Petite Dollies is a Larme-style girly fashion blog run by Ruka, Eri and Alice petite dolls who love fashion! Their goal is to to share insights about girly style-related trends, outfits, and happenings with the J-fashion and the broader fashion community. Also to provide advice and helpful guides for those who are exploring similar styles.
Back in February, Petite Dollies announced the first ever Fashion Theme! The idea was born from a discussion in the Larme Facebook group concerning the amount of similar coordinates within the foreign community, due to limited contact with the fashion outside of Japan.
Our goal in starting this fashion theme is to encourage everyone to experiment with different styles and colour schemes, and remove ourselves from our fashion comfort zone! This is not to say that we can't still enjoy our favourite colours and fashion styles (You know I'm all for pink x black coords ;D), but we thought it would be a little less nerve-wracking for people to try out something new if we all did at the same time! Who knows, you might even discover your new favourite colour combination or clothing style!
For our first theme, we chose 'Valentine's Day' and below are the cute and stylish girls who sent in their beautiful entries to us!
Thank you to all who participated in our first ever fashion theme! You all look amazing! <3
Our next fashion theme is 'Spring is in the air'!
If you'd like to participate, please email (email@example.com) us:
> Your name
> Your username from your SNS of choice (Instagram, Facebook, Youtube etc.) > A small description of your outfit and the inspiration behind it
> 1~3 pictures of your outfit, hair and makeup
Think about what inspires you about spring! Maybe it's a picnic date? or picking flowers in a garden! What patterns and colours make you think of spring? Gingham or floral? Pinks, reds, greens, or maybe purple? Whatever you decide, we are looking forward to seeing your beautiful coordinates!
Please send us your entry for this Fashion Theme before May 31st 2018.
Note: We decided to make the theme bi-monthly to give you a bit more time to come up with your coordinates, as well as to follow along with Larme magazine, which is also bi-monthly. We may return to monthly themes in the future, although this depends on how many entries we receive!
Thank you for reading and we hope you participate!
Hey guys, how have you all been lately? Today I have just a quick update! I've been lucky enough to spend the last month and a half in Japan, and so I thought I'd share a couple of outfits I've worn during my trip!
I wore this first outfit during my day out in Asakusa with my lovely friend Tomi (thanks for taking the photos :P)! I wanted something comfortable and easy to walk around in, but still somewhat 'put together,' so I opted for this cute off the shoulder top from Spinns and a pair of black pants from Valleygirl. In order to give the outfit a little more 'attitude,' I added heart locket choker and wore my shiny black crayme, shoes that feature silver detailing. For a more close up look, please watch the video below! :D
One of my favourite things to do in Japan is to seek out Showa Retro ( 1926 - 1989 ) cafes and attractions that most people tend to overlook. Away from the hustle and bustle of the main streets in Asakusa, lies Hanayashiki - the oldest running amusement park in Japan. Although some might find it's decorations tacky and childish, I find the scenery quite whimsical and even somewhat nostalgic! Definitely a cute place to visit for any Larme lover!
Coat: secondhand shop in Japan
OOTD: Adventures in Asakusa | alipoyo - YouTube
Hanayashiki Amusement Park
Address: 2 Chome-28-1 Asakusa, Taitō, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan
Opening Hours: 10:00 ~ 18:00 (May vary depending on the season/weather)
This outfit I threw together when I met up with a friend to go shopping in Harajuku. Due to the end of season sales, I was able to purchase this lovely coat for only 1000yen! What a steal! The touch of pink helps to soften the punkish vibe coming from the rest of the outfit.
Shoes: Doc Martins
Although short, I hope you enjoyed this little update post! Please look forward to more content from us soon!
As summer draws to an end, I'd like to share some of my favourite products that took me all throughout Christmas & heatwave season in a glorious haze of peach and rose!
1. Tarte Blush Bazaar
This amazing blush palette features 10 shades, all in large (or what I consider pretty large) size! There are 7 blushes and 2 highlighters, then one very interesting shade that is red, but has the luminosity of a highlighter - "Extraordinary". The pigmentation is great, so use sparingly!
2. Stila Liquid Liner
The only downside to this is that the cap is a little bit loose, and it eventually ended up falling off and drying out :( But while it was still alive, it was incredible. I don't have a steady hand but this still worked for me, and survived much sweat and even showers!
4. Too Faced Peach Kiss Lipstick
WHAT IS THIS SORCERY? It's simultaneously creamy and matte with amazing pigment (swiped once), and didn't dry my lips out, and also tasted delicious and I want every single colour.
