Wardrobe season has begun again and of course I couldn’t resist partaking again this year, have been making wardrobe post for over 10 years now. As I did the past few years, I pick a capsule or theme and make a wardrobe post around that. For 2023, I decided to do a wardrobe post on my old school pieces that are considered tacky or in bad taste, pieces that have this nostalgic ita vibe, from brands people underestimate. So without further ado, here is my “tacky” old school wardrobe 2023!
The first brand I had to feature is Good Luck. Not much is known about them, except that is a costume shop that makes also lolita costumes, based off Marble and Visible designs. They have one famous two piece set they did in multiple colourways (original is by Marble) and a possibly Visible replica two piece they made in multiple colourways. Their pieces are definitely intend to be worn as a costume and ethically debatable as they are ripoffs, but I am surprised every time by the quality of their pieces. I have a handful of them, hope you enjoy seeing them!
This one also comes in red x black, but was able to find the black version a while ago. It is a fun piece to wear and quite versatile as the skirt is a simple elastic black old school skirt.
This one is a dream come true for me! Once I found out that Good Luck also made their famous set in gobelin fabric, I was obsessed. So happy to have found it, the print is truly wonderful and I really enjoy the quality of this set.
Here is the same set, this time in the classic black x white colourway. I think you see this set around the most when you look for Good Luck and with good right, it is a perfect old school staple piece!
This one was my first Good Luck set and the one that sparked the flame for me. It is truly so comfortable and perfect for the holidays season, I always love wearing it!
Next brand is Marble. Marble has been around since the 90s and still has an active webshop and is also sold through Atelier Pierrot. Their designs are really old school, with lots of lace and SHORT skirts. I am obsessed with everything they do, so am pleased to say I have quite a bit from them at this point!
Looks familiar? This is the original Marble piece that Good Luck ripped off haha, sadly mine is missing the collar, but it is otherwise absolutely perfect! I love the heavy fabric with the subtle sheen to it and I knew from my Good Luck sets that the fit would be perfect, which it is!
This was actually my first Marble purchase and led me into the rabbit hole. The fabric is some shiny polyester, but falls surprisingly nicely when worn. Skirt has an built-in petticoat and I like all the lace details of this!
This is actually one of my more elegant pieces in my book, so purely by brand it goes into this wardrobe post haha. It is very flattering and very goth for a lolita piece!
This dress is actually lighter in real life, almost white, but camera makes it look darker haha. It is almost a bridal piece with the huge princess sleeves, but also it is SHORT at the front, so idk what to make of it. I love how the sleeves and collar are detachable, I think I will have lots of fun layering this piece!
I bought this set secondhand and have no information on it, as Marble is not well documented. I absolutely love it though, the colour is soft, the roses are gorgeous and the set is just gorgeously tailored!
I lovingly call this my wedding cake dress, as the front just reminds me of layers of embellished wedding cake haha. This dress is very comfy, has a lovely halterneck and is also very short once again. A fun dress for summer!
This dress is so short, it falls more like a long blouse, so I wear a skirt underneath. It is very lovely though, the orange red hue is great and it is comfortable to wear out for dinner dates!
Lovingly referred to as shiny garbage bag, this set is made out of organza with tulle on top. The dress is really festive and the bolero adds some drama with the sleeves. Definitely perfect for a party, even when this does resemble a trash bag quite a bit.
I feel this is more of a skirt/salopette, but it is listed under JSK on the website, so hey! I liked this one because the ruffle looked fun at the bottom and I liked the original cut. Definitely a fun piece to wear!
A controversial brand when you ask about what is ita and wrong. Bodyline ripped off dozens of designs in their early days in varying quality, had some scandals with Mr Yan and are now making some decent clothes and is still recommended as one of the starter brands to newbies. I really like some older Bodyline pieces, precisely because they are considered ita, but am picky in what to add to my wardrobe. So far, I have one Bodyline set!
Looks familiar again? Yes, very similar to the Good Luck set I posted earlier, but in black x white, with crispier lace and a longernskirt length. Bodyline and Good Luck both ripped off Visible with this set, but haven’t seen an original set for sale yet, hope to find it one day!
Speaking of Visible, let’s go to my collection of their pieces. They worked closely with Marble in the early 2000s and sadly went defunct in the mid-2000s. Their pieces are known for dramatic sleeves, lots of lace and some good tartans.
When this showed up secondhand, it was love at first sight for me. I love the blue tartan, dramatic sleeves and all the bow details! It definitely is a showstopper in my wardrobe and I cannot wait to wear it more in 2023.
