(Me and my very simple casual style about a year ago - I remember doing my English's exam at school before this picture was taken, so yes, I do wear both aristocrat and lolita at school too.
Photos by halktia @ Helsinki Winter Garden)
I would claim and be almost sure about the fact that the most well-known style in Aristocrat is this type of a feminine Aristocrat, as featured on the picture. There are many variations of this kind of Aristocrat, but the main feminine features stay the same in every kind of outfit: there's a long skirt, frilly well-fitting (not too loose or tight) blouse, accessories (hats, headdresses, gloves, rose corsages, jewelleries etc.), a coat or a vest and a handbag of many kind. And, as the title says, gothic aristocrat has naturally its gothic features too: dark colours (not necessarily, though, if you know how to pull of colourful gothic - it's possible to be gothic in pink too, you know!), crosses, roses and especially gothic make and hair up of certain kind.
It's VERY important to have the right kind of make up that fits your own style and facial features! Remember to use lots of foundation and fake eyelashes (not necessary if your own eyelashes are long enough, but I would still recommand those), no matter what the style is. Hair is one huge part of the outfit too and it should be done in a right way. Long hair is usually the best solution when it comes to aristocratic style because, as aristocrat is slightly historical fashion, women used to have long hair in 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Aristocrat has just transformed it into more modern and casual. So, wigs, curls or straight hair and detailed hair accessories (my personal favourites are prefer pearls, roses, hats and headdresses) are a must.
Just remember that this is only my own personal opinion and if you prefer less make up or don't want to do your hair, then you don't need to obey my tips, naturally. However, I'm trying to speak from experience and these are some very simple facts that I have learned by trying different things.
What I can say for now is that make up and hair are atleast a half of the whole outfit itself.
Skirt is usually NEVER placed on hips = skirts are supposed to be worn on your waist, not hips! I wonder why some people don't get this very simple fact (maybe because of the jeans - yuck, I absolutely hate them... jeans aren't even ecological). Even some lolitas don' get this very basic thing although it's a very important part of the whole outfit and look itself - it will make your legs look longer and your upper body smaller (unless you're obese since lolita is a style that makes people look much wider than they really are - even a skinny person like me looks almost normal weight). All in all, it creates an illusion that makes you look more elegant and doll-like. Okay, I'll stop the rant here, it went very off-topic once again.
Just wear skirts as they are supposed to be worn, god dammit! Haha.
As the title says, casual aristocrat is casual. With casual, I mean clothing that is appropriate for school or work, for example. Casual clothes are usually simpler and the whole outfit isn't as outsanding as aristocrat usually is: it includes atleast a simple long skirt/pants/suit, a blouse and only a few accessories. Hair should be done in a simple way, unless you have a wig, and the make up can be simpler too. In the end, it only depens on a person what he /she considers as casual - someone's casual can be someone's fancy. the most important thing in a casual outfit is that it should be comfortable and approperiate for the occassion.
I put an example of my own casual version of aristocrat at the beginning of this entry.
Aristocrat shouldn't be mixed with so to called boystyles. It's almost as big mistake if you mix aristocrats with lolita. Aristocrats are often called as the big sisters and bigbrother's, or mothers and fathers of lolitas, kodonas etc. because of the much more mature look of the style.
So, no wonder that concrit is once again very highly appreciated. :)
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