My First (and maybe last) Lucky Bag
Sometimes when brands have a lot of an item that is not a popular sell, they will toss it in a mystery bag known as a "Lucky bag" by an approximate size ratio and offer it at a deep discount compared to the normal individual cost of the items. If you're one of those people that love mysteries or think they are particularly lucky, have a go at it! In the game of lolita fashion, I'm going to say Lucky Bags are good if you're not sure what you are going for with your wardrobe, or if you want the opportunity to plan a new coordinate that you might not necessarily have picked yourself. ALMOST like a mystery shopper. ALMOST. Except the only thing they have is the size you ordered and not any of your individual likes and dislikes. I ordered LUCKY PACK B, in size L/XL from 42 Lolita.com, which is supposed to include 2 JSK, a shirt, and accessory for $64.99.
Here we have the Little Red Riding Hood Jumper Skirt , a cream colored Chiffon cover shirt, and a variation of the Deep Sea Mermaid Jumper Dress (that's missing the rose embellishments). Not pictured is a textured medium size white bow that only comes with a pin fastener (that doesn't actually go with any of the other items in the bag).
Okay first of all, the Chiffon cover shirt threw me for a loop. It says it's one size, and it's completely open in the back. When I first put it on, I was wearing it backwards like a hospital gown before a pelvic exam. I asked members of my fashion Discord what was up. It stumped people for awhile. Some even said to just sew it up and make it into a bustle. Only after searching even harder on Google, did I realize it's actually a shirt that you put on over a usually sweet style OP that may have a busy design to make it more simple looking.
The Red Riding Hood JSK has an apron, but it's attached to the JSK, which is ODD, but it works. This JSK is completely pull over..there are no zippers, so you just have to loosen the apron part and put it over your head and hope that it stretches around your bust. Which it did, for me. But this garment is only in L, not XL, so if my waist was larger, it wouldn't have fit me.
The Deep Sea Mermaid Jumper Dress is quite gorgeous, despite the missing rose accents. You can't tell from the photo, but there also strands of silver within the navy blue parts of the bodice. This came in XL, and I found it to be particularly generous in the bust and waist as well.
The bow is a disappointing accessory. When I think accessory, I am expecting maybe a KC (headband), a choker, a ring, a brooch, an apron, socks, maybe a bonnet if they're feeling generous...but it was none of the above. And it can only be pinned to a dress basically...it's too big to add to most head accessories, and it lacks the alligator claw clip to be able to put it in your hair directly.
I ordered the Lucky Bag at the end of November and received it in the mail about the second week in January. We didn't have any community meetups going on at that time, but I decided (for the very first time), to just get dressed up in a coordinate for the fun of it while meeting friends in downtown New Haven. I paired the JSK with an apricot colored cotton short sleeve shirt from Tiny Garden, a very warm cardigan from the brand Strawberry Pineapple (that I had purchased in the middle of summer 2022), a brown beret that I ordered off of Amazon (which did take approximately 3 weeks to arrive and needed me to manually figure out how to pin the bows on), Roji Roji over the knee socks that I bought from a community member at the swap meet, and my first pair of MODO shoes (they are a GREAT BRAND btw). I wore an underskirt (the one I wore as a SKIRT at the lavender pond meetup) under the jsk as opposed to a full petticoat. It made things more casual, but since I wasn't with any other lolitas that day, I knew no one would notice.
I still got a tremendous amount of attention everywhere I went with my friends and then my friends unintentionally took me out to dinner...was it the power of cute?! I'm not sure, but it was a great day and it made me realize that I wanted to invest more in my lolita wardrobe as I would not just be using it for meetups in my community, but also in other fashion communities and just for fun! The lucky bag may not have felt like it was totally worth it, but it did push me out of my comfort zone and I'm happy about it!