>>9358678>When it comes to a lolita wardrobe we're all agreed on the basic basics (petticoat etc) but what are your personal essentials?
My biggest essential would be a good versatile pair of shoes, followed by blouses and cutsews for every occasion. I've noticed I'll end up picking one pair of shoes for most of my coords, with one type of blouse. But of course once you're in as deep as I am, you need everything - brooches, jewelry, hair accessories, all sorts of socks, and so on, and so on.>What can you not live without?
Technically I could quit lolita and still be alive. But I guess my most useful item would be my shoes as I use them for work too and they're just so cute and comfortable. >What are you planning on adding to your wardrobe over the coming year?
I'm actually planning on downsizing. I am pretty happy with my wardrobe now though, aside from stuff I could do without. I've got the casual, the normal, and the over the top. It's a good balance. >Let's chat wardrobe expansion!
I'd argue against buying one blouse per main piece, particularly if you're buying OPs or if you have a pretty samey wardrobe. I would look more into things that go well with everything and are versatile. Having 50 blouses can be overwhelming - having 20 blouses that absolutely goes with everything and can be styled for all sorts of different looks is better. The same goes for footwear and for accessories. I find I do reach for a lot of the same thing, but I've gotten to the point where I can style these into almost infinite combinations with hairstyles, makeup, and different combos.
Of course, now I'm talking about large wardrobes. I myself have 70 pieces and I don't think it's realistic to buy 3 blouses per piece at this point. But even at 20 pieces, do you really need 60 blouses, or is it better to have again 10 blouses that can go with your various styles? I'd argue the latter. But again, feeling overwhelmed with my ridiculous wardrobe.