When I popped over to the EGL community on livejournal this month, I found myself falling in love with the idea for this month's theme - ita to lolita. In the mod's own words: "It's the journey every lolita makes: changing from the dreaded ita into the beautiful lolita. This month, feel free to share any aspect of your transformation with us, from a timeline detailing your coordinates' improvement, to a post showing how you managed to salvage your worst lace monster." Fall is a transformative season in many ways beyond just the shifting colors of leaves. For fashion, it's the pinnacle of the new year and the beginning of a whole new world of trends. For education (at least in the United States) it marks the beginning of a new year full of entirely new classes and experiences which can be both incredibly fulfilling and incredibly challenging. Lolita fashion is also representative of a transformation - from the awkward beginner which all of us were, to the beautiful and refined lolita who creates stunning coordinates with ease and first begins to find her own sense of style within such a niche aesthetic.
I loved this theme so much that I felt I had to share my transformation from the early cringe-worthy shots to the latest coordinates I've put together. Upon searching back through my photo archives I came to the realization that I didn't take that many photos of myself wearing lolita when I first started, but the few that I do have are golden.