Lately I’ve seen a lot of talk about old-school sweet and modern sweet, more commonly known as OTT (over-the-top) or kote-loli. As I was mooning over clothing on Taobao (the Chinese version of eBay), I ran into a unique take: Lolita Princess.
While not all of their products are wonderful (careful, some of these verge on the side of too-anime-ish, and you may want to make small adjustments, such as removing the corsetting laces), their style is a refreshing, summer-in-love feeling. Both old-school and modern sweet tend to be heavy styles, with either thick layers and buttoned-up collars or oodles of petticoats and accessories. Whereas this easy, carefree style is simple and delicate. Their dresses are mostly composed of clean lines and semi-opaque chiffon, with rows upon rows of tiny cotton lace like meadow flowers. It almost reminds me of a cross between Liz Lisa, Victorian summer dresses, and himegyaru. Here’s some of my favorites:
Like the dresses above, they’re mostly meant to be worn alone. I think they’d be perfect for hot climes, and could transition easily from lolita to hime-style depending on your hair, makeup and accessories. They typically only come in four solid colors: white, pale pink, black, and cream (beige, milk tea, kinari, etc)
Here you can see one of their more unique items, the matching shawl. I think this is a adorable alternative to the bolero, for covering bare arms when wearing a JSK without a blouse, especially when the temperature can shift in spring and summer. The layers of chiffon ruffles form a beautiful cascading train over the skirts of a dress. They even use a dual-pin broach of pearls and chain for a regal look. The model shown in center of the three above (in cream) is also wearing the matching shawl.
Besides an array of dresses (no replicas – just their own designs), they’ve got a surprising collection of other products, such as fur collars, lolita-meets-himegyaru coats, and even roomwear. These lolita pajamas feature candy-cane pastel stripes, with a big bow-shaped kangaroo pocket: