Sunday, September 6, 2015

Dolly Kei: My Latest Fashion Obsession~

Hi everyone~
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!
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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. 
Store interior
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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!


  1. I think Dolly Kei is so, so adorable ;A; I LOVE the Mori girl style and I think Mori and Lolita style combined sounds perfect<3 Thank you so much for sharing this! I'd love to see a haul when you order from Artka c:
    ~Kiyomi <3

    1. It's so adorable, isn't it? ;u; It's seriously the perfect combination <3
      I'm hoping I can order soon! ^_^

  2. Dolly Kei is such a cute style! I adore all of these styles but I don't think I could pull it off lmao~ Let us know when you make co-ordi's for this style, I'd like to see them! <3

    Minae ♥ MinaekeiLatest Blog Post!

    1. It certainly is really adorable >u< Aw I'm sure you could pull them off!
      I'll be sure to post outfits when I actually make them :3 <3

  3. It's the first time I've heard from Dolly Kei and I think it's sooo beautiful! Especially the light beige / pinkish coords are a dream. Thank you so much for this blogpost!

    Have a lovely day ♥

    1. Ah I'm glad I could introduce you to it! <3 Yeah I think that the light colored coords are just so darling~
      Have a lovely day as well! <3

  4. Wow thank you so much for sharing these pictures, I really love them all! So many beautiful dresses <3

    Lipstick and Mocha

    1. Ah I'm glad that you liked them! <3 The dresses really are beautiful~

  5. Oooh these are so pretty but I cannot pull off these types of clothes.

  6. Oooh these are so pretty but I cannot pull off these types of clothes.

    1. They're really pretty, aren't they? ^.^
      Aw, I'm sure you'd be able to at least some of them~ There's a lot of variety in Dolly Kei, so even if one type doesn't quite suit you, I'm sure that another type would be perfect~

  7. AHH I love this post! It's not the type of fashion I feel like I can wear around my town but oh my gosh I love the way it looks on other girls!

    1. Oh no it's too bad you can't really wear it around your town! :c It really is a gorgeous fashion though, isn't it? Like something out of a fairy tale~


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