This prompt, while fun, took me a lot longer to figure out than I thought it would. I admire a lot of lolitas that I see online, but when it came to mimicking their style I either found I didn't have the right items to even come close or it would just come out looking much like what I normally do.
In the end, I decided to make a look inspired by Megan aka Make Lovely. I've always really enjoyed her style, especially her take on casual lolita and I figured I could do a good job of taking inspiration from her style.
The first thing I did was trawl through her blog and take some notes of recurring features in her outfits. I discovered she tends to use plainer legwear (frequently textured tights or stripy socks), outfits with contrasting colours and unexpected pops of colour, lots of offbrand or handmade items, simple accessories, and not too many border prints. Armed with that information I got to work and came up with a very interesting coordinate!
This outfit is so very not what I normally do, and I completely love it! I'd love it more if my beret and shoes were the same shade of lavender, but you can't have everything ^__^
I'm just so happy to bust out my lavender bibs and bobs and that I managed to work them into an outfit that otherwise doesn't feature the colour. It's not something I'd ever thought of doing, but now that I have, I love the idea and it opens up a lot of coordination possibilities for me.
I also got to pull out some things I don't normally use since I don't normally do lavender! This necklace for example, as well as one of my Angelic Pretty rings. It was fun to try and be pretty monochromatic with accessories rather than running with my normal pastelly assortment that I use with sweet looks.
However, I will say that working in a new colour to a coordinate in this way is not something I'm sure I could make work if the base colours of the outfit were not black and white. In a sense, black and white are almost invisible in terms of colour, so you can make just about anything work with them.
But the end result is that I came up with a coordinate that I really, really love and that is totally outside of my usual style. I can, with complete honesty, say there is no way I would have had this idea if I wasn't deliberately looking at Megan's style and trying to take inspiration from it. So I'm completely over the moon, and cannot wait to wear something like this soon!