5. Tarteist Lip Crayon
Latergram was a perfect nude for me! Good pigment, good lasting power. Matched really well with the ABH Lip Gloss in Toffee.
6. Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette
I am aware this is a cult fav and I 100% understand why. Several months in and I feel like I'm still discovering new ways to use it! Good for everyday and also good for when you feel like being extra but still cute! Pigmentation is better with some colours but I usually use a damp brush and it's fine. Also it smells incredible.
7. Jane Iredale Glow Time BB Cream
I'll probably never buy another BB Cream aside from Jane Iredale & Skin79. However, I much prefer Jane Iredale in the heat because it melts a lot less easily. It also has the coverage of a full foundation without suffocating your skin! A small drop goes a long way.
8. Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss
I really love this lip gloss in Toffee because I love shiny lips - but it also is fully opaque and it doesn't sink into cracks! And it tastes like toffee ice cream.
9. Youngblood Setting Powder
Second skin: check. Pretty golden glow: check. No icky floral smell: check. Great coverage: check!!!
10. Ardell Dark Eyelash Glue
Their transparent version is good as well, but I prefer the dark, as I feel like it blends better with a thick upper eyeliner! I've also tested this on a rollercoaster - passed!
Hope you all enjoyed my little beauty picks! Which are your favourites? Do you have any of these products as well? Let us know below & stay tuned for Autumn beauty picks!
To kick things off for 2018, I'm bringing you a lookbook featuring several pieces from the Australian indie brand, Peppermint Fox! They were kind enough to send me some of their gorgeous garments and so I've decided to show you how you can style them to reflect the Larme aesthetic we all know and love.
Peppermint Fox offers a beautiful range of accessories and garments, said to be inspired by traditional fairy tales and elements of the natural world. Prints are carefully designed by their talented illustrator and each garment is well-constructed and fully lined! I found their clothing incredibly comfortable to wear and they are machine washable too - a huge time and money saver! Here are the outfits I created!
Onepiece: Peppermint Fox: Little Houses Print Gloves: ebay Socks: ebay
Peppermint Fox meets LARME: A Lookbook | alipoyo - YouTube
I hope you guys enjoyed this post! It was fun experimenting with Peppermint Fox's dresses, particularly as they don't have the typical Larme silhouette. Just goes to show with a little creativity and some cute accessories you can transform almost any item into a Larme outfit! Thank you to Peppermint Fox for the opportunity and thank you to my aunt for being a wonderful photographer!
By now, I'm sure it is no secret that Petite Dollies love Monaca Nishi and her incredible creations! Her work is characterized by its seductive mix of ferocity, dark maturity, and unabashed girlishness. Though she tends to work with a limited palette, her designs are bold in their silhouettes, cuts, and fabrics. She isn't afraid to tweak edgy details to make them even edgier, and yet there is a certain balance in her work that keeps it from becoming too overwhelming. I personally think she is some kind of fashion genius, haha.
This post takes into account her designs at Fiction Tokyo! Inspired by some of her latest work, I've put together a Monaca Style Steal with cheaper Western alternatives! Though, as always, the dream is to purchase directly, I hope this helps those who are looking to be and continue to be inspired by Monaca!
Hello everyone! Holiday season is upon us and we're excited! Today, all four Petite Dollies have teamed up to bring you a Christmas wishlist, filled with our favourite items for this season!
1. Crayme, One Piece I really love this khaki green colour and it's something I would love to try and incorporate more of into my wardrobe. I love that this piece is cinched at the waist, which makes it a very flattering, yet comfortable dress to wear!
2. Shelly De Titi Lingerie Set & Here What girl doesn't love cute (and expensive ahem) underwear?! Shelly de Titi uses real silk so their underwear is incredibly soft! Yes please!
3. eHyphen World Gallery bonbon Cardigan As I am travelling to Japan early next year, this fluffy cardigan would get me through the cooler weather! As the cardigan is cropped, I can still wear high-waisted bottoms that may have a wider silhouette without it looking too baggy. Cute and Comfy! Are you seeing the pattern here? haha!
4. HoneymiHoney Earrings This year I've been really into experimenting with different earrings. I would love to add a pair of HoneymiHoney earrings to my growing collection.
5. Vannie Tokyo Wide-Leg Pants The lace detail on side of these pants made me instantly fall in love! I really hope I can find a nice pair of flattering wide-leg pants soon ;A;
1. Eat Me Harness A good harness is a godsend, and this one would work so well with adding variety to an otherwise girly outfit! I enjoy how simple it is, but also appreciate the flattering crossover detail at the front.
