Although most Lolita dresses and skirts are "cupcake-shaped", with-in that there are many types of dresses and skirts available.
Here are some of the styles that you may come across:
*Bell Shaped*: A skirt that starts at the waist, and flares out into a very large 'bell-shape' at the bottom. This is a very common Lolita-style skirt.
*A-Line*: A more Classic-styled design that is much more fitted around the waist area than other forms of Lolita skirts / dresses.
*Empire Waist*: A style of skirt which sits up very high just under the bust before flaring outwards.
*Gathered Skirt*: A skirt that is 'gathered' at the top for a ruffled effect around the entire skirt.
*Flared Skirt*: A flared skirt unlile a 'gathered' skirt, and a 'bell-shaped' skirt is very snug around the waist before flaring-out into an extreme angle for maxium flare.
These skirts have more of a triangular shape rather than the rounded shape of a bell-shaped skirt.
*Pleated Skirt*: Probably the most easily recognizable style of skirt from this list, the pleated skirt can be recognised by the 'pleats' running around the skirt that start at the waist.
*Tiered Skirt*: Like the name says a 'tiered skirt,' is a skirt made-up of a number of skirts placed one over the other in a 'tier'.
*High Waisted Skirt*: A high waisted skirt is a skirt that fits snuggly around the middle of the waist before flaring out. Unlike an empire-waist skirt a high waisted skirt has a long strip of fabric running around the top of the skirt that outlines the figure of the wearer.
*Scalloped Skirt*: A scalloped skirt is a skirt with a scalloped-design on the skirt. (A design with consecutive half-circle hems.)
*Bustle Skirt*: A skirt that pulls up in the back to reveal a ruffled underskirt or faux-underskirt sewn in.