A Guide to Fashion Aesthetics for the Fashion Geek in You

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If there’s one thing about the fashion industry, it is its trends that are ever-evolving. Nothing stays forever, and styles and trends keep coming back as their popularity may rise again. What’s impressive is that each individual has their style in this constant overwrought world of fast fashion.

Even though trends come and go, there are a few styles that continuously connect to customers and stay at the top. With the onslaught of apps such as Pinterest and Instagram, we’ve begun to notice the divide when it comes to people’s fashion choices. All over social media, various communities discussing fashion trends and styles and even lifestyles, sometimes, have started popping up.

The pandemic gave consumers of fashion worldwide more time than ever before to dabble in the large pool of existing fashion aesthetics and trends. While some people took time off dressing up completely, many consumers found solace online by exhibiting their sense of style through mood boards or videos that garnered attention. A lot of people started experimenting with different styles. Many discovered that they resonate with the ideas and vision of more than one or two aesthetics and incorporated all their favorite aesthetics in their wardrobes. Some of us just watched those videos on our phones and hoped to incorporate these distinctive styles into our wardrobes someday.

This is a list of some of the most popular fashion aesthetics that can help you decide what aesthetic, one or many, suits you best. Yes, several aesthetics are popping up every day, but these are the most popular and common ones to help guide you through the turbulent waters of fashion aesthetics.

1. Look what’s Back! It’s y2k!

This list needed to be started with an aesthetic that has been on our minds since 2021 came knocking at the door! The y2k style has become a big hit among girls once again as low-rise jeans, baguettes, and printed lace camisoles have become popular again. They’re everywhere! Pinterest, Instagram, even Youtube is bursting with y2k stitch tutorials and hauls.  

The y2k fashion ruled the world of fashion back in the 2000s. And while some believe it’s only back now because of the sentimental value that fashion-forwards of the industry attach it to, there’s more to y2k than just nostalgia. The younger generation has taken it upon themselves to incorporate y2k with a more modern sense of styling, and we’re here for the innovation.

2. Bohemian/Boho for the Win

This might not be a fashion aesthetic that has only recently risen to popularity. It’s been around for a long time, but the quirky additions to the community now and then make it one of the most evergreen fashion aesthetics on our list. The Boho style borrows its name and origins of style from the 1960s hippie aesthetic and festival culture. It’s famous for free-flowing pieces of clothing that are neutral or earthen intones. It showcases dyes and prints that are synonymous with cultures from around the world. Raw, naturally imperfect accessories are also crucial to the bohemian style.

While the most popular clothing pieces are maxi dresses, bell-bottoms, long printed skirts, tassels, and fringes, the style is continually evolving with contemporary prints and trains of thought.

3. Cottagecore Has Our Heart

Cottagecore has been a rage among gen z and millennials since last summer and is still gaining more followers every day. Many believe it is an escapist idea to like cottage core, as it is inspired by a heavily romanticized interpretation of farm life. It features simplistic clothes and centers around a simple life and harmony with nature. The aesthetic is dominated by pastel hues and cotton clothing that is easy to breathe in. 

Recently, popular shows like Emma and Bridgerton have also mixed up cottagecore aesthetic with more classical period clothing like pearls, corsets, and airy dresses with dramatic sleeves. The dramatic volume of sleeves and skirts, romantic and subtle prints of fabric are some ways brands are trying to put forth this aesthetic in the market.

4. Academia: Light and Dark and Fabulous

Now, this is one aesthetic that a lot of you must be familiar with. The Academia aesthetic of clothing has been gaining popularity for many years, but with digital wiki naming, Academia rose to its peak. While Academia is attributed to dressing that has to do with learning, with time, it has sometimes been associated solely with style, even when not referring to academicians and scholars. It’s the clothing styles of people who study, read voraciously, and are into research careers. Various sub-styles of aesthetics also exist within the umbrella of Academia, with the most popular ones being Dark Academia and Light Academia. Light Academia is calmer, soft literature energy as compared to the almost somber power of Dark Academia.

Solid colors and plaid patterns played an essential role in Academic clothing. Long coats, plaid skirts and trousers, ribbed sweaters, vests and pullovers, and boots were various clothing pieces from this aesthetic. 

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