Look at what some fellow oldschool lolitas found from the 2000s! I found and copied the list from Nefferinthia who got it from Naomi’s How to Become an Angel GeoCities site. Apparently these questions circulated on Japanese lolitas’ blogs in the 2000s. Let’s participate in this bit of oldschool lolita culture!
I’ll try and maintain some sort of link group at the bottom of this post for others’ answers, so make sure to either leave a comment below with your responses or link me in your post to make sure I don’t miss you!
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１ Please tell us your name, birthday, and where you’re from.
We’re on the internet, and my name is Raven here. I was born on June 8, 1993, and I’m from the US.
２ What is your height, weight, clothes size and shoe size?
My height is 5 ft, 3 in (160 cm); my weight fluctuates around 175 lbs (79 kg); my clothes size is mens/unisex XL, womens XXXL, size 14 pants; my shoe size is US women’s 6.
３ Why did you start wearing Lolita Fashion?
The first time I saw it, I just fell completely in love. I’d seen manga/anime characters in lolita-inspired outfits before, but that didn’t make me think that these sorts of clothes even existed in the real world. I was feeling a lot of overt pressure to dress an present myself a certain way (don’t wear black, how about wearing some pink or other light colors, but all the other girls are wearing X, why don’t you, etc.). Lolita really seemed like everything I wanted but was told would make me ugly, and it made me realize that everything I was hearing was lies because the result was so beautiful. My public library also had some of the English Gothic & Lolita Bibles, so I had a resource to look at once I discovered the fashion’s name.
４ What’s your favourite genre (style) of Lolita?
I really love gothic and oldschool. I also enjoy classic quite a bit. I find I’m really attracted to classic designs, but in all black more than punk-influenced gothic. I used to be a sweet lolita dissenter (during the height of OTT sweet), but now I’m just happy to ignore it for the most part.
５ Express in your own words, the ideal of your above answer.
I like simple, solid-colored garments that rely on construction for their details, like pinktucks and ruffles. I like ribbons, bows, and lace to stay as the accent rather than the main focus. Nefferinthia said it best in her answer: “A bit doll-like, cute but slightly unreal.” The look would probably be all black/kuro lolita or else have a little bit of white lace.
６ Do you have any piercings, and if so how many?
I’ve had my ears pierced since I was one week old, so two piercings.
7 What is your favourite brand?
Antique BeasT! I haven’t really been keeping up with brands for a few years (you’ll probably see the answer why somewhere below), but I can always rely on Antique BeasT to still make me fall in love all over again with lolita. Their designs are my favorites, by far. I get their Mail Magazine sent to my email, and it makes me feel like I’m still in touch with some lolita things. I don’t own anything by them, but I hope to one day.
８ What is your favourite piece of clothing?
It feels like a betrayal that my first thought was a non-lolita item, but it is what it is. I’ve been loving a 12-yard skirt (the hem is 12 yards around the circumference) that actually touches the floor when I wear it without shoes. I’ve gotten it in black, maroon, and violet.
９ How many Lolita friends do you have?
I don’t really have any lolita friends? I’ve never managed to get past acquaintanceship with my local comm. I do have a friend from high school who’s interested in lolita (and now lives in San Fransisco!), but she’s in the “admiring but not wearing” stage.
１０ What is the best thing about being a Lolita?
I feel like my true self, and also super cute.
１１ On the contrary, what is the worst?
It takes a lot of effort, and I hate riding on pubic transportation wearing it because I’m so afraid I’ll get weird stains or be talked to by random strangers because I stick out.
１２ What magazine(s) do you read?
I love the old Gothic & Lolita Bibles (you can find my Let’s Read posts for Volume 3, Volume 4, and Volume 5 here on my blog), but I don’t really read the current Japanese ones. I found out recently that my library has a subscription to DOLLS Magazine, so I might start reading that.
１３ Headdresses vs Bonnets vs Ribbons (Headbands)?
I love headdresses the most! But I think ribbons/headbands suit me best.
１４ Do you wear bloomers?
If I’m wearing tights, no. Otherwise, yes.
