Oct 26, 2012

My Style Outside of The FRILLS

This week's prompt for the Lolita Blog Carnival is to talk about your personal style outside of lolita fashion. Since Carnivale Salt is not strictly a lolita blog, you've heard me discuss many different styles, ranging from mori kei to western goth. While I am very interested in these fashions, and take a lot of inspiration from them, my daily style rarely conforms to just one. I'd like to describe my style as antique avant gothic, but the truth is that I'm not really sure how to describe my look. Even though I think I have a pretty interesting style, I'm not the most photogenic of people, and I tend to only take outfit shots if its a special occasion. The following is a smörgåsbord of photos from the past year so you can decide for yourself! From most recent:

Most recent and current hair and glasses combo... This look consisted of a mid-length long sleeved sweater dress and long pearls. Somewhere between Edward Gorey and Edith Head. Channeling 30's spinsters. September 2012

Another recent look from shortly before I cut my hair short. I was going for Moon Flamenco for the club and put lots of flowers on my head and wore a stripy blue ruffley shirt, snakeskin leggings, and leather wedges. September 2012

Wearing my hair down for a fancy wedding in Los Angeles. I'm the one with the big hat on the left. I wish I had a better picture of this outfit, but as you can see, it was very minimal consisting of my minipleat stretch column dress and a very big vintage portrait hat, accessorized with chainmaile earrings and Vivienne Westwood bag. One of my British aunts kept teasing me that I had to wear my hat at a jaunty angle, and not back on my head, because it looked too witchy! May 2012

Eyebrowless and bright pink hair for early spring. I had bright blue hair a few months after this, but I can't seem to find any pictures.... This picture was from Midnight Mess in Tokyo during my trip in March 2012.

More subdued pink last winter. This picture was taken of my boyfriend and I
at a speak-easy themed show at a local loft space. I was going for bawdy turn-of-the-century feminist.
Wearing pants and swearing at stuff. The boy is wearing a bike tube as a bolo tie! February 2012
More winter hair. I miss these glasses!!! I think they broke in my purse :(.
I don't remember what I was doing when this picture was taken.... January 2012
I wish I had more pictures to show you! I'm really bad at taking outfit photos, especially outside of lolita and club looks!! I'll try harder in the future!! This year in my personal style was all about un-naturally colored hair, interesting glasses, and thrifting a lot. I'm excited to see everyone elses posts on the blog carnival.


  1. Wow i love your style, its like a mix of gothic influences done in a very vintage form. You look quite elegant and i adore the attention to detail. I wish i could put that much effort into what i wear but i really just try to get as fast as i can out of the house.
    I loved reading this!

    1. Thanks so much!! This means a lot coming from you. I've always admired your style since I first started in lolita fashion many years ago! Most of what I wear on a day-to-day basis is pretty standard with gothic influences, but I like to think of my style as what you described. Thanks for reading my blog!!

  2. What a lovely set of pictures. I love the versatility of the different outfits and how you are still able to maintain a nice theme through all of them. How do you decide what to wear when you get up in the morning?

    1. If its an occasion, or I'm going out, I usually choose a theme and go with that. For everyday dress, usually I just coordinate my outfit based on the pieces I find first in my closet. I rarely plan what I'm going to wear ahead of time which leads to interesting results, and sometimes frustration if I decide I want to wear something specific. These pictures are maybe not the best representation of my everyday style since they are pretty much all going-out photos....