Chocolate is one of the most loved motifs across all substyles of lolita fashion. Because it is such a versatile motif, we see it used and recycled by brands over and over again, not that we mind, of course. Easter is coming up so this months trend will be all about chocolate, yummy! I have never met a chocolate I did not like, unless you count the one that spilt on my brand new Angelic Pretty dress..
In 2005, Baby the Stars Shine Bright released a series called Early Summer Chocolate Strawberry Parfait, featuring parfaits topped with a little chocolate heart imprinted with the famous Baby 'B' emblem. But it was not until 2009 that Chocolate notably made it's bittersweet entrance to the world of lolita with Angelic Pretty releasing a series called Melty Chocolate. Forget love, I'd rather fall in chocolate! The print featured stripes descending into a large block of milk chocolate overlapped with chocolate treats sitting on laced doilies. It quickly became number one on the dream dress list for a number of girls.
Chocolate had entered the fashion scene but it did not take off until 2011 when Baby released their first chocolate centered print, Chocolate Fascinate Fairytale. Open your mouth because it's raining chocolate, this print featured tiny polkadots coating the background as chains of bows, flowers and petite chocolate pieces fall from the sky like rain into a cute, little town of solid chocolate houses. It did not take long for Angelic Pretty, Baby's competitor brand, to follow suit by releasing a series called Chess Chocolate. This print featured a harlequin pattern with gold opened canopies to display dark, milk and white chess pieces made of chocolate ready to be eaten on the Angelic Pretty emblem plate. The chocolate motif was then passed on to classic lolitas when Innocent World released their series, Original Chocolate. Creamy and smooth, this print featured various gourmet pieces of chocolate cased in a delicate dark brown paper cup. Ending the year on a bittersweet note, Baby released a series called Bon-Bon Chocolat Dance Dance Dance. This print featured scallops of blended dark, milk and white chocolate escorting prettily wrapped up pieces of chocolate in patterned foil.
Adored by the lolita community, Angelic Pretty released their third chocolate series in 2012, called Melt Chocolapin. This series was a collaboration with the Japanese actress and singer Kanda Sayaka. This print featured chocolate topped with confetti sprinkles melting on to a solid block of chocolate where bunnies are eating chocolate blocks and chocolate cake. It was marketed as a limited edition, special set including a headbow, a onepiece dress, a pair of cuffs and an eco tote. Shortly after, Angelic Pretty released a series called Polkadot Chocolate. Make sure you do not eat these mnm's! This print featured pieces of chocolate coated in candy shells similar to Smarties. Leveling up from cutesy to classy, Angelic Pretty released a more grown up series called Chocolate Rosette. Made especially for those with a finer taste, this print featured pieces of chocolate shaped like royal status symbols such as badges, coins, crowns and emblems on decorative polkadot and striped ribbons. Taking a break from the bold, graphic prints, Angelic Pretty released a textured fabric print known as Royal Chocolate. Break a piece off for each of your friends, this print featured a textured ongoing block of chocolate which could be split into rectangular pieces. Metamorphose released a series too called Teddy Chocolatier. This print featured brown teddy bears having a tea party with lots of chocolate goodies. Last but not least, Innocent World released a similar series to Metamorphose called Chocolate Teddy Bear. This print featured open and closed gift boxes, the open boxes display trays filled with blended milk and white chocolate pieces whereas, the closed boxes hide these delights.
Take a deep breath, that was quite a bit to read wasn't it? Did you enjoy your history lesson on Chocolate? But here comes the fun part, coordination and style tips!
Chocolate Style Tips
♚ Ash blonde and dark brown coloured hair have gorgeously rich chocolate tones. Let your hair down and style it with loose, soft waves or big, bouncy curls for a beautifully, natural style. Please remember wigs are your best friend for ease of style and a temporary change, ladies!
♚ Golden accents shimmer and shine by illuminating the person wearing them. Bring out the royalty in your coordinate by adding a couple of golden pieces - bows, crowns, glittery painted nails, star clips, the possibilities are endless!
♚ Knitted cutsews keep us warm on cooler days whilst making your coordinate adorable. Throw a dark brown cardigan or jumper over your shoulders for a casual cute look!
♚ Large, backpacks and shoulder bags are very handy and stylish. Carry everything you need for the day inside a bag which is shaped like a yummy block of chocolate to give all your friends cravings!
♚ Flat tea parties, heeled ankle boots or laced knee-high boots in a dark shade of brown are stunning. Feel a spring in your step by donning a pair of these cuties that look like you stood in a puddle of melty chocolate!