First of all, I apologize for the bad photoshop job lol. I wanted it to look pretty. If you can’t see it that well, here’s a full-sized one.
I like to think of lolita and ouji as twins and aristocrat as the elder sibling. Sometimes they can cross over, especially aristocrat and ouji.
Aristocrat: most mature, minimal skin, very straight cuts
Lolita: about knee-length dresses and skirts with poof from a petticoat
Ouji: Boyish, often with fantasy type influences (example: pirates), usually consisting of vest, blouse, and shorts
I typed up a more detailed version on my blog if you’d like to read more.
Fun fact: I started out as a gothic aristocrat and only delved into ouji because it was more practical for warm weather. Prior to that, I used to just call it the poor people’s fashion because it required fewer and cheaper items.
My friends ask me the difference all of the time and I was never able to explain it properly so wow yes this visual is really helpful