Originally Posted by Eleksin
Didn't you basically just describe cosplaying as well in that paragraph of yours? "So much money, energy and time into looking a very specific way"? You love cosplay, no? Well, we love lolita. That's pretty much all there is to it. Our energy and perfectionism are very well spent.
I actually have only cosplayed a handful of times (3 or 4 tops), and I've spent very little time and money on all of the costumes.
And, in answer to your last sentence, that's really quite relative.