Friday, 8 February 2019

Lolita Blog Carnival: Create A Coord Based On A Book

For someone who calls herself an avid reader, this topic left me a little bit stumped at first. I didn't want to run with something obvious and take inspiration from books that are set in the time period that lolita fashion references, like Anne of Green Gables, for instance. But when I thought of some of my favourite books I couldn't visualise a lolita interpretation.

Luckily I'm a record keeper, so while stumped I flicked back over the list of new books I read last year to see if anything took my fancy for this prompt. And sure enough, one book did - The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson.

This book has an amazingly unique setting. Most fantasy novels have a world that's an analogue to a period in our own history, but this book mixes and matches older and newer facets of technology and culture. Even though it really isn't, it comes across as rather steampunky to me, and so I thought it would be fun for this prompt.

I put together a look that I thought may be something the main character Baru, an Imperial Accountant, may wear. It's severe and layered; feminine but not frilly. Given that it's been a while since I read the books, if her clothing was described and I'm totally off the mark then oh well. But still, accurate or no, it was fun to think of this book and come up with an outfit that (to my hazy memory) suited the character and setting of the book.

PS Yes I realise I totally could have run with the Masquerade theme and done something OTT but I liked this interpretation more!

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  1. The severe, layed, minimalistic, feminine, yet not frilly is a very particular aesthetic in Classic lolita that I love to look at, but not sure if I could pull it off. I associate it so much with brands like Excentrique and (sometimes) Victorian Maiden, so in my head it's hard to imagine anyone who isn't slim and slender wearing that - which I know is absolutely wrong, but as not many people go for that look in general, it's even harder to visualise it on someone, well, more like an actual human being? I don't know. Either way, it's a great look, I can't compare it to the book at all, since I hadn't even heard of it until now, but I can totally see people who would wear it (Fanny Rosie was my first pick).

    1. I don't think I could pull it off either - you're definitely right (in my opinion) about needing a certain body type to look good in this style of outfit. Glad you like it!

      PS If you like your fantasy political and depressing it's a great read, fantastic worldbuilding.

  2. This is so cool! Definitely a different take than I would have thought of. I really like how sleek and wearable this is, stylish but totally suitable for the setting!