Friday, October 21, 2011

Secondhand lolita clothing shops: Boon or Bane?

I confess, I love Closet Child. Whenever I'm in Tokyo, I always hit the three Closet Child biggies which is Harajuku, Shinjuku and Ikebukuro. I haven't gone to the one in Yokohama because, well, I've never been to Yokohama. But now that mintedroses has posted about her daytrip to Yokohama for lolita shopping before and it looks relatively easy to get to from Tokyo, I shall try it on my next visit!

But I digress. Closet Child, much love and not only because they are a secondhand lolita clothing shop with excellent pricing for still relatively good to fair condition items but also because they stock things you don't normally find on the online brand websites.

If you're not physically in Tokyo to experience Closet Child, there's always the online secondhand clothing shops that's been springing up here and there. The most known and popular ones are Closet Child's own online store, Alice Fururun, Fairy AngelClothing-Drop, to name a few.

So I went on a secondhand buying spree lately...maybe due to post-holiday blues (shopping therapy is always horribly enjoyable and horribly heart-attack inducing when the bills come). And my loot arrived yesterday:

I asked for the package to be delivered to my office to avoid a trip down to the post office to collect.

 And everything's nicely wrapped up! I love seeing lolita clothes nicely wrapped up XD

Left to Right: Emily Temple Cute, Angelic Pretty, Innocent World, Millefleurs

The ETC and IW dresses fit nicely! Unfortunately, the Millefleurs OP doesn't fit well so I will be selling it off soon. As for the AP was definitely an impulse buy, especially after my decision to do a more age-appropriate lolita style! I don't regret getting it as it's gorgeous in person, the lavendar colour is just perfect but it's a tad too short for me and plus, while trying it on, it made me realised I really can't do sweet AP style anymore. It just looks....weird on me, lol. So, it'll probably go too.

Ah well, shopping for secondhand dresses online is hugely enjoyable but there's always the danger that the fit isn't good or it's not quite right on one. Still, I'll continue to buy from reputable secondhand shops as you really can find some gems there at fantastic prices. So for me, they're more of a boon than a bane!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Coordi shot

Quickie coordi shot from last Saturday's meet with the girls! Taken in the toilet, lol. Hence the very lacklustre tiles on the floor and the background.

OP: h.Naoto Gramm
Scarf: Marks & Spencer
Bag: Cath Kidston
Boots: Offbrand

I'm not sure if I'm going the way of the mori loli and even if I was, this ensemble would fall short for an example of that genre style! But it's simple and easy to wear and I felt comfy in it the whole day ^^