１５ Do you tie your headress in the front or the back?
Usually in the back. My face looks quite fat the other way!
１６ Do you have a favourite music genre or band?
My answer to this question used to be really easy because metal was my favorite genre. I still like metal (symphonic and funeral doom), but recently I’ve also been drawn to female singers like Lana Del Rey and Florence + the Machine. I was in high school during the peak of emo, so that always brings a smile to my face when I hear it. I’ve become interested in gothic and gothic rock music, more, as well.
１７ What is your phone ringtone?
My phone recently deleted all my preferences in an update, so it’s whatever the default one is. My ringtone when I call my boyfriend, though, is the Lavender Town theme from Pokemon Red/Blue.
１８ Do you go to lives/concerts in Lolita?
I’ve discovered that I don’t really enjoy live music, so no.
１９ For those that go to lives/concerts, do you headbang?
When I went, I definitely headbanged.
２０ What colours do you like?
Black, mostly. I also like black accented with grey and/or white. I do like deep jewel tones, like violet, maroon, sapphire, etc.
２１ What are your hobbies?
I really like picking up new hobbies, but I rarely stick with one for very long. Some current ones are learning to crochet (so I can make doilies!), picking up embroidery (so I can mend some clothes beautifully and feel like Momoko from Kamikaze girls), and painting miniatures for our huge Super Dungeon Explore game collection.
２２ What is your favourite perfume?
I don’t actually have a sense of smell! At least I save money not buying perfume?
２３ Being a Lolita, is there anything you are careful of?
I don’t know how or why it happens, but I always manage to spill or drop something when I’m eating. It happens at least once a meal, and it’s so embarrassing! I’m really, really careful when I’m eating in lolita to try and avoid looking like a fool and spilling something on my outfit.
２４ Where do you usually hang out?
I’m really happiest at home.
２５ How many times do you wear lolita a week?
Truthfully, never. I aspire to wear it once a week, but I’m just too chubby to wear most of my wardrobe right now.
２６ Please tell us an embarrassing story you are guilty of from your early days of wearing lolita.
When I was 15 years old and first started to wear some of my handmade items out, I was at a preparation meeting for a trip I was taking to visit the UK and Ireland that following summer. We were listening to a cultural presentation from a British man, and he’d mentioned that the “trunk” of a car is called the “boot” of a car over there. During the Q&A, I asked what the “hood” of the car was, and he looked straight at my (totally ita) purple ribbon and black lace headdress I was wearing, blushed, and said “the bonnet” in the most embarrassed tone.
２７ What is your hairstyle and hair colour now?
Long, dark brown ringlet curls with blunt bangs that should fall between my eyebrows and eyelashes. I’m too scared to experiment with my curly hair, so this is what it probably always will be.
２８ How long is your lolita history?
Well, if my early days were when I was 15, then it’s been 11 years…
２９ Do you have a dedicated place for storing lolita?
Our upstairs is a finished attic with two rooms. One is our bedroom, and the other one is supposed to be my dressing room. It’s mainly my closet, general storage, and very ugly. One day I’ll get around to making it cute. I want a chandelier in there for sure.
３０ Up to now have you ever thought about quitting lolita?
Sort of? Not because of aesthetics, but I’ve become too chubby to fit in most of my wardrobe. It’s taken a big emotional toll on me, so most of my wardrobe is still hiding and hasn’t been unpacked since I moved. It’s one of my goals to get a bunch of blouses custom made for me so I can start with the most forgiving JSKs or at least make myself some skirts that will fit again.
３１ What is your motto?
Be genuine and honest about the things, people, and places you love. Don’t ever fall into the trap of trying to be someone else for appearance’s sake.
３２ What is your future dream?
I want to live in a super-cute home and travel the world frequently.
３３ Is there any celebrity you think “This person definitely suits Lolita!”?
I don’t follow celebrities.
３４ Please tell us about an item that is full of memories.
I wore one of my only brand dresses, the Juliette et Justine Robe du Dessus, for my undergrad department’s graduation ceremony, in which we walked across the stage.
