|Chantilly hat from RuffleCon 2014|
In an attempt to make my wardrobe more versatile and rich, I've put a lot more time (and funds) into collecting different kinds of accessories from brooches and shawls to hats and gloves. While shopping around I constantly found myself drawn to the berets. They were cute yet simple and could have wonderful designs without being over the top - a plus for a muted classic lolita like myself. In my eyes, the beret was the one piece of headwear that allowed you to have your cake and eat it too - excellent accessorizing without creating a Marie Antoinette level of avant-garde stylishness.
I went on a long and arduous quest to acquire a brand beret from the NYC Baby the Stars Shine Bright / Tokyo Rebel store, but they always seemed to be sold out when I went shopping. This could have also been because I tended to frequent the store whenever there was an influx of local lolitas making the competition for cute accessories more than fierce. Eventually, while out to tea with a friend of mine I managed to convince her to run by the store and at last the lovely Alice and the Pirates berets were back in stock! Snatching one up for myself I gave a triumphant shout (of mouse-like proportions) and considered my quest to be at an end.
In keeping with my Lolita 333 project, I've only bought a total of two berets to cut down on the clutter in my wardrobe, but am always on the lookout for a cute design or interesting color. For certain, a beret is my favorite thing to put on my head~
|My two berets - The Black Ribbon on the left & AatP on the right|
|I will always love the details in AatP's logo|
|The Black Ribbon's detailing was too adorable to pass up and became and easy 'must-have' buy|
|Just a few from my kanzashi collection|
Coming in at a close second on my list of favorite hair accessories are kanzashi / hairsticks! I first discovered them on a shopping trip in Shibuya and quickly fell in love with their simplicity and elegance. They're a great way to turn a normal hair day into an elegant updo evening and are easy to pack into a bag. They keep hair out of your face and look lovely while doing it. I especially adore the style on the left which incorporates a separate pin which you can place in your hair after putting it up to both hold more complex twists in place and create a gorgeous draping effect with the chain and beads.
|A crafty fox for your vixen look|
In the coming months I'm looking forward to trying out new and adventurous hairstyles and headpieces for some of my more elaborate coords. One day I may even go all out in a bonnet~ But until then I'll be rocking the Parisian lolita beret aesthetic.
Do you have a favorite headpiece or hair accessory? Tell me why you love them in the comments below! Check back for more wardrobe goodies on Friday~