Meanings and differences between Lolita, Loli and Lolicon

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Have you ever wondered what it is lolita? or what is a loli or one lolicon? These terms ended up becoming quite popular in the west because of anime and manga, but there is a long history and culture behind these words, not to mention that they are words with totally different meanings from each other.

To facilitate navigation, I have prepared a summary below. I hope that by reading this article that I have written with great affection, you will finally fully understand the full meaning and differences between lolita, loli and lolicon.

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The difference between loli, lolita and lolicon

These 3 words are totally different from each other. Throughout the article I will quote the 3 words and address issues related to each other, but before I get confused, I want to briefly summarize the meaning of these 3 words.

  • loli – Refers to girls who are younger or who try to look younger;
  • lolita – Currently refers to a Japanese fashion;
  • lolicon – Refers to people who like underage girls or who appear to be underage;
Meanings and differences between Lolita, Loli and Lolicon

Now that you know the short definition and the difference between each of these 3 words, be careful not to confuse or jump to conclusions throughout the article explanations, as I ended up writing it all together instead of splitting it into several articles.

I decided to gather the 3 words in a single article to exactly show their relationship, their differences and also because this will drastically help the IF THE. Generally, those who appreciate lolita fashion don't usually have any appreciation for anime lolis.

I'll leave a video below where I talk a little about Lolita, loli and lolicon:

The meaning and origin of the word lolita

lolita is a term that defines a Japanese style/fashion, where doll clothes are used, inspired by the kawaii culture. These clothes sometimes involve nostalgia for other historical times and periods (Victorian or Rococo) or simply for childhood itself.

This fashion style is also divided into several different sub-styles and categories just like the gyaru which is another popular fashion style in Japan. Those who adhere to the lolita fashion can also be called a loli, but this word often literally refers to underage girls who are sexy.

Lolita - getting to know the loli and their style

Lolita fashion originated quietly in the 1970s, but only became prominent in the 1990s. Lolitas are easily found on the streets of Japan, identified by their accessories, clothes and ways of acting. Nowadays this fashion has caught on even in the West. unfortunately the word lolita ends up creating an erroneous idea about the girls who adhere to this fashion.

This strange idea came about because lolita is a character in the book by Vladimir Nabokov. Although not the focus of the book, in them girls try to look younger than they are. Some claim that lolita is synonymous with nymphet, that is, a teenage girl turned to sex or awakening sexual desire.

Unfortunately, most Japanese and Western girls who adhere to the lolita fashion do so because they think it's cute. Many do not consider these clothes to be sexy, and are annoyed if someone thinks so. In fact, the clothes that lolitas usually wear are much more decent than the popular fashion.

Lolita - getting to know the loli and their style

What is a loli and a lolicon?

The word loli refers especially to girls between the ages of 9 and 14, with cute and childlike, and often sensual, features. Basically lolis are minors, or also adults with childish aspects and act like girls under 14 years old.

There is no age to join lolita fashion, just wear doll clothes or childish clothes. Many tend to assimilate loli with lolita, but not all loli characters are wearing clothes that are Lolita fashion.

Some claim that lolis are little girls who are forward and already have an active sex life, a very wrong idea. This is just a generalization created by lolicons and anime. Lolitas usually only stick to clothes and don't even act like children.

Girls who adhere to the lolita fashion, even though they are of legal age, may end up using the word loli, which is simply an abbreviation of the word lolita. People who adopt this lifestyle also tend to maintain a childish aspect psychologically.

The big problem is with the lolicons. The term "lolicon” is the abbreviation of “complex lolita” term used in Japan for crimes involving pedophilia and ephebophilia. That is, basically lolicons are the fanatics and in love with loli.

This term is also used when a minor in an anime is portrayed in an erotic way or in sensual, or even sexual situations. Lolicons outside of Japan are people who have a crush on girls who appear to be cute kids or schoolgirls.

Lolita - getting to know the loli and their style

Getting to know Lolita culture

Lolita is a style and fashion, but it ends up going beyond clothes and involving a personality, that is, a culture. Of course, not all lolitas follow a childish personality, sticking only to fashion.

Although some people unknowingly find this style erotic or vulgar, loli follow a pattern of sizes and styles. Real Lolitas are always keeping the modesty and elegance of their clothes, also having the intention of looking childish in some models, with full skirts, always in the knee height, lace, bows and ruffles.

Loli often go to karaoke, have picnics, have regular tea gatherings, or go to coffee shops and bakeries.

Lolita - getting to know the loli and their style

The different types of lolita

There are several types of loli styles and sub-styles, below we'll see a short list summarizing each of them:

sweet lolita – Sweet, from the English “sweet”, is the style called “cute”, which uses colors such as pink tones, pastel tones and sometimes brown or black. Always with cute motifs, it is the style that most seeks inspiration in childhood, with its prints of sweets and animals.

Classical Lolita – The classic style, reminiscent of the original Victorian and Rococo fashions. The colors used are aged tones. Brown and old rose are common, and the most popular motifs are floral prints.

Country Lolita – It is a more “fresh” and modest style, generally used in hot seasons like summer, it brings straw hats and bags with lace and bows, prints and floral motifs, fruits or a delicate plaid, such as gingham.

Lolita - getting to know the loli and their style

Hime Lolita – Style that most resembles the image of European princesses. Despite being very similar to Sweet Lolita, especially for the colors, it differs in the dress models, accessories (crowns, tiaras, pearls) and even the hairstyle.

casual lolita – A style that wears the everyday and common clothes. For example: bell-shaped skirts, with lace, bows and ruffles and a baby look t-shirt with a cute print.

