STARTING OFF THE HOT SUMMER IN THE CITY
Welcome to Tokyo...
Looking out to 35 degrees in the coming months, the rainy weeks that just struck the city promised a short break from the heat. Growing up in central Europe, where 25 degrees during main summer time mid-august used to be the high of the season, Japans insane summer temperatures swept me off my feet - literally.
Even during rainy days it's always very hot and the air humidity isn't necessarily a wigless lolitas best friend, I thought I'd introduce you to my tips to surviving the summer, even if it's less extreme at your end of the world.
The Right Outfit
Light colors, chiffon, ankle socks, parasols, hand fans and light undershirts.
Surviving the heat in Lolita fashion is tough. We have to keep on certain part of layers that the rest of the world loses, to keep a certain aesthetic. The petticoat has to stay on, the blouse as well, and double dare the one who skips on legwear.
However minimizing some parts to create a simple look can be refreshing.
Most jewelry is just covered with metal paint, so wearing and sweating in it will make the brassy core visible sooner, I recommend taking off your rings and putting on your necklaces under the collar of your blouse, if possible. Skip the bigger pieces and use your offbrand jewelry now. Save the fancy pieces for later.
Lighter colors, chiffon, and parasols help a lot, and where these layers stay, I recommend getting cool patches, to glue on your undershirt. They work just like heat patches and will at least keep a few parts cool, until you can get back into an air conditioned room.
Angelic Pretty 's Dream Marine OP
Tokyo Bay, June 2015
Undereye blush and glitter for the day
Losing wig and tights were difficult for me too, but sometimes it's healthier to go out with your normal hair instead. If you live in fear of tanning or tan lines, wear skin colored tights under your ankle socks, they are a lot cooler than their printed equivalent, and easier to replace.
Though I haven't seen it as much lately, hand fans seem to be a big thing for some Lolitas, and you can get the paper version custom printed at some shops - even in the west - so why not make a design that can go along with your prints?
Lighter make up that already includes a high SPF and skipping on false lashes is nice for the extreme temperatures as well. There's nothing I hate more than re-glueing a pair of lashes in the heat, with a small pocket mirror.
Cute Additions & Shiro Lolita
Undershirts are the key to not sweating your brand dresses, and there are special ones sold for summer, that are thinner and therefor cooler. I personally prefer a cotton-jersey mixed undershirt over them, but it might be a nice addition to your underwear drawer.
During summer I joined a lot of japanese Lolitas in the trend of bringing back Shiro Lolita, oldschool rectangle headdresses and an overall simple coordinate. I personally like the revival of oldschool Lolita lately, and I hope to see it making a come-back to the west. Since Baby re-released some older cuts and has brought back simple white OPs, I couldn't wait to see what Tokyo Lolitas would make of it, and I have to admit I wasn't dissappointed.
Since wearing a lot of jewelry is difficult during this extreme summer, I decided to get new gel nails for the same purpose. Gel nails last up to a month for me, and since I don't have the time to redo my nailart every other day, I figured it would be a nice addition. Even on short nails!