|Wearing lolita fashion until you die? That was Momoko's thought (screenshot from Kamikaze Girls)|
A short while ago my colleagues and I were talking about aging in general, because somehow it gets harder sometimes to guess peoples (physical) age. We get kids later in life (if at all), and we stay younger (in mind or lifestyle) just a little bit longer I think, at least that counts for most of us. It is harder to find a serious stable job and maybe it's also because we have the freedom to choose what we actually like to do instead of doing what someone said we are supposed to do, like it used to be in older days. There is not a 'normal' time anymore to 'settle down' , it's not even normal to 'settle down' (you know, with partner, buy a house etc) I guess. So yeah, people are adjusting and more flexible.
The other side of the coin however is that that amount of freedom creates a lot of room, or maybe emptiness, that we somehow want to fill in our lives. Just like any other hobby it's just a form of spending your time. That is also because: we have that time. Lot of us don't have to take care of our family that much or don't have to work double jobs to earn enough money or are active in church or whatever. So you search something else to fill your time with.
And when we get a bit older it might be hard to find new friends so search for other hobbies, other communities. For active lolita's it's interesting to ask yourself: what would you be or do without lolita fashion?
When it comes to Lolita Fashion, we all know it's not a cheap fashion and although cheaper Taobao brands are getting more accessible, the main brands are still popular and selling new dresses for about 200-300 Euro (and this is without shopping service and import costs). For a teen this is a lot of money and I think lots of parents might find it a bit much to spend on a piece of clothing, but it still happens. I knew about teen lolitas that just bought a dress only once per year or two years because of this and that's totally understandable. Then again, nowadays young people have a lot of money to spend because the living circumstances (of parents) are getting better.
|I'd like to wear more|
Otome / casual lolita
but I usually just
don't have the time in
the morning to prepare.
The look of the fashion changed too, the modern-day classic-sweet approach really also suits 'older' ages. Colors are a bit toned down, there aren't bows everywhere etc. That said.. that is more of a generic look on what would suit people their age, and I for one am not a fan of that kind of thinking like that. I think that lolita fashion also already stands for wearing something alternative that just makes you happy, so why not just wear whatever you like in despite of your age?
|I don't see myself|
stop loving cute stuff
I think that is the most important lesson actually, that you shouldn't let other
people (or your own thoughts about other peoples thoughts) stand in between you and whatever makes you happy. And I guess that not everyone is that bold in their choices, but even outside of fashion it is very important. Don't let mental made-up rules dictate what you do with your life (well okay maybe except for things stated in the law), there are always people who will have a different opinion than you, and that's fine (who cares?), but this is your life so get the most out of it that will make you happy, not anyone else!
Where do you see yourself some years in the future? Will it matter what you will wear or will it matter if what you do makes you happy? I wonder how other people think about this, let me know!