Ask Miss Caro-chan: Lolita Styles For Warm Weather

Today's Ask Miss Caro-chan comes from Haruko, who asks:
What would you recommend for a summer lolita look. Where I live it's hot most of the year, and a lolita coord with so many layers can be pretty uncomfortable, and even not worth the cuteness :(
Summer is often the worst season for wearing Lolita. True, it's lovely and beautiful out, but Lolita just has so many layers that it's usually just too hot to bother with. If you are hard core about dressing up in your finest frills the most you can do is just deal with the heat, but if you just don't want to bother, there are some things you can do to make a Lolita outfit a bit more bearable in the heat of summer.
  • Loose some layers. Start from the inside out. It can be something as simple as just not wearing bloomers, but you can keep going from there and loose the blouse and just wear a JSK, and then loose the socks or tights. If you are scared of committing a Lolita faux pas by going blouseless under a JSK, don't worry about it! Going blouseless is usually seen as OK nowadays, and a lot of Lolita brands even make halter styled tops in the summer that are meant to be worn without a blouse under them.
  • Use protection. From the sun that is! Carry a parasol or wear a large brimmed hat to keep a patch of nice cool shade wherever you go. Don't forget to wear some sunscreen too.
  • Wear open toed shoes. If you're not wearing socks, of course. Try a pair of summery platform or heeled sandals in a matching color.
  • Go easy on your hair. You're probably not going to want to use a whole bottle of hair spray in the heat of summer, or worse yet, a wig. Wear your hair either down and loose, with maybe a bit of a wave to it, or up in something very simple like curled pigtails. In addition to keeping your hair light and simple, wear an easy head piece. In the heat of summer you're not going to want to wear a big square headdress that just makes your head hot, instead go for a simple headband with a flower or a bow on it.
  • Wear lightweight fabrics. Put your velvets away for a few months and start wearing lightweight cotton, the breezier the better. If you still want to wear blouses under your JSKs, it's a good idea to find some very lightweight blouses to wear in the summer. If they are a little bit see-through it's not really going to be that big of a deal because you're going to be wearing them under a JSK.
  • Wear cutsews. If you wear skirts more than JSKs, invest in some cutsews. They are much less stuffy feeling than button-up blouses, and the fabric usually breaths better.
  • Dress for the season. Wear a lot of light pastels, or look for prints that feel summery to you.
Of course, I couldn't do a post like this without an excuse to make some coordinates! So here are a couple, one Sweet and one Gothic, of summery looking Lolita coordinates.

This coordinate is a little bit Hime. At least, Summery Sweet Lolita coordinates always remind me of Hime coordinates. A pale pastel yellow Baby JSK is paired with a variety of pink accessories to match the pink in the flowers. The hair is kept long and wavy and a small sidebow is used instead of a head eating bow.


Ah! This set is more me. I hate it when people ask me, in the summer, "Aren't you hot wearing black?" when I'm clearly wearing a tank top. Seriously people, just because something is black, doesn't mean it's 100 degrees hotter than any other color. XD Enough about that! In this set I chose black with a few gold accents to match the gold in the parasol. The dress is an Innocent World one that is very minimalistic with a corset lacing on the front, which, I think, is very Gothic looking. Hair is short and straight, and instead of a traditional Lolita headdress I chose a feathery headband with a rose clipped to it.

19 comments:

  1. This is a great post! Some other suggestions that I always do when I'll be outside for a long time in the sun in the hot summer is to wear a large brimmed (but lightweight) hat (a straw hat can be perfect, and look so cute!) and keep the hair up off the neck at all costs - twin pigtails are adorable, as are big buns on the top of the head. You can still wear quite an OTT look (if you are into that...which I am) by making the large poof buns on top of the head and not have any hot hair on your neck! I definitely do this a lot in the summer time. But your advice about the parasol is #1 - never be without it! :D A folding fan in the bag is always a good idea too! ;)

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  2. I love that IW black jsk so so so unbelieveably much. Argh! It looks so beautifully versatile, elegant, but simple and just a tiny bit edgy.

    It's kind of my new dream dress, and I could only hope for a knockoff at this point. Sigh.

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  3. great coordinates! I love that pink headband! (too bad it's sold out! &___&)
    The black one is cute, too.... so much lately I like this sort of elegant gothic coord... especially with a fascinator or some feathers or a flower....

    I wish I liked my arms more, I hate going without some kind of sleeve, even if it's a short one. Often I end up having a open-weave (like crochet) knit short sleeve bolero in the summer, so I feel a little more covered up.

    it gets oppressively hot here in the summer, so I'm never without a parasol regardless.

    But I'd love to see lolitas embrassing the non-blouse route in summer more!

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  4. I love this post, I live in the South, so lately it's been getting really hot. I just ordered a pair of Lolita sandals, so hopefully those come in handy!

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  5. I adore that gothic coordinate. I think it's perfect for summer!

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  6. I like the black JSK!
    But if it's summer, I drop the black colours! Otherwise I just melt! D:

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  7. Gosh, I'm so jealous of Miss Haruko! I live in England, where summer tends to take one look at our little island and think, "...Nah." (Right now it's drizzling out and misty, it's ten degrees centigrade and even with both woodburners going it's cold at my desk. x__x)

    Thank you for this post, though! These are all great ideas! Also, cutsews are fabulous; cooler in the hot and often warmer than a blouse in the cool. Parasols are wonderful too, especially - living here - if they double as umbrellas!

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  8. Yay! Thanks a lot, Caro-chan! =D Awesome post!
    I totally know how it feels like to be asked if it's not too hot in black clothes -.-

    and I just looooved the gothic coord!

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  9. We can swap anytime you like :)

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  10. Isn't it awesome!? It's like the perfect Gothic summer dress!

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  11. I hate going without sleeves too! I'll usually wear a bolero, even if it's something like a sheer bolero it feels much better to me than not wearing anything. This summer I am vowing to use my Baby parasol whenever it's sunny out!

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  12. is it ok to wear jsk's without a blouse underneath? I also have the problem of living in a warm climate country, or better - a tropical country- and I feel ABSURDELY hot in some clothes, and simply don't think it's worth spending all that money on clothes that would make make me pour in sweat.

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  13. I am having a lolita seminar, but I am having trouble finding a picture of actual Gothic Lolita. All I'm finding are pictures of Kuro and crappy attempts at what people think are Gothic. I don't want a catalouge photo, but of actual people. If you could help me, I'd be very thankful!
    P.S., I love your blog, and I'm using some of it for some of my references! But don't worry, I'm giving you the credit. :D

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  14. And also, a punk Lolita. I forgot. ><

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  15. I adore this post. Where I live, it is considered unusually chilly during the summer for the temperature to dip below 105!

    This is a wonderful post, and I love the coordinates (especially the gothic one)! <3

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  16. I adore this post. Where I live, it is considered unusually chilly during the summer for the temperature to dip below 105!

    This is a wonderful post, and I love the coordinates (especially the gothic one)! <3

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  17. Gosh, I'm so jealous of Miss Haruko! I live in England, where summer tends to take one look at our little island and think, "...Nah." (Right now it's drizzling out and misty, it's ten degrees centigrade and even with both woodburners going it's cold at my desk. x__x)

    Thank you for this post, though! These are all great ideas! Also, cutsews are fabulous; cooler in the hot and often warmer than a blouse in the cool. Parasols are wonderful too, especially - living here - if they double as umbrellas!

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  18. I hate going without sleeves too! I'll usually wear a bolero, even if it's something like a sheer bolero it feels much better to me than not wearing anything. This summer I am vowing to use my Baby parasol whenever it's sunny out!

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