Whilst travelling, especially international, will remain a dream for some time to come, who can stop us from dreaming? If planning a trip, real in the distant future or hypothetical, makes you happy then do it! For many wearing lolita to cute travel destinations is the dream and we plan outfits to match the locations. But should you pack your precious lolita… or should you wear it instead? Let’s talk about that!
As both an avid traveller and a frequent lolita wearer, I’m no stranger to wearing my petticoat for the journey. I even have some items that have been to multiple countries already that I plan to take to many more! By car, by train or by plane, I will happily wear lolita for any of those trips.
The biggest advantage of wearing lolita whilst travelling is not having to figure out how to pack a petticoat. Even though a good petticoat is usually fine to be squished, it’s so much nicer to have that suitcase space for other things. If your trip happens during colder weather, a petticoat will also keep you toasty thanks to the multiple layers.
Depending on your comfort levels, this is also a good option for the paranoid travellers. Lolita fashion is expensive, so it’s understandable that you’d worry about things like losing your luggage. Travel insurance is one thing, but true peace of mind is another. Wearing lolita will attract more attention, but ensures that you know where your precious brand is.
Lastly, if you’re travelling with others, wearing lolita ensures that you are hard to lose. Train stations and airports can get crowded, making it easier to accidentally separate from your companions. But if you wear something that stands out this much, they will spot you in the crowd sooner. And if they can’t find you, the staff are bound to notice a person with a poofy skirt.
If lolita and travel were all positives, we’d have more people doing it, and sadly nothing in life is perfect.
For one, if you aren’t used to attracting attention when in lolita, wearing frills for the trip may be too much. And that’s ok. Travelling can be stressful and overwhelming enough as is, so it’s ok to want to wear something less flashy. Moreover, the prospect of accidental during the journey might be too stressful for many. Better pack your dress and know that it’s safe than worry over whether it will snag or stain.
More importantly, travelling is often pretty tiring. Even the most comfortable modes of transport take a physical toll on our bodies. Lolia’s multiple layers will make it harder on you and for long journeys it’s better stick to comfortable things. After all, the goal is to have a cute outfit at your destination, not at the airport or train station.
For those of you who decide that donning frills for the trip is a good idea, here are some tips from my own experience.
My preference for travelling in lolita is to pick a skirt. The one I use is lightweight and goes well with a lot of my clothes, both lolita and other ones. A skirt can be paired with a hoodie or a T-shirt to keep you comfortable and weather-appropriate. Often those are also really cute casual lolita outfits. Once you become comfortable coordinating skirts, you’ll be able to pack a change of blouse and legwear to switch from travel comfort to cute sightseeing.
Another option is to go for an OP. Again, fewer layers make for more comfortable journey, and you can easily add an outer piece for warmth if necessary. With an OP you have the added comfort of one thing fewer to plan since your coordinate is practically ready. If your trip involves an early start, you will be grateful to only have to put on one item instead of the usual layers of lolita fashion. And why not consider a cutsew OP like the hoodie ones that Angelic Pretty has been releasing recently? Those are the ultimate marriage of comfort and cuteness, perfect for travelling.
Travelling in lolita is certainly not for everyone, or indeed not for every occasion. Once you are ready to plan the trip, you will assess yourself what is viable and what isn’t. Until then you can simply think about potential travelling outfits when browsing websites such as Wunderwelt for new acquisitions.
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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