29 Jun 2015

China inspired coord for a meetup

Thanks to Erica for this photo Everything is handmade by me (except for the underskirt and shoes). So sorry about the shoes though, I still haven't received the shoes I coorded for this, and my bust knee won't allow fancy shoes at all, so I had to make do with what I had.

Some weeks ago I attended a meetup to celebrate Erica's 3 years in this city. Sadly she moved to another city, but I'm hoping we'll get to see her often despite of that! I always enjoy conversations with her and had a great time at the meetup! I finally got to wear my ancient China inspired coord (though I am not entirely sure if this coord is strictly speaking lolita).

Everybody brought a little something, so we ended up having way much!

Erica had made the most delicious salad, so I took a photo to remember the recipe! I could just have eaten the whole thing (••) nomnom....

Frills and more frills!

I had improved my Lolita Coord game a bit more, and we enjoyed a few rounds again ❤(^▿^

I am just so very happy with this coord ω Though I did have this image in my head that it would be much more OTT once finished, but it turned out rather modest in the end. Go figure. Anyway, I'm pleased with it!

This is one sturdy purse!

Again, proud to manage a hairdo with my own hair (and a few hair extensions). I know it's a bit of a clishé, but I really love this style in hairdos (and I went through tons of different styles only to come back to this one).

I got most of my makeup specially for this purpose (although this coord was rather an excuse for getting some new makeup). It doesn't much show here, but I am wearing bronze eye shadow and gold eyeliner and there's gold shimmer on my lips too. I also made my eyebrows darker than usual to match the coord better.

The jade fish was an old treasure I had been carrying for years and now it got to good use with this coord! I love the spark of colour it brings! I made the pearl necklace for this coord already way back in february out of a vintage necklace I bought at Vapriikki Vintage.

Feast your eyes on my handsewn buttons!

I planned for the hair pieces for a LONG time (and the hairdo as well for that matter). Initially I was going to purchase them readymade from Taobao, but alas, the ones I wanted got sold out. So I decided to make them myself.

I used the "leftover" materials from the hair pieces to make myself a few different pairs of matching earrings too!

The details are just breathtaking, even though I say so myself :P I just love the way the fabric shines and reflects light! I fell in love with this vintage saree as soon as I saw it and decided it would be a must for this outfit!

I was told qi-lolita might not get taken well by other lolitas in the internet because of religious and ethnic opinions (or some such nonsense), so I've been refraining from posting it further for now. Even so, I can't help but thinking if there are others like me, who absolutely would love to see more outfits like this, but can't seem to find pictures, not even for inspiration. This made me really wonder about lolita fashion and the including and excluding of things in it. 

I really don't see how beauty and aesthetics should be bound by blood relations, religions or owning your cultural history. Isn't lolita all about taking and combining old and new aesthetics in history to make this entire fashion? And furthermore, if a Finnish girl making and wearing ancient Chinese inspired outfit is frowned upon in lolita fashion, because the wearer has nothing to do with Chinese culture, wouldn't it be the same with a Japanese girl wearing a rococo inspired outfit, which is in fact part of European culture, and had never been part of Japanese culture during the period of rococo? Rococo fashion is as much cultural history to those born in Europe as ancient Chinese fashion is to those born with Chinese roots. 

It's true that religions often shape the fashion, but clothes are not worn by religions, they are worn by people. It is also people who shape cultures, not the other way around. So why do people fight over the rights to manifest culture in clothing? Everything else is free for the taking for anyone wanting to enjoy it, art, music, religion and all that which makes culture what it is, so why not fashion too?

I am not here to start a fight or even a debate, I was just wondering how strange it is for a fashion such as lolita (which usually doesn't give two hecks about what others might think) to stir up so much trouble over something so very simple. Beautiful things such as these should belong to everybody and be allowed without having to discuss ones religion or cultural roots, they've got nothing to do with it.

I am making and wearing clothes for myself, and not somebody else. I rather see my coord as a tribute anyway, so I should think it only as appropriate wear and definitely not insulting. Though this kind of thing happens to me often enough to know that every effort I really want to make is always worth the possibility of being rejected or stirring up negative emotions (though I do hope this is not the case this time). But I should hope for this coord to bring joy to others as it does to me rather than stir up trouble.


  1. Moi!

    Mä jo vähän näinkin tätä asua (mutta en sun päällä). Se on kyllä tosi kaunis, ja hienot yksityiskohdat, kuten sun tekemät napit, kruunaa kokonaisuuden : )