３５ What is the very first item you got?
I feel bad, but I don’t remember! My first items were ones I made myself, and I don’t know what the first thing I paid for was.
３６ When having your photo taken, do you have a pose you always do?
I’m a bit camera shy, so I tend to spin or dance around so my skirt flares out and the photo is an action shot.
３７ What is your bible? (Book, Magazine, CD etc)
I’m too mercurial to have one.
３８ What is the height of the tallest shoes you wear?
My platform boots are 4.25 inches (10.8 cm).
３９ Have you ever worn a tiara?
４０ Occasionally do you want to try Ouji?
４１ What kind of lace do you like?
Cotton lace is my favourite, especially with crown or cross motifs. I also like Millefleurs’ characteristic lace.
４２ Do you have dolls? If you do please tell us about her!
Yes! I love dolls. I have three Pullip dolls: a Lunatic Queen (2010 release), a Seila (2012 release), and a Regeneration Fanatica (2012 release). They’re all so beautiful. I modified my Seila and Regeneration Fanatica with custom eyechips, but Lunatic Queen’s eyechips are all black with red heart pupils. I do have some red iris eyechips saved for her in case I ever do decide to change them.
４３ What’s inside your Lolita bag?
I don’t really have cute bags. My normal purse has my wallet, house key, chap stick, and my bus pass.
４４ What’s your favourite flower?
Lily of the Valley.
４５ What is your favourite accessory right now?
I’m very bad with accessories. I really enjoy rose hair clips, though.
４６ What is your favourite or recommended cosmetics?
I really like blush. My favorite blushes are Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in the shade Captivating and Milani Rose Powder Blush in the shade Romantic Rose. (I can’t be the only lolita that does a double take when I see the Milani brand name, right?)
４７ Big and beautiful eyes are the proof of a doll! So, do you wear false eyelashes? Also if you have any tips for application please tell us.
I’ve always been curious, but I’m too afraid that the glue will rip my real eyelashes out. I just use mascara.
４８ Please tell us your eye make up fixation.
I want to get better at doing eye looks. I think I end up skipping eye shadow most times I wear lolita, though, because I don’t want to be covered in fallout.
４９ Is your lipstick red? Blue? Black? Pink?
As much as I love black lips, I don’t have a black that really suits me. My favorite shade of lips is a maroon color. I might have 10 lip products in that color that are only ever so slightly different from one another!
５０ What colour do you use often for your manicures?
My taste in nails is quite plain, but I think that a simple French manicure looks great with lolita. It’s either that or black nails for me.
５１ Have you ever stealthily changed into your clothes in a train (or public) toilet?
５２ Have you ever done a twinning coord? A triplet coord? What are your thoughts?
Not yet, but I really love twinning in lolita fashion is something to aspire to, not avoid. I’d love to do a shiro and kuro twinning.
５３ What do you do to keep your figure? Any recommendations?
Ha! I know this is a general question for everyone taking this survey, but I can’t answer this as someone who struggles with her figure/weight.
５４ Wearing lolita alone. Are you okay with it?
Perfectly fine with it, but I don’t wear it if I’m just going to be in the house all day.
５５ How much do you spend a month on clothes and accessories?
It’s been years since I purchased lolita. Anyway, I tend to do lots of purchases at once and then buy nothing for another six months when it comes to clothes.
５６ Was there a considerable time difference between when you found out about Lolita and when you started wearing it?
Lolita filtered into my life pretty soon after I found out about it, but I’d say I wore my first attempts at a proper coord in college/at 18 years old.
５７ What is the most expensive thing you’ve bought up to now?
My JetJ Robe du Dessus was $180 secondhand, and I think it’s been the most expensive single item.
５８ Lolita is really expensive. How to get money for it?
I’m pretty frugal in daily life because I like big, nice things. For me that was lolita when I was wearing it regularly and travel money. I still put aside money for travel, and I hope to make lolita a priority again.
５９ Just between the two of us, generally how much have you spent on Lolita altogether up until now?
Certainly over $1,000, but not too much more.
６０ What shop do you want close to you?
As a plus-sized lolita, any shop would only be good for accessories for me. So, Closet Child to have the most variety.
