One of my favorite shops is Surface Spell. The items I have from them are very nice quality and I love a lot of their designs. They have two shops on TaoBao, one that is more Classic and another that is a little bit of both Gothic and Classic. I’m also a fan of Rose Melody which is where I got my favorite JSK. There are plenty of others of course, but those two are probably my favorites for Gothic and Classic.
Anonymous submitted question:
I would like to be anonymous please. Hello~ I had some questions regarding a set of Lolita items on an etsy store. ( http://www.etsy.com/listing/155300658/ruffled-ribbon-lolita-set-cuffs-choker ) I’m going to be putting together my first coord based around Angelic Pretty’s Aqua Princess(black) ( http://www.lolibrary.org/node/7175 ) and I wanted to know if the purples on these items would work well with it and if these are good quality items. I have read your post on rectangle headdresses so I was concerned if this would be a bad choice since this coord is also Gothic that I would be put into the “ita” stereotype. Thank you for taking your time to read this and answer in advance! ^_^
Response from Lolita Tips:
I would honestly just say to skip that set altogether. The lace looks poor quality and the shiny ribbon just doesn’t look nice. It especially wouldn’t look good as a choker and that above all the other things would push you toward that ita stereotype. It also strikes me as very overpriced. My apologies to the maker for my bluntness, but it just isn’t very good for Lolita.
If you’re looking for things to coordinate with Aqua Princess, try instead good quality plain black wristcuffs, an all black hair accessory, and then you can bring the purple in with jewelry and other accessories. I would skip a necklace or choker because you have the crossed strap from the dress already. But you could maybe clip a small purple accessory (maybe a starfish to match the mermaid theme? It’s not very Gothic, but you should have something in there to incorporate the print.) to a big black headbow, black and purple earrings, black and purple rings, that kind of good stuff.