Feb 28, 2011
Loliprompt: Lolita Lifestyle
I stumbled a while ago upon Loliprompts, a brilliant site providing prompts to respond to and to give ideas to all the lolita bloggers out there. One of these prompts was on a topic that I've been considering for quite a while now.
What is the “Lolita lifestyle”? Is it real or imagined? Does your idea of such a lifestyle differ from the ideas of others? Do you, or would you like to, adhere to this lifestyle?
To be honest, this is something that I've been puzzling over. Because this is obviously something that many people see as a reality and that many people strive to be. That being said, I'm sure it's something that is a reality... but I'm not entirely sure that's a good thing.
But then, don't I fit all the qualifications?
I enjoy tea, so much so that it's a daily ritual to sit and relax with a cup every night. I wear my frills very nearly every day, only wearing jeans on special occasions or when skirts are completely impractical. I enjoy ladylike crafts such as jewelry making and embroidery. I like to surround myself with things that are cute and beautiful and I value manners and modesty. I adore sweets, eating and baking them. I love picnics, especially in fancy settings. One of my favorite places to go in good weather is the zoo, where I stroll around in a pretty dress twirling my parasol. I even write a lolita-themed blog and have a lolita pen-pal. So aren't I a lifestyle lolita?
Yes. I guess. But... no. Yes, I define myself as a lolita, but I do not one of those things because I'm a lolita. With perhaps the exception of the parasol, but even that I bought months before I started really wearing the fashion. While it's true that I acknowledge some fashions are backed by ideals and ways of living - is it odd to say that I don't really consider lolita a sort of lifestyle? To me, lolita fashion is about an expression of the me that was already there. Being a lolita isn't about things I do, but the confidence I have in who I am. I didn't change to fit the fashion, the fashion just happened to fit me. I view the style as an enhancement, so to make an attempt to define any sort of likes/dislikes you must have attached to it would be a lie.
If there is an ideal attached to the fashion I don't think it's to be a pretty pretty princess at all times. So what is a lolita lifestyle, then? If I had to define a code to live by as a lolita, I would say it is simply be joyful. The aesthetic theme of the style is in its details. So should we not, as a group that tries to define itself by our fashion, take the cue directly from our clothing? So take joy in the little things. The texture of the fabric of your skirt, the lines of embroidery, the colors in a favorite print, the way the sun turns clouds pink in the afternoon, the flavors of a well prepared meal, the pride of doing well in a favorite game, the company of a friend or the pleasant peace of being alone. Find joy in everything.
If you are looking to be a lifestyle lolita, don't turn to a checklist and edit you life accordingly. If you love the fashion that much, your passion for it already qualifies you for the title. Don't do things you don't enjoy. Don't stop doing the things you love. If you love paintball fights, go for it. (I'd recommend not wearing frills during this activity, but if that rocks your world...) If you love skateboarding, making salsa, comic books, science, welding, veggie farming, playing video games with persistent gore turned on, tree climbing, whatever it is that isn't a classic girly lolita activity - do what makes you happy. Even all the checklists defining what a proper lolita should be include spoiling yourself, right?