More specifically, Old School Gothic Lolita. But of course I'm going to forget that Gothic part when I want to wear heart aprons more than anything else.
It's been a bit of a chore explaining what type of Lolita I was in 2014. Someone would ask and I would look down at my outfits and think- Gothic, right? But it was like I was trying to persuade myself and not the person. It had gotten to a point where I would say, "You know what, I don't even know anymore." Now, if that doesn't sound like a Lolita in distress, then I don't know what does. But now I know that confusion wasn't a bad thing. In fact, it created the start of a better me.
It all started when I started buying more Old School pieces. I wasn't even doing it purposely. I just found myself saying, "I want that," more to the most frighting of Old School pieces. I was going against every modern rule of Lolita- NO black and white, NO unnecessary ruffles, NO extra lace, NO bizarre designs and, above all, NO RASHEL LACE!!
|BACK, you demon!|
Source: Metamorphose's website
Then I began realizing I was talking more about it too! At times, I would apologize, because, somehow, I had steered another Lolita conversation to Old School. Though, I wasn't even calling my outfits Old School during this time. It took one of my Lolita friends to say that I was dressing "a bit Old School." I didn't even noticed until she said it! The funny thing is that the JSK I was wearing was a recent one made in 2011. It was just that the way I styled it made it have an Old School feeling.
These are two of my favorite Old School purchases of 2014.
Top: OP- Atelier Boz
Bottom: Apron & Skirt- Baby, the Stars Shine Bright
I've found that obtaining these pieces has rejuvenated my passion for creating outfits. Sure, the Atelier Boz OP looks like a regular black dress, but I can honestly say that I would have never imagined to create such an outfit with any other black OP. What stood out to me was the dress' character. I looked at it and saw something I could get involved in. That's a feeling that I get with my Lolita wardrobe now.
Yeah, so, I'm never selling this OP ever. Having known that Moon Kana modeled in the same dress makes it that much special to me (well, it's not the SAME dress, but you know what I mean).
That's one of the experiences that I love most with collecting Old School clothing- you feel a connection with a part of history. It's a feeling that I've never felt with any other piece of clothing I have. It's a good feeling that makes me feel good as well. I believe that's one of the reasons why I would rather dress in Old School Lolita. It's not a style that I started out with in this fashion, but it was the one that I've always felt love for. Loving Old School Lolita has created a new opportunity to love myself.
How you ask? It's simple. I'm wearing something that I love, and therefore I love myself for being a part of what I love.
(It's kind of roundabout, but it makes sense to me!)
°˖✧ 'Till next time (In 2015!)