Today I'll be doing a post a little different from anything I've done before: a sort of fashion inspiration-type thing!
As most of you (probably) know by now, I love J-fashion. While I mostly wear lolita, I also am trying to delve into mori girl more. But, there's also another fashion that I really like.... Dolly Kei!
|(Unless specified, all images from antique-dolly.tumblr.com)|
Dolly Kei to me seems like the love child between lolita and mori girl (the best things ever, right?)
It clearly takes inspiration from Victorian fashions, but at the same time there are much fewer rules than there are in lolita (there are no restrictions on skirt length, shoe type, what pieces need to be worn- it's a much freer fashion). It focuses a lot on layering, and unlike in lolita, there's no focus on 'brands'. Often the pieces are thrifted or vintage, making it a very accessible fashion.
Dolly Kei originated from a Japanese store called 'Grimoire', which you may have heard of because of their amazing (pricey) tights.
(photo from tokyofashion.com)
There really aren't any strong restrictions on Dolly Kei, which is cool. There are generally two types of it- very light colored dolly kei (which looks similar to mori girl and cult party kei), and the darker colored dolly kei (which has more jewel tones/dark neutrals).
Here are some really cute Dolly Kei coords that I found, so you get a better idea of the aesthetic of the fashion.
As you can see, there are a lot of different variations of the style. Extravagant, simple, long dresses, short dresses, light colors, dark colors- everything!
Also on the topic of Dolly Kei, I found a really cute taobao shop called Artka!
They carry a lot of vintage/peasant/woodlandgirl clothes that I think would be perfect for Dolly Kei~ Here are some of my favorites~
Yeah.... clearly I like this shop a lot >u<
Anyways, I think that's about all I have to say on the subject. I just wanted to share the fashion with you guys in case it's something you'd be interesting~
I plan on ordering from Artka from some point, so when I do, I'll let you guys know :3
Thanks for reading!