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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!)

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

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or:

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

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Thank you for the faves! I always read every comment so don't be shy ^-^
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MiyouCosplay Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
:) thx u :) 
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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
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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.
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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!
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CJtheEAofMAS Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Student General Artist
wooooow, i like this styles so much ^^
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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.
Thankyou.
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Minami-Kousaka Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Student General Artist
So much... LOLI!!! XD
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Torokou Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
I love Country and Casual :3
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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
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Marymary313 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A really helpful guide.
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