６１ Just between the two of us, are there are any shops you think are a total ripoff?
I don’t pay enough attention since I mostly buy brand secondhand or else pay retail for indie.
６２ Do you use online shops? If you have what are the good and bad points about it? If you haven’t, please tell us why.
I do shop online. I like that most brands list the measurements of who will fit in a garment so I don’t get my hopes up like I would in a real shop. I dislike paying for shipping.
６３ Is there a secret person/shop that you have ordered a dress solely for you from?
I ordered a made-to-measure JSK from Surface Spell (Taobao). It was way to big around my shoulders when I got it.
６４ I definitely won’t get it! But I really really want it! Do you have a certain something from a certain brand that you want?
I’m in love with the grey colorway of the Angelic Pretty print Cinema Doll. I’ll never get it, but I do love it.
６５ What do you do with pieces you get bored of?
I’ll try and sell them online, although that’s much more work than letting them languish in my closet.
６６ What is the last thing you bought (even outside of Lolita)?
I bought a pair baggy harem/yoga pants. They’re black with a white elephant print. I wish I could find them in all black. They’re so comfortable! It’s all the advantages in comfort and movement of wearing a skirt, PLUS all the advantages of of wearing bifurcated pants with elastic ankles.
６７ Is there something you’ll probably never have it again, but you can’t forget about?
I don’t think so.
６８ What do you think of people that wear lolita only to lives/concerts?
It’s fine. I’ll assume this question also applies to people who only wear lolita to meets or conventions. I aspire to be a daily/everyday lolita, but I don’t mind if people don’t share that goal.
６９ What do you think of people that don’t wear makeup with lolita fashion?
I don’t wear lots of makeup in or out of lolita, so I obviously don’t mind others like me.
７０ There’s a Lolita wearing the same coord as you! What do you think?
Accidental twinning for the win!
７１ From what age until what age do you think is forgivable to wear Lolita?
There’s so many different variations in silhouette and hem-length that I think you could look good in something identifiable as lolita no matter how old you get. For the young end of the spectrum, I think I’m more conservative. Lolita’s an expensive lifestyle choice, and I think young people should start out with either entirely handmade or little lolita touches rather than full coords until they’ve established some form of independent lifestyle. With something aesthetic than can be as expensive as lolita or goth, I think it’s best to grow up practicing creative ways to get the look on a limited budget than grow up in the habit of blowing all your money on it (which is fine if you’re otherwise financially supported) and run into financial problems later when you have so many bills to pay.
７２ In what situation do you think you would have to stop wearing Lolita?
Well, I’ve stopped wearing lolita currently because I got too fat for my wardrobe (and I hate squeezing into things that don’t fit). With the addition of more staples like blouses that fit me, I will be happy to wear lolita again.
７３ Do you have any “Stop doing this!” warnings?
I’m copying Nefferinthia’s answer here, because it’s what I apply to myself as well. “Stop wearing things that don’t fit! Just because something can technically fit over your body does not mean it actually looks nice.”
７４ Do you have any thoughts about what a Lolita should be like?
A lolita should be herself, both in and out of lolita. The clothes can be beautiful armor, but I don’t like when people treat them like costumes and have a character they play only while wearing lolita.
７５ Excluding Q.73, is there anything you don’t want a Lolita to do?
I dislike when lolitas in a meet block walking traffic by moving as a big, inseparable group. Petticoats are wide, but let’s not make things worse for anyone else sharing the sidewalks that day.
７６ What do you think of boys wearing Lolita?
I don’t mind at all if they’re going after the same sorts of cute/doll/feminine aesthetics as lolita fashion in general. I don’t like when boys wear it like a joke, showing hairy legs, and pits, and beards. If I don’t shave, I cover my legs up!
７７ Since wearing Lolita has anything about changed from before?
It’s been so long, that I’m not sure. There’s things I want to change, like being more comfortable wearing wigs so I can wear them out of lolita when my hair isn’t behaving but I want to feel pretty.
