Some Creative Coordinates from Alice Deco

Many times, what makes a successful Lolita coordinate is simply wearing all the matching pieces in a set. While there's nothing wrong with this, it does get a little boring, which is probably why the Bibles have lost their sparkle in the eyes of many Lolitas. The magazine Alice Deco a la Mode has replaced the Bibles as a source of inspiration for many. And it's obvious why! The coordinates featured in the magazine are a fresh take on our old favorites. While they are not always strictly Lolita, or even strictly in good taste, it's a great inspiration for when you want to try something a little new and a little different.

Here's a few of my favorite Lolita coordinates from the most recent issue of Alice Deco!

These magazine scans are from The Visual Beast and are from the most recent Alice Deco, vol. 4

You'll notice a few things things with these coordinates, the first being layers! The Alice Decos are really big on layering, adding extra long skirts under shorter skirts, wearing skirts over dresses, or even wearing two dresses at once. This may not translate too well in everyday wear, all those layers are probably bulky and a bit uncomfortable, but it's hard to deny how cool it looks. Another, slightly more realistic, way to make a coordinate interesting that Alice Deco relies on is unique tights and shoes. Check out this old post about doing just that in your coordinates. These coordinates are also less worried about matching perfectly than they are about being creative. While this is sometimes hit or miss, when done successfully it's quite stunning, take the second picture in this post for example, the girl on the right with the little bit of pink bloomers peeking out.



If you're interested in trying out this style on your own, check out the community Daily a la Mode, which is all about wearing Lolita pieces in unique ways.

12 comments:

  1. I would love to read Alice Deco

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  2. Pretty wild coordinates they got there. I like it!

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  3. I loved Alice deco a la mode 4 , amazing dresses and cordinates ;)

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  4. kawaiiiiii, now i am in Japan, and just today i will go to buy my Alice Deco Nº 4, i love this magazine!!!!!!
    Kisses from Hiroshimaaaaaaa

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  5. I love the unique coordinates, but I'm not creative enough or motivated enough to do some of them! Someone should write a guide to doing unique coordinates on a budget that is practically nill and with entirely handmade items.

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  6. That ribbon cage skirt is made of win!

    I love Alice Deco because the co-ordinates they come up with are so visually exciting and they mix in pieces from great ura-hara shops. It's my fave magazine!

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  7. I love alice deco, the style is so much more me. However i hate most of the expressions the models pull, they just look so funny to me XD I just stick my thumb over their faces as i flick through

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  8. I love the unique coords in alice deco, the books are a great way to get some inspiration.

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  9. I love the look using anklets socks with shoes. I actually was thinking of trying something like that for the summer instead of wearing tights or OTKs.

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  10. This post actually inspired me to create a new blog for frugal lolitas, so thank you for the inspiration. Come check it out once it is up and running~ ☆

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  11. Hello Carro-chan, I just noticed and thought I should mention, you do link my blog(not every lost soul is a lost cause/okage-loves-you) but latley I have changed my adress and blog name so I can now be found on http://alice-cafe.blogspot.com/

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  12. Sorry for a late comment, but I just got found your blog recently.

    Coming from a cold climate, I've been wearing layered skirts for years and years. The key is to keep things thin! Another thing to keep things fitting nicely is to make each waist band lay on a different part of your body (this takes some experimenting to get it feeling/looking right). Most of my under-skirts are homemade or bought a size too big. I use long wrap around ties, like apron strings, to adjust the waists and keep things tied down so I don't look "padded" with layers.

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