Sunday, July 20, 2014

Bodyline Review~ (L543 and L325)

As promised in my previous post, today I have a review of some Bodyline things for you guys!
If you do not know, Bodyline is a Japanese store which sells Lolita clothes. 
A brief introduction to the style:
Lolita is a Japanese street fashion inspired by Victorian and Rococo styles. There are three main categories; Gothic, Sweet, and Classic. I myself prefer Classic, but I think the most popular is Sweet. The style has nothing to do with the novel Lolita, they just happen to go by the same name. It's a fashion about looking pretty~ Most Lolita clothes cost a ton of money though... and that's where Bodyline comes in!
Bodyline has very affordable clothes, in comparison to how much brand dresses cost. While a brand dress can run to be about $250, most of Bodyline's are about $60. It's a perfect brand I think for people interested in the fashion who are just beginning or are budget conscious, like me!
I've been wanting to get into the fashion for about 3 years now, and I finally decided to be brave and buy some clothes :3 I only bought 2 skirts because I thought that in case the fashion didn't look like I wanted it to look on me, I could always tone them down by not wearing a petticoat or a fancy blouse with them. I am very happy though, and plan to continue expanding my wardrobe in the future :)
Anyways, that was very long, and so now I have a review of 2 skirts for you guys; L543 and L325 (it's a shame they don't have prettier names for their clothes)
I did a YouTube video about it too, if you're interested ^_^

First up will be L543, because it's sort of the simpler one which I think could be more manageable for every-day life. It's not at all classic style, but I still thought it was really cute and it was the first skirt I decided to get c:
Here's the stock photo, since I didn't take any full sized photos of me wearing it~
I got it in black and white~
I thought that this skirt would look really cute with a black or white blouse, or even just a baggy sweater over it when I was feeling completely lazy and just wanted to wear it like a component of a typical boring outfit. I think it will be good either way c:
The stock photo shows it as looking really really puffy, but you'll only be able to achieve that by wearing tons and tons of petticoats >_> Or, maybe it just has to be the right type of petticoat- I don't know. But with mine it doesn't quite have that effect xD 
Here's my full-sized photo of it~
Sorry for the glare on the left side of the photo
In any case, on to mini reviews of everything about the skirt
The fabric of this, you can't really tell from the photos, but is quite shiny and slippery. It doesn't obviously shine, but in certain lighting it looks pretty shiny. Which is a bad thing, but there isn't really anything I can do about it. It's not that noticeable though, which is good.
There's lacing in two places, the front and the back
The front~
The front looks really nice but I don't like how it's attached to the lace because I'm always afraid that it's going to rip >_>

Sorry about messy lace >_>
There's also shirring for the back, but the lacing works for those of you who are thin enough that it needs to be laced up~
Lace and Details
Lace is definitely an important part of Lolita clothes, and Bodyline has been known in the past for not having the best of lace. The one on this skirt isn't too bad though, it's the crocheted type one (I think called cluny lace?) And it doesn't look bad.
Also a minor problem, one you really really can't notice but since I'm picky I noticed that the bows were sorta lopsided and not very neat looking and that bothers me -n-
Overall this is a really cute skirt! I think it's pretty and I like it a lot~ I will have to lose a centimetre or two from around my waist so it fits more comfortably though xD
Also for sizing reference, I got size M and it's measurements were:
Length: 57 cm
Waist: 66-70 cm
On to the next skirt!

