To add some Kokusyoku Sumire style to your coordinates try some of these tips!
- Add some vintage style. Sachi and yuka are known for having something of a bit of vintage flair. From outright mid-century styled outfits (those nurse outfits!) to Victorian styles, to old school Lolita.
- Try a bob, or alternatively, a super-teased curled wig. Either extreme- a sleek and stylish bob to an over-the-top wig full of bouncy tight curls are both trademark styles of this group.
- Add a bonnet! Top off either of these hairstyles with a bonnet! The duo is known for their huge, satellite dish sized bonnets, but smaller, more manageable bonnets are also the perfect addition to a Kokusyoku styled coordinate. Big hats, mini crowns, oversized bows, and just about anything else you can perch on your head are other options!
- Wear bold colors. Black and white and red, thrown together with polkadots, stripes, and harlequin diamonds are frequently seen being worn by the duo and is a sure fire way to add some Kokusyoku Sumire style to your own wardrobe. Other bold colors work just as well, but Kokusyoku Sumire are famous for these three colors!
- Don't limit yourself to strictly Lolita. A quick glance through the gallery below will tell you that, despite the fact that people call them a "Lolita band" they rarely wear what is commonly considered Lolita! They have a bit of a mishmash of styles, from Classic to Ero to Sweet to Gothic and they often wear dresses that have unconventional shapes (for Lolita!) from full length gowns, to short shift dresses, to swishy babydoll dresses, to tutus! But it's obvious that Kokusyoku Sumire's style has a lot in common with Lolita- the frills, the motifs, the vintage elegance, and even some cute quirkiness. Fashionwise, the band is not tied down to a very limited definition of one style in particular, instead they take a theme or an idea and just run with it, wherever it might take them!
I want to talk a little bit more about their very loose definition of Lolita a bit more before I finish this post! Personally, I absolutely love their fashion sense (even the more ridiculous things!), and what I love most about it is how varied it is and how it's not always purely Lolita, and yet, it still manages to have a very Lolita sense to it. I think that any Lolita, especially those of us who wear the style on a very frequent basis or any other types who are prone to get into style ruts, can really learn a lot from their style, even if they don't particularly want to emulate it. It seems like so many Lolitas are very worried about being Lolita and terrified of being only sort-of-Lolita, of having outfits that aren't quite Lolita or aren't Lolita enough.
This idea of "Lolita-esque" has really helped me a lot when it comes to simply trying to find clothes for the day! I was never a big on worrying over how Lolita my outfits were but it is nice to have a style icon to look up to, and it's nice to know that too-long dresses, not wearing a petticoat, odd accessories, unusual prints, not-often-seen color combos are all perfectly okay so long as you love them.
These two lovely ladies can make things like aqua party dresses and white dual-afros or tutus and gigantic neck ruffs work because they are obviously having fun with it. If Sachi and Yuka came on stage and apologized because their pink socks weren't the exact same shade of pink as their dress, and gave you an excuse as to why their petticoat isn't as full as it should be, they probably wouldn't be as nearly as inspiring as they are now.