From soft girl to indie, niche fashion aesthetics are taking over in a huge way—and we’re very much into it. No matter how you’re feeling on any particular day, there’s an entire sartorial subculture that you can explore (and shop, obvi). Some are very Y2K-inspired, while others lean more scholarly. Case in point: the dark academia aesthetic. A lil preppy, very moody, and endlessly cool, this particular trend is definitely a must-try (whether or not you’re actually a student).
The gist? Dark academia focuses on emulating the vibes of classic literature and romanticizing education—where pretentiousness is welcomed. There are also hints of classic American prep and 19th century upper class. (Specific? Yes. Stylish? Definitely.) Overall, you can expect bookish ‘fits complete with dark hues and cozy academic details. And thankfully, dark academia aesthetic outfits are very easy to shop rn. From classic long coats to IG-worthy suiting, this trend will give you everything you want (and more) in a library-inspired, coffee shop-ready ensemble.
To help you fully embrace dark academia—and get le look, of course—you’ll find 15 seriously gorg outfit ideas, below. Who knew looking smart was so chic!?
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This Stunning Coat
Belted Wool Coat
Throw this gorgeous wool coat on top of anything and it’ll look so incredible. Of course, if you’re going for a dark academia look, wearing it over an all-black ensemble is a must.
A Turtleneck and Pleated Skirt
Come Correct Skirt
An effortlessly cool ensemble consists of a turtleneck in a rich hue and a pleated mini skirt. That’s it. That’s the ‘fit.
A Suit Vest
Plaid Suit Vest
Whether you wear it under a full suit or just atop a button-down and trendy trousers, a suit vest looks super scholarly in all the best ways.
This Classic Blazer
Wrap check blazer
If you’re just starting to build your dark academia wardrobe, begin with a classic blazer. It’ll complement just about any look.
A Sweater Vest
Cashmere Mouline Vest
Like the suit vest, a sweater vest is a very important layering piece. You can wear this green cutie on top of blouses or under blazers. The possibilities are endless.
Plaid Trousers and a Blouse
Wide Wool Trousers
A simple academic outfit? Pair some plaid trousers with a basic (or not-so-basic) blouse. Add your fave boots, and you’re set.
This Cute Tennis Skirt
Y2K Mini Pleated Tennis Skirt
A pleated tennis skirt—especially one in this pretty brown shade—will quickly become a staple in your closet.
This Poplin Button-Down
Tabbed Poplin Shirt
The silhouette and sleeves on this button-down add extra interest, so you can wear it with jeans, trousers, or leggings and look incredibly stylish.
A Sweater Set and Blazer
Bouclé Larsen Blazer
If you want to keep it extra cozy, wear a bouclé blazer over a neutral sweater pants and top set.
This Buttoned Sweater
x REVOLVE Virgo Cableknit Sweater
Everyone needs a few can’t-miss sweaters in rotation, and the side buttons on this beaut make it super unique (but still totally wearable).
A Jumper and Loafers
Check Short Dress
There’s just something about this check dress that’s so adorable. Worn atop a basic long-sleeve tee and paired with loafers? You def cannot lose.
This Preppy Sweatshirt
For those who prefer to keep things casual, try a preppy sweatshirt layered over a button-down shirt and leggings. It’s comfy and seriously cute.
A Plaid Mini
Aline Mini Skirt
Adding a plaid mini skirt to your wardrobe is a no-brainