You’ve probably seen them before, they’ve got gossip blogs on tumblr and probably a million subscribers on youtube. Living dolls – girls that look like dolls through makeup, clothing, and occasionally photoshop and surgery – are becoming more and more popular it seems.
In my process of working towards being a full-time doll, instead of just something to pass time on the weekends, I’ve been compiling list after list of things I need, and things that, for me, really complete the “Doll” aesthetic or life style. Before we move on, I’d like to talk a little bit on how the doll look has affected me, and what I hope it turns into.
At a very young age, I started collecting American Girl Dolls, and I loved them because I hoped that’s what I could be like someday, a happy, outgoing, girl with great ideals and lots of friends. Fast forward to about 9 years later, and I’ve discovered BABY and Angelic Pretty, both of which took hold of my heart. This led me to discover BJDs and Pullip Dolls, and then people like VenusAngelic, Taylor R, Fetsu-chan, and Anastasiya Shpagina. For the second time, I had something I wanted to be. And like Momoko from Kamikaze Girls, “My old self was slain, and I was reborn again.” (Or something like that anyway…)
Lolita fashion and the “Living Doll” trend were things I was very ecstatic about, because for the first time, my small height and baby-face features could be useful to me. It was a long time before I got my first dress, or touched makeup, but once I did it was full-speed-ahead and there was no stopping me. (And thankfully, I didn’t have any horrible mistakes along the way. Thank you, lolita-tips and livingdollguide Tumblr!) Eventually, I started blogging, learned some cool html and Photoshop tricks, got my first pair of circle lenses, sponsored Geo Coloured Lenses, and now I’m almost to 1000 followers on instagram! (There are almost 1000 people who like my doll style! Insane! But if you haven’t followed me yet, you totally should…)
Of course, being a doll was something that I really only did on weekends or holiday breaks, because my confidence at school was down the drain. But then people from school were finding my instagram, liking my pictures, and bringing it up during class – in a positive way! “Why don’t you wear your lenses to school, they’re cute!” “You look like a little doll, I love it!” “I found your instagram, how do you do that with your eyes?! It’s amazing!” Comments like these really brought my confidence to a whole new level, and I’m hoping to adjust my family to the lenses and doll look so I can finally become a full time doll, start a youtube, and post tutorials. (And I’m thinking I can get a friend of mine to let me do a dolly makeover on her *hint hint* ;D )
Enough of the chit-chat though, let’s move on to the main idea of the post!
Wardrobe Tips for the Doll on a Dime
Besides the makeup and lenses, wardrobe plays a huge part in the doll look. Of course, a doll can wear anything they want, but deciding the kind of look you’re going for and matching your clothing to that style can really take the style up a notch.
The best thing to do is find an inspiration, and take some casual style cues from them, to help you when you don’t feel like going full out. Personally, my biggest style inspiration is definitely Taylor R. She manages to perfectly pull off the cute, doll-like, gyaru sort of style that I envision when I think of dolls! I also admire Venus’s recent outfits, cute and comfy, but she’s also got some really classy ones as well! I plan to mix their styles with lolita fashion, so that I have a wide range of things to choose from.
Does fashion get any cuter? Answer: Um, I think not! #Ultimatekawaiiunlocked
(Credit: Taylor R and Venus, taken from their Instagrams)
If you’re going for more of an edgy look, try looking up some various Jfashion styles, like Visual Kei. It’s probably the biggest opposite to the kawaii style that I can think of! You could also try gothic lolita, ouji, kodona, or punk styles as well.
Of course, you don’t have to decide on only one style! Fetsu-chan, (Emily) a popular youtuber and another one of my style inspirations, has a large variety of clothing styles that she wears. I personally love the way she does lolita and decora, it’s extremely cute!
She uses makeup like magic! I’m jealous! *^* (Credit: Fetsu-Chan, taken from her Instagram)
Dressing for your body shape is one of the best things to learn to do. I have a very “Boyish” type body, as in, I don’t have much definition in my waist or hips. (Or chest area b/c I am flat as a board whoops) So, when out shopping, I try to look for more tailored items that really focus on bringing definition to my waist. Peplum tops, belts over skirts and dresses, and high-waisted items are some of the things I look best in personally. And since I have such a small frame, I love layering things like big sweaters and chunky cardigans to give a really cute feel! But everyone is different, so find out your body type by using the instructions here.
So now that we have a body type and preferred style in mind, it’s time to take a look at our current closets. Anything that has stains or holes that are beyond repair can be thrown away. If you have any extremely big t-shirts that don’t match the style you’re going for, either tuck them into your Pajama drawer or donate them. Decide what fits into your style, and put anything that doesn’t into a box to sell or donate. Then, out of the pile you still have, decide what fits and what you have recently worn, and anything that is too big/small or hasn’t been touched since the last ice age can happily join your other pile of clothes in the box.
Now that you’ve cleaned out your closet, decide what you need. Do you need some shoes or accessories that can be easily mixed and matched? Or maybe you need some more casual dresses, jeans, and cardigans. If you can DIY or sew any of these things, head to the nearest craft store to get a pattern and some fabric and save yourself some good money. If you can’t set yourself a budget and go shopping. In Plainfield, we have an outdoor shopping mall type of area called Metropolis. When I go shopping, I wander around and wait for something that catches my eye. Most of the time, I end up in Charolette Ruse and JCPenny’s.
After you’ve returned home with some great finds that (hopefully) didn’t cause you to go broke, grab a full length mirror and spend some time mixing pieces around to create some great outfits! Take as many photos as you can, and put them in an “Outfit Inspo” album! Alternatively, you can get one of those closet styling apps, where you take pictures of all your clothes and it lets you put together outfits. Polyvore is a great app for this! Because I’m too lazy to take pictures of all my clothes, I like to scroll through Taylor’s instagram and try to recreate some of her outfits. This is great if the person you chose as your style interest post OOTDs.
So now that you’re lookin’ cute, take some pictures and make an outfit collage. Post it on instagram or tumblr and get some opinions from your followers! You can also recreate outfits and do a side-by-side comparison to see how close you got to the original.
Next week I’ll talk about hair styles, and put together some tutorials for short hair, since I recently cut mine and am having fun playing around with it. Then I’ll get around to accessories and finally, makeup and lifestyle! Leave a comment about any tips you questions you’d like answered~