Stay tuned for new outfit snaps as dresses get new life!

<3 Kimberly ^_^*