2. Vannie Tokyo One Piece This is great because it's so structured and versatile - I think I could wear it in a lot of different ways, from soft and girly to a more Basic French sort of look!
3. Fiction Tokyo Top I'll always love velvet, and this is no exception. I like how loose and comfortable the sleeves look, while keeping the hem tucked to prevent a look that is completely baggy, and allowing a high-waisted look despite outerwear!
4. Swankiss Mermaid Peplum skirt Best of both worlds! I love mermaid skirts but sometimes they look very unflattering on my figure, so adding a waist-level peplum would be perfect for me! Faux leather is always amazing, so definitely on my list.
5. f.i.n.t. Fur Shoulder Bag The macaron shape should really be enough to warrant an explanation, but I do adore the fur detailing and the tiny little bow! I also appreciate the dusty rose - the muted shade gives it a more mature, versatile edge.
Hi everyone~ My name is Katie and I'm excited to join the Petite Dollies team. Here's an introduction to my style with some outfits from this year!
My first experience with Japanese fashions was a memorable one - I discovered copies of the Japanese street fashion magazines FRUiTS and FRESH FRUiTS in my primary school library and was fascinated by the personality and creativity of each outfit. During high school I was mostly occupied with Lolita fashion, and eventually discovered Larme style in university when looking through Japanese models' instagrams.My favourite thing about larme is how it allows me to incorporate different aspects of my style - girly and edgy, elegant and practical - into looks that I'm comfortable with and feel great in. I also have to credit LARME makeup tutorials with teaching me how to work with my own eye shape! The staples of my wardrobe are t-shirts and black skirts, and the most common motifs are hearts and lacing.
Left: Mostly offbrand, skirt from elfe in our house (taobao).
I think that one of my strengths and also weaknesses is that I like to make outfits very 'matchy'. I really enjoy the themed spreads in Larme magazine and sometimes go overboard trying to emulate a certain look.
My favourite Larme models are Yui Kanno, Risa Nakamura and Tsubasa Masukawa. As well as drawing style inspiration from magazines (LARME, Kera, Popteen, etc.), I also look to other larme fans (such as on wear.jp) and Korean ulzzang fashion.
Sonia Yamamoto first debuted in Larme magazine in 2014. Since then she's modelled for brands such as lilLilly, Chuu, Bubbles and has even been the face of Shibuya 109 on numerous occasions. Sonia also frequently appears in the famous Tokyo Girls Collection fashion shows around the country, all while studying at one of Japan's most prestigious universities! Where does she get the time?!
Originally hailing from France, Sonia's style is the perfect blend of sexy Western fashion and cute kawaii Japanese fashion. Her ability to mix such a diverse range of styles is certainly inspiring, so we decided to have a chat with her to find out how she does it!
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♡ Hello Sonia, thank you for your time today! So let's get started! How did you start modelling?
When I lived in France, I often read Japanese magazines. I was influenced by that and began doing photoshoots in France!
♡ Since you began modelling, is there anything in particular that you find challenging? What aspects of it do you find enjoyable?
I find it quite difficult trying to figure out what kind of expression and poses the client is looking for. The kind of atmosphere brands want to create is different at each shoot and as such, during photoshoots I'm always conscious of what the clothing and the brand's image is. As for enjoyable aspects, it has to be being able to discover new clothing and make up, as well as being able to meet many different staff members.
♡ What do you find interesting about LARME fashion?
I like how feminine it is. When I lived in Paris, I wasn't really able to wear cute and soft Larme-like clothing and so now I wear it all the time in Japan. I also like how it shows just a little bit of skin such as showing off your shoulders with an off-the-shoulder top. Vintage-like fashion is also my type [of style].
♡ Ah! I'm sure many of our overseas readers will agree! So when you're coordinating an outfit, is there something you absolutely cannot go without?
It has to be comfortable, while also matching the sort of image I have in my head. Depending on the day, sometimes I prefer a more cool, edgy look, while other times I prefer a monotone look. So in order to find the right 'image' I want to create, I read lots of magazines and watch movies.
♡ How would you describe your personal style in one word? Sexy
LilLilly's A/W 2017 collection
♡ How has your style evolved over time? When I was 17 years old, I wore quite street-style fashion. Things like wearing a hoodie with skinny jeans and platform sneakers. At 18-19 years of age, I wore a lot of shorts and pleated skirts with crop tops for a casual and cute school girl look. Now I go for the image of a mature young woman but still mix it up with fun fashion items such as choker necklaces, fishnet tights and bright coloured accessories.
