Friday, 28 June 2019

Lolita Blog Carnival: If You Could Keep Only 5 Main Pieces What Would They Be?

I put this topic up as an option for the Lolita Blog Carnival, and I’m really excited it got chosen this week. So of course I’m participating! And I'm really, really interested to see everyone else's posts as well ^__^

My first two main pieces I would keep are really obvious (to me at least). Item one – my wedding dress!

This is a pretty bad photo, sorry!

Of course, there’s no way I wouldn’t keep this! Not only does it have a lot of sentimental value, it’s a really beautiful dress in its own right and being custom made, it’s a great fit on me too. Even though it’s probably the most extravagant dress I own (seriously, just look at that lace!) it’s still also pretty versatile and is perfectly my style (naturally).

This close -up shows it off a bit better ^__^

My number two choice is for many of the same reasons, and made by the same designer! My Lyris Design underbust JSK is another beautiful piece that was literally made for me. I love how simple it is, but there’s enough details that you’d never call it boring. Again, it works well with my style and you can wear it so many ways.

After those two, however, things started getting a little harder. What things do I love the most? What do I wear the most? What would be best to keep in this hypothetical scenario? Some things that I wear frequently, such as my handmade cherry skirt, wouldn’t really make the cut for this. Sure, it’s really handy, but if I had to be picky it’s just not quite enough.

I do think I would hang onto Meta’s Berry Stripe OP. It’s comfortable, easy to wear, and can easily be toned down or dressed up. I’d wear it a lot more right now if it wasn’t in my mending pile for elastic replacement!

I would also hold onto my Patisserie Dream skirt. It’s a print that is just perfect for me and I don’t think I could let it go. I’ve worn it casually as well as in proper lolita style and I have loved it every time.

Most recently worn for this shoot and shopping day in Harajkuku!
Photo by my love The Enthusiast <3

And that brings me to four main pieces, and the choice of number five is even harder. Several pieces are vying for my choice here. An obvious one is Jurassic Party – after all, we made that! But it’s not really my style, or at least not as much as many other things in my wardrobe. My brown Bodyline floral JSK is something I keep coming back to over and over again, and have for years. Dim Light is a dream print, and so is Wonder Party. Teddy Chocolatier is a newcomer but has so much potential!

Ultimately though, I’m going to make this decision based on my overriding desire to keep things at least somewhat cohesive. If I really was to reduce my wardrobe to five main pieces, I’d want to have a sensible selection that would limit the amount of supplementary pieces I would need in order to have a good, versatile wardrobe. So it needed to be either a sweet piece that fits in with black/white/red/pink or a classic piece that works with brown/wine/ivory.

With those parameters in mind I think the fifth main piece I would keep is actually Meta’s Rose Stripe Shirring Pinafore JSK. First of all – I really do love this dress, I loved it since it came out and even though I’ve only worn it twice I’m just getting more in love each time. But it also would work well with the colours already in my classic selection without being a duplicate like other main pieces would be. If this was a real situation and I was to dramatically downsize my wardrobe, it would be a welcome change to have this dress in my collection.

This was a surprisingly challenging prompt but I enjoyed having the opportunity to really think about what pieces I value the most, and what would matter to me if I was to get rid of the majority of my wardrobe. It actually made me excited about all the vast possibilities my wardrobe holds – and the fact that I have 30+ main pieces and don’t have to content myself with only five!

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  1. I saw that topic and just the thought of having to select only 5 of my main pieces was too much to deal with. You've tackled it great - I like how you're left with a very cohesive wardrobe, despite going for two pretty different styles.

    1. It was unexpectedly intense, but I found it sparked some really interesting thoughts. I'm also super pleased with what I ended up with! I totally never want a wardrobe this small, but if I ever had too this one is pretty good.