Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Newbie Lolita FAQ- Questions We See Every Day

Disclaimer: Let me start off by saying that I have no intention of scaring off people new to the fashion! We are always happy to help new people out. We just get tired of seeing the same questions being asked every single day.

Day in and day out, lolitas spend time online. It's just part of the hobby! You go online to look at sales, to check out so-and-so's new coord and to interact with the lolita community. Unfortunately we almost always also encounter that horrid question that's been answered at least 1,000 times and could have been answered with a quick Google search or by taking a look in the EGL memories. Although lolita is a fashion to have fun in, and no there aren't any strict rules, research is key to clearing up your doubts and familiarizing yourself with the fashion.

If you're new and want to avoid being that person, here are some of the questions you might want to avoid asking (and their answers!)

1. Do I really need a petticoat under this JSK, skirt, OP?

Ok, granted this one can sometimes be tricky with the new silhouettes that have been popping up. I will say that 9/10 times, yes you do need a petticoat. In fact, sometimes you need to wear more than one to achieve the desired silhouette! A great way to tell by yourself if you need one or not is to compare how your dress looks on you [without a petti on] to how the dress looks in the stock picture.

See how poofy the dress looks in the stock picture and see how flat the dress looks on the girl? The stock pictures tend to show how the dress will look its best. I also recommend you invest in a good petti, because a bad quality petti will deflate quickly and make it look like you not wearing one at all

 Quick Tip: While on the topic of petticoats, here's the difference between a bell-shaped petti and an A line petti.

 Short answer: 9/10 times, yes you do need a petticoat.
2. Is Bodyline a reliable seller? Is this dress from Bodyline good?

This is one of those questions that a 2 second google search can answer for you. In the time it took you to post this question to Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, you could have had your answer! If you want to know if a seller is reliable, look up some reviews. Type in "[seller name] review" into Google or if you want to know about a particular dress or pair of shoes, type "[item name] reviews". Want video reviews? Type the same thing into Youtube! Pay attention to reviews made in the past year.
Example: "Bodyline Review" retrieves 682,000 results in 0.42 seconds.

Example: "Bodyline Dress L328 Review" retreives about 2,130 results in 0.57 seconds. (My review is second here)

And here's a video of Peachie talking all about Bodyline! (Her wardrobe is 99.99% Bodyline and she always looks great so she knows her stuff)

 Also a quick tip: If you have the money to afford it, ship your items through EMS. Your items will arrive quicker and you get e-mail support from Bodyline. If you choose Airmail it's cheaper, but you get absolutely no support from Bodyline if something happens to the package. If you can't afford it, don't worry! I've been ordering for years using Airmail and so far none of my packages have been lost or stolen.

 Short answer: Yes, it's reliable. Many lolitas shop from Bodyline all the time.
These are 2 questions I constantly see being asked to the popular lolitas. They are super nice and will often answer, but don't be offended if they tell you to check their archives or to Google it. Lolita's all about research, trial, and error. So go out there and discover lolita the fun way, by figuring it all out yourself. You'll feel very good about yourself further down the road!

[More FAQ will be posted soon]

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