London is one of the top cities in the world. When it comes to shopping, whether you are a fashionista looking for the latest trending fashion, a tourist shopping for souvenirs, an antiques collector looking to add to his or her collection, London has something for everyone! These are my top 10 picks for the best shopping in London, specially for a tourist/ first time visitors.

1. Oxford Street

10 best shopping areas for tourist to London : #3. Oxford Street
Best Shopping Areas in London: Oxford Street

Oxford Street is a tourist and local favorite when it comes to shopping. This is also where the famed departmental store “Selfridges” is located. Apart from Selfridges there are other departmental stores like the House of Fraser, Debenhams and John Lewis which are also worth visiting. What I like about Oxford street is that it caters to everyone not just luxury shoppers.

Where is Oxford Street?

Oxford street is located in Central London. The closest London Underground station to Oxford street is Oxford Circus on the Bakerloo, Central and Victoria Lines. You can also get there from Bond Street station on the Jubilee and the Central Lines.

Services for visitors to London

Tax free services at Selfridges, souvenir shops, banks such as Santander, Llyods where you can exchange currency, famous hotels such as Claridge’s and London Mariott Grosvenor Square London. within walking distance.

What to buy at Oxford Street?

Shop for luxury clothes, shoes, watches and bags at Selfridges, John Lewis and House of Fraser. You can also shop London high street brands such as Next, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer and many others at Oxford street.

2. Harrods

Shop high-end brands such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, Dior and others at Harrods in London
Shopping in London – Harrods

If you are looking to shop for high-end designer labels, then Harrods is the place to go. Harrods was also known for the statue of Princess Diana and her boyfriend Dodi Al Fayed. However, the statues are no longer there. When Harrods was sold to the Qatari Royal Family, the statues were removed.

Where is Harrods?

Harrods is located near the affluent neighbourhood of South Kensington and Chelsea. It’s very close to the Knightsbridge tube station on the Piccadilly Line.

Services for visitors to London

Tax-free shopping, Travel shop for custom itineraries of London, Bureau de Change, Qatar Airways Counter, Harrods souvenirs

What to buy at Harrods?

Buy Harrods souveniers with the coveted Harrods logo on it. These souvenirs range from stuffed toys, children’s wear, stationary and christmas decorations. For fashionistas, there are the Harrods handbags which are very good value that you’ll rarely find anywhere else. You can also shop high-end luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Dior and many other well-known brands here.

3. Regent Street

10 Best shopping areas in London: Regent Street
Best shopping streets in London: Regent Street

Regent Street is right next to Oxford Street and in many ways it is just an extension of Oxford street. However, you’ll find less department stores here and more designer shops along this street. The most famous store on this street is undoubtably the Apple Store.

Where is Regent Street?

Regent street is near Piccadilly Circus in Central London. The closest tube station to Regent street is Piccadilly Circus on the Bakerloo and Piccadilly line. You can also get to the other end of Regent street from Oxford Circus on the Central, Victoria and Bakerloo lines.

What to buy at Regent Street?

  1. Buy Iphone accessories at the Apple store
  2. Kids toys at Hamleys
  3. Exclusive designer bags, shoes and clothes at Coach, Karl Lagerfeld, Michael Kors.

4. Westfield Shopping Centre

Shopping in London - Westfield Shopping Centre
Where to shop in London – Westfield Shopping Centre

If it’s cold and raining, in other words, typical London weather, then you may prefer to shop in Westfield Shopping Centre. Westfield Shopping Centre is one of the biggest shopping malls in London and you can shop for an entire day here.

Where is Westfield Shopping Centre?

Westfield Shopping Centre is located in Sheperd’s Bush. The closest tube station is Sheperd’s Bush station on the Central Line, Overground and Southern Railways, Sheperd’s Bush Market on the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Woodlane on the Circle, Hammersmith & City Lines.

Westfield also has another shopping centre at Stratford. The closest train station to this shopping centre is Stratford station on the London overground and Tfl Rail.

