|Stock Photo of Meta's Heart Pocket Embroidery JSK in Navy|
The strong secondhand market simultaneously reinforces high brand prices by ensuring that a well-kept piece has decent resale value, and encourages lolitas to expand and trim their wardrobes over time to best suit their current style needs. While it can take a good bit of time, it's entirely possible for a sweet lolita to transition to gothic and vice versa without spending a fortune simply by maintaining a balance between sales and purchases of similarly valued pieces.
In direct contrast to the turnover of many lolitas' wardrobes, my own has only really seen additions. There are a number of dresses which I no longer wear, or which do not fit in very well aesthetically with the rest of my collection, but I have a hard time parting with them for purely sentimental reasons. This is not to say that my own wardrobe hasn't gone through a series of changes, but rather the pieces I have removed from my regular rotation of coordinates are like old friends waiting in the wings.
|One of my first experimentations with lolita circa 2008 sans the bodice bows which I didn't care for|
In the end I'm glad I took that leap of faith and took a chance on a dress simply because I thought it might look cute on me. I can't seem to let go of that old JSK because it feels like home to me. I have fond memories of wearing it out with a big smile on my face. Perhaps one day I'll wear it out with a new, matured twist and reinvent the JSK of my past into my present style. Or perhaps I'll join the lolita community in passing a well-loved piece onto a lolita who will better appreciate it and make it her own.
Until then - much love,