These outfits are inspired by some elements of Victorian, Rococo and Edwardian clothing. The cute dresses with ruffles and ribbons reflect child-like innocence mixed with old-fashioned elegance.
In the 1980-1990s some Asian music bands (Visual Kei) started to dress in these kinds of clothes and influenced the street fashion in Japan. Today, there are many Lolita brand stores in the country and the style is still thriving, but the anatomy of the outfit has changed. Some clothes are sweet, vibrant and flamboyant, others are punk or erotic.
Traditional Lolita skirts should be fluffily bell-shaped and around knee length. The sleeves of the dresses and blouses are usually puffed. They go well with cute, frilly stockings, top hats and wrist cuffs. Let’s take a look, shall we?