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Guide to All Lolita Styles by Neko-Vi Guide to All Lolita Styles by Neko-Vi
This is a guide for anyone who wants to familiarize with the wide world of Lolita fashion. (the picture is very big but full view please!)

{ What is Lolita? }
"Lolita" has nothing in common with the erotic meaning of lolita/young girl, but it is a fashion subculture very popular in Japan.
Lolita fashion uses Rococo and Victorian era features: bows, lace and elegance are the main ingredients of this style, and it can come in many other styles: Classic, Sweet, Gothic, Country, Punk, Hime (princess), Sailor, Wa (influenced by Japanese kimono), Qi (influenced by Chinese qi pao), Erotic, Kuro (all black), Shiro (all white), Pinku, Mizuiro (all blue), Casual (very simple), Steampunk (very recent style), Guro (grotesque), Pirate, Cosplay (a wrong conception of Lolita style), and Military (very recent).
We can say that Kuro, Shiro, Pinku and Mizuiro styles are the monochromatic subcategory of Sweet (or Classic) Lolita. Sometimes the Pirate style is considered (and underestimated) Cosplay Lolita, but I think that it could be a good style if you've learned the rules of Lolita fashion well.
A Lolita dress always has a knee-length skirt, if it doesn't is NOT Lolita. It can be longer but not shorter, only Erotic loli skirts can be a little, little shorter to reveal bloomers or garters.
Lolita pumps don't have too high heels and usually they have high platforms.
Don't use too much colorful wigs or clothes made of low quality fabric, or too shiny/synthetic fabric.
Think of a victorian era porcelain doll, it should look like her: the same delicacy, the same elegance, the same innocence and grace. Delicacy, elegance and grace have nothing to do with your appearance, so it doesn't matter if you're not extremely thin or Miss America. You don't have to be european or asiatic, you can be of another ethnicity. The most important thing is how you wear your outfit and style.
Lolita is not only a fashion subculture, it can be a lifestyle as well.

Elegant Gothic Aristocrat and Elegant Gothic Lolita (in my opinion) should not considered official lolita styles, they are only a Mana's collection, so I haven't put it into the guide (though many people consider them true Loli styles)
Kodona should not considered Lolita because yes, it uses the same criterions and tenets, but it is the male counterpart of Lolita fashion so Lolita is the female style, and Kodona is the male one! This doesn't mean that a girl can't wear a Kodona outfit.

So, what's your favourite one? :3
I really hope you liked this guide and I hope it can be helpful for you. I worked really hard for this! So please, do not steal, copy, use or reproduce this work without my permission.

Camouflage pattern (in Military Lolita) by Peter Plastic [link]§ion=&q=camouflage+pattern#/d29leb2
You can watch the full version of Classic, Sweet and Gothic Lolita if you want to:



Steampunk Loli outfit [link]
Wa Loli outfit [link]

Thank you for the faves! I always read every comment so don't be shy ^-^
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Yumeko-Hime Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is amazing and very helpful!
Shoujo-Slytherin Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Student Writer
I love the classic and gothic ones.
Nyami-Rose Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Can I use these for presentation on Lolita at a my local convention?
Neko-Vi Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
MikasaShin Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
*A* pretty
TeSii Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
Hi! I'm an Spanish girl with a blog, and I have just found you looking for pics for it. I have to tell you I'm AMAZED. I LOVE your deviations and... I'd be REAAAAALLY pleased if you could let me use some of your pics for my signatures and maybe some icon (Obviously, i'd reccomend your Deviations in my blog and also say they're yours!)
So... Well... ¿Can I? *^*
abii-sugarcoat Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Aw~~ They're all adorable! But you missed my favourite style unfortunately ;-; My favourite ever is Fairy Lolita (cross over with fairy kei) but out of the ones there sweet all the way! ^^ 
MiyouCosplay Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
:) thx u :) 
BlightOwl Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool!  My roommate does Lolita, if that's the right way of saying it, and she looks simply fabulous.  I'm looking to design her a dress, so this is a really helpful guide!  Thanks so much for this :3
Ladykanasewing Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
The drawings are so cute and well done to represent the styles. I'm surprised you included Cosplay Lolita seeing that it's actually pretty hated and ridiculed in the comm itself.
shin-hikari Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Tai-AKI which style should I go for..? //faints
They're all just so amazing!
CJtheEAofMAS Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Student General Artist
wooooow, i like this styles so much ^^
Misha-Rbk Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
Hi. Im organizing a lolita reunion on my city,.
Can i use this in the event for information for the girls can know about lolita styles? I really loved the drawings with every kind of details  of each type of lolitas and the facts you  write on here.
Neko-Vi Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm sorry to answer so late! If in future you will make another lolita reunion, you sure can share this work with the partecipants
Minami-Kousaka Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Student General Artist
So much... LOLI!!! XD
Noiryss Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
I love Country and Casual :3
LunaBones Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
Punk, Pirate, Guro, Erotic, Sailor, Military and Steampunk are my favourites here :D:D:D They are all georgeous depictions though :D:D:D
Marymary313 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A really helpful guide.
CrimsonRedPainter Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing! I really don't know what to choose as a favourite! :D
shin-hikari Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I had no idea there were this many styles of Lolita *^*
THE-CRAZY-BUGGIES Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Definitely using this guide. Thanks for making it!
theFabulousUnknown Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student General Artist
I like the military girl and the country! Though it's mainly because I don't see them very often.
Mikabunni Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
My faves used to be classic and country. But I'm really liking military and steampunk too! Thank you for the explaination too, it really helped!!
KimikotheLexicon Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love all the styles and the description about them. However, recently I have seen African Lolita. It's VERY RARE but it exist. 
Xinyipanda Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG! The art works are so beautiful. It must take a lot of time and effort to think of all these fashion designs! 
I LOVE THEM ALL! :icongigglingplz: 
homersquish Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Student Artist

