FINDING STAPLE PIECES
A lot of the times on the comm sales someone will post, "good for beginner Lolita" and you may come to find it as a wonderful staple piece in your wardrobe.
What you need to look for in a beginner piece isn't that tag line. Pay attention to the lace, that is one of the most important things when looking at a potential find. The second thing to really pay attention to is the silhouette of the item. It doesn't have to be brand to be a wonderful piece but keep in mind how it should fit. The material of the dress itself is also important, keep away from shiny materials. Lastly, make sure YOU enjoy the piece.
Also, doing bodyline for even a beginning piece is not always the greatest. Not all of their pieces are lolita even if listed in the lolita section and not all the prices are just right. You can find a good brand piece second hand for almost the same price.
Now you may hear that all the time, but these are tried and true factors in lolita.
SEWING AND CRAFTING
There are always things to be needed in lolita, things that do wonders for any wardrobe are the skills to sew and craft. When I was starting, I derped hard and did not even think about sewing or crafting. I mean I knew how to do it, but I wasn't really ready to put into action inklings I had in my head. Have confidence and try to really work through ideas and looking up other designs of legit brand is always a good motivator and help in the process.
There weren't many patterns out that were loli~able but there are now, and whether your skills are beginner or top notch, there is always something out there.
Nothing is more important than this! Well...besides having fun with it, but I believe the research is part of the fun. Learning what the proper silhouette is for the style in general and also learning all the different sub~styles. Yes, experimenting is a part of research, but part of the fun in making a coordinate is finding all the right pieces and knowing what looks good with what, and what is acceptable.
Not only is there research to do for the look but researching where to get that look. You can find out from resources where to find the best and most trustworthy brands, whether indie or straight out of Japan, and where great accessories can be found, or great deals on second hand. There is a plethora of info out there at your disposal all you need to do is look it up. Checking out egl on livejournal or lolita groups on fb like lolita mentoring are really fabulous assets that you should keep tabs on.
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