'SoniEmma' Sonia & Emma - this cute duo attending a Fendi event in September 2017
♡ Your personal style continues to evolve by trying out different fashion, doesn't it! Are there any trends you're looking forward to wearing in the upcoming season? I like vintage style shirts. [This season] I want to match them with denim items in order to create a 'classic girly style' look.
♡ How cute! Okay, so now we're going to talk a little about makeup. What are your favourite make up items currently? I like colourful eyeshadows! I love using chuu's glittery brown and orange coloured shadows. For my lips, I like Dior's gloss and 3CE's brown matte lipstick.
♡ What's something you're addicted to at the moment? Recently, I've been watching a lot of Korean dramas and variety shows when I'm travelling and also in my spare time.
♡ 最近のマイブームは何ですか？ 韓流ドラマやバラエティーを良く移動時間や空き時間に見ています！
A personal coordinate from a Bubbles PR event
♡ You have so many fans overseas! How does it feel to inspire Japanese-fashion lovers around the world? It makes me very happy that I can share my view of the world and have people say they love it too. I'm going to continue sharing my lifestyle and fashion style with you all, so please keep an eye out! ♡
♡ After having a look at your instagram, it seems you travel to many different places, but what has been your favourite place to travel to so far? Please tell us why! Paris and Korea. Of course I chose Paris because I used to live there, but also because of the many fashion and art galleries where you can enjoy all sorts of art. I always do lots of shopping! ♡ I also eat lots of Macarons and Monblancs! ♡ As for Korea, it's the place I've travelled to the most in the past two years. I really love Korean style, the makeup and hair styles are really unique, it's catchy! I also love spicy food!
♡ Lastly, do you have a message for your fans overseas? I haven't really been able to keep up with posting frequently on social media, nor have I done any jobs overseas yet.* However, I would like to keep challenging myself to participate in many new experiences and continue to raise my skill as a model, so please keeping supporting me! Thank you for reading my interview! ♡
* Sonia has since walked for several brands at Paris Fashion Week!
Hello everyone! Today I'm bringing the ultimate second-hand shopping guide for those of you on a budget or for those of you just curious as to what Japan has to offer in terms of thrift shopping. I've got you covered ;D
Living as a student in Tokyo, I often relied on used clothing stores to find cheap off-brand pieces that could easily be coordinated into Larme outfits! However, I was also lucky enough to stumble upon highly popular past season items from EHyphen World Gallery bonbon, Ank Rouge and more.
Whether you're living in Japan permanently, or just visiting, if you've got some spare time, I highly recommend checking out some of these stores!
'So...where should I go?,' you might ask. Well, I've sussed out my favourite shops and rated them down below for you! All you have to do is find a shop closest to you and get shopping!
1. Treasure Factory
Whenever someone asks me which second-hand stores are the best, Treasure factory is at the top of my list. This store has everything; besides the usual clothing and shoes, they also stock electrical appliances, sports gear, furniture, musical instruments, you can even buy larme-like home décor such as cute teacup sets. Treasure Factory is not just limited to the Tokyo area, with 91 stores located all around Japan just waiting to be explored!
Price-wise, it depends heavily on the store's location. Stores located in places such as Shimokitazawa or Kouenji, where there is an abundance of independent second-hand stores, often have a higher price tag. However, they also tend to have a wider range of well-known brands compared to stores in more residential areas.
While shopping at Treasure Factory I have managed to find a pair of almost brand-new Doc Martins for 7000yen (roughly $70), a Vivienne Westwood purse for 4000yen, as well as Ank Rouge and Liz Lisa dresses each for about 1000yen. I've also picked up some great off-brand items that can be coordinated into Larme outfits including my favourite black skirt! (see below)
They also have a wide range of Honeys, Lowry's Farm, Earth Music & Ecology, Forever 21, ZARA and H&M clothing as well as regular off-brand basics ranging from 300 ($3) to 1000 yen ($10).
In my experience Treasure Factory has been the cheapest store I've been to and also has a good range of high quality clothing. I cannot recommend it enough! The actual stores can be a bit of a walk from the nearest train station but they've always been well worth the trip.
Location: ★★★★☆ Price: ★★★★★ Quality of Clothing: ★★★★ ☆
MODE OFF is another chain store and the clothing counterpart of the more widely known BOOK OFF. This store stocks a lot of brand name clothing such as Liz Lisa, Ank Rouge and other Gyaru/Larme brands. It is also common to find unwanted Lucky Pack items here. A lot of these items are brand new, sometimes with the tag still attached! These coveted brands are often a little more expensive here starting at around 1500-2000yen for a one piece. At the end of the day you're still getting a brand new dress for very, very cheap!