Services for Visitors to London

Tax-free shopping, Taxi Lounge, In-Centre Red Car- chauffer driven experience inside the shopping centre, cloak room where you can leave your luggage, coats and shopping bags so that you can shop in comfort.

What to buy at Westfield London

Westfield has some popular UK brands such as Miss Selfridge, Monsoon, Missguided, Dorothy Perkins and others.

5. Old and New Bond Street

The Old Bond Street and the New Bond street commonly known as Bond Street connects Piccadilly to Oxford Street. This street, especially the Old Bond Street, has many high-end designer shops like Prada, Bvlgari, Louis Vuitton and others.

Where is Bond Street?

New Bond Street and Old Bond Street aka “Bond Street” is located between Oxford and Picadilly Street as shown below. The closest tube stations are Bond Street on the Jubilee and Central line, and Green Park on the Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria Lines.

What to buy at Bond Street?

Buy haute couture from high end designer shops like Prada, Bvlgari, Louis Vuitton etc.

6. Carnaby Street

10 Best shopping areas in London: Carnaby Street
Shopping in London: Carnaby Street

As mentioned above Carnaby Street is also close to Oxford Street. This quirky shopping street has some unique shops and many restaurants and bar. I would definitely recommend visiting Carnaby street during your visit to London.

Where is Carnaby Street?

You can enter Carnaby Street from Great Marlborough street through the lane right next to the Liberty London Departmental Store. You can also enter the street from Regent Street. There’s a lane in between the Gap and Coach Stores that takes you there. The closest tube station to Carnaby Street is Oxford circus on the Central, Victoria and Bakerloo lines.

What to buy at Carnaby Street?

Shop for some unique and quirky shoes at Irregular Choice. Buy some sports themed caps and apparel at the New Era Carnaby Street or iconic footwear from Dr. Martens.

7. Burlington Arcade

10 best shopping areas in London: Burlington Arcade
Shopping in London: Burlington Arcade

The Burlington Arcade is one of the oldest arcades in London. Before the advent of shopping malls, arcades like these were the popular shopping places among the public. Now, the arcade consists of select shops which sell luxury and vintage jewels and watches. This may not be the ideal shopping location for the usual tourist. However, it’s still worth a brief visit because of the history of the arcade.

Where is Burlington Arcade?

Burlington Arcade London, is located on the Piccadilly Street in between Royal Academy of Arts and Old Bond St. The closest tube station is Green Park on Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines.

What to buy at Burlington Arcade?

Buy vintage pre-owned rare Rolex watches at The Vintage Watch Company or vintage jewels at Richard Ogden Ltd.

8. Camden Market

Camden market is not a typical tourist go-to for shopping. I would suggest you visit Camden only if you are looking for off-beat shopping locations. The market has a food market which has food stalls from around the world.

Where is Camden market?

Camden market is one of the best places to do some Cheap Shopping in London.
Cheap Shopping in London – Camden Market. Pic Credit: spinheike (Pixabay)

Camden market is on banks of the Regent’s Canal. The nearest tube station to Camden Market is Camden Town on the Northern Line.

What to buy at Camden Market?

Camden Market is a youth focused market selling cheap clothes, jewellery and other knickknacks. If you want to buy t-shirts for casual wear, London souvenirs, then this is the ideal place to shop.

9. Portobello Market at Notting Hill

Best places to shop for antiques in London: Portobello market in Notting Hill
Shop for antiques in London – Portobello Market. Pic credit: lynnedalgleish ( Pixabay)

Notting Hill is famous for colorful pastel buildings and Portobello market where everyday different items are sold. The most popular time to shop here is on Saturday when the market is in full swing. On Sundays the street stalls are closed. So, it’s a bad time to visit on Sundays.

Where is Portobello Market?

Portobello market is located on Portobello Road in Notting Hill area of London. The nearest tube station is Ladbroke Grove Station on the Circle, Hammersmith & City lines. You can also walk to the Portobello market from Notting Hill Gate Station on the Central, Circle and District Line.

