January is traditionally the Wardrobe Post Season. Following all the other fresh starts that come with the New Year, Lolitas document what they own at the start of the year and share their collections with others. Many who have done it will tell you that it’s a tedious and tiring task. If you have high visual aesthetic standards, it’ll be even more so. So why should you do a wardrobe post? Is it really worth the trouble?
Sometimes you just can’t remember every piece you own. Taking the time to do a wardrobe post will refresh your memory and become a document to use for reference. It’ll also help you remember what shade things are if you photograph them as accurately as you can, making future purchases a little easier to match. To know what will fit your Lolita wardrobe, you have to know what’s there in the first place. Keep that wardrobe post handy and watch yourself make smarter purchases in the coming year.
Seeing all your Lolita clothes at once helps to spot what you’re missing or what have a lot of. We’re all guilty of the odd impulse purchase, but some stand out more than others. Doing a wardrobe post is a great time to find those odd colours or cuts that you struggle to coordinate and think about what to do with them. Conversely, you may find a theme emerging: a love for a certain type of print, a dominant substyle or recurring cut. Knowing is the first step, so now that your wardrobe post made you aware of the gaps and trends, you can decide what to do about them. Which can mean…
Selling things can be just as much hassle if you’re unable to simply sell your items to places like Wunderwelt. By doing a wardrobe post, you will know what you’d like to get rid of and will have a good photo (or several) of the item. Doesn’t matter if it’s a piece that doesn’t match, one that doesn’t fit or one you’ve fallen out of love with. All that’s left is to write a description and post to Lacemarket or a sales group. And if you do well with selling, you will have the funds for filling up your wardrobe gaps.
Let’s be honest: we want to do wardrobe posts because everyone else is doing them. People love a bandwagon to jump on! It’s fun to get an insight into what other people own and others will enjoy seeing what you have. There’s a buzz to wardrobe posts as we watch, comment and engage with other Lolitas. Also, a well photographed wardrobe post is a resource into what these pieces actually look like. Whether you discover a rare piece to admire or can get a better look at a dream dress, these inform us what to expect from something and whether we really want or like it as much as we thought we did. And you may just have that piece that someone else wanted to have a better look at!
Now that you know why doing a wardrobe post is worthwhile, the main thing now is to avoid feeling under pressure. Which mostly involves these things:
If you still want to do one – or felt inspired to after reading this – consider these to make your post the best it can be.
So, who’s ready to do their wardrobe post? I think I’ll start mine this weekend. Have fun if you do and enjoy looking through others’ if you don’t!
* Featured image by Catberry Photography.
29-year-old Capricorn, Polish-born, UK-based and in love with Japanese fashion (predominantly Lolita). I enjoy a good bargain, OTT coords, cats and baking, and when in Japan I’m a self-confessed purikura addict. When I don’t blog, I work in the education sector, overseeing international exchange programs, and sometimes I get to do some exciting freelance translations on the side.
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