It’s been percolating in the youthful Japanese fashion subculture since 1999, but has come above ground only recently. The Elegant Gothic Lolita (EGL) is a rigid, rule-driven style in which young girls dress much like Victorian dolls. The typical Gothic Lolita ensemble (seen on the streets of Tokyo and Osaka) might be a frilly, knee-length black baby-doll skirt pouffed out with crinolines, a ruffled blouse, an apron, lace gloves, knee-high stockings, outsized platform Mary Janes, a tiny bonnet, a large handbag, and, usually, a parasol. It’s a deathly, childlike look that’s both festive and melancholic, innocent and sexual–and coming to your neighborhood! Morbid Outlook explains it all. Ominous.
Headdresses are a must. Mostly in black or black and white. A small rectangular headband headdress made of ruffles, ribbons, and lace. Can be worn with a bow under the chin. It is worn at the crown of the head, just above where bangs are. Can be used to hold hairpieces in. Sometimes the headpiece can extend over the forehead like a small bonnet, this happens most often in white. A small top hat worn askew on the head is sometimes seen.