Top Trends in Lolita Summer Fashion
Summer is never the best time to be into vk fashions. The heavy layers don’t take kindly to skin in hot, humid sun, particularly in Japan, as soaring temperatures send people scrabbling for camis and shorts. Not that this would dissuade the lolita designers, who think summer is an opportunity to have fun with floaty designs that channel ultra-feminine ideals, and luckily many of today’s hot trends fit nicely into the Lolita mould.
Always a big thing come summer, flower prints swept the catwalks of D&G and Fendi in Spring/Summer collections.
Victorian Maiden is known for its rococo-inspired rose prints, such as this beautiful Fairy Doll Rococo Dress. Sleeveless in a way that can be worn with or without a shirt, cute bows and bustle effect in the skirt, this dress is simply lovely.
Innocent World too, which has flirted with less overtly lolita designs of late, has the Chiffon Stripe Rose Jumper Skirt, a dress with a delicate, more subtle rose design. The hint of pleats captures another major trend this season too.
Marine, the trend that made Naval style stripes and anchor motifs popular, has finally made its way over to European shores, continuing a trend that was big in Japan last year. The West has caught up just in time as Victorian Maiden has put out the gorgeous Classical Marine Tuck Dress that evokes days at a Victorian seaside.
For the gothic punks there’s is always Peace Now. This slightly more masculine, kodona skirt has a neat sailor scarf that gives a punkish flavor to the marine look without winding up “schoolgirl.”
Pastels and Lace
Like feminine flowery prints, pastels appear each spring/summer on the mainstream catwalk but they are also a main staple of the Lolita world. Although lace can be found in abundance, few will be more spectacular than the Princess Dreamy and Marie de Lumiere dresses by Baby the Stars Shine Bright. If that’s too much, then h.Naoto Frill has the Usagi’s Lace Up One Piece, which is more of a summer dress.
Or you can try the even subtler Lace Cami One Piece with Ribbon from Peace Now.
The playsuit that was so ubiquitous last year is back just as the ‘70s retro look has become the new big thing in mainstream fashion. To stay as cute as a lolita, Baby the Stars Shine Bright have released a playful frilly playsuit in their latest ‘Night Fantasia’ print. The print, inspired by Peter Pan, is an interesting choice for the playsuit design, with pirate ships and views of London Bridge.
As seen in the miumiu brand, shirts and dresses were covered liberally in big juicy pineapples and citrus fruit. In the lolita world, look no further than MILK for this style. Known for its bright prints, MILK is never afraid to push the boat out. The bolder the better, such as their adorable one-piece t shirt dress covered in big pieces of fruit that is good enough to eat!
Shoes and Accessories
This basket bag, with a cute red polka dot ribbon, is perfect for picnic days. The ‘50s feel of the design would doubtless go with vintage tea dresses.
Angelic Pretty’s Berry Berry Straw Hat makes this can-can boater hat even more lolita and complements the loud print trend that AP already does oh-so-well.
For fashionistas caught between loving the mainstream and loving Lolita, Lolita and Japanese fashion trends have influenced Western catwalks with ease this Summer resulting in something cute for everyone.