Gothic Lolita is a style of Lolita that is primarily influenced by victorian-inspired Goth styles. The style was popularized by Mana, a japanese musician. Lolita fashion is very popular in Europe. In fact, many people don’t know much about gothic Lolita. They think that as long as it’s black and white Lolita with sexy black dress is Gothic Lolita, but in fact it’s not. The main colors are black and white, which are characterized by the desire to express mysterious horror and the feeling of death.
Gothic Lolita follows the basic Lolita silhouette. Bell skirts, JSKs, and gothic dresses are usually worn with bell-shaped petticoats to give them the classic “cupcake” shape. Gothic Lolita may also follow the more “Classic” silhouette that uses an A-line petticoat rather that a bell-shaped one, to give coordinates a more mature, elegant appearance.
Common hair includes straightened or curled hair left down, though pigtails are sometimes worn. Sausage curls are also worn with more over-the-top coordinates. Common makeup includes dark lipstick (in wine, red, deep purple or even dark brown), smokey or neatly defined eyes, and light blush, although as with all Lolita substyles the look remains fairly natural. Black lipstick is almost never worn. Though Gothic makeup is associated with a white powdered face, this is not very common in Lolita as it can be seen as too over-the-top. It´s worth to mention that a popular Gothic Lolita, Mana, is often seen with a very dramatic make up, but this is not considered a “standard” look for the style.
Common shoes for Gothic Lolita are Mary Jane shoes, Tea Party shoes, knee high boots, and rocking horse shoes. Platform shoes are quite common, as well as low to mid size heels. They are usually in black or a dark color to match the coordinate.