７８ What do the people around you say about you wearing Lolita?
People seem to like it. I honestly don’t pay attention. I will not wear it around my mom, though, to avoid fighting with her. She thinks that my fashion choices as more costume than clothes, but we live in different states now so I don’t see a reason to bring tension home with me when I visit her.
７９ In the midsummer heat what kind of Lolita do you wear?
I hate the heat. I try and avoid going outside as much as I can when it’s hot.
８０ Do you wear Lolita to school/your workplace?
Once, my workplace hosting a mini anime/pop culture convention for teens on a day I worked, so I wore lolita to work then. I would feel fine wearing simple or casual coordinates at my job, though.
８１ What are your regular style of clothes?
Outside of lolita, my ideal aesthetic is “goth hippie,” followed by romantigoth. I love big skirts, all black everything, and subtle details. I have boring clothes I only wear for work, because I don’t find it worth the cost of replacing fucntional work clothes with aesthetic work clothes. I’m stuck at work either way. I aim to wear primarily skirts and dresses (or those hippie pants I recently bought), but I tend to wear pants for my twice-a-week manual labor shift.
８２ Are you opposed to second hand clothing?
I prefer it, usually!
８３ Do you have a partner? And do they understand Lolita?
I do. He is very supportive, and loves when I get all fancy/fluffy and dressed up. He sometimes helps point out when something isn’t working, too. He also reads this blog when I have a new post, which is lovely.
８４ Please tell us the image of your ideal guy
Kind, supportive, excited to share experiences with me, kills all spiders that enter our home.
８５ Is there a Lolita that has left a big impression on you?
I find kuro lolita Obsixwi’s coords on Tumblr highly inspirational (and aspirational).
８６ Have you ever made your own clothes? If so what kind?
Yes. I’ve made a few skirts that I really like, but I’m too intimidated to try a JSK or OP. I would like to make more skirts, though!
８７ Have you ever made your own accessories? If so what?
No, outside of my early days. I do have plans to make my own ribbon headdress, though.
８８ Is there an item you’ve made that you think “It’s a great success!”?
Yes. It was a half-elastic waist skirt.
８９ If you have an ideal coord, please talk about it.
I really love kuro lolita best, or oldschool black with white ribbon lace. As much as I love creatively combined coords, something about wearing a full set just gets to me. I think it’s the most doll-like.
９０ Is there someone you admire? What kind of person are they?
I don’t have someone I admire in lolita, no.
９１ For one day you can go on a date with that special person. They will also be wearing their favourite clothes. So who is it, what are you wearing and where is the date?
It’s with my boyfriend. His favorite clothes to wear are a funny T-shirt and shorts, lol. I’d be wearing my BtSSB oldschool JSK with the big white bustle in the back. Hopefully we’d have a lovely night seeing or doing something new, ending with us just talking and being with each other under the moonlight.
９２ If you could open a shop in the future, what kind would it be?
I hope to launch an Etsy shop at some point here. I’d be selling crafts.
９３ Unconsciously, this catches your eye! Which motif is it?
I really love Alice in Wonderland things.
９４ Would you also want your child(ren) to wear Lolita?
I want no children.
９５ How much do you spend on each piece of clothing?
９６ This is a Lolita! If you think there’s a gesture like that please tell us.
９７ Even if it’s only one time I wanna wear it! Is there something you want to wear other than Lolita?
I really like the look of some dolly kei, especially when they look like they tumbled out of an old attic wearing curtain tassles and velvet.
９８ Looking at your Lolita, if you could use one word to represent it, what would it be?
N/a. It’s missing too many staples right now to be a functioning wardrobe.
９９ What is your image of an ideal Lolita?
She looks like she she’s a magical doll come to life, with her own mysterious motivations.
１００ 大変お疲れ様でした！ Please share your thoughts on taking this questionnaire.
Trying to find the answers made me log into Livejournal, Lace Market, and Tumblr for the first time in at least three years! That’s pretty cool. I certainly feel all nostalgic and more inspired than ever to get back to wearing lolita.
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Here are other lolitas’ answers to this questionnaire!
Nefferinthia * Naomi on How to Become an Angel * Raven Snow