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Review: Bodyline (March 2015)

Hello, readers,

This is a super late review. I made this order in February, and I got it in March. I’ve been swamped since, so I’m only now just getting to post it. Whoops.

Anyway, I decided that I wanted to expand my lolita wardrobe in the beginning part of 2015, but I also needed to make it more versatile. This Bodyline order was about getting basics and accessories. I need more blouses, so I ordered L059 in black because it has detachable sleeves, which are fabulous. I need accessories, so I got a bonnet (HAT192 in blackxoffwhite ), a rectangle headdress (ACC064 in black ), a fascinator (ACC1371 in blue), some hair flowers (ACC1093 in cream ), and wristcuffs (ACC1040 in offwhite). I ordered three more pairs of shoes to help add diversity to my classic coords: SHOES255 in navy, SHOES152 in black, and SHOES272 in beige. I recently acquired an Innocent World skirt in “milk tea” and I wanted to make this color more prominent in my wardrobe, so I got Bodyline’s L380 skirt in cream with this order. Hopefully with two skirts in the same family of colors, I’ll be more inclined to invest in coordinating accessories and thus wear both skirts better and more often. I also really want to be able to do better sailor coords now that the weather is warm, so I got a seifuku from the cosplay section (COSTUME573 in navy – don’t worry, I’ll explain my reasoning for how I planned on using it for lolita). I also threw in some silly sunglasses (SUN206) for fun.

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Air Mail Shipping

Some of you probably know this already, but you should never order anything from overseas near Chinese New Year. I assumed that, since Bodyline ships from Japan, my order would be unaffected. I was wrong. I’ve never had air mail shipping take this long, and I know a lot of others had their Bodyline orders stuck in limbo, too. This time, I actually placed two orders: one on February 4, 2015 and another on February 14, 2015 (I may have gotten caught up in the Valentine’s Day sale.). My orders resulted in four packages. The February 14th package arrived first, on March 11, two of the February 4 packages arrived the next day, on March 12, and my last February 4 arrived much later, on March 27.

However, my packages were treated well, wherever they were kept. None of the packages suffered any damages. One shoe box was slightly squished, but the damage to the box was very minimal, and the shoes were fine.

Damage-free packaging! Whoo!

Damage-free packaging! Whoo!

For a review where I talk in detail about a normal order with air shipping, check out my other Bodyline review.

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Items

Note: I look really sick in some of these pictures! Sorry! I also got a new camera in the middle of writing this post and dyed my hair, so there will be big differences between some of these images.

Accessories

So, the accessories I got fell into a weird category split. If it’s from the lolita section, then it turned out to be made from Bodyline materials using normal Bodyline construction. If I got something from the specific accessories section, then I got things that look and feel very different from the standard Bodyline model. It makes sense, given that Bodyline probably doesn’t design most of its general accessories, but that does make it more of a gamble (in terms of construction) than normal.

HAT192 – blackxoffwhite

Huzzah for bonnets! This is a soft half-bonnet, but it actually holds its shape pretty well on my head. I like the addition of the comb, but I don’t know if it will do a good job keeping this bonnet in place since I haven’t worn it out on a windy day. I think this bonnet’s great, especially for the price. Also, since Bodyline uses the same materials for pretty much everything, this bonnet is a perfect match for my blackxwhite L348 JSK.

Bonnets, like the wristcuffs, are another item group that’s hidden from view on the regular “overseas” website. I like the design of this bonnet much more than the other bunny-eared bonnet Bodyline also sells.

ACC064 – black

I don’t really know what to say about this headdress, other than that I like it a lot. I think it’s a well-executed headdress with a nice, simple design. The high-contrast colorways do look too busy, but I think that the black, white, or pastel colorways would be an excellent addition to any rectangle headdress collection.

