Welcome to the EGL section

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1. Short explanation & terminology

EGL stands for Elegant Gothic Lolita. It's a fashion subculture that started in Japan with influences of Victorian and Rococco clothing styles.

While the name of the fashion has nothing to do with the book by Nabokov and isn't spelled with a capital L, it's speculated that it may be the reason why the fashion is called lolita.

It's like the Bratz girls embracing that they're called brats, and punkers embracing that they're called punks. Both of them gave it another different meaning.

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When looking at listing and/or talking about lolita, you might hear and/or see these words:

JSK: Jumperskirt, means that you're supposed to wear a blouse underneath.

OP: One Piece, usually has sleeves so you don't need to wear a blouse.

KC: Katyusha, which means headbow in Japanese.

UTK: Under the knee, referring to the length of socks

OTK: Over the knee, also referring to the length of socks

2. My introduction

I discovered EGL around 2010-2011 when I discovered anime & J-fashion!

During those times, it was extremely hard for me to find something that my parents would allow me to buy that was also available in our small country.

But now, after 10 long years and finding new dear friends that reignited my love for the fashion and confidence, I'm able to wear those pretty dresses โ™ฅ

3. Personal style

The styles I like to wear are

maid

old school

gothic

kuro

punk

and the colourways I like to wear are

black & white

black & black

wine/bordeaux/deep red & white

purple

4. How & Where I buy my pieces

Before I tell you how & where I get them, it's important for you to understand why pieces are priced the way they are and why getting a piece isn't as simple as buying from regular stores like H&M or Zara.

It is a luxurious fashion and that is reflected in it's pricetag. Pieces are carefully constructed and not produced in huge quantities. A lot of fabric is used (especially good quality fabric for bigger brands) and those are not cheap as well. This is why it can also take months for your piece to arrive if you're not buying it second hand, or why you might see limited reservation periods. These pieces are built to last for decades and to be worn multiple times. Also, you can't forget that even the biggest lolita brands are still considered as extremely small ones when comparing it to the brands we regularly see.

This is also the reason why the community has made Lolibrary, a site where a lot of lolita pieces have been archived. There are still a lot of pieces not listed on there (especially Chinese ones) and pieces are getting added everyday, but this where most lolitas search for pieces to then add to their wishlist and/or link to when selling their piece.

As you've heard, these pieces are built to last for a very long time. This is why most lolitas purchase their pieces secondhand. Which also means that some people might spend years searching for a piece they like. This is why you might hear some lolitas talk about dream dresses and why they're constantly checking second hand sites.

So please, do not buy replica's, knock-off's and/or dupes. This hurts the fashion and you'll just get crappy clothes. If you can't afford a piece from the bigger brands like Angelic Pretty - BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT - Alice and the Pirates - etc. or in general can't afford to spend +100 euros on a single piece, you can check out Chinese indie brands like Pumpkin Cat, Dear Alice, Infanta and many more. I recommend checking the sites I've used down below for that, especially the last one.

So right now, there are 2 shops and 1 service that I've used to get my pieces. These are:


Lacemarket


WunderWelt


Chinese Lolita Updates

5. How to navigate the site

Change tabs by clicking on the titles

Everything is listed in descending order (most wanted piece first for Wishlist, first piece I own first for Wardrobe)

Clicking on a picture opens up an archive page on Lolibrary or the listing.

The crosses under the pieces represent the colourways. Pure white and bordeaux/whine/dark red always have priority.