What to buy at Portobello Market

Portobello market is famous for its antique market stalls which are set up only on Saturdays. If you visit on other days of the week, you can still shop at the antique shops which are open through out the week.

10. Covent Garden

10 Best places to shop in London - Covent Garden
Shopping in London – Covent Garden. Pic credit: Fiach(Pixabay)

Covent Garden is mainly known for theatres and great restaurants. However, this area boasts of some upmarket brands like Mulberry, Tom Ford, Paul Smith, Bucherer and a quaint shopping mall which used to be an apple market in the 1830’s. Also, in this area, you’ll find Neal’s yard which has lately become Instagram Famous due to the colorful buildings.

Where is Convent Garden?

Covent Garden is located in the West End of London. The closest tube station is Covent Garden station on the

What to buy at Covent Garden?

Buy luxury bags at Mulberry, ballet flat shoes at French Sole, Swiss watches at Bucherer or some sunglasses at Ray Ban. There are also some second-hand book stores on Covent Garden which is fun exploring.

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Sneakers are my favorite when it comes to footwear. I prefer them over stilettos for many reasons. First, they don’t give me shoe bites which is inevitable for me with stilettos. They are good for my back. Also, they are comfortable throughout the day when I explore a city by foot. Lately, I am over the moon since the sneaker trend started and consequently my sneaker collection has only grown…. Some one stop me!

Anyway, here are the best walking shoes for women that I think are stylish and also great for travel.

Best Travel Shoes For Summer – Nike Air Max 270

 Top Trendy Sneakers - Nike Air Max 270
Top Trendy Sneakers – Nike Air Max 270

As temperatures rise and the air gets heavy with humidity, there is only one shoe I turn to this summer – the Nike Air Max 270. I think this shoe is the best sneaker for summer because of its design. The mesh area in the shoe front is a God-send during the hot sweaty days. Your feet will stay ventilated and cool through out the day. They are also super light and springy. So, you can walk for a long time without feeling the weight. It is sleek, so it’s easy to pack in your suitcase and doesn’t take up too much space. The vibrant gel sole gives the shoe a bright pop of color which makes it very summery as well.

Best Bulky Sneakers – Fila Disruptor

Top Trendy Sneakers - Fila Disruptor
Top Trendy Sneakers – Fila Disruptor

The overly bulky shoe trend was introduced by Balenciaga. However, the pricy $1800 Balenciaga shoe is not in every man/ woman’s price range. Thankfully, the trend has filtered down to other brands as well. Fila has come up with its more affordable bulky sneaker called the Fila Disruptor. I can’t tell you how much I love this sneaker. Once I had these shoes on, I didn’t want to take them off. I want to pair them with every outfit I have.

What makes them great for a traveler? First, they look great with both dresses and pants. So, it reduces the number of shoes you need to pack. Second, they are very comfortable with a lot of cushion. You can walk long hours in this shoe. I say this from experience. There is a con though. Obviously, since they are bulky they take up a lot of space in your travel bag. In case of bulky shoes, I just wear the shoes to the airport instead of packing them in. Once on the plane, I keep my shoes under the seat and change into soft foldable ballet shoes that I carry in my handbag.

The Most Versatile Sneaker – The Transparent Shoe (AirDP) by Ishu

Top Trendy Sneakers - AirDp By Ishu
Top Trendy Sneakers – AirDp By Ishu

I picked up these transparent sneakers on my recent travel to Japan. They are called AirDP by Ishu. These sneakers are very unique and I have never seen them in any of the stores in Canada or UK. The beauty of these transparent sneakers is that they can be turned into any colour you want. Just wear a different colored sock and Voila, it’s as if you have a brand new shoe. How clever is that!

