Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Brand Tights Review : Innocent World

As I began wearing lolita, it also sparked a love for finding and collecting fashionable tights. Please feel free to tag or share this with other people and please by all means comment questions about any of the brands I review. I am happy to help as best I can. Today is a review of a pair of tights that I obtained on my excursion to PMX in Los Angeles. ( you can view about my adventures there here : http://kiznakasady.blogspot.com/2014/11/traveling-lolita-west-coast-pmx-2014.html ) While there, Innocent World had a booth from which I purchased my first pair of tights from them.

My review is a 1 to 5 scale, 5 being the best, in regards to: 
How well the print holds up stretched
Print placement, Crispness, Alignment

I will also list :
Tights inseam to toe
Tall or Petite friendly

For reference in regards to size, I am 5'9"  / 175 cm and my inseam all the way to bottom of heel is 31.5" /  81 cm, hips 40" / 102 cm. The thickest part of my thigh is 23" / 60 cm and calf at  14.76 " / 37.5cm. In the visualization of the tights stretched I used a glass growler which is approx  15.5" / 39cm around.

For my original review my reference for petite was 5'0" but  one of my smaller petite friends was so kind to relay some additional info regarding her experience with the lengths of some of the tights as well. She is 4'10" leg inseam 25 "/66cm and shoes size 3.5 / 21cm.

The pair I purchased were the Innocent Casablanca tights in Pink. They are still available here.  They came in a clear plastic cellophane sleeve with no cardboard or sleeve detailing information regarding the tights or brand. It may have been because I purchased them at convention.

  • Construction: 5  Out of the package they were dyed evenly with no smell or residue.
  • Quality: 5 Being made of polyester they have a smooth soft feel to them and they are a bit on the thin side.
  • Elasticity4 They were a bit tight around my calves and did not go as high around my waistline as many other brand tights I own. They are not stiff at all though and also shrank down to size.
  • How print holds up stretched: 4 The print does lighten up a bit and the lace and flower print sort of faded when I put them on so the flowers were not all that visible when worn..
  • Print placement, Crispness, Alignment: 3.5 The print was pretty crisp but the pink lace print seemed to blend a whole lot with the white so you could not distinguish it a lot when it was stretched. The alignment along the sides were not uniform and although the print was crisp, it really blended together when stretched so it looked like big blurs.
  • Inseam to toe: 26" / 66cm
  • Denier:  Unknown. They are definitely a thicker denier but I am not 100% if they are 80 or not. Innocent World didn't state them on their tights or on their website.
  • Cost: 3800 Yen
  • Tall or Petite Friendly: I do not think they would accommodate anyone my height very well if they don't want the print distorted. For someone smaller than me they would accommodate pretty well though they might be a bit big for someone shorter than 5ft.

  • I think I would purchase one other pair of tights only in a darker color just to see if  there would be any difference with the fading or distortion of the print since the coloring on these particular ones were white and faded pink. I wasn't really impressed with these in particular but I'm hoping they might just be a fluke because of the colors.  

    This concludes another entry in my ongoing reviews of brand tights. I hope this has been helpful and we'll see you again soon with my next installment of lolita and other lolliable tights! Thank you for reading.

    Monday, December 1, 2014

    Unboxing and Detail Spotlight : Juliette et Justine's Robe De la Antique Doll

    I recently received Juliette et Justine's Robe de la Antique Doll and wanted to the share the unboxing as well as some detail shots for this particular gown. This brand generally gets a lot of flack in regards to their printed dresses so I wanted to show some of their other non printed designs which are pretty great and don't get a lot of recognition in my opinion. 

    I've been waiting for this dress for a little while now and thought the actual release time was going to be pushed back since the dress before it, Petite Robe de être et le Néant, better known as the Momento Mori / Vanitas dress, had been having issues and that initial release was delayed. It arrived around Tuesday however, right before Thanksgiving, so it was quite a nice thanksgiving surprise.

    The box was a little dinged up when it arrived, but luckily it did not have any water damage or any tears or holes.

    Like most of their shipped items it was packaged in tissue paper, yet this time it was also wrapped in a celllophane bag. I also ordered a pair of tights pictured above and for all terms and purposes the packaging for everything was much like the last release I received, Cadre du Usagi in sax. 

    The dress is a very interesting color and ranges between a muted purple to a grey brown depending on the lighting. The sash looks more like a dusty plum in come lights to the grey brown again as well. I think it resembles most a muck lavander or taro coloring. It's really unique and I'm afraid my photos really don't do this dress any justice. 

    I fond the bodice particularly pretty, and found it very reminiscent of another piece I own by them, Robe de la Danse, which I'm wearing in my Bunny House petticoat review. Also in the photo below and above you can see that the bow sash is actually sewn in place and not a removable sash. I liked the choice of colors to compliment the main color but I am quite sure this will be a challenge to coordinate color wise as I don't really own any shoes in either colorway or anything that remotely compliments these tones.

    The front details of the gown has a sort of a slanted scalloped layout and thought that idea was pretty unique especially in the way the chiffon drapes over one another down the front. I think with the different lengths and subtle changing shades of chiffon coupled with the diagonal flowing lines in the front panel gives the dress more character and adds depth to a normally plain solid piece.

    When flipped it shows the diagonal scallop details a bit more clearly than the front does. 

    I was a little sad when I looked at the sleeves, I guess I'm just more accustomed to not having elastic in sleeves, but it makes sense given that arm sizes tend to fluctuate from person to person. 

    All in all, I'm quite happy with my purchase and have been slowly piecing together something for a coordinate since I was really usnure of the true colors; so sadly there's no coordinate photo but another shot of the front.

    I really wanted to share this piece and my love for Juliette Justine's non printed pieces and hope perhaps you saw something you liked here as well. I was a bit nervous after hearing the troubles Petite Robe de être et le Néant was having so was so very much relieved when it came without any discrepancies or funky puckered hems. Thanks for reading!