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Gothic Lolita (ゴスロリ) is a style of Lolita that is primarily influenced by victorian-inspired Goth styles. The style was popularized by Mana, a japanese musician.



Gothic Lolita follows the basic Lolita silhouette. Bell skirts, JSKs, and dresses are usually worn with bell-shaped petticoats to give them the classic "cupcake" shape. Gothic Lolita may also follow the more "Classic" silhouette that uses an A-line petticoat rather that a bell-shaped one, to give coordinates a more mature, elegant appearance.


Common motifs in Gothic Lolita often include crosses or religious themes, bats, skulls, coffins, chandeliers, deep red roses, and castles. Darker colors, such as black, navy and royal blue, maroon, crimson, and deep purples are all common in Gothic Lolita. Black and white color combinations are somewhat taboo, but can be and have been done tastefully.

Hair and Makeup[]

Common hair includes straightened or curled hair left down, though pigtails are sometimes worn. Sausage curls are also worn with more over-the-top coordinates.

Common makeup includes dark lipstick (in wine, red, deep purple or even dark brown), smokey or neatly defined eyes, and light blush, although as with all Lolita sub-styles the look remains fairly natural. Black lipstick is almost never worn. Though Gothic makeup is associated with a white powdered face, this is not very common in Lolita as it can be seen as too over-the-top. It's worth mentioning that a popular Gothic Lolita, Mana, is often seen with a very dramatic makeup, but this is not considered a "standard" look for the style.


Common accessories for Gothic Lolita include bows or headdresses, simple bags, such as purses adorned with Gothic motifs, or more extravagant bags and wallets, and dark or black tights, stockings, or knee highs with lace tops. Jewelry tends to have gems in dark colors and silver and metal tones are more common than golden ones. Venice lace chokers or a rosary are often worn. Lace gloves are quite popular in this style.


Common shoes for Gothic Lolita are Mary Janes, Tea Party shoes, boots, and rocking horse shoes. Platform shoes are quite common, as well as low to mid size heels. They are usually in black or a dark color to match the coordinate.