Shiro Lolita – Considered by some to be a subdivision of sweet lolita, where the clothes are composed only of white, as shiro means white.

Meanings and differences between Lolita, Loli and Lolicon

Loli's Dark Styles

Gothic Lolita – The mix of “gothic” with lolita fashion. The colors used are dark and elegant, where obviously black predominates. Vibrant colors can look vulgar against black, so pale, sober colors are recommended. Despite the inspiration of Gothic fashion, the makeup it should remain light and natural, without excess of black eyeshadow and very dark lipsticks.

Lolita - getting to know the loli and their style

Kuro Loli– Considered as a subdivision of sweet lolita by some people, it is the opposite of Shiro Lolita, simply a loli dressed only in black.

Lolita Guro – A kind of grotesque style where the loli who wear bandages, fake blood and the like, which can give a broken doll look.

punk loli – The mix of punk fashion with loli fashion. Overlays, checks and stripes are widely used. Common accessories include skulls and perhaps spikes.

themed loli styles

deco lolita – A mixture of Decora and Lolita style. Many varied and colorful accessories are used such as hair clips, huge bows on the head, wigs and colorful prints. Colors are usually pastel shades, and citrus, fluorescent, or very flashy colors are used extremely sparingly or avoided.

Lolita - getting to know the loli and their style

Ero Loli – Despite the name, it is not made up of lingerie or very short skirts and sexy cuts. That's because the rule of lolis involves having modesty and elegance. So when they wear corsets, they always have a blouse underneath, and even though the necklines are bigger, they still don't reach the bust line. The skirt can be four or five inches above the knee, but it's good to balance out as much skin as you show so it doesn't look vulgar.

sailor lolita – It is a style that dresses with sailor clothes. This can include sailor necklaces and ties, sailor hats, and stripes. Not to be confused with the common Japanese “seifuku” or sailor-style school uniform.

Wa and Qi loli – The first sub-style is based on the combination of Japanese accessories and traditional clothing, where the sleeves of the dresses and the collar are reminiscent of the kimonos and contrast with the voluminous skirt. Qi Lolita has practically the same concept, with the difference that the accessories and dresses are inspired by traditional Chinese clothing. Both are commonly used at events, not daily.

Lolita - getting to know the loli and their style

anime about loli

The anime in question can only present the style of clothing and not that the anime deals with fashion or loli as a focus. It may be that the anime is not even about lolita fashion, it just has loli characters that draw attention.

Rozen Maiden – Due to a deep trauma acquired at school, Jun Sakurada refuses to go back to school, as well as to leave home. Living together with his sister, his hobby is buying cursed items via the internet and returning them before the return deadline is over.

One day he receives an unsolicited package, which contains a beautiful doll that seems to be sleeping. Curious, Jun begins to find out. When to his surprise she proves to be alive, and soon after making him her servant. And now, both will have to face a homicidal opponent to win in Alice's deadly game.

Other anime focused on loli characters:

  • Ryo-Kyu-Bu! – Lolis who play basketball;
  • Astarotte no Omocha!
  • Kodomo no Jikan
  • Renkin San-kyuu Magical? pokaan
  • Strike Witches;
  • Mitsudomoe;
  • Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni;
  • Black Bullet;
Lolita - getting to know the loli and their style

top loli characters

Finally, let's leave a list of famous loli characters. It is worth remembering that what defines a character to be a loli is not only her age or childlike appearance but also the clothes she is wearing. Many end up meeting characters but have no idea that the clothes they are wearing are part of the lolita style.

  • Suzu Hagimura (Seitokai Yakuindomo);
  • Megumin (Konosuba);
  • Taiga Aisaka (Toradora);
  • Hasegawa Kobato (Boku Wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai);
  • Aihara Enju (Black Bullet);
  • Shiro (No Game No Life);
  • Nunnally (Code Geass);
  • Elizabeth Midford (Kuroshitsuji);
  • Irisu Makina (Grisaia no Kajitsu);
  • Takanashi Rikka (Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai!);
  • Celestia Ludenberg (Danganronpa);
  • Yui (Sword Art Online);
  • Chii (Chobits)
  • Rinko Ogasawara (shirobako);
  • Minene Uryuu (Mirai Nikki);
  • Kaolla Su (Love Hina);
  • Ruri Goko – Gothic loli (Oreimo);
  • Sumiki Miniwa (Acchi Kocchi);
  • Remilia Scarlet (Touhou Project);
  • Kuroko Shirai (Railgun);
  • Rin Kagamine (Vocaloid);
  • Konata Izumi (Lucky Star);
  • Yui (Sword Art Online);

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Gothic Lolita anime characters

It is common in anime, in addition to loli characters, to have some alternative Lolita fashions. The vast majority dress in Gothic Lolita fashion, which includes black or dark clothes, ruffled lace, petticoats and delicate umbrellas. See a list:

  • Kuroneko [Oreimo];
  • Victorique [Gosick];
  • Kurumi Tokisaki [Data a Live]
  • Kobato Hasegawa [Kobato Hasegawa]
  • Hildagarde [BEelzebub]
  • Rory Mercury [Gate]
  • Stocking [Panty Stocking]
  • Celestia Ludenberg [Danganronpa]
  • Perona [One Piece]
  • Beatrice [Re:Zero]
  • Anna Kushina [K]
  • Sunako Kirishiki [Shiki]
  • Shalltear Bloodfallen [Overlord]
  • Anju Maaka [Karin]

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