As a traveler, I like these shoes because of its chameleon like quality. I dislike having the same shoes for all my photos on Instagram. So, I usually pack a lot of shoes with me which consumes enormous space on my luggage. With this one, all I have to do is pack ten different colored socks and the shoes transforms everytime. I feel this shoe is very futuristic in a way. It has tiny pores all along the shoes, so your shoes are properly ventilated. You can get this shoe at AirDp Transparent Shoes

Best walking shoe for women – Ecco Shoes

Trendy Sneakers - Ecco Shoes
Trendy Sneakers – Ecco Shoes

Ecco sneakers are the ultimate comfort shoes in my book. In fact, I have two pairs of Ecco – one a high top white leather sneakers and another a sleek midnight blue special edition pair. I have received many compliments for both these shoes from many women when I wear them.

However, what makes them my favorite is the way the interior of the shoes fits my feet. The interiors of the shoes hug my feet and as I walk they give a sensation of a gentle massage. Both shoes are so comfortable that I can easily wear them on an airplane. Also, they are not too bulky so they take up a lot less space in the luggage compared to all the other shoes I have listed above.

Travel Shoes That Combine Style Plus Comfort – Vans

Top Trendy Sneakers - Vans Shoes
Top Trendy Sneakers – Vans Shoes

Of course how can I forget Vans when it comes to comfort. I particularly love these bright yellow Vans. They are also very comfortable and they look so trendy. The only problem I have with them is that people stare at my feet wherever I go. Not a bad problem to have!

So, that ends my list of the best sneakers for travel in the summer. All the shoes I have listed here, I own and have tried for a long time. None of my recommendations here are sponsored or paid in any way. I hope you enjoyed the list.

I would love to hear what sneakers you prefer for travel. Please let me know in the comments.

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Takeshita Street in Harajuku, Tokyo is lauded as the street where new Indie fashion trends originate and flourish, a place for teenagers to showcase their rebelious streak and a street of tasty delights. Is it really worth all the excitement? Read on and find out!

Where is Takeshita street and how to get there?

Takeshita Street or Takeshita Dori is directly opposite the Harajuku Station on the Yamanote line. From Harajuku Station, take the Takeshita Exit.

When is the best time to visit Takeshita street?

Takeshita Street was the first place I visited when I set out to explore Tokyo. Being the morning person that I am, my husband and I set out at 9.30 am on a Monday morning! We were there by 10 am and what do we see? The street was deserted and everything was closed except for the reliable McDonald’s. I later found out that Takeshita Street is not an exception and that most businesses in Japan open shop at 11 am. We waited out the hour munching our breakfast burgers in McDonald’s. After 11 am, all the shops opened and within an hour the street filled with people.

On subsequent visits to Takeshita Street, I found out that 11 am on a monday morning was indeed a good time to visit Takeshita Street. The worst time is obviously during weekends when the street and the closeby Harajuku station are so crowded that you will have very little space to move let alone explore the shops.

The best time to visit this street is during weekdays close to the opening time at 11:00 am. The worst time is obviously during weekends when the street is VERY crowded. Check out the video to see how crowded it gets on weeekends.

5 Fashion/Beauty Stores You Should Visit In Takeshita Dori

The fashion stores in Takeshita Street are mainly youth and teen oriented. This means that the items that you find here may not be of great quality. In fact, many of the stores I found on this street were selling clothes whose quality was similar to what you find in a flea market. However, the upside of this is that they are cost-effective and some of the pieces you find here are unique and trendy.

If you are looking for better quality/higher price tag and not teen/youth fashion, visit the stores in the neighboring Omotesando street. There were a few notable stores that caught my eye and were selling unique items which I considered buying from:

#1. Out Of The World

Picture shows me holding a sneaker which has platform heels in my hands
Platform Sneakers which I thought were quite unique and trendy

Among all the stores on Takeshita Dori, I was particularly attracted by this shoe store. Some of the shoes displayed in this store had a Punk/Rock vibe. Some of the shoes displayed were really out there and I would probably never wear them. However, the plain black ones and the black and gold shoes with the platform heels, with some resemblance to Stella McCartney’s platform shoes, drew my attention. Unfortunately, the women’s shoes in this store don’t come in all sizes.. I couldn’t find the shoe that I liked in size 8 (US)! Huge Disappointment :(.

