You Got Your Gothic In My Lolita!

My first post on building up a Gothic Lolita wardrobe is a from the ground up kind of how-to, assuming that the Gothic Lolita to be is getting into Lolita from a more "mundane" fashion, either mainstream or a jeans and tee kind of style. My previous starter set was also had a lot of style wiggle room, for the newbie who wanted to be able experiment with other Lolita styles while still maintaining a Gothic Lolita wardrobe. This post is a little bit different, it is about building a Gothic Lolita wardrobe using many pieces from a pre-existing Gothic wardrobe, for someone who knows that Gothic Lolita is the style for them. So these coordinates are all extra Gothicky and might be a bit all over the Gothic to Lolita spectrum, some being more Gothic than straight up Lolita


First up, the Lolita pieces to be introduced into the Gothic wardrobe. These are mostly very basic pieces.
  • A JSK, I picked a rather fancy one from Baby, but it doesn't have to be.
  • A black skirt, tiered, or with some kind of interesting detail, perhaps a bustle or even something as simple as being a velvet or brocade skirt.
  • A black blouse with a Peter Pan collar
  • A pair of over-the-knee socks
  • A rather extravagant bonnet.
A different head piece could have easily been picked out, maybe a round lacy corsage? But I think an extra fancy black Victorian styled bonnet is a perfect head piece for a very Gothicky Gothic Lolita.


Next is the pre-existing Gothic wardrobe. Now, I'm talking Victorian Goth, Romatagoth, or maybe even something a bit Vampiric, something classical and elegant, not futuristic or nihilistic. These are all pieces that can easily be found in a full Gothic wardrobe, we've got:
  • 2 corsets, a plain black one and something a bit more fancy
  • An elegant long sleeved top (this one actually just came from Bodyline, but that's because Polyvore kind of sucks for Goth stuff)
  • A bolero
  • A lacy and ruffly blouse
  • A fancy tank top or cami top
  • 2 purses, something fancy and something very Gothic
  • 3 shoes, boots, and 2 pairs of heels, one plain and one a little bit crazier
  • 2 pairs of pretty tights
  • 2 pairs of ladies gloves
  • A faux fur shawl
  • A little feathery fascinator for the hair
  • An assortment of jewlery
This might seem like a lot of stuff, and I'm certainly not suggesting you rush out and buy this all, these are just all "typical" Goth pieces that a fleshed out wardrobe that has probably been added to for years would contain. Now, onward! to my silly named coordinates using both of these sets of clothes

Plain ol' Gothic Lolita

Yep, just plain ol' Gothic Lolita. Using nearly all of the Lolita pieces I've made a Gothic Lolita coordinate by only adding the boots and a few accessories such as a brooch, a long necklace, and some rings. For when you want to blend in with the other Lolitas!

Burlesque Night At The Théâtre des Vampires

This is a rather over-the-top outfit that makes me think of a night spent at an opera, time to break out all your most extravagant pieces and wear them all at once. I completely forgot to add a purse, but either one would look fantastic.

The High Cost of Living

Tank tops in Goth have reminded me of Neil Gaiman's Death :P Even though this one is covered up with a bolero, it still reminds me of Death, I think it's the coffin purse and the long silver necklace. Maybe pair this coordinate with black umbrella?

Marie Antoinette's Funeral

Maybe it's the look of that bolero's sleeves, combined with a blouseless JSK, but it reminds me of fancy 1700's dresses. Wear your hair up in lots of coifs and curls!

Memento Mori

A traditional Lolita outfit fancied up a bit with a corset, a few Gothic accessories, and a pair of lacy gloves peeking out from under your cuffs. To me, combining a Peter Pan collard blouse with a corset has a very Gothic and Victorian look, but still remains very childish looking. Providing, I think, an interesting contrast.

Memoirs of a Transylvanian Concubine

The sheer blouse, opera gloves, and boots make this coordinate a little bit Ero, don't forget to wear a cami under the blouse though! The corset is optional, I just can't help but want to add corsets over coordinates.

Our Lady Of The Broken Hearts

A simple Lolita coordinate with a corset over a JSK. I think that the addition of the big Victorian bonnet and the corset over the JSK, give the coordinate a very decadent look, without having to over accessorize.

Now, as I said, some of these coordinates might border a bit more on Gothic than Lolita, but I hope this has perhaps inspired some people not to be afraid to mix up their wardrobes a bit, and to think up creative ways to get a bit more wearability out of the beginnings of a Lolita wardrobe. Or, even if you don't have an epically full gothic wardrobe to start mixing in a bit with your Lolita wardrobe, maybe this post will inspire you to try something a little different with your next Gothic Lolita coordinate.

16 comments:

  1. nice outfits and combinations ^^

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  2. I love that you do so much in the way of Gothic, I think it's gorgeous but I can't pull it off... so I live a little vicariously :D

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  3. Uuh, very inspiring!
    I am so in love with that bolero! From where is it?

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  4. I love how elegant these are, all pretty!

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  5. THE BOLERO. I must have it -where's it from?

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  6. That black ruffely bag looks so cute and versatile! Post a link to where you found it, please?

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  7. @Naka- Thank you!

    @Victoria Suzanne- Thank you! I bet you could pull it off wonderfully. I know what you mean though XD I'm the same way with OTT Sweet Lolita. I don't feel like I can, but I love oogling over other people's Sweet coordinates.

    @Choco- Thank you!

    @Diana- The bolero came from some UK goth shop, they don't sell it anymore but I'm sure you could find another one similar online since most UK goth shops sell the same stuff.

    @Sofia- http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_10001_10001_18674_806999_-1 Here's where the bag comes from. I love it and would really love to have one for myself!

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  8. I came upon this blog in a link on EGL, and since I'm trying to move my Gothic wardrobe to Lolita (classic and Gothic of course.) this has been amazingly helpful, I mean I knew I could uses most of my pieces, but I can pretty much make coordinates for days with just one black Lolita skirt and my closet. XD

    Thanks for thinking of this, I'll be reading your blog now. :)

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  9. I love that you do so much in the way of Gothic, I think it's gorgeous but I can't pull it off... so I live a little vicariously :D

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  10. @Naka- Thank you!

    @Victoria Suzanne- Thank you! I bet you could pull it off wonderfully. I know what you mean though XD I'm the same way with OTT Sweet Lolita. I don't feel like I can, but I love oogling over other people's Sweet coordinates.

    @Choco- Thank you!

    @Diana- The bolero came from some UK goth shop, they don't sell it anymore but I'm sure you could find another one similar online since most UK goth shops sell the same stuff.

    @Sofia- http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_10001_10001_18674_806999_-1 Here's where the bag comes from. I love it and would really love to have one for myself!

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  11. Uuh, very inspiring!
    I am so in love with that bolero! From where is it?

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  12. That black ruffely bag looks so cute and versatile! Post a link to where you found it, please?

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  13. THE BOLERO. I must have it -where's it from?

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  14. I love how elegant these are, all pretty!

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  15. nice outfits and combinations ^^

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