ACC1371 – blue

This is very cheap. The “flocking” on the netting is actually bits of folded pipe cleaner. The clip inside the hat is hot glued in two places, but it already came unglued from one of them when I was just looking at it. The fake pearls look like cheap fake pearls, but that’s to be expected. The one thing that did surprise me is that the bow is made of a soft material while the hat base is a fairly standard “cheap costume hat” material that’s hard. The color matching is very impressive.

The other problem I have is that the hat base is flat, but the hat itself is just big enough to need to curvature to fit to your head without a noticeable gap. I wouldn’t get this little hat, even if it does come in nice colors.

ACC1093 – cream

The flowers are silly and floppy, but they get the job done and they look much better when worn. I’m not sure what the inside label is about, though.

ACC1040 – offwhite

These wristcuffs look cute, but they are so itchy! It’s a bit silly when you look at how these were made because they used transparent ladder lace, but the elastic isn’t noticeable when worn (if you can stand to have them on at all). The “offwhite” colors are all different, which annoys me now but may potentially prove useful in coordinating.

These are probably the best-looking wristcuffs that Bodyline sells, but just pass them up. They’re itchy and uncomfortable, and I don’t think they’re worth putting up with if you’re buying them.

SUN206 – black (no longer on website?)

It’s a bit embarrassing why I got these, but I really just wanted a pair of gothy sunglasses. The black ones looked like they might fit the bill, so I added them onto my order.

So, the black roses are grey. It’s also really weird, because they’re made of polymer clay. You can still see fingerprints in some of the rose petals, and then they all have a hole where they were skewered before being attached to the frames. I assumed that the roses and frames would all have been cast from the same material at the same time, so I was very surprised to see this.

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My boyfriend told me that the roses looked like eyebrows, and I wasn’t able to unsee that. I ripped off the center roses and painted the remaining roses and rims with black nail polish.

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The paint job might not be the best, but I like these sunglasses better now. There’s an actual chance I might wear them if I go out in the sun this summer.

Shoes

SHOES255 (navy) and SHOES152 (black – no longer on website?)


These are the exact same shoe, even if the item numbers are different. I’ve wanted these shoes in black for years, but I always held off because I didn’t think I needed another pair of black shoes. That was true when I had a smaller wardrobe, but my wardrobe has grown a lot, and it’s mostly black, so I needed some more diversity. I only recently saw that this same shoe model came in navy, too. I have been fruitlessly hunting for navy shoes that don’t have a peep toe or some other hideous design feature for so very long that it felt like a sign when I saw this.

The central bow is removable, but the other two are not. The ankle strap is the only one with a hidden snap clasp.

I’ve seen some reviews of Bodyline’s navy shoes saying that there is a weird green-ish tinge to the navy. I think that’s a problem with the shiny “enamel” navy. While these shoes are lighter in real life than in Bodyline’s stock image, I’d still say that this is a navy shoe. I don’t notice any green undertones to it, either. Compared with the seifuku, the shoe color is a little brighter. I think the color of the shadowier parts of the shoes is actually really close to the skirt color, but I don’t know if you can tell that from the picture.

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The shoes themselves run true to size. I ordered a 225 since that’s what I measured my foot to be, and they fit well. The area right by the toe-box bow did press in a little, but it was more of a pressure than a pain. If you’re not used to having your ankle restricted, then walking in these will be a little weird for a while.

Another very important note about the fit: I tried these on once when my feet were a little bit swollen at the end of a day, and I could barely get these on. The length of my foot fit fine, but I almost could not buckle the ankle strap. When I did manage to buckle it, it was very tight and totally pinching into my leg. Because of the short length of the middle straps and the hidden snap clasp on the ankle strap, punching new holes in the straps isn’t a viable option. If your feet are prone to swelling or if you just have fatter feet, you might have difficulties fitting in these shoes. I haven’t tested them out in winter weather yet, but I can put these on just fine on summer mornings only to feel them get too tight as the day goes by. It’s really a shame that a stupid thing like strap length makes these shoes hard for me to wear, since my foot still fits just fine in the actual shoe and I love how they look.