It's so cute~!

I'm a sweet/pinku loli~!

AlisaTheArtiste Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
These are too cute
sbunny441 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
Thx! This helped quite a bit. I've been contemplating which style I liked most, and I'm stuck between sailor, punk and classic. I'm leaning more on the sailor, since it's simple and cute. But I find I wear punk in my everyday wardrobe more than anything. I also like the elegance of classic, but I feel it would not be very comfortable in my lifestyle. Your designs are amazing! Thx for the help!
zakirah-rabaney Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
Hi Nero,

I'm a fashion blooger writing a short blog post on lolita fashion and after searching the web, your artwork definitely illustrates the different lolita styles best and I'd like your permission to use it in my post please. I'll definitely credit you and link it back to your tumblr, twitter, facebook and deviant art profiles if you agree. My blog address: Hope to hear from you soon :) 

Neko-Vi Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
that's ok =) nice blog
zakirah-rabaney Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
AWESOOOOMME!! And thank you :) I will definitely send you the link to the post once it's up!! xx
zakirah-rabaney Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
Hi Neko! 

The post is up :) thank you again for letting me use your artwork!

Neko-Vi Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist

uhm.. it says: «Sorry, the page you were looking for in this blog does not exist» :(
karuchimaru Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
wooooo n.n few magical styles
OHIMESAMAKYUBBI Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist
PhatLipp Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Luv your designs and thank for explaining what Lolita style is and how to identify it! I've seen alot of this and never knew what it was! My fav designs on here are the Classic, Gothic, Punk, Kuro and Pirate! I like your Gallery as well! :love: :peace:
gjmr28 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
First off I'd like to say thank you of doing this. I really helps on getting to know Lolita and that there isn't just one type, I even learned about Wa and Qi. (happy day! ^-^) But i noticed that there isn't an Oiji or prince lolita here along with others like alice, maid, school, nurse, cyber, mori, deco, and gyaru. Most of the once I listed are themes, but so is military and pirate lolita. The other ones are uncommon like goru and erotic. I also want to say that cosplay lolita is looked down upon in the fashion because of its poor quality. I just wanted to point that out. Anyway thank you for your hard work. I really made my day! XD
teto-and-rin Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i can't choose! XD
DuckyFan24 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
the dresses are so kawaii! THis definitaly helped me with the different types of lolita!
saori28-itstinks Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013

I love most of the dresses, very lovely!
I was wondering.. Could I use this as a guide? :3 - specifically Classic, Gothic, Punk, Kuro, Shiro, and Casual.
I want to have the designs tailored as I have always wanted beautiful lolita dresses for my Pullips.
Oh I do hope it's okay with you ~♥
saori28-itstinks Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Oops, sorry, just read your FAQ now. *embarassed*
Thanks anyway!~ n.n
BleachFan2010 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Awesome! I can finally make some of my OC's thanks to this :D
FoaminianPriestess Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Student Writer
Awesomeness! I'm really going to need this!
JRockChocolate Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
THIS IS PERFECT! I finally have a wonderful guide to go off of.
Thank you!!!
anime-lova-xoxo Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
I'm country! I started out as classic, but for some reason I always ended up as country. . . so that's what I'm going with (my choices for headwear and print have a lot to do with it)! It's a great guide. I'm so glad that you've created this, since even people who don't necessarily follow lolita can be informed thanks to you. You're a hero <3
idontfearyou Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Student General Artist
You just inspired me, my friend! I'm going to take one of my OCs and draw them in each of these styles! C:
Finaldistance23 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Now,I can finally design.lolita styled charas. Huzzah! :)
YukinataAngel Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
You have informed me so much. Thank you! Now I can go to Dragon Con dressed right! I love your gallery and all of your dresses!
Mikaellakun Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013   Digital Artist
I love them all xD
cottoncandytree Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student General Artist
you need to do this with punk fashion, you know like the difference in steampunk and countrypunk and cyberpunk. i now there is more but those are the only ones i know of
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