Sunday, December 5, 2010

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Brrr! Winter is fast approaching but for some of us it may feel like it's already here! But that doesn't mean that it's time to hang up your bonnets and call it quits for the season! Heavens no! Really, what a better time to wear a fashion that's meant to be so modest to begin with? But of course, with the cold weather, your usual blouse and jumperskirt may not cut it.
Let's start with your coat. Now, you don't necessarily have to spend a ton of money on a brand coat. Really, it doesn't need to be a Lolita coat at all if you would rather something more versatile. But I wouldn't recommend a big shiny puffer coat either. I recommend a heavy wool coat. It's fairly easy to find cute wool coats in a regular department store.
Take my coat for example which I bought on sale at Bon Ton two years ago.The cream color is very versatile and can be worn with just about any style of Lolita whether I'm in the mood for Gothic or Sweet (thought I must admit I think it would go best with Classic!) It is long and cuts just above the knee and has a sweet ruffle around the edge. It's also great for when I'm not wearing Lolita too, so you get more for your money!
Next let's move on to accessories. You have your earmuffs, gloves, scarves, and hats. Since you will most likely be wearing them with your coat you should make sure to coordinate the colors with those of your coat. If your coat is like mine, you could choose white accessories or you could choose black accessories to match your buttons.
Let's start with your head and work your way down. To keep your head and ears warm you could choose either earmuffs or you could choose a hat. Personally, I think earmuffs are adorable as they are, especially if they're furry and fuzzy! They just have such a nice warm look. If you're going for a Sweet Lolita look, you could try earmuffs with animals on the sides. Hot Topic is actually currently selling adorable earmuffs with bunnies on the sides. Or if you're going for a Classic look, Innocent World has been known to have some cute earmuffs with bows on them.
If you're not a fan or earmuffs, or you would just rather your whole head be covered, hats are great too. A very good hat to wear with Lolita is a beret! Berets are very cute and cover just enough of your head to keep you warm. Berets aren't for everyone though. If you would rather not wear a beret, another type of wool hat would work well such as this Innocent World hat to the right.
Now let's move down to your neck. Not everyone likes scarves, but I personally love them! Really, you can wear whatever scarf you want, but there are plenty of Lolita brands that sell scarves. Knit scarves are especially cute! If you're not against fur, a fur scarf could be an elegant look for a Gothic or Classic outfit. If you are against fur, faux fur is always an option as well. If you don't want to go all out with a scarf, you could always wear a tippet or collar which are popular in fur or faux fur. You could tie it in the front with a ribbon or fasten it with a corsage or brooch.
Next we'll cover your hands! It is essential to keep your hands warm in cold weather. Gloves and mittens are both good options. I think that mittens are cuter, but they aren't as functional as gloves and don't give your fingers as much freedom. Most Lolita brands sell gloves that are good for the winter. If you have plain gloves that you like to wear, you could always lolify them yourself by adding ribbons, bows, embroidery, or anything else you'd like. You might also like to try a muff. Muffs are very feminine and traditional. They're really cute too!
Now that you're done outside in the cold, let's move you inside and take off your coat! You'll want to have warm clothes underneath as well! If you want a little extra warmth, you could try wearing a velvet OP or JSK. Velvet is a thicker material and also has a very Wintery look about it. If you're worried about your legs getting cold you could choose to wear thicker stockings or maybe even wool stockings instead of your knee high or over-the-knee socks. Lolita boots are also very good for the Winter!
I hope these tips will help you now that the weather is getting cold! Have a happy Winter!


DuskRose_Dreaming said...

I enjoyed reading these tips! The summer where I live is intense and way too long, but it does get (somewhat) cold here, so I've been wanting to update my winter wardrobe.

M. Johnson said...

I love wearing knee high socks to stay warm! I will definitely be looking into some of the things you've suggested, like a wool coat.

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