Monday, August 26, 2013

°˖✧✝Gothic Lolita on a Budget: Forever 21 Purse✝✧˖°

No Lolita can go without a purse. This will be very true if you ever intend on leaving the comfort of your home wearing the fashion. When it’ll comes time for you to go outside, you’ll be dressed in your favorite OP and you’ll look amazing in it, but where would all of your personal belongings go? All Lolita dresses and skirts don’t come with hidden pockets. Even if they did, they wouldn’t be able to fit everything you would need. The purse is made for practicality, but with a style as ornamented as Lolita, the ordinary and dull backpack or bag will not suffice. That is why obtaining a purse is a part of the basic foundation of a Lolita outfit. More importantly, you’ll need one that matches.

When new, eager Lolita begin to venture into the fashion, the advice they are given is not to be overzealous and buy frivolous items they might regret in the future or might not even need. Instead, they are directed to create a strong and sturdy wardrobe with dependable pieces that overlap multiple outfits. I don’t disagree with this method; not at all. I’ve based my own Lolita wardrobe on the same method.  But there comes a point where your ol’ faithful blouse, like many other pieces in a staunched wardrobe, becomes drab. Two years after “sticking to the basics” and only obtaining one main black purse shaped like a coffin to be stretched over multiple Gothic Lolita outfits, it was that same coffin purse that I continued to depend on time after time; forcing to make it fit. I love my little coffin handbag that has a charming shiny vinyl bat on its front, but wearing it has become increasingly tiresome. Yes, I’m a Gothic Lolita, but I wanted something more subtle; something even more versatile than the morbid designs of coffins, bats, and crucifixes. For those reasons, I went off this summer scouting purses I could incorporate into the fashion.  

Who would have thought I would find the exact purse I was searching for glittering through the wide windows of Forever 21 at the tail-end of summer? I can certainly say that I didn’t expect it.

I know of other Lolitas that find amazing pieces at common retail stores that seemingly integrates so well with the Lolita aesthetic. Though, of course these pieces aren't the main parts of a Lolita outfit like skirts or JSKs. Nevertheless, these retail finds prove to provide Lolitas with lovely earrings, tights, clips, bows and even the occasional blouse. I’ve never witness this first-hand until I recently took a spontaneous trip to the mall. I’m so glad that I went, because I'm completely in love with this purse.

Detachable Adjustable Strap
When I first stumbled upon the purse, I only saw the handle on the top of the bag. Even when I only thought it was a simple handbag, the purse still had an appealing attractiveness to it. So you can imagine my delight when I opened the bag and found in its contents a matching strap. The added strap gives the bag versatility and practicality. Instead of constantly worrying were my purse is I can have it hang off of me with security and have my hands ready if needed. Also, as a bonus, the strap length is perfect for the Lolita silhouette; the purse doesn’t come too high or too low when I put it on.   
Cute Black and White Striped Lining
I’ve had such pretty clothing or darling knickknacks that were ruined by obscene linings. Imagine buying the jacket of your dreams only to open it to reveal turquoise paisley fabric with orange polka dots scattered throughout it. Thankfully, that’s not found here in this purse. The simple black and white lining complements the simple design of the bag.      
Gold Details
I’ve developed a “thing” for gold. Gold accents give off a classy and timeless look, and it shows in this purse. As I’ve said above, the bag has a simple design, but it’s one that is equally recognizable. It was the gleam off of the front golden snap that actually made me notice the purse through the store’s window.    
I still don’t believe the price of this purse. It only cost $24.80! I’ve seen other purses at major retail stores like Macy and JC Penny, but the bags lacked in their cost efficiency as much as they did in appearance. Many of them ranged from $35 to $50 and wouldn’t be worth buying because of their tackiness.  But for $25, this Forever 21 purse is amazing.
Not Black Enough
When tried on at the store, the purse’s color was about a shade lighter than the black JSK I was wearing. There wasn’t a huge difference in color, but I still felt unsure with pairing the purse with my other black clothing. After staring into the store’s mirror for a couple of minutes and asking other people’s opinion, my doubt dissipated. It was said that the purse matched my outfit and that it even looked like I walked in the store with the purse already being apart if my outfit!   

All in all, I believe the purse to be a good buy. Not only is it priced reasonably, but for it being from a popular American chain store, it’s very reminiscent of the Lolita fashion. When I look at it, I can’t help but to be remembered of Angelic Pretty’s Moon Night Story shoulder bag; but of course with a more conservative look.     

Source: Hellolace. net

°˖✧ 'Till next time...