Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Sweet Lolita Yukata

If you're familiar with the Japanese street fashion Lolita (bell-shape dresses and skirts, modest and high-quality clothing), you may know the big brands put out yukata every summer. Gothic Lolita-friendly brands like h. Naoto might have ones dripping in bats and chains, while brands known for Sweet (cute/pink/girly) Lolita like Angelic Pretty debut yukata covered in things like strawberries and lace patterns.

I never saw any I really liked until I chanced upon this red and pink one for sale secondhand, made by popular brand Metamorphose temps de fille (or "Meta" for short). It's almost too cute for my personal style, but I love it anyway!

As you can see, it keeps the traditional shape and construction of yukata while working in non-traditional motifs. For a more muted Sweet feel, I tossed on an obi with hearts, a rose and pearl corsage, and added a little pink jewel crown for a hair accessory. For shoes I'm thinking traditional geta (sandals) with pink straps or cute pink low heels.

I may wear this at the next convention I do a panel at... we'll see!

So, do you have any non-traditional yukata? Send me pictures and I'll be happy to post them. :)

And if you'd like a street-fashion style yukata, try these on Amazon:

Friday, December 3, 2010

Update Change Round 2

If you look at the dates, you can see I missed my first weekly update that I said I'd start doing.

I've thought long and hard about this, and I don't want to quit this blog completely but my new job has taken away a huge chunk of the spare time I used to have. So, realistically looking at things, I'm going to change to occasional updates when I have the time. It's been a lot of fun doing this blog and learning new things along the way, and I don't want to give that up just yet. (I also hope y'all have enjoyed reading or learned something new yourself! :) )

For tonight's bit of news, Yamatoku is running a few sales until Dec. 7, including one for $9.99 kimono and one for children's kimono. When I recently bought something off Ebay from them, they wrote and said they couldn't ship anything unless it was sent sea mail due to the recent ban imposed on airmail going to the US (see a few posts down), so be prepared for a 6-8 week delay if you order anything from their sale.