1. 5 pieces that every Lolita wardrobe should have, regardless of style
A good petticoat comes to mind as the most important item of them all. You want that silhouette, you cannot get it without one. It's a good idea to get a good quality one from the get-go, it will last you for a very long time. Take it from me, my ruffled cotton petti has served me well since 2005. Also take good care of your petti, it deserves your love and attention.
Secondly you'll need a nice shirt, preferably white, or black if you're certain you'll go the gothic route and never turn back. It can be a really simple one too, in fact it's good if it's as simple as possible while still retaining something of the lolita aesthetic. You'll understand after you've put together outfits for some time and realize you would have been in a total fix several times had you not had that shirt.
Third: nice socks/tights. Simple ones again. No matter what your style you can always spice it up with extra accessories but you cannot take away what's already there, so if you're going for loli items that are suitable for every style, get these basic items in one colour and little decoration.
Fourth I would say is a nice pair of shoes in brown or cream, since these two colours are very easy to match. Cream is even easier than brown, but as brown seems to be in at the moment I wanted to mention it. For the gothic, black of course is the best go to colour in shoes as well.
Fifth: Accessories. Lots of them. In various colours. Bows, roses, pearl chains, cross pendants, whatever best fits your style, just be sure to have a whopload of them.
By now you've realized I did not mention any dresses at any point at all. This is because funny as it sounds, the dress may be the smallest of your concerns. Even a regular dress, self-made skirt or any vintage item can and does work awesomely in lolita style, as long as you build the coord carefully!
The most obvious thing that the "seasoned" lolita notices about a newcomer is whether or not they can put together a look. You can buy whatever burando item and wear it and still be labeled a sad ita because as so many times said before, brand does not grant a successful look. In all honesty the best of the lolita could probably look immaculate in a piece of curtain or a toiled seat around their neck because they know how to make it all fit together.
(Btw if the toilet seat thingy becomes the next big lolita fashion thing I want it to be named after me K?)
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