In your honest opinion, how long do you think lolita will last? I want to get serious about it and start buying,coording,etc. But I see how dead /cgl/ and alot of blogs are now, it almost feels like a barren hobbie. Is it worth getting into at this point? Give me some hope, but really just give me your honest opinion.
Honestly? If you love it, go for it. I don't think the community is dying, people are just scattered across so many different platforms that it's hard to get a good idea of how active the wider community is. A lot of people use Facebook groups as well which is almost impossible to keep track of.
The community is probably more active than ever. Do you have a local comm or anything?
Forgot to say, I don't know how long Lolita will last, but I don't think we'll see a death in the next 10 years, at least. It's a pretty strong fashion and the brands that cater to it are putting out more than ever.
Alot of blogs ended and cgl being slow is:
1. Everyone in is school(college/highschool)
2. Some lolita's don't those who try toget "efame", so many will stop blogs cause of hate/stalkers
But dude go for it if you want, i'm in two comms and both are extremely active i find myself every other weekend in lolita for some damn kind of meet, or just for the fuck of it.
I honestly think lolita is just getting started. We're seeing more releases than ever, both from big name brands, and indie brands. There are hundreds of stores that carry a huge variety of loliables, from purely accessories, to dresses, to blouses, shoes, coats, etc. The online community may seem less active, but it's mainly because, like >>8803494 said, we're so scattered around. Most comms are very private, so you can't really judge how active they are until you attend a meet for yourself.
It's more active than ever. Some facebook pages have over 10000 members. My own comm has about 500. Huge international meets have popped up with hundreds in attendance. Egl and livejournal are dead just because the site has lost its popularity and its members have scattered on tumblr, instagram and facebook. When I started with lolita you had maybe 5 lolita threads on cgl at the same time and now they make up half.
OP here thanks gulls, this makes me feel very appy to hear. I was just concerned since I haven't been ere in 3 years and it's pretty different.
Lolita is still growing for sure, I say this cause I've been interested in lolita since the early 2000's and it's so much more common now then it was back then, now there are stores in the states and so forth. So no need to worry. I don't know when it will "die" but as long as you like to wear something it doesn't really matter.
This is what stopped me from buying shit 5 years ago... And look how popular it is now, I wish I would've gone for it. Don't blow every penny , but don't be afraid of losing money, either. It's worth it for the joy it brings me
If you are planning to get into a fashion by just gauging how popular it is then it seems like you are going into it for the wrong reasons.
Make a pros and cons list and see how much you actually want to do it.
Thats not it. I don't want to spend time and money for a fashion won't be able to wear everyday, I want to make sure there is enough great people, communites and events to do this in.
Stop being so critical. She just wants to be able to share things she enjoys with other people. There's nothing wrong with having access to a community for a hobby you'd like to pursue being a deciding factor.
I had the impression OP was trying to figure out if she's throwing money on dresses she can't resell, since lolita = dead = nobody left to buy dresses that didn't work out for her.
I have to admit, the idea of trying to get into lolita based on whether there's cool people in it or not is kind of, well, misguided. It's very alive and kicking, certainly, but lolitas are still very small in number. There's no guarantee there's any lolita comms near OP, no guarantee the lolita comm near OP is pleasant at all, and take a look at cgl, girls are happy to post to the ita thread, the nitpick thread, take apart coords from cof, and so on. In particular, they're quick to hate girls whom they perceive as attentionwhores, or being in it for the e-fame. Any time a lolita meets a stranger they're just as likely to shun perceived creepers and attentionwhores as they are to extend the hand of friendship, so it's a complete tossup whether she makes any friends even if she dresses in lolita and reaches out to lolita comms, online or offline.
I'm with the other anon. You want to take a long, hard look at why you want to do lolita, and whether or not you can still do it even if you don't find any friends or nobody pays any attention to you. Otherwise you're sinking a lot of money in pretty dresses only to be dissappointed and have to sell them off when you don't get the attention you want. Maybe find your local lolita comm and meet them first, see if you even want to have tea with them in the first place, before committing to any purchases.
It's very much alive. Probably more alive then ever and growing more and more steam as it goes. I'm sure it will be around for a very long time. It's slowly working its way into most cultures that it's getting easier and easier to get ahold of. I think that as long as Japan exists, Lolita will exist.