Guro Lolita

Guro Lolita, or Gurololi is a subcategory of Lolita that focuses less on sweetness or elegance and more on freakish horror. Blood splatters, bandages, eye patches, and fake bruises are all common themes in Guro Lolita. Because of it's costumesque nature, the style isn't really meant to be worn everyday, although I have come across people who consider themselves Guro Lolitas, it's more of a special occasion style. Something to be worn strictly for photo shoots, to meetups or conventions, or when you just want to do something crazy and fun. I'm a really big fan of the Guro style and I've done a really fun Guro photo shoot before, so I'm here to share some advice for anyone looking to try out Guro for themselves.


A few different styles of Guro Lolita

The Blood Splattered Lolita
The most well known kind of Guro Lolita you will find is the blood splattered Lolita. Outfits like this usually consist of an all white Lolita dress or set, splattered thoroughly in some kind of fake blood or another. The two most common themes of the blood splattered Lolita are Sweet Shiro Lolita covered in blood and bloody nurse Lolita.

If you do decide to splatter a dress in fake blood, don't skimp on a cheap dress! No, you don't have to destroy your favorite $300 dollar Moitie dress, but don't just buy a $30 satin lace monster mini dress or dig up some white loliable clothes. Either do some hunting on the second hand market for a used white brand dress (you can often find Baby or Meta for well under $100), or try to find something by Bodyline or FanPlusFriend. Remember that you're still wearing Lolita, whether or not you plan on covering it in fake blood. If you wouldn't call the dress Lolita before you splatter it in fake blood, it certainly isn't going to look any better once you do. It's just going to look like a cheap costume. If you're still not willing to "ruin" a dress, go for an apron or pinafore instead.

When you do get to splattering your dress, try not to cover it completely in lots of tiny drizzles. You want your dress to look blood splattered, not like Jackson Pollock did a collaboration with your favorite brand. Instead, try to go for a few large spots of blood, like one large drippy mess on the chest and one on the skirt, with a few random splatters. Don't go overboard and try to fill in every white spot with blood splatters.

For blood, you have three choices: fake blood (either homemade or store bought), fabric dye, or acrylic paint thinned with water. Each of these have their pros and cons.
  • Acrylic Paint- I personally think this is the best choice, and wish I used it when I made my Guro dress! The paint is permanent if you set it with an iron, and it wont rub off and stain any other clothes it comes in contact with. The down side to using Acrylic paint is that it might look too painted on if you don't quite know what you're doing, and if it gets too thick, it might crackle around the waist or other places where there is a lot of wrinkling. You can not redye a dress once you have covered it in acrylic paint, dye just isn't going to cover the paint, you'll end up with a black dress with weird crackly red splotches all over it.
  • Fake Blood- It's easy to buy and it looks just like blood without any effort. But it's sticky, never dries, and rubs off the dress easily, leaving neon pink stains in it's place. Some fake blood might be too thick and instead of splattering on a dress it will just roll right off. So you really have to squash it into the dress, making a complete mess. The upside to Fake blood is once you wash the dress, you can redye the dress a darker color.
  • Fabric Dye- This is what I used for my Guro dress. It looks awesome once it's on the dress and dry, exactly like dried blood, but it makes a complete mess. We did our Guro photo shoot in the woods, so it wasn't evident how much of a mess we made until I got home and stained everything with dried flakes of dye. My white corset, my white petticoat, a blouse I wore AFTER I wore my Guro dress are all a bit pink now. And once you spray the dye off, you will end up with some kind of magenta and pink tie dyed Lolita dress. Luckily, it's just fabric dye, so I can safely dye over it another darker color.
If you are using paint or dye, don't buy bright red, use dark red instead, the darker the better! Bright red will make the blood look very cartoony or like you are wearing a cheap Halloween costume. Here's a great journal entry about Guroing up a white Bodyline dress.


The Bandaged Lolita
If you don't want to do something so over the top as to splatter a dress in fake blood, but are still interested in Guro Lolita, you can go for the bandaged Lolita look. Instead of looking like a serial killer who has just gone on a rampage, the idea is to look like a broken doll, or maybe like a Lolita who has just fallen down several flights of stairs. The best part of the bandaged Lolita look (or worst, depending on how you look at it!) is that you don't have to cover a dress in blood. You are also not limited to white or lighter colors! You could even do a bandaged Gothic Lolita coordinate, which I think would be really awesome looking. All you really have to do is add some bandages, slings, eye patches, or even fake bruises to yourself and your outfit. The bandages can be blood stained, but they really don't have to be if you just aren't interested in that part of the look. That's really all there is to it for bandaged Lolita! Bandaged Lolitas can tend to look more dreamy and romantic and less horror story, as seen by this beautiful Guro Lolita minus the blood photo shoot.


Everyday Gurololi?
As I mentioned before, I have come across a few people who call themselves Guro Lolitas. Since these were people I've only come across online, I really have no idea what they could possibly mean by that. Do they constantly wear blood splattered dresses? Or wear eye patches every day? I honestly don't think you can be a full time Guro Lolita any more than you can be a full time Bunny or Strawberry Lolita. These are all various themes that fit into different styles. Heck, even Sailor Lolita can be either Sweet or Gothic, depending on what colors and how you accessorize it. And while you could wear a dress or a blouse with a sailor collar nearly every day, and nautical themed prints every other day, it seems like much to narrow of a category to put yourself into. I think the same applies to Guro Lolita. There are many places out there where you can find Guro themed pieces, but you really wouldn't call yourself a Guro Lolita.

If you are very interested in the Guro style and would like to try to incorporate it into your every day outfits there are a variety of ways to go about it besides buying an all white wardrobe, and covering it in blood. A few brands sell clothes with medical themes. Putumayo often puts out prints of a very grotesque nature, their Splatter House line especially! Blablahospital (pictured above) is a UK based brand often seen in Kera, and all of their pieces are medical inspired. While not a Lolita brand, many of Blablahospital's pieces would look really cool in a Punk Lolita coordinate. h.NAOTO sells a few things that have a bit of a Guro look to them, try giving their Hangry & Angry line a look. Or even try adding some nurse themed pieces to your coordinates, like a white medic bag with a big red cross on it, or jewelry with anatomically correct hearts on it. If you are absolutely determined to add some blood splatters to your everyday outfits, keep it limited to one piece. Like a blood splattered blouse worn under a jacket or cardigan or a blood splattered big floppy tie with an all black outfit.


A few months ago a few friends and I got together to do a little Guro shoot. I've mostly uploaded the silly shots, or closeups on bloody hands, but click on the picture above to go to the gallery with some of those shots if you're interested in seeing our take on the Guro theme!

6 comments:

  1. I am very tempted to customize a bloody outfit, but am unsure if it is worth it for how much it would be worn. I wonder if this look could work with a messy top and plain white skirt.

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  2. Am I the only one who loves this look?!
    It's grotesque AND cute. Seriously, what could be better? xD
    I don't think I'd ever wear Guro though. I already look too fragile. >3>;

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  3. Guro tip: let a baby/ toddler put his/her handprint with fake blood on the dress...
    it looks very awesome

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  4. A tip for the blood splatter section. You can also use fabric paint!

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