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A butterfly underneath a piece means it's in transit/bought, but not yet physically in my wardrobe

Cap โ† bonnet โ† headdress, no KC

Headpieces

Baby, the Stars Shine Bright - Cherry Headdress - ใ‚ตใ‚ฏใƒฉใƒณใƒœใƒฌใƒผใ‚นใฎใƒ˜ใƒƒใƒ‰ใƒ‰ใƒฌใ‚น

Baby, the Stars Shine Bright
Cherry Lace
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Alice and the Pirates - Classical maid cap

Alice and the Pirates
Classical maid cap
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OP & Sets

Angel's Heart Lolita - Pianolude of Eternal Night OP Set

Angel's Heart Lolita
Pianolude of Eternal Night
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Baby, the Stars Shine Bright - Trump Card โ™ฅ Alice OP - ใƒˆใƒฉใƒณใƒ—ใชใ‚ขใƒชใ‚น

Baby, the Stars Shine Bright
Trump Card โ™ฅ Alice
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Alice and the Pirates - Bat Maid OP

Alice and the Pirates
Bat Maid


JSK

Pumpkin Cat - Anniversary Encore JSK

Pumpkin Cat
Anniversary Encore
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Tops

Pumpkin Cat Anniversary - Ceremony Encore Blouse

Pumpkin Cat
Anniversary Ceremony Encore
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Shoes

Antaina - Short heels black

Antaina
Short heels


Demonia - DOLLY-01 SHOES

Demonia
DOLLY-01 MATTE


Vintage
School shoes


Accessoires

Angelic Pretty - Frill Millefeuille Umbrella (2018)

Angelic Pretty
Frill Millefeuille Umbrella (2018)
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Alice and the Pirates - Classical maid tablier

Alice and the Pirates
Classical maid tablier
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Missing pieces

Baby, the Stars Shine Bright - Trump Card โ™ฅ Alice OP Apron

Baby, the Stars Shine Bright
Trump Card โ™ฅ Alice - Apron


Pumpkin Cat - Anniversary Encore Bonnet

Pumpkin Cat
Anniversary Encore - Bonnet


Headpieces

Alice and the Pirates - Seamstress Maid Cap

Alice and the Pirates
Seamstress Maid

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Baby, the Stars Shine Bright - Nighty Bonnet

Baby, the Stars Shine Bright
Nighty Bonnet

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Soft bonnets - Soft caps - Rectangular Headpieces

Soft Bonnets
Soft Caps
Rectangular Headdresses

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OP & Sets

Innocent World - Heart Lace Shirring OP

Innocent World
Heart Lace Shirring

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Metamorphose Temps de Fille - Anne of Green Gables OP

Metamorphose Temps de Fille
Anne of Green Gables

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Heart E - Velveteen Tea Time OP

Heart E
Velveteen Tea Time!!

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Alice Girl - Alice Short Sleeves OP Set

Alice Girl
Alice Short Sleeves Set


Mitsuba - Aurora Set

Mitsuba
Aurora Set
Rectangular Headpiece


Baby, the Stars Shine Bright - Alice's Chess Print Cafรฉ OP

Baby, the Stars Shine Bright
Alice's Chess Print Cafรฉ

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Antique beasT - Vampire Princess OP

Antique beasT
Vampire Princess


Angelic Pretty - Winding Shirring Rose OP

Angelic Pretty
Winding Shirring Rose

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Angelic Pretty - Crown Trump OP

Angelic Pretty
Crown Trump

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Innocent World - Velveteen Baby Doll OP

Innocent world
Velveteen Baby Doll

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Metamorphose Temps de Fille - Organdy Babydoll OP

Metamorphose Temps de Fille
Organdy Babydoll


Metamorphose Temps de Fille - Trumpet Sleeve Babydoll OP (with Arm Cover)

Metamorphose Temps de Fille
Trumpet Sleeve Babydoll (with Arm Cover)


JSK

Angelic Pretty - Front Lace Up Panel JSK

Angelic Pretty
Front Lace Up Panel

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Angelic Pretty - Heart Cutout JSK

Angelic Pretty
Heart Cutout

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Metamorphose Temps de Fille - Velveteen JSK

Metamorphose Temps de Fille
Velveteen


Bloomers

Above & under knee-length bloomers

Above & Under Knee-Length Bloomers

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