This OP is so incredible, I absolutely love wearing it. It is simple, but so well made and with such a flattering cut!
It doesn’t really show on the photo, but the collar is actually huge and covers almost the entire bodice of this OP. Also the sleeves are so wide, it is a super interesting cut. I have worn this casually quite a bit, but I need to make a proper coord shot with this in 2023!
This colour is so hard to catch on camera, this is closest to reality. I love the grey and red in this and the top looks SO nice when worn, it definitely got me obsessed with this brand!
My friend Luise sold me this and I couldn’t get over this unique cut and thick fabric. It is definitely super special to wear, the skirt length difference is insane, but it does fit a small petticoat! I am excited to try some more Elegant Gothic Madame looks with this (anyone else remember this reference and LJ time haha? I never hear this term anymore)
This sub brand of H.Naoto is known for their more punk and tartan styles and was seen a lot in ol street snaps. Their iconic punk yakuta dress was so good, that Bodyline decided to make a rip off, resulting in seeing many oldschool x yukata coords. I was smitten with the original and still feel so lucky I have it in my possession. I am sure some think this is incredibly tacky, but I love it so much! Definitely deserves a feature in this wardrobe post.
Metamorphose Temps de Fille
I am gonna preface this by saying I am not gonna show all my Meta here as not everything fits into this capsule. I picked some curated pieces from them that others might consider ita, but somehow fit my ideal aesthetic of lolita, which is old school tacky ita hahaha. Meta always had a wacky brand image, but since I deep dived into Marble, Meta seems totally reasonable to me haha!
This dress is one I reach for a lot when it comes to creating coords with this nostalgic ita feel. It is perfect for layering, a gorgeous design and it just works perfectly with everything I come up with. Definitely a favourite in my wardrobe!
This one originally comes with a capelet, sadly mine came without it, but I am still obsessed with it. The colour is insanely bright and the fabric is some kind of denim. Absolutely stunning piece honestly.
Maid style pieces were automatically considered ita when I started out in 2007, so a good old maid piece couldn’t lack in this wardrobe post. I feel so lucky to have the matching apron too, it is such a wonderful set like this! I still need a good maid headdress, hopefully 2023 is the year for me!
I don’t even know what to say about this set. I never saw it before I was able to buy it and it is just so good and so weird. Definitely something nostalgic ita that people would have hated back in the day, but something I absolutely love!
This set is not in super bad taste at all, but with the heavy raschel lace, I still think it fits this capsule!🥰 I absolutely love this set and my goal is to wear it way more this year, it is instant happiness for me!
This iconic OP is my favourite Meta design ever and I love how short, full and detailed it is. Perfect for nostalgic looks, pairs perfectly with raschel lace and thus had to be in this capsule.
I love this OP so much, I also have it in white.
Outerwear and accessories
So, I have some outerwear and accessories I like to coordinate with this capsule, so I wanted to show them too! This is not all my outerwear or headdresses, just a curated selection I use with this capsule of my wardrobe😊
The only bolero in my collection that fits this capsule, this Marble bolero is extremely extra with the stand up collar and so many laces.
I absolutely love capelets in old school and these two I use a lot with all the main pieces pictured above. The Hell Bunny one gives me very nostalgic vibes from when I started out in 2007.
I love a good apron with lolita and these are two I use a lot to layer. The Summer Tales one is not old school, it came out in 2021, but it fits the vibe of my coords so well and matches so well with the capsule here, it had to be included.
I love a good heart apron and these two from Metamorphose are everything. One day I own the tulle heart apron from Meta
Mini hats are an essential for me in this capsule, so here is a selection of them that I use to match the other pieces here. The yellow tartan hat from RR Memorandum is definitely an odd one out, but I really like it and it pairs with black and white really well.
Some bigger hats! Bucket hats are my favorite, so here is three of them I love. And of course a leopard cowboy hat as every oldschooler has!🤠
Some headdresses, vinyl armwarmers and my favorite raschel lace bonnets for a general idea how I style oldschool pieces! This is not everything, but definitely my most used ones!
And of course I had to show a selection of bags, mostly black and lacy, but of course some leopard in there too! My bear son is definitely a prized favorite possession, but so is fetus baby!
I hope you liked seeing my “tacky” wardrobe post for 2023, it definitely is something I adore in lolita and all of these pieces and brands are near to my heart Thank you for watching and reading and until next time!