Monday, 11 November 2013

Royal Unicorn Goblins by Angelic Pretty

Today I am taking a look at Royal Unicorn Goblins by AP. This series includes 3 dresses, a skirt, a head bow and tights.

This is the OP. The bodice looks reasonably well fitted, although I wish the waist was a bit more defined. The chiffon sleeves are very cute with a suitable amount of puff to them. The cuffs of the sleeves are gathered nicely, although I dislike the lace used. For some reason I feel the lace looks a bit untidy or out of place. The waist area has a small bow, which looks a suitable size for the dress. The material used is a bit shiny, but the bow has a nice, crisp shape to it and appears to sit quite firmly on the dress.

I dislike the zigzag line joining the chiffon to the main dress material. I think a simpler slight heart shape or just something a bit more subtle would look better because the zigzag looks like harsh. I think the neckline of this dress is very interesting. It has one bow in the middle, but then there are bits of bows continuing around in a circle, which makes for an interesting neckline. It is quite cleverly done and it is definitely different. The bows have been layered neatly and the pearls on top of each bow part is a lovely finish.

The back doesn't have any shirring. The bow on the back is also dotted with pearls which is a good continuation of the pearls on the collar. The back of the skirt has a chiffon panel, which doesn't really add anything to the design and doesn't stand out. It's just sat there, not doing anything and feels a bit pointless. The stock photos show the skirt can potentially flare outwards a fair bit. The rounded shape is a bit more subtle than the usual we see from AP, but that is probably a good thing for a more classical styled dress. The print is displayed beautifully. The bottom hem is then finished off with a line of pretty braid and some semi-circle lace. I think the braiding and simpler lace is a very good choice to match this dress.

This is the JSK. In some of the photos the bodice material looked a bit loose and baggy and I feel the waist area could have been a bit more defined. The straps are a good width for the dress. They are lined with lace on the outer edge for a neater look. On the inside they are lined with braid, which continues along the neckline as well, which looks very smart. 

I am not a fan of the random chiffon ruffle on the bodice. I just find the overall shape a bit odd looking and in some photos it seems to stick out a fair bit. I dislike the random line of pearls too. I appreciate it livens up what would otherwise be a very plain dress, but I am not a fan. The neckline bow is quite cute though. It may be a bit big for some, but I personally think the size is just right. It has a good shape to it and sits nicely on the dress. I also really like the unicorn themed brooch. The unicorn is so pretty and the bow and tassels are a lovely finishing touch. The brooch is detachable but I would definitely use it.

The back has a wide shirring panel, which is not concealed in any way. It looks a bit untidy and I would prefer it to be concealed. The stock photos show the skirt is very full and has a generous amount of flare to it. The skirt is slightly rounded, although I would have preferred it to be a tiny bit more rounded, as it almost looks triangular. The skirt is clutter free so the print is displayed well, although I dislike the way the print is going in different directions on this dress. It means some of the ovals in the print get cut off. The bottom is finished off with a line of braiding. Then the bottom hem is finished with a line of lace and again, I am not a fan of the lace shape chosen.

This is the other JSK, which I am calling the Military JSK. The bodice looks reasonably well-fitted, although in some stock photos there is the odd bit of baggy material, which is a shame. The overall bodice shape is lovely though, and I like the contrast of solid-coloured velveteen and the main dress fabric. The straps are a suitable width for the dress. The neckline and inner straps are lined with pretty braid, which looks very neat and suits the military themed dress. The bodice has 3 bits of braiding, organised in a military style, which look really good. The braiding is spaced out neatly and looks very smart. I do think the buttons used are a bit dull, but maybe something a bit more elaborate would have stood out too much. I am not keen on the 2 thin lines of lace running up either side of the bodice because I don't think they contribute anything to the design. This dress also has the same unicorn brooch that the other JSK has. It suits this JSK very well. The back has a generous panel of shirring, which has again been left uncovered. The shirring doesn't quite go the whole way across the back, so it would have been possible for AP to cover it with a ribbon corset or something else to make it stand out less. The stock photos show the skirt has the potential to flare out loads and hold a lot of petticoat. The skirt shape is suitably rounded and full, and I think this dress has the best skirt out of this series. The bottom hem is finished off in the same way as the OP, so there isn't any of that lace I dislike either.

And here we have the print close-up. As we can see, the print comes in pink, ivory, brown and lavender. Whilst all 4 colours work well with the print, I would have liked one bolder, deeper colour option. All 4 colours chosen are quite pale and subtle. As for the print, I really like the oval layout and think it gives quite a classic feel. The ovals are outlined with pretty bows and tassels. The unicorns in the print are drawn well and look very pretty. I am a fan of the regal looking plumes too. Although this is a sweet print, it has a more mature feel to it and could potentially be worn with classic lolita with the right styling. I like how even the empty spaces in the background have been filled with subtle gold swirls and stars.

Overall, I think this is a lovely series. For me personally, it lacks the 'wow' factor and I doubt I would go out of my way to buy it. But it is still a pleasant enough series and I expect we will be seeing some amazing outfits using it. If I had to pick a dress I would go for the military JSK, possibly in pink. I don't think it is an amazing release, but it is good for what it is.


  1. I have the OP and thought I should mention that it runs a little large, and I heard it was because the trend in Japan right now is to wear things a little bigger because it's considered cuter!

    1. That is good information to know. I get where they are coming from when they say it looks cuter but I don't think everybody can pull off the baggier look!


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