SHOES272 – beige (no longer on website?)

I love Oxford heels. I already had a pair of these shoes in red in my size (225), and they’re too small. The material of these shoes is soft and pretty flexible compared to their normal shoe pleather that’s hard as rock. So, even though the red 225 shoes are too small, I can still wear them. This time, though, I did order a size up and got these shoes in beige in size 230. They fit a lot better, so I would definitely say that these shoes run small in all colors.

I bought the beige to help me expand my classic wardrobe, so here’s how the shoe color compares to some of my other beige/cream items.

The Bodyline blouse is a super strange color that I think is very orange-y but will not photograph correctly. The lace is actually fairly close to the color of the other clothes, but the fabric is too weird. I’m quite pleased with the color of these shoes. They are really close to being a perfect match for the two skirts.

I don’t really have much else to say about these shoes. I’ve never had issues with the red ones, and I think that they’re a great value. Unlike the other shoes I ordered, this is a fairly standard shoe you can probably find in a local store, but they were really cheap on Bodyline’s website. At the time of publishing this post, though, they’re sold out in every size/color on Bodyline’s website.

Blouse – L059

Huzzah for blouses! My wardrobe is mostly JSKs and skirts, which means that I have a hard time wearing lolita because I don’t have enough blouses. This one has detachable sleeves for maximum versatility.

Note: My camera struggles with black. This blouse is not tinged green; it’s a regular black.

So, I think this blouse is very nice as a whole, but the lace is really bad. Thankfully, it doesn’t touch my skin anywhere except the cuffs and the ends of the short sleeves, which I can deal with. The lace just looks bad, though, which is a shame since the lace is double-layered nicely in a lot of places. Since it’s mainly the vertical lace that looks horrid, this blouse is still fine for wearing under JSKs, and the jabot can help if you’re wearing a skirt.

I got this blouse in size 4L, which has measurements “Length 63cm / Bust 106cm / Waist 92cm / Shoulder length 38cm / Sleeve length 26/48cm.” My measurements are “Bust 114cm / Underbust 85cm / Waist 80cm.” I measured my sleeve length, and it is supposed to be 54cm. My “high hip,” where this blouse sits on me, is about 104cm.

This blouse looks really bad on me with jeans, but I thought that this would be the best way to show off the blouse. The gaping isn’t bad at all for how much my bust exceeds the measurements of this blouse. I must be measuring my sleeve length in a different way than Bodyline does, because the detachable sleeves are too long for me. It’s so hot out right now that I can’t imagine using them anyway. I’ll probably alter them once it starts to be cold again, but that won’t be for a while. Also, though my waist measurement is well under the maximum measurement for the blouse, I would not recommend getting this blouse if you have over an 85cm waist. While it doesn’t feel tight on, it looks it; this blouse is definitely not roomy on me.

IMPORTANT: This blouse bleeds black dye. Maybe I was foolish for wearing it out without washing it first, but I wore this blouse out on a hot day and then found that it stained my skin blue-ish in places. I was terrified that it also stained the lace on my Baby dress, but my dress was perfectly fine. No real damage was done. I would be really careful when washing this blouse for the first time in case it stains some lighter clothes.

Skirt -L380

I’ve always liked the look of this skirt, and I decided to give it a chance in cream now that it won’t be such an anomaly in my wardrobe. Plus, the black colorway was sold out.

Note: My old camera also had a really hard time with this skirt. I used a red background, so all the shadows are tinted green.

The general advice about this skirt that I see people give is to toss the detachable broach thing in the trash because it looks cheap. I thought it was fairly cute, so I just cut off the terrible pearl strand and plan to stick it in my hair.