The downside to MODE OFF though, is the sheer amount of items; and especially, low quality off-brand items. It takes quite a while to fish through it all, but if you're persistent it's quite likely you'll strike second-hand clothing gold!
I found this Ehyphen World Gallery Bonbon bag for only 100yen!
Location-wise, it is similar to Treasure Factory, in that there are several locations country-wide, with the suburban stores more likely to carry better goods. Although, if find yourself in an area such as Shimokitazawa or Kouenji, I would still recommend having a peak as you never know what you might find!
Location: ★★★ ☆☆ Price: ★★★☆☆ Quality of Clothing: ★★★☆ ☆
The following stores are not as cheap as the above stores, but they still offer an interesting range of clothing and are perfect if you're looking for something unique!
3. KINJI Used Clothing
The famous KINJI store provides of combination of handmade goods and second hand goods. In the back left-hand corner there is a wide range of handmade lingerie, perfect for Larme, cult party kei and other cute, girly fashions!
The main part of the store is separated into womens clothing on the left and mens on the right but I often find myself going through all the rows anyway. The style of clothing varies and there's guaranteed to be something for everyone.
Some items are quite well loved and may require a little bit of TLC if you end up purchasing. For anyone who loves DIYing or altering their own clothes, KINJI might be a place to find some base pieces, pieces you can used as fabrics or just some good old inspiration. If sewing isn't your thing, make sure to check over the garment in case you find a hidden fault (my host sister almost purchased a skirt with several moth holes in the back!) This isn't to say all clothing from KINJI is bad quality, but it pays to be weary, as you should with any thrift store.
KINJI Harajuku is by far the most well known store, however, if you happen to be in Osaka it might be worth checking out their stores there also.
Compared to other Harajuku second-hand stores, KINJI is one of the kindest on your wallet with most items around 400-2000yen. There is a great selection of clothing that would suit a variety of styles. Furthermore, it's easy to get to if you're already in Harajuku, as it's in the basement of the same building as the Kawaii Monster Cafe!
Location: ★★★★★ Price: ★★★☆☆ Quality of Clothing: ★★★☆ ☆
Store Address: Harajuku - Japan, 〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingumae, 4 Chome, 31- MILKFED
Flamingo has three locations - one in Harajuku, Kichijouji and Shimokitazawa. All stores are easily recognisable due to their giant flamingo neon signs out the front!
The Harajuku store provides thrift shoppers with a selection of vintage clothing imported from America. If you're searching for a pair of Doc Martins, this is THE store to come to and as such, it's almost always bustling with shoppers.
If that's not your thing, there's still many one of a kind items, many quite suitable in any cult party kei, dolly kei or even in a vintage style Larme look! As the items are imported (from America and Europe), they also tend to run a little bigger than most Japanese clothing which is great for us! The store is abundant with clothing from the 1940s all the way until the 1990s, so whether your style is street or more classic, you'll surely find something you like.
I find the price to be quite average (okay I'm stingy), but for a cute and unique piece of imported clothing...well let's just say the occasional splurge is imminent.
Location: ★★★★★ Price: ★★★☆☆ Quality of Clothing: ★★★★ ☆
Harajuku - 〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingumae, 4-26-28 Junk Yard
Kichijouji - 〒180-0003 Tokyo, Musashino, Minamicho, Kichijoji, 1-17-9
Shimokitazawa - 〒155-0031 Tokyo, Setagaya-ku Kitazawa, 2-25-12 Risa Biru
Of course, there are many, many more secondhand stores in Tokyo and Japan in general, but these were the ones I was frequenting the most during my stay! What are your favourite thrift stores? If you have any suggestions I'd love for you to leave them in the comment section below!
From Alice's Trend Report, plaid & tartan are big this season, so I've whipped together some recent outfits!
Inner Plaid Top: Asos
Outer Peplum Top: Ally
Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo
All from Alice's Trend Report! I also wanted to mix more diverse palettes and at least experiment with them. As aforementioned in my last outfit post, I'm still very much in love with Ank Rouge's use of this pattern, and I'm excited to see what others do with plaid & tartan, and how they mix the colours! Usually plaid & tartan will have three or more colours, so that was a bit challenging to try and match shade-wise, but it was fun nevertheless!
Have you made any outfits with plaid & tartan? Let us know!
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