Shamefully, I haven’t written in a while. Things were quite busy for me, but it didn’t stop me on my quest toward a wardrobe that I felt expressed my style better. This has for years been my personal mission, and my style is unique and not unique at the same time. It uses the cute, lacey, girly elements of Japanese style (think himeloli, princess, and Victorian styles) and retro styles from the 50’s (full skirts, suspender belts and stockings, polka dot patterns).
As such, over the years, I’ve gathered resources to find items that match my personal taste. I want to share some of the brands and websites I’ve discovered in the past year and share some of the items I’ve bought. So this post series is sort of a mixture of resource sharing and product review. Let’s get started, shall we?
My favorite place to go for most clothes is still YesStyle.com. They’ve started selling some lolita-wear, though none of the high-end brands like Angelic Pretty or Baby, The Stars Shine Bright. I still lean more toward everyday frilly-wear than full-out lolita clothing. One of my favorite brands is called DreamSwing, or Altalena on YesStyle. It’s a more princess style, but is less elaborate than lolita, making it more suitable for everyday wear. They offer sizes S-L, so unlike a lot of other brands on YesStyle, the clothes fit better. That being said, pay careful attention to the sizing, because it still runs small. If you’re petite like me, that’s great! I like this brand because the quality is very good, and I think the pricing is reasonable. The skirts and dresses are also good lengths (I’m 150cm/4’11”, and they cover about 2/3’s of my thigh, a little more with some items).
I’ve bought two dresses, a skirt, and a blouse from this brand. They’re my favorite items. First, I bought this skirt. It’s a beautiful pattern with icy colors (I prefer icy colors over dusty pastels, they just work better for my skin tone). It fits great, and sadly, I avoid wearing it so as not to ruin it! It has built-in shorts, which is great for summers and windy days and if you’re planning to ride your bike. The material is very light. I’ve gotten lots of compliments on this skirt! I bought it on sale for £24 (about $37).
Next, I bought this blouse. I love this blouse. It’s as cute in person as it is in the pictures. It’s well made and fits nicely. Like most women, I do have some difficulty with blouses fitting well in the chest area (puckering at the buttons), and I still get that with this blouse. I bought it in a small, and it fits great everywhere except the chest still puckers a little. Oh, well. It’s still adorable. I ordered this for about $32.
Later, I bought these two items. I’ve never had such heavy dresses! These are truly fall/winter dresses. They’re heavy and cozy and adorable. Who doesn’t like being cozy and adorable at the same time? They’re both fully lined and have invisible zippers on the side. They both have some stretch, but it isn’t as generous as one would expect on knitted items, so be careful with the sizing. Each dress is about $50.
You can also find DreamSwing items on Rakuten.