Anyway, here are the worn pictures. I ordered size 2L, which is lists its measurements as “Length 63cm / Waist 72-82cm.” My own personal measurements at this time are “Underbust 85cm/ Waist 80cm.” Honestly, I was more confident about fitting in the 4L, but that size in the cream colorway has been sold out for ages.

Clearly, you can see that this thing is straining. Actually, the zipper split open as I was getting this skirt on just for these pictures. We were able to get the zipper back in working order, but now I’m super worried about wearing this skirt. I need to lose chub anyway, but I have a feeling I’ll always be a little paranoid about this thing popping open when I’m out and about. I don’t like that the plastic zipper is so close to the edge of all this shirring, and I feel like the zipper issue I had must be a common one.

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Busted zipper, after I took the skirt off.

I really like this skirt. I think it’s lovely, actually. I really wish that I’d been able to order it in a 4L, though. Maybe then I wouldn’t have to worry about it giving out on me. If you’re looking to buy this skirt, I’d make sure that you’re well under the maximum measurements for whatever size you’re looking to get.

Seifuku – COSTUME573

If the link goes nowhere, try right-clicking and selecting “Open link in new tab.” This is currently hidden on Bodyline’s website, but they still have several sizes and colors in stock, as of publishing.

This was the first time I ordered a costume from Bodyline, and I was really surprised at how nicely everything was packaged. I’m used to lolita items being folded in their red bags, but this costume came on a hanger, wrapped in a garment bag. The skirt also has little loops to hang it with, which is a detail I haven’t found on any other Bodyline clothes, and the skirt pleats were even basted closed to maintain their integrity.

Here’s the seifuku being worn the way it was intended. I got the 4L, which has blouse measurements of “Length 47cm / Bust 110cm / Waist 104 cm / Shoulder length 41 cm / Sleeve length 41 cm” and skirt measurements of “Length 42cm / Waist 80-84cm.” Right now, my measurements are “Bust 114cm / Underbust 85cm / Waist 80cm / Hips 111cm.” We already establish with the blouse above that I can’t measure my sleeve length in a way that makes sense with the figures Bodyline provides. For reference, I’m 5’3″ (1.6m) tall.

I look very fat and frumpy in this costume (as I expected), and the blouse does weird things because there isn’t room for the curvature of my bust (as I also expected). I just look plain silly, which isn’t helped by the fact that this has a zipper in the front. (A really, really bad zipper, too. It’s a struggle to make this thing zip.)

If you want to buy this for cosplay, then make sure you’re okay with the zipper look. Also, buy the next size up if you’re close to the maximum bust measurements of a given size. I know my measurements are right at the maximum for the largest size, but I really think these tops look best if you have some extra room. I personally didn’t buy the 5L because then the blouse would be too long for what I want to use it for.

I didn’t buy this to actually wear it like a seifuku. I actually bought it because it has a silly zipper in the front so that I can use it as a light jacket for sailor lolita coords.

Well, what do you think? I think it has potential. At the very least, I look much better in this thing if it’s unzipped. I’m also going to see if I can work the skirt into my normal wardrobe, because I do love pleated skirts.

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Thanks for sticking with me through this review.

I spent $164.78, which is more than I spent last Bodyline order when I got two dresses, two blouses, a pair of shoes and some wristcuffs ($152.17). (There may have been some yen fluctuations, but I’m too lazy to check.)

I recommend staying out of the sundries section on Bodyline because the quality seems to vary a lot. However, I am surprised that the costume I ordered was as nice as it is; I was expecting it to be awful. I hope all their other costumes are also decent quality.

This will probably be my last big Bodyline haul, at least for a while. Despite buying some brand recently, I’ve still ended up with a closet full of Bodyline, and I think I have most of the basics I need from them. Going forward, I’d really like to incorporate a lot more handmade items and keep an eye on some indie brands.

Update: In addition to another Bodyline clothing review I did (here), I also reviewed a couple of Bodyline wigs here. Please check those posts out if you thought this one was helpful.

Stay nautical,

Raven