It just so happens that this week's Lolita Blog Carnival was on a topic I had been planning on blogging about for a while (just slightly broader), so I definitely knew I had to tackle it this week when the topic was announced! For that reason--some of the terminology I will be using is a bit broader--I'll be calling it "Fandom Coordinates" since I also will be discussing dressing up with video game influences and the like--not just anime.
As some of you know, I frequently wear fashion that is inspired by things I love--usually in the realm of Mahou-kei. Since I don't want to repeat myself, I figured I'd link to the lovely article from Pastel Cubes Blog! An abbreviated version: Mahou-kei is a fun fashion style where you mix little magical girl influences (like pendants, wands, etc.) with pretty pastel fashion!
But sometimes I don't just focus on that, I also like to do coordinates based on video games, like the following two:
The easiest way to put together a coordinate inspired by something is to pull similar colour palettes of the character. Link, from the Legend of Zelda, wears a lot of green, so a green dress with some extra accessories (like a Triforce earrings or the little belt he wears) will be a nice nod to him.
Sometimes you don't have to flat out attempt to look like the character by using similar colour schemes and such like in the first coordinate, but you can just use themes. For those of you who aren't familiar with Kingdom Hearts, the main character's name is Sora (which means "sky"in Japanese) so I wore Misty Sky, and there is a frequent motif of crowns and castles, hence the crown and tights.
In the end, you just want to have fun with it and just include major themes! You can also keep the influences pretty straight-forward, like in the following coordinates:
It's super easy to take a coordinate you already made and add some anime influences to it.
Check out the other lovely blogs that discussed the same topic!