Monday, June 4, 2012

A Lolita's Bookshelf >> The Classic Lolita

The Classic Lolita's Bookshelf
Building your wardrobe to match your alternative fashion lifestyle may often seem like a daunting task, from acquiring the perfect blend of dresses, skirts, and accessories that fit your personality, to picking out the perfect wigs, there are so many ways you could get lost in the sea of frills that it often becomes a frustrating affair (not unlike an illicit affair!). Thankfully, the modern maiden is blessed with a large social network to receive input and feedback to satiate her desire to perfect her opulent lifestyle. I present to you today, fair reader, a new series for Gothic Lolita's, Modern Gentlewomen, and enthusiasts featuring book recommendations so that you may fill both your shelves and your Victorian hearts.
Lolita fashion covers a broad range of styles, from the macabre Gothic Lolita to the other end of the spectrum, the sugary Sweet Lolita. Today, we delve into the literary mind of the Classic Lolita, who encompasses the poise and elegance of a bygone era. She is a lady who believes in afternoon tea, long leisurely walks through parks (with a parasol on hand to keep the pesky sun at bay), romantic courting gestures, calling cards to hand prospective friends or lovers, fan signals, and garden parties. She immerses herself in romantic literature that showcase the genteel lady and her expeditions through love and through life.

The classic lolita tends to gravitate towards more romantic works of literature, typically by European or North American authors, and often from the 18th-20th century time period. Her novels tend to deal with the more mature themes of romance, marriage, parenthood, finances, or aristocratic lifestyles rather than classic children's storybook themes. When building your Classic Lolita bookshelf, you can't go wrong with the classics by Jane Austen or Henry Miller, and more modern works by F. Scott Fitzgerald or Georgette Heyer. Finally, don't forget to seek out those hidden gems a true Classic Lolita hides inside her wardrobe from the prying eyes of nosy governesses or fiances, those salacious stories of clandestine lovers, illicit affairs, and women forgoing their familial or domestic duties for a scandalous life!

The Classic Lolita's Bookshelf

Daisy Miller by Henry James
Emma by Jane Austen
The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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