That last anon that said “good fabric and lace doesn’t warrant a $300 price tag” and that “50% goes into the name,” I really have to disagree with that. If you sew at all, you will know that good lace can go for upwards of $20 a yard, and I would say that there’s usually about 4 yards of lace on a generic AP dress; less if there’s a print, more if there isn’t, so that’s $80 or more on it’s own. It’s also custom made lace so it’s more expensive. Custom printed fabric is always more as well; take a look on Spoonflower and you’ll see that it’s about $18 a yard for the cheapest option, and when making lolita clothing, you need a lot of yardage. It will cheapen the price a little to buy wholesale, like brands do, but you still have to take into account that custom printed fabric just isn’t cheap, unless you go the cheap way out for the quality of fabric as well. You have to pay the dress designers which are different from the print designers, pay the manufacturers, pay for marketing and advertisements, etc.
While I don’t disagree that you are paying for the brand name, I definitely wouldn’t say that it’s 50% of the price, which is evident if you ever make your own clothes. I wear Bodyline (I actually really love Bodyline too, and I understand the point that you made in the first ask!) and Taobao and brand, as well as handmake a lot of my clothing, so I’m not saying this from a “brand-whore” point of view, I’m just saying this to maybe clarify a few things. I apologize if this comes off as abrasive in any way, as I do not mean it that way.
Interesting commentary on why good clothes cost what they do. This isn’t just limited to lolita — it’s true for every quality brand.
I'm looking for the name of those type of boots... where most japanese host (and other men) wears, the boots are kinda pointed and usually up to the ankles, some with buckles all over. Do you know those kind of boots? What's the name of those? I really want a pair but I don't even know how to find them since I don't know what they're called >_< Sorry for the stupid question and thanks!
Thanks for you question! It depends on the boots, really. Your best bet would probably be going straight to the source and shopping for boots from onii-kei brands like Buffalo Bobs, FUGA, Sabgreed, etc.