Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul.
“Lolita” is a term that is often thrown around without much thought. It’s used in songs, slang, and even runway collections. I hesitated on this post due to the sensitivity of the literal interpretation. In case you haven’t read the book (didn’t I tell you to read the book?), it would be prudent to tread lightly seeing as the original usage would lean towards what some would consider pedophilia. But let’s not go down that road… Who needs to be that literal anyway?
Instead let’s go with the more watered down, more Hollywood, more commonly accepted and completely legal understanding of Lolita… the girlish flirt. Le petite coquette. That undeniable, unintentional, irresistible charm. We all have a little Lolita in us, afterall.
I’m many years past my prime as a nymphet, but I still embrace the feminine wile. This modern day translation of little Lola is flirtatious and feminine, but far from a schoolgirl. It should evoke a feeling of simultaneous innocence and omnipotence. If all else fails, throw on a pair of heart shaped sunglasses.
1. Cathy Daniels Floral Sweater, $20, 2. Halston Heritage Accordion Pleated Chiffon Mini Skirt, $265, 3. Sam Edelman Scarlett T-Strap Sandal, $199.95, 4. Urban Outfitters Sweetheart Sunglasses, $14, 5. Tarte emphasEYES Inner Rim Eyeliner, $18, 6. Free People Mesh Dot Ankle Socks, $14, 7. Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Are You Red-dy, $7.49
Oh my, Lolita, I have only words to play with!