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The Lifestyle of a Harajuku Lolita Girl: Expression Through Fashion and Makeover Experience

May 16, 2018


I remember learning about Lolita fashion when I was young. In Jr. high school my friend brought a Japanese fashion book to class filled with professional pictures of girls that dressed up in doll-like clothing. I learned this style had a name: “Gothic Lolita Fashion." It was intriguing to me- the lifestyle of a Harajuku Lolita girl. Their expression through fashion was something that was next level.

This type of Lolita fashion was popular when I was about 14 or 15 years old. I discovered that Lolita fashion had been around since the 1980s but was becoming rapidly more popular due to the high volume of Western and European fans of this style.


When I moved to Tokyo, I met a girl from Europe named Cathy Cat who's lifestyle was, in fact, the Lolita lifestyle. I asked her to give me the ultimate experience. I wanted to become a Harajuku Lolita girl and learn what this particular lifestyle entailed.


For one day I felt like a princess. I wasn't sure what to expect or how I would react. I also wasn't sure how others would view me. All I knew is that after I put on the clothes, it made me feel incredibly and unexpectedly beautiful.




My style was not the 'Gothic Lolita' style I had learned about in school. This form of Harajuku Lolita fashion I was wearing is called, 'Sweet Lolita.` Sweet Lolita is typically pastel colors with accents of bows, pictures of delicious sweets, or colorful frills displayed on the dress. My outfit was strawberry themed!


I learned that Lolita girls don't dress up for boys or anyone else. Lolita fashion is supposed to make you feel good about the way you express yourself which is something I absolutely adore about this style.


 When interviewing Cat about her lifestyle, she told me 'we all have in our hearts that desire to feel like a princess.' She was absolutely right. That girlish feeling in me peeked out after seeing myself in bright, colorful clothing. The dress made my personality pop and the confidence came with it.


We went outside to take pictures for Instagram and overall, we got positive feedback from onlookers. A lot of Japanese people said we looked fun and beautiful. Because this style is commonly seen in Japan, it wasn't anything strange on the streets. If I were to walk around in Lolita fashion in America, I think people wouldn't react so positively.


Check out my video below and don't forget to subscribe for more videos like this!

Cathy Cat and her interview with me is in the video below. Don't forget to check out her video as well. You'll see Cat work her magic on me.


Thank you, Cat for turning me into the most delicious dessert princess who walked this earth!




Lyz Kelly



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