Monday, February 21, 2011

Buying without trying

Sometimes Innocent World's stated measurements on its website doesn't exactly run true to life when the actual dress arrives. It usually turns out to be smaller by a few centimeters. This happened to me before when I bought an IW jsk that was stated to be 100cm stretch max BUT when it came, it fell short of the particular stated measurements by at least 5cm.

I was very disappointed, of course! I did managed to sell off that jsk but because of the incident, I became rather leery of buying off Innocent World's website without the option of being able to try on dresses first.

Well, all those doubts and uncertainties certainly flew out the window the moment Innocent World began its annual winter sale. Out, out, damn spot!

Did I happen to mention I'm a sucker for sale periods? It's probably the next best thing to actually being in Tokyo, at a Closet Child or Marui One, and trying on gothic lolita dresses until kingdom come.

Once the sale started, I sent in my order via email for Innocent World's Aglaia jsk which I have been eyeing for the longest time and had the danger sign of 'Few Left' attached to the navy colourway that I wanted. Thankfully it was still available when they got back to me for payment.

What threw all my reservations about buying without trying out the window

The second item I decided to get is the Tulle Lace 3 Ribbon which was a simple cutsew jsk and would do nicely for a casual outing.

I was pretty sure this would fit, being cutsew material (and comfy too!)

International ordering through Innocent World was pretty easy, being my first time ordering from them as well. Just fill out the international form on the English site, and make sure you list the item number plus colourway correctly, then click send! As Innocent World's English service is only in service a few days of the work week so replies to whether the items you want is in stock might take a while.

I made my order in early January and it arrived about one month later. Not too bad, considering Innocent World had put up a notice saying that shipments would be delayed due to the high volume of orders for its sale.

And the actual items in sight!

Somewhat wrinkled (my fault, not Innocent World's!) but everything FITS

I'm so happy (and not to mention, relieved) to say that this time, Innocent World's stated measurements is accurate *gasp* and that the Aglaia jsk which has a maximum stretch of 107cm listed on the site, but I just need 100cm, and so glory glory hallelujah, 100cm it does stretch till and still has another 7cm as a bonus (convoluted sentence structure here)! Oh I'm happy, yes indeed!

Innocent World can be hit and miss at times with its measurements but luckily this time, for me, it was a hit.


  1. Those jsks are gorgeous! I'm glad they fit ♥

  2. What a great buy, I'm so glad they fit! One of my close friends had that problem- she bought an IW dress this past fall and it didn't fit her, despite her measurements being well within the maximum stated on the website. Wtf, Innocent World?! You'd think they'd learn to measure right after all this time -____-;;;

  3. Martha>> Thank you! I'm really relieved they fit too, lol. Being a larger size really makes buying online a tad that more risky.

  4. Miss Lumpy>> WTF indeed, Innocent World! I sympathise with your friend wholeheartedly. It was just such a downer to receive an IW dress, only to find out it doesn't fit! Especially when the stated measurements tells you it will =@ Gah, IW, please get it right ALL the time and not SOME of the time~