A STYLE GUIDE INSPIRED BY: LOLITA (1997)

It’s movie time again.
Today, I partenered with Twinkledeals to show you my style guide inspired by Lolita, a film released in 1997 and directed by Adrian Lyne.
I came across Lolita thanks to a song by Lana del Rey, who actually reminds me a bit of the character.
To be honest, this movie is still written on my “must watch” list, but hopefully this post will help me to investigate and know a bit more about this controversial character. Despite that, I must make clear that I’m not going to talk about the aspects of her personality and her role in the movie, on the contrary, I prefer to focus on things that are more evident to the eye. Basically, fashion. I want to introduce you this character as the style icon that she is for me.
I think when it comes to style, Lolita is pretty predictable. I’m not saying that is a bad thing, but she has a really defined style, so you can kind of predict what kind of clothes she likes to wear. She’s really femenine and preppy. That includes short flowy dresses, bright colors, babydoll necks, two piece sets, florals, off-the-shoulder tops, frilly socks, oxfords and too much red. Red lips and braided hair are two of her most characteristic atributes, along with her iconic heart-shaped sunglasses.
She’s classy and so 50s, something we always associate with innocence, purism and tradition. In this case, fashion is key to create this contrast between what Lolita looks like and who she actually is. She may be a 14-year-old girl and she may look like one, but she definitely doesn’t act like one.
No matter who she falls in love with, she stills being a kid after all, so she dresses up as one. Anyways, I like to say that hers is come kind of “interrupted innocence”, since she is much more mature and intelligent than what she wants to pretend, so that is why the power of fashion is really obvious here.
What I find really interesting about the movie and its fashion aspects is the fact that many of the styles and outfits Lolita wears are still fashionable nowadays. You can find retro prints and classic fitted cuts practically everywhere, and I even wear them myself! So to prove that it is possible to dress like Lolita in the 21th century, here are a few necessary pieces to match her style and create an outfit show could still wear in 2017.

 

  • Vichy Clothes
When it comes to prints, vichy is a must. I picked up two tops, since they have a similar cut to the ones she wears in the movie. The first one is this off-the-shoulder top with really flowy sleeves, and the second one is a bit more childish because of the laces on the straps.
  • Pink
The third top has a different print and its made of a different material, but it definitely keeps following this pattern of femenine garments that transmit innocence and ingenuinity. Pale pink also reflects purity and elegance, and it also gives a classic touch.
If there’s something you don’t want to miss when trying to resemble Lolita’s style it’s her sunglasses.  Even though she wears round sunglasses in the 1997 version, it’s the original 1962 movie that turned those heart-shaped sunglasses into such an iconic complement of the character. You can find a similar ones here and here. What is even better, they are on trend again, so it is actually pretty easy to find a pair in most of the stores. Despite that, it’s something I wouldn’t wear on a daily basis, but I would definitely go for a round sunglasses like the ones she wore in the ’97.
I personally feel like my style is somehow connected to this character. Maybe it’s because sometimes I pick pieces that aren’t for my age anymore, or maybe they are not “adult” enough. Finding characters with a style like Lolita’s help me feel a bit “less alone” in some way, since they make me think that there’s a chance that my style belongs to another decade. And, to be honest, that is something that makes me really happy and proud of being myself.
 
Thanks for reading,
Claudia

 

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