Wa-Loli Fashion


by Kathy Huang

WHEN one considers the varied nature of the traditional Japanese kimono there are a lot of things that come to mind.  For example, beauty, grace, and elegance being some of the ones that reminds me of this garment.  They are worn on specific events throughout the life of a Japanese child to adulthood, as well as for every day wear, but this is not as common as it used to be.

Wa-loli kimono are the Lolita translation of the traditional outfit. Depending on the creation, this could involve the use of Japanese prints that you would find on a kimono – with the addition of lace and ruffles to incorporate the Lolita side. Another way would be through the use of Lolita-style prints in a traditional kimono creation, which would also include lace and ruffles. This second option is not as common, as the first thing that comes to mind when describing a wa-loli kimono is a Lolita bell shaped skirt combined with a kimono top and traditional kimono sleeves.

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