2021 continues the trend of “years that defy simple explanation or recaps.” So we’ll just jump right in with the astonishing things that happened this year in the lolita world.
1. The astronomic rise of second hand sweet prints
I think I’ve probably made it clear at this point, but I’m really not into sweet lolita. But it was hard to miss the crazy prices on second hand items from the “golden era” of sweet lolita prints. In 2021, demand for these prints skyrocketed as many people who had joined the fashion during the pandemic had money to burn. Pearlie Cute’s video on the subject does the topic more just than I can. Suffice to say veteran sweet lolitas were not amused.
2. The Rerelease of Sugary Carnival
In late December 2020, Angelic Pretty announced a MTO of the iconic mid 2000s print Sugary Carnival. Given the rising prices of sweet prints, this rerelease meant that many people could afford to get a dream dress for retail price instead of paying the inflated secondhand prices.
3. The Rerelease (and rererelease) of Iron Gate
Something that some gothic lolitas thought they would never see: the rerelease of the iconic Moi Meme Moitie print Iron Gate in an OP came in July 2021. Then another release came in mid December 2021. While the initial rerelease sold out in a blood bath, as of writing, all colorways are still avaliable on Wunderwelt’s website. Will the wonders never cease?
4. Meta’s continued domination of the plus size Japanese brand releases
Metamorphose has always been like an eccentric, single aunt who you see at holidays. You’re never quite sure what her deal is, but she has great stories and remembers your birthday, so it’s hard to be mad at her. True to form, Meta’s released 24 dresses this year which have included some of their much beloved (and hotly debated) leopard print dresses.
Not content to just stop with weird prints, they’ve released 24 dresses in plus size (with bust measurements up to 140 cm and waist measurements up to 125 cm). But they didn’t stop there! They also released 6 dresses in plus plus size (with bust measurements up to 155 cm and waist up to 141 cm), available exclusively for buyers outside Japan. If you want some in depth reviews of these releases, check out YouTuber Ellie Vyra’s channel for Strawberry Garden Frill and Hidden Princess in My Memories. While there’s still work to be done (since lolitas with bust measurements over 140 only got 6 releases from a mainstream Japanese brand), it’s clear that Meta has discovered the appetite that their fans have for plus size pieces.
5. Whatever’s going on Tiktok
I’ll be honest guys, I don’t get Tiktok and I’m kind of scared of it. Between stories of Black women getting deplatformed for using the word kawaii to people insisting that their Amazon replica of a Mary Magdalene dress is totally lolita, it seems like sort of a nightmare place. The only word I can think of to describe it is “astonishing.” I’ll let you guys handle that yourselves. Good luck.