If you don't know about Metamorphose (full name "Metamorphose Temps de Fille, normally shortened to "Meta"), it's a Japanese clothing brand that specializes in Lolita style clothing. If you don't know what lolita is, it's a Japanese street fashion that is sort of inspired by Victorian fashion. I'm going to paste what Hello Lace, a website dedicated to the cataloging of Lolita clothing and which can be found at http://hellolace.net/, has for their summary of what Lolita is:
"Lolita (ロリータ) is a street fashion and a subculture in Japan, known for its intricate and delicate doll-like look. The clothing is inspired mainly by the Rococo and Victorian eras, but also take influences from current fashion trends. The fashion covers a large variety of sub-styles, and is generally worn by females as there is no male counterpart of Lolita. Men who desire to participate in the fashion often turn to Ouji (a unisex fashion related to Lolita), or Japanese gothic fashion. However, cross-dressing males (also known as brolitas in the west) do exist. One of the most famous Lolita icons, Mana, is a cross-dressing male."
If you are interested in learning more about Lolita fashion, there are many resources online, including the Live Journal community "egl" as well as the board /cgl/ on 4chan (yeah, I know, 4chan and all, but /cgl/ can actually be pretty helpful!).
Anyways! Every now and then, companies in Japan will release special discounted sets called Lucky Packs. Most will do this around New Years to help clear out old stock, but some, like Innocent World and Meta, will release them at other times. I made a post a long time ago about another lucky pack I got from a gyaru clothing brand called Liz Lisa. I also got the winter lucky pack Meta had released last year, but I don't think I had my blog up and running then so there isn't a post about it. For this summer pack, Meta had a few different options. They had a skirt pack which would include a t-shirt, a skirt, a tote, and a couple accessories like socks and hairbows and they also had a special jumper skirt pack which included a jumper skirt (JSK), a blouse, socks, two bows, and a tote. The JSK set was also in a special print, Happy Bell, that you could only get if you bought a lucky pack. For the skirts, you could pick if you wanted a "light" color skirt or a "dark" color skirt. The other items in the bag would be random. I went with a "light" color skirt set since I tend to wear lighter colors, although from what I've seen of other people's packs, it didn't really matter what color you picked (I saw a "dark" pack that came with a white skirt...). The skirt packs were around $90 each, depending on exchange rates and the JSK packs were around $230 each, again depending on exchange rates. Each pack included items that in total were worth more than what you paid, so both were really good deals. After shipping, which is always EMS, I paid around $110 for my light skirt lucky pack.
Here's what I got!
I'll start with the eco-tote, since everybody got one.
And finally, the best part of my lucky pack...
And that's my Summer 2013 Meta Skirt lucky pack! Overall, I'm pretty happy with it. I definitely feel like I got my moneys worth, especially with the skirt and the socks. The only thing that really disappointed me was the t-shirt, but since everyone else got the same one, I don't feel like I missed out on anything (and really, it's not a bad shirt, just kind of dull). I look forward to the next time Meta releases a lucky pack!
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