Best place to buy inexpensive off-brand/replica lolita?
I have no plans of becoming a hard core lolita, or whatever, but some of it would be cute in a normal wardrobe.
Take it from a lolita, it won't look cute. A lot of lolita looks cute because they're styled lolita, if you removed all the lolita-ness you'd just end up with a frumpy baggy skirt made with way too much fabric to look good.
Go on the taobao thread and find normie cute shit instead, that usually works out much better.
If you're after shoes, Bodyline is worth a try. Boots, oxford and mary janes don't usually look too out of place but a lot of old school or purely lolita shoes look a bit clownish or clunky, especially if they have rounded toes. I mean most lolitas nowadays are swapping lolita shoes for normie designer shoes because they're more elegant or whatever like VW and IC. There's a lot of crossover between classic lolita stuff and vintage styles; maybe some lolita outerwear could jazz up normal clothes. I've always incorporated lolita 'influences' into my normal day to day wear so I think I know what you're shooting for. Lolita blouses can look nice with yopur regular office wear, which makes sense as so many traditional 'secretary blouses' are modern interpretations of historical shirts or just generally floaty/elegant looking. I'd have a look at some Taobao resellers for cheaper stuff and Mary Magdalene/Innocent World for vintagey stuff. Also check out some of Fanny Rosie's coords.
Next time please fuck off to the dumb questions or help thread. How many boards actually have threads to catch you newshits up, but we still have these damn clutter threads because I guess making a whole new thread just for yourself is easier than scrolling down for 5 fucking seconds
Why can't someone want to wear clothes that look like they could be lolita but aren't really? It's not like she's gonna call it lolita, she even said she wasn't gonna go hardcore into it and I read that as she wants to wear something like it, maybe even a cheap knock off version like a $65 dress you'd get off taobao and as long as she doesn't call it lolita it should be fine.
I almost fell for your bait yo, good job
Shoes, blouses, bows & berets from ali. Wait til mr yans birthday sale in sept to buy half off bodyline, you would be as well to save up & get some brand on yjapan or mbok auction though. Its a very $ intensive hobby honestly, if you do it right. Lurk moar first.
Thanks. I originally saw that nun dress on taobao, and while I get great wigs from there, the quality of everything else I've gotten has been so-so. (Outside of taobao dress brands)
I'm still a little intimidated about ordering from aliexpress too
I read it more as "oh you think you can just wear casual knock offs cause it looks like lolita"
could be wrong
if I'm not though, I want to reiterate, OP never said she wanted to call it lolita.