Anonymous:
If you got my previous ask about this, I’m incredibly sorry; I didn't see the answer. If it’s in your FAQ or tags, I can’t see it there either. The girl in the middle on your header art... What is the style name of her blouse? I have googled as many terms as I can think of but none yielded any results. Or do you know of any brands that make blouses like this? I'm mainly looking for either white or black though I'm not too fussy, and long or short sleeves are okay too. Thankyou in advance! :D

She actually isn’t wearing a blouse, she’s wearing this OP.
That being said, are you specifically looking for a top with a square neckline and crossed straps? It tends to be a more common style for cutsews and OPs rather than blouses, but if you really look around you can sometimes find blouses in the style. It doesn’t really have a specific name, it’s just a combination of the square neckline and crossed straps. I was able to find a few blouses for you though, this one from Bodyline and then a few from Anna House.

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Just wanted to share this adorable blouse I found at Forever21 this week. It looks blueish but it was more minty. I thought it would make for a great Sweet Lolita blouse either under a JSK or with a camisole under it and tucked into a skirt.

Just wanted to share this adorable blouse I found at Forever21 this week. It looks blueish but it was more minty. I thought it would make for a great Sweet Lolita blouse either under a JSK or with a camisole under it and tucked into a skirt.

Anonymous:
I've noticed a lot in lolita that the 'white blouse + black jsk' combination seems quite easy to coordinate and works well but I was wondering if 'black blouse + white jsk' would work? Would it be too difficult? Also do you think the blouse would show through too much? It's just a suggestion.

It is definitely more difficult to get it to look good. I would say this is mainly because white is so light and black is so heavy that when you have a lot of the heavy color and just a little of the light color it looks fine but if you reverse it and have a lot of the light color trying to compete with the heavy color it can create an imbalance. There is also the matter of, as you suggested, the blouse showing through if the JSK isn’t lined or a thick fabric.  It generally looks better with a cardigan or bolero as opposed to a blouse and it tends to look best when the white JSK has black or other dark colored detail of some sort to help create a balance.

Anonymous:
Hi! This isn't specifically a lolita question, but I figured if anyone knew about this you would. Is there another word for the "bibbed" kind of look on the bodices of some of the dresses and on some of the tops in lolita? Where it sometimes has pintucks or is edged with ruffles or sometimes is a different color from the rest of the dress? Every time I try to search up "bib dress" anywhere, I just find a lot of overalls...

It’s called a yoke.

Anonymous:
Hi! I bought bodyline's L187 in dark pink a while ago but I'm having trouble coording it. Do you think a black blouse would look ok with it or should I get something to match the cream color of the cameos? How would you accessorize it? would gold and pink jewelry work?

First of all I would like to thank you. This is the best way to ask a question about coordinating something. I like to know that you have your own ideas and aren’t just leaving it up to me to do the work so thank you for that.
Anyway, I think for a blouse you would be fine with either black or cream. If you were to do black I would balance it out with some more black and then the gold and pink jewelry would work perfectly, especially if you’re incorporating more of the darker pink of the skirt. Gold jewelry and pink, floral accessories would work nicely.

Anonymous:
I have an Infanta floral tiered jsk, and it has kind of wide shoulder straps and a sweetheart neckline. I have Ahard time finding blouses that would look good with it, so the collar on the blouse don't get under the shoulder straps in a weird way. Do you have any tips or ideas on blouses that could work? English is not my first language so you might not be able to understand my question, sorry.

I would suggest either a blouse with a high collar that wouldn’t get in the way of the straps or a blouse with no collar with either a neckline that is completely hidden by the dress or one that matches that of the dress.

Anonymous:
Hello! It may come off as a really silly question but I was wondering, would it be considered ok wearing a blouse underneath an op? I live in a country that gets extremely cold in winters and wondered if there was an alternative to a bolero! Thanks!

You can wear a blouse under an OP but make sure the necklines go together. A blouse with a Peter Pan collar under an OP with a Peter Pan collar would look weird and bulky, but if you were to wear a blouse with a collar under an OP that just had a square or sweetheart neckline that can look really cute. Or if you wore an OP with a collar with a blouse that didn’t have a collar or if both pieces didn’t have collars.

Ive just purchased APs Sweet Cream House Apron JSK in caramel but Im having a hard time with choosing a blouse. I know Id like a cream or beige colored blouse but the peter pan collar on the JSK has me stumped with pairing a blouse. 40$ budget

You can get away with just about any Sweet style blouse, even if it does have a collar. The collar on the JSK is pretty small so you can easily put a blouse’s collar over it with no problem like you see here:

For a budget, something like Bodyline’s L364 or L301 would work. Or if you really wanted to avoid a Peter Pan collar you could do something like L373.

Anonymous:
I'm looking at getting the Butterfly Forest OP from SweetMildred on Etsy, and I'm wondering if I need to wear a cream colored blouse under, or if I could get away with a white one?

It’s an OP and already has sleeves so you don’t need any blouse at all. If you really want to wear it with a blouse for a collar and longer sleeves you could do either cream or white, but you don’t need a blouse.

Submitted question #853:

Submitted question:

Hey, I recently purchased Alice and the Pirates ‘Guilty Meltin’ Sweets Town Jumper Skirt ’ in black. But I’m having a hard time finding a good blouse. Black is too dark and doesn’t show off the bat straps (which are too good not to show off).
I think a lavender or antinque/rosey-pink would look nice, like in the test I made. Those blouses are either sold out, or won’t fit me though (plus size), and I’m having trouble finding something. Would you have any recommendations? Or another color you think would work?

Response from Lolita Tips:

I think the pink is a really good color for it. I think it really brings out the print and shows off the awesome straps. This one is a little lighter but it may be a good option.