#2. Liz Lisa and Body Line

Picture Shows The Mannequins Outside the BodyLine Store Front In Takeshita Dori
The Mannequins Outside the BodyLine Store Front In Takeshita Dori

You will find many young girls in this street and else where in Tokyo wearing dollish/Victorian style clothing and makeup. Some of the clothes are not just costume or cosplay as many might think but a fashion trend in Japan known as Lolita Style . There are stores in Takeshita Street like Liz Lisa and Body Line that cater specifically to this fashion trend. Body Line has some cosplay costumes as shown by the mannequins outside the store whereas, the clothes in Liz Lisa mainly adhere to the Sweet Lolita trend. If you don’t want to be dressed completely in the Lolita look, you can still choose some cute accessories and shoes that look great even with your regular wardrobe.

#3. Boutique TakeNoko

Picture shows the storefront of Boutique Takenoko. The shop specialises in cosplay/punk Lolita style Fashion
Cosplay/ Punk Lolita Fashion store in Takeshita Dori

You can’t miss the colorful display of Boutique Takenoko as you walk down Takeshita Dori. This cosplay shop became famous in the 1970’s and 80’s when the dance group Takenoko-zoku shopped at Boutique Takenoko for their dance numbers.
Though, it’s not a place where you could shop for your everyday wardrobe, it’s still a fun place to visit.

#4. Etude House

Picture shows the storefront of Etude House - A brand that sells Korean Beauty products.
Etude House – A Brand That Sells Korean Beauty Products.

Due to the emergence of K-Drama and K-Pop, South Korean beauty products have seen a huge boost in popularity. Being a regular user of these products myself, I was glad to find Etude House, which specialises in Korean beauty products. This store has a pink toy house-like rooftop and can be found just below the Totti Candy Factory store. You will also see this store in the video I have posted above. I loved the pretty pink interiors of Etude House. I found it inviting and very girly. They had loads of products samples which you can try before you buy.

#5. Paris Kid’s

Paris Kid’s is an accessory store that sells typical accessories like hair bands, bangles, ear rings, charms and other cute knick knacks(Lots of bow shaped items). The advantage of shopping at this store is obviously the price. You can find loads of earrings at $4 dollars or less. Sometimes they give away pre-packaged surprise grab bags called Fukubukuro that have loads of stuff in it for around 300 Yen(approx. $4). However, you don’t get to choose the items in the grab bags as they are a surprise. It’s definitely worth getting the grab bag as you normally pay around 300 Yen for a single item in the store.

5 Foods you must try at Takeshita Dori

If you are tired of non stop shopping in Takeshita Street, there are plenty of tasty food stops along the street where you can refuel your energy. Sometimes, the overwhelming sweet smell from the Cotton Candy stores can be nauseauting and unappetizing. For a person with a sweet tooth though, this is Heaven!

#1. Ginormous Cotton Candy at Totti Candy Factory

Totti Candy Factory is famous for their huge multicolored cotton candy. Many of you would have already seen photos of this Cotton candy splashed on your Instagram feed. I was very concerned when I bought the cotton candy, first because of its size and also due to the sweetness of Cotton Candy. I didn’t think that I would be able to finish it and would probably end up throwing some of it in the bin. Surprisingly, the candy was very light and not as sweet as I expected. So, I was able to finish the whole thing in minutes.

#2. Crepes with your choice of filling

Picture shows the storefront of Santa Monica Crepes
Santa Monica Crepes in Takeshita Street

There are a number of Crepe Shops such as Marion Crepes, Santa Monica Crepes, Angel’s Heart along Takeshita Street. The crepes are rolled up in a cone with your choice of filling in the centre. You can pick your choice of filling from the delicious looking fake-food display on the side of these shops. On busy days, the lines in front of the store can get long but the service is quick.

