Elmeria in Chocolate

Continuing on from the Cloudehill post, I’d like to present a bunch of self-indulgent photos, eek.

For my coordinate I went for a soft blue-green with chocolate brown and cream. I know the bonnet is on the huge side – I love it but am not quite set on the shape! The theme is about a girl having received a love letter from a suitor. 🙂 I wasn’t completely happy with the look but the idea was a) to attempt over-the-top classic, b) to use the bonnet at least once, c) to use our new camera (thanks Julija!) and d) to have my real hair out for the first time in lolita. 🙂

I wore the dress again to a Chocolate High Tea event last weekend and was happier with the way I coordinated the outfit a second time in a different look – the waist is a touch high on me (would be more flattering if it tapered down a bit) and the underskirt feels a bit cheap and rustles when it rubs against the skirt, but otherwise it’s very beautiful and I have a love affair with those trumpet sleeves and the way they come up like a jacket.

Outfit rundown

Dress: Mary Magdalene
Bonnet: Etsy
Socks: Innocent World
Bag: Midophi
Accessories: Surface Spell, ODIP, Diva, random




  1. Your outfit is very cute! I actually like the bonnet like that – it’s delicately ostentatious.

    • Amy
      Amy Reply

      Thank you!
      If I ever wear it again I have decided to wire it to alter the shape since it doesn’t curve enough for my liking. 🙂

  2. I’m so happy to have stumbled across this, Amy! I’m glad you like it even still since it was my first prototype for a buckram bonnet! <3 -Annika

    • Amy
      Amy Reply

      Oh, thank you, Annika. :O Hope I didn’t sound too harsh! You should keep making them – I want to keep collecting bonnets!

  3. Amy, oh no! : ) It’s the first one so I knew it wasn’t perfect, and I’m glad of your honesty and that you were still willing to wear it anyway! I’ve been continuing to work on the patterns/testing samples so hopefully there will be more soon. <3

    • Amy
      Amy Reply

      That sounds great! Your craftsmanship is good – look forward to seeing what you come up with!
      The opinion on bonnets in lolita seems to be quite divided, mainly because I think too many people associate them with infants and forget the role the bonnet played in everyday life through the centuries. One problem you find is that many half-bonnets are constructed too heavily at the front so there is not enough to anchor them to the head, and the ribbon (being the main method of securing if there aren’t enough clips) chokes at the neck. But not everyone wants a full bonnet! I like the look of this new IW one though: http://innocent-w.jp/shopping/123902/index.html because the back is removable and it has a little inbuilt comb.

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