Sometimes shortened as GothLoli or gosu rori (ゴスロリ) in Japanese, gothic lolita is probably the most well-known lolita style.
As a subculture of its own, gothic lolita must not be confused with the goth subculture, even though both share some traits, i.e. the use of dark colors and symbols, some motifs, or the confrontation of the established norm in their respective social environments.
Some notable differences lay on their views about life and the image they aim to project. As a fact, being a lolita style, the former leans towards sweetness and optimism, emphasizing cuteness and modesty, and it’s completely devoid of any sexualization.
Representative traits of Gothic Lolita clothing
This style normally favors the use of black plain clothing, with lace and some few ribbons that complement it or that are used to create a contrast.
More recent trends have taken influence from Goth fashion and have added other dark colors to gothic lolita clothing, such as royal blue and wine, as well as decorations like bats, coffins, crosses and some other religious motifs.
No matter the choice, dark make-up is used to achieve a natural and elegant look.