#3. The crunchy and creamy Croquant Chou Zaku Zaku

Another popular treat to try when you visit Takeshita street is the cream puffs from Croquant Chou Zaku Zaku. These crispy cream puffs are freshly made on the premises and remain fresh only for one day. So, its advisable to consume them immediately or within the same day. They have a crispy sweet coating on the outside made of almonds, egg white, sugar and flour filled with custard cream on the inside. Read a detailed review of these crispy cream puffs here: Appetite For Japan

#4. Chocolate French Fries at Calbee Plus

If you have had enough of the sweet treats and are craving some savory snacks instead, head to Calbee Plus. This store is famous for their freshly prepared potato fries and chips. There’s a selection of toppings to choose from such as salt and butter, chocolate, cheese or even ice cream! There are some seasonal flavors available as well such as vegetable fries.

#5. Omurice at Pompompurin Cafe

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Pompompurin is a lovable cartoon dog and everything in this café is dedicated to this Sanrio character.
The interior of the café is very adorable and most people visit the café to experience the café itself rather than taste the food. Everything from Entrees to desserts is decorated to look like Pompompurin or his friends. The cute food is definitely Insta-worthy but the taste is nothing extraordinary.

What do you think of Takeshita Street? Are you ready to go shop and eat?

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Lolita Fashion - A look into  Japan's Kawaii trend.
Lolita Fashion – A look into Japan’s Kawaii trend. Picture Credit: (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) by achouchen1980

The word “Lolita” for most people conjures up images of the infamous book Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov and the movie based on it. In Japan however, the term Lolita Fashion has nothing to do with this novel. It is rather a fashion trend where the clothes resemble the outfits used for dolls in the Victorian Era. So, what is this fashion trend all about? Read on and find out.

What is Lolita Fashion?

Lolita Style emerged as fashion genre in the 1980’s as a form of rebellion against the strict and repressive role of women in Japanese society. It was brought into mainstream by Visual Kei musicians such as Mana, who popularised the Gothic Lolita trend, and authors like Novala Takemoto, who wrote Kamikaze Girls.

How to dress up in Lolita Style?

A typical Lolita ensemble is supposed to showcase elegance and cuteness. The Lolita style usually features a blouse paired up with a frilly skirt, poofed up with the help of panniers and petticoats. Accessories include bows, decorative headbands, bow-shaped neckties, knee-high socks, round platform shoes, parasols and handbags.

It is important to understand this fashion trend completely before attempting to wear it or you may be called an Ito Lolita. An Ito Lolita is someone who has misunderstood or badly interpreted the Lolita style. This may be due to cheap lacy dresses bought from a Halloween store or due to mistmatched accesories that don’t go along with a particular style.

To understand the different types of Lolita and avoid being an Ito Lolita, read the guide below.

Types of Lolitas

The Lolita Fashion genre has many substyle and genres in it. The most well-known of these are Sweet Lolitas, Gothic Lolitas and Classic Lolitas.

Sweet Lolita

As the name suggests, Sweet Lolitas have a preference for an aesthetic that is sweet and feminine. This means that they are more drawn to lighter colors and pastels. Pink usually features prominently in their makeup and clothes accompanied often by pearls and bows. They are certainly the most girly among Lolita.

Sweet Lolita Brands

Angelic Pretty, Amavel, Baby The Stars Shine Bright, Metamorphose.

Gothic Lolita

The Gothic Lolita Style is an amalgam of Goth and Lolita Styles. This translates into darker colored dresses especially black. The Lolita element is reflected by the poofy bell shaped skirt, ruffles and over the top accessories. Black Stockings and Garter are also part of this look. However, unlike the Goth style of the west, Gothic Lolitas don’t wear dark makeup like black lipstick and don’t powder their faces to make it look overly pale.