I fell in love with this skirt, though was a bit torn as to whether I should get it or not. I'm really really happy that I decided to buy it though ^_^
I got it in brown~ Though I wanted all of the colors >n<
I seriously didn't think that I would fall in love with this skirt as much as I did. I mean, I thought it was pretty and all, but I'm completely enamored with how it looks on me~ It definitely looks very Victorian. With an ivory colored blouse, it's beautiful. Because of the color and the style, it's also really easy to get a steam punk look (I love steampunk) just by using well chosen accessories (like a pocket watch necklace and other such things).
My photos of it don't portray the color all that accurately; Bodyline's is better, but I'll show some close ups and a couple of reviews of various components of it, like for the previous skirt.
(Also, full-sized photo)
Sorry that it's bent weirdly >_>
This has mildly shiny fabric, however it's less noticeable than with the other skirt I got. The fabric itself is also really sturdy, so it doesn't feel cheap. there are 3 layers of skirt; the sides, the thing in between, and the very bottom one. It's heavy, but even without a petticoat it looks pretty puffy (you should still wear a petticoat with it though to get the perfect silhouette)
There's lacing in the front, and shirring in the back. I really do love the details of the front.
So prettyyyy ^_^
The shirring on the back is boring, but I'll include a photo anyways
There really isn't any lace on the skirt except for that near the lacing, but here's a closeup
It's barely noticeable
Aside from the lace being shiny, it's well made and looks quite nice with the skirt. I like that this skirt isn't completely dominated by lace~
One Other Tiny Thing
This skirt goes directly under the bust, so if you're small chested like me, it will really emphasize that.... area. Whether this is a good or bad thing in your opinion I don't know, but for me, who is used to looking like a 12 year old boy most of the time, it was an interesting surprise~
The size M fit me really nicely, and I tightened up the front lacing a bit so that it wouldn't slide down.
Here's the measurements for the size which I got~
Length: 62 cm
Waist: 64-74 cm
Aaaand yep! That just about concludes this review~ I hope you find it helpful, if any of you are considering buying either of these skirts~
Thanks for reading!
Sakura <3


  1. That second skirt looks amazing! It's too bad there aren't any pictures of you wearing it. c;

    I wasn't too solid about Bodyline's clothes' quality, and this is proof that you get what you pay for. But I think if you aren't too picky about okay-quality stuff, it looks chic and very cute. Looking forward to seeing outfits with these items! Who knows? Maybe you could integrate them into a steam-punk tutorial or something.

    1. Hehe, I love the second skirt ^_^ I did have a photo, but it was a bad one taken on my phone :P In the future I'll post more photos of various outfits though~
      I think that their quality isn't bad considering how much things in this style cost in general xD I mean the second skirt I think is pretty good quality for the price, and I like how it looks so I don't really mind x3 Bodyline's pieces all have different qualities, so I guess it depends on what you get. Ooh, a steam-punk tutorial could be quite interesting c: I'll do it once I have a blouse which matches the skirt better x3

  2. Back when I was curious about Lolita fashion, I turned to Bodyline, too! Their prices were surprisingly good. I still like the style a lot but I find it hard comitting to something this extraordinary.
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    1. Their prices are indeed quite great ^_^ Hm, I suppose I can see why it would be hard to commit, and I'm worried that that might be the situation for me, so I'm just trying to slowly integrate it into my wardrobe~

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    3. Hi again~
      Thank you so much! ^_^

  3. Love the dresses and the atmosphere of the photo. The books really add to it *u*
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    1. Thank you! It's actually a jewelry box, but I love how it looks like a stack of old books x3
      I'll gladly look at your blog! Thanks for leaving the link ^_^

  4. Oh gosh...I LOVE lolita fashionnn! (I've always wanted to just take the plunge and buy some outfits but >.<) I've never heard of body line to be honest though, but now I'm going to browse through the site. :) I love both of the skirts too! I wish you showed what they looked like on you. ^_^ Thanks for the review!

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    1. I love the fashion as well :3 I think it looks so beautiful >u< Bodyline is a great site if you want to begin~ I recommend it c: Hehe, I'll post some outfits at some point ^.^ Once I get better at styling everything x3 I'm glad you liked the review!

  5. Ive always wanted to wear Lolita fashion but i haven't stumbled upon sites that sells such like these, maybe if went to japan :) Love the second skirt <3

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    1. Bodyline is a good site if you want to start out~ Also they're relatively cheap which is nice c: The second skirt is my favourite too <3


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