Glitter. Magic. A pretty dress. A cute talking animal friend, and a kick-ass attack sequence. That is the life of a magical girl.
Magical Girl, or mahou shojo, is a genre close to my heart. The genre encompasses films, books, and live-action shows, but it mainly manifests in comics and anime. A magical girl is a normal girl who has the power to transform into someone slightly or completely different for a greater purpose, usually to fight off evil. The magical girl tends to flock – generally they are a team of several together, along with some sort of “guide” – which is often in the form of a magical talking animal.
Magical Girl has changed my life, and the lives of many others. It serves as a very empowering movement for young girls – showing them that they are just as strong, if not stronger, than their male counterparts. I grew up watching magical girls like Sailor Moon and Cardcaptor Sakura protect those around them, and I still enjoy and thrive on Magical Girls today.
With that in mind, here are some Magical Girl-inspired lolita coords based on Magical Girls you know and love, and some you may not know.
Cardcaptor Sakura is a manga by CLAMP that was adapted into a manga in the 90’s. The show was broadcast in various countries, including the U.S., where it was named “Cardcaptors”. This show was a large part of my childhood and is dear to my heart. The plot is about a girl named Sakura Kinomoto who accidentally releases a series of mystical creatures who were trapped inside cards, called the Clow Cards. Because she was the one who released them, she must also be the one to return them, with the help of some magic, a few friends, and a talking bear-like creature named Kero.
This coord is based on one of Cardcaptor Sakura Kinomoto’s many costumes. This particular costume is usually the one that people think of when they hear the phrase “Carcaptor Sakura”, even though it never appeared in the anime itself, and only in the first Opening sequence. That being said, it is a very cute coord and is fairly easy to translate into lolita.
Most of the items used in this coord are just regular lolita items that just happen to resemble Sakura’s red dress. However, a few of the items are specifically catered to Cardcaptor Sakura. The JSK is Angelic Pretty’s Fancy Shoulder Ribbon. The blouse is Angelic Pretty’s Fancy Blouse. The shoes are Baby, The Stars Shine Bright’s Heart Shoes. The lace gloves are Angelic Pretty’s Crown Lace Gloves, which could be altered to look more like Sakura’s gloves by removing the white bows and replacing them with red bows. With this coord, any white OTK’s would work, but I chose Angelic Pretty’s 9mm Lace OTK’s. The hat is Chess Story’s Cutie Ribbon Bow Wool Beret.
There are, however, a few items in this coord specifically made to resemble Cardcaptor Sakura.The bag, for example, mimics the Book of Clow from the anime, and was release by Super Groupies and CLAMP recently. The necklace by Trinket Slot is meant to mimic the Star Wand which Sakura wears around her neck when she is not transformed.
This coord would be perfected by adding any white underskirt, or have a bit of petticoat peeking to simulate Sakura’s very floaty look. You can also add any gold-tone jewelry at your choice to match the necklace.
Sailor Moon is the anime most people think of when they hear “Magical Girl”. It was a very popular anime in the 90’s and was released in most countries. Now, with the new rendition of the story, the Sailor Moon Crystal anime being released online, Sailor Moon has been fed new life. Since most people are familiar with it, I won’t bother rehashing the plot.
This coordinate is based off of Usagi Tsukino’s original outfit, though she does have several uniforms later on that look slightly different. Several lolitas have made coords based on this outfit already, but here is my rendition of it.
The coordinate starts off with a sailor-style blouse, Angelic Pretty’s Heart Marine Ribbon Blouse. Although this blouse is not perfect, as it doesn’t have the blue sailor collar, it is very similar to the top of Sailor Moon’s uniform. The skirt is Angelic Pretty’s Pleats A La Mode Skirt. To best imutate Usagi’s outfit, the red detachable bow should be removed. These boots by Metamorphose emulate Sailor Moon’s red boots. To make the boots even further resemble Usagi’s boots, add white knee socks peeking over the top of the boots to create an illusion of the boots being red with a white stripe. These socks are Angelic Pretty’s Princess Logo Knee Socks. As with Sakura’s coord, this coord has gloves, but this time, elbow-length gloves, the Lady Long Lace Gloves by Angelic Pretty. Instead of using the red orbs that Usagi has over her buns, here I’ve chosen red bow hair combs to better fit the lolita aesthetic – any will work, but here I’ve used Baby, the Stars Shine Bright’s Swing Princess Drop Combs. These work particularly well because of the gold “B” drop charm, which matches the necklace
As for accessories, I’ve used the Sailor Moon Compact Necklace by Kuma Crafts. As with before, you could use any other gold-tone jewelry in addition to the necklace. Then there is this Luna Backpack which is available at various stores online.
To make the coord undeniably Sailor Moon-inspired, finish it off with a blonde wig worn in a twintail style.
Princess Tutu is a ballet-themed manga and anime. The story follows Ahiru/Duck, a girl who was once a duck, transformed into a girl by the storyteller Drosselmeyer for the sole purpose of transforming into Princess Tutu and helping the boy she loves, Prince Muto regain the shards of his broken heart (literally) through the power of dance. This anime is extremely cute, featuring ballet and various talking animals, but also very emotional and powerful. There are a lot of life lessons in it. It is my favorite anime of all time.
Without a doubt, this coordinate was the hardest to create. First of all, the anime has very little official merchandise. Then, it isn’t very popular, so there isn’t even very much fan-created merchandise. Finally, Princess Tutu’s outfit itself isn’t very easy to translate into lolita. It would have been much easier for me to translate Ahiru’s school uniform, but that wouldn’t have been as fun. So this outfit looks the least like the original outfit, and can at best be described as “inspired”.
First I chose a white skirt with a pink ruffle to emulate Princess Tutu’s costume. The skirt is Angelic Pretty’s Silky Princess Skirt. Then I chose a blouse to match the skirt, Angelic Pretty’s Going Out Ribbon Broach Blouse. I wanted to make sure these main pieces were a bit OTT and very princessly, in order to make the crown that Princess Tutu wears look more in place. I then added plain white tights and some ballet-type shoes, specifically Metamorphose’s Ribboned Ballet Shoes.
With all of the basic pieces done, it’s time to take a look at accessories. The first accessory is a replica of Princess Tutu’s necklace. Since the anime is not popular, I was unable to find any premade necklaces for sale, so this picture comes from a tutorial for making your own by The Noodle Bowl, which can be found here. Next I used Angelic Pretty’s Princess Tiara Pearl Bracelets in place of Princess Tutu’s bobble bracelets. Then there was the crown. I found this simple gold crown from Baby, The Stars Shine Bright (the Royal Crown Headdress) which will do fine. Finally, I wanted a purse to really tie everything together and make the coordinate more obviously inspired by Princess Tutu. I chose this cute duck purse to represent Ahiru’s duck self. You could also make or buy a plushie made specifically to look like Ahiru and then alter it into a purse!
With you costume sorted, it’s time to go fight evil and look cute doing it!