Punk Rock/ Gothic Lolita Brands

Moi-même-Moitié, Kera Shop, OzzCroce, Alice and the Pirates, Artherapie

Classic Lolita

The Classic Lolita represents a more sophisticated and mature version of Lolita style. These lolitas with their elegant hats and dresses appear to have walked straight out of a Victorian era but with much shorter skirts! Like the Sweet Lolitas, these Lolitas prefer pastel colors specially cream colored dresses. The skirt in this look is A-line rather than bell-shaped. Overall this style is a subdued form of Lolita which gives more importance to elegance rather than the cute factor.

Classic Lolita Brands

Ateilier Pierrot, Innocent World, Catherine Cottage

Aristrocrat Lolita

Aristrocrat Lolita is a more subdued expression of Lolita style favoring elegance and sophistication. The dresses in this style are generally darker in color and generally don’t feature the extravagant frills and laces instead sticking to straighter cuts and simpler silhouttes.

Punk Lolita

Punk Lolita is inspired by the Vivienne Westwood’s punk designs. The look usually features punk elements such as leather belts with chains, clothes with the ripped effect, safety pins, studs and tartan blended with the feminine and sweet look of Lolita.

Kuro and Shiro Lolita

These are two Lolita styles are monochromatic styles. In that, Kuro Lolita style means that the dress and the accessories are all black and Shiro Lolita is the same but the color in this case is white.

Wa and Qi Lolita

The Wa and Qi Lolitas incorporate the traditional dress elements of the Japanese and Chinese cultures respectively while still adhering to the Lolita aeshtetic.

Cosplay Lolita

Some Lolita styles lend themselves easily to cosplay because of the style elements that are part of the look. The Lolita styles that are usually used in cosplay rather than everyday wear are listed here:

Pirate Lolita

As the name suggests, the Pirate Lolita Style is based on clothes and accessories of a typical pirate as depicted in the movies. So the accessories that go along with this look are eye patches, swords, feathers in the cap and pirate hats.

Steampunk Lolita

The Steampunk Lolita is inspired by the steampunk trend of the west. So, these looks often include metallic and leather accessories paired with shorter, puffier skirts.

Guro Lolita

The Guro Lolita is a gory and grotesque style. This look which is most suitable for Halloween features blood splatters on a sweet lolita dress, blood soaked teddy bears as acessories and other elements that represent a sense of horror.

Lolita Fashion Brands and Lolita styles they offer

Baby The Stars Shine Bright

Baby the Stars Shine Bright or BTSSB is also a Sweet Lolita Fashion brand. BTSBBS has also featured in the several movies, Manga and Anime such as Kamikaze Girls, Boys Over Flowers, Death Note, Moyashimon. This brand also has stores in Paris and Sanfransico.

Angelic Pretty

As the name might suggest, Angelic Pretty caters to the Sweet Lolita Fashion trend. They offer clothes that have a lot of frills and lace and generally very girly and cute. Angelic Pretty also has an international presence with a shop in Sanfransico, Paris and Shanghai. Details of these locations are given in the where to buy section below. They also have an online store for USA.

Ateilier Pierrot

Ateiler Pierrot caters to the Gothic Lolitas. Their dresses typically feature tight corsets and bell shaped frilly skirt and Paniers in darker shades.


Moi-meme-Moitie is a brand that was started by Malice Mizer’s Mana. He brought the element of sophistication and elegance of an aristrocrat into the Gothic Lolita realm giving rise to the name “Elegant Gothic Aristrocrat” or EGA. You can find Moi-meme-Moitie at Kera Shop in the Marui Annex in Shinjuku.


Milk is actually an Otome fashion brand. The Otome style is very similar to the Lolita style in that they both focus on the girly look. The clothes by Milk can easily transcend into the Lolita domain and are usually indistinguishable from the Lolita look. They offer clothes that are simple, modest and cute. They also sell a lot of accessories that can be incorporated into everyday wardrobe even if you are not completely into the Lolita trend.

Where to buy Lolita Fashion?


In Tokyo, You will find a lot of Lolita Fashion shops in the famous Harajuku area of Tokyo especially on Takeshita street. Some of the notable stores are:

  1. La Foret Harajuku also near Meji-Jingumae station has clothes from brands such as Alice and the Pirates, Jane Marple and Angelic Pretty. View the map here.
  2. At Shinjuku Marui Annex, two floors (6th and the 7th Floor) have been dedicated to Lolita fashion shops. You can find almost any style and any brand related Lolita fashion here. Shops include brands such as Ateilier Pierrot, Amavel, Angelic Pretty, Emily Temple Cute, Ozz croce, Baby the Stars Shine Bright, and many others. View directions to Shinjuku Marui Annex here.
  3. Milk near Meji-Jingumae station. View map to Milk here.

International Locations

  1. Angelic Pretty has locations in Sanfransico, Paris and Shangai. You can also shop online. Check out the USA online shop below.
  2. Baby The Stars Shine Bright has stores in Paris and Sanfransico. They also have an online store that ships to USA and Canada.

Order Lolita Fashion Online Internationally

  1. Angelic Pretty USA
  2. Amavel
  3. Ateilier-Pierrot
  4. Baby The Stars Shine Bright

Where to spot Lolitas in Tokyo?

If you want to spot some Lolitas, your best bet would be at Takeshita Dori in Harajuku, Tokyo. Especially many Lolitas along with other fashionistas of Harajuku meet at Takeshita Street for an event called the “Harajuku Fashion Walk” to flaunt their fashion chops. To keep up, check the Twitter Feed @harajuku_fw where they advertise the event dates.

What do you think about the Lolita Style? Would you be willing to try it? Let me know in the comments.

Lolita style is a fashion genre which is  popular in Japan. Find out more about this genre and where you can buy Lolita clothes in Tokyo.
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1950’s Fashion in Old Havana

1950s Havana Fashion
1950s Fashion – dress with cinched waist and full skirt. Pic Credit: jill111 (Pixabay)

1950’s fashion centered around the dirndl dress introduced by Chrisitian Dior in 1947. The main features of the dirndl dress were sleeveless/small puff sleeves, a small cinched waist appearance and a full skirt as shown below. In the later part of 1950’s the pencil skirt came into fashion.

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A Modern Take on 1950’s Fashion

1950's Old Havana Fashion
Paying homage to the 1950’s vibe of Havana

When I traveled to Havana Cuba, I decided to pay homage to the 1950s vibe of this colorful city with 1950s fashion.

I chose a white Tommy Hilfiger dress as shown in the photo above. This dress has hints of the classic 1950s cinched waist appearance. However, instead of the full skirt, which I was uncomfortable with, it features an A-line skirt.

I deliberately chose a white dress so that the dress fitted in harmoniously with the colorful buildings of Old Havana. I paired this dress with a 1940s style straw hat which provided much-needed shade from the sun along with enhancing the classic feel of the dress. The belt which came with the dress helped to highlight my waist and giving an illusion of a slim waist.

Picture shows me (Pari) exploring bellamar caves in comfortable jeans, polka dot top and Ecco shoes
Exploring Bellamar Caves in comfortable jeans, polka dot top and ecco shoes

Another fashion trend in the 1940’s and 1950’s was the Polka dot. The Polka dot has never really gone out of fashion and I am sure many of you will have atleast one item of clothing with Polka dots on it.

Havana is the perfect spot to showcase your Polka dot fashion items. The fun, bright and colorful vibes of the Polka dots go hand in hand with Havana.

Comfort and Fashion both get equal considerations when I travel. So, for the Bellamar cave exploration, I stuck with my comfy jeans and Ecco sneakers. However, in keeping with the 1950’s fashion, I chose a brightly colored polka dot top.

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I hope this post has inspired you to try some 1950’s inspired fashion during your visit to Havana and in your everyday life.

If want to know more about Havana Cuba, Check my posts : Old Havana Cuba: A Walking Tour Of The Four Plazas and Cuba Cars: 9 Cool Pictures of These Classic Beauties

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