Close your eyes and imagine yourself on a college campus in New England in the 19th century, where you’re in the library on the hunt for poetry or a mystery novel or writing an essay for class. Dark Academia focuses on learning and mystery while remaining elegant. Those who adopt the popular aesthetic say that it is much more approachable than the other aesthetics like Cottagecore or Regencycore.
About the Style
Wear turtlenecks, polos, argyle sweater vest, or anything sleek with a hint of looking studious. Many people opt for a look that mimics the style of characters in their favorite vintage book. For bottoms, opt for plaid and/or pleated skirts in warm colors in a woolen fabric or ankle-length trousers in a cigarette style. Outerwear places a huge emphasis on trench coats, blazers, and cardigans. Accessories should be simple and understated, like a plain, lightweight necklace, a headscarf, knee-high socks, and a small structured leather satchel or small backpack with short heels or brogues. Vintages accessories like an old watch or hardback book speak to the aesthetic as well.
Another aesthetic has resurfaced, thanks to TikTok users, inspired by murder novels and movies released in the early 1900s. This one is all about achieving a scholarly aesthetic that’s sophisticated with a bit of a gothic edge. A focus on reading, writing, and learning is also a key part of the aesthetic. Nostalgia and a technology-free life, imagining what any ivy league college might be like in the 19th century in Europe. Last year the aesthetic made an appearance at a seemingly relevant time, focusing on learning and art without the use of technology or social interaction while the world was forced to stay at home and find ways to stay safely away from others while remaining productive.
Tap into the most scholarly version of yourself with this fun aesthetic that encourages learning with vintage and minimalistic, streamlined looks. These TikTok aesthetics are a fun way to try different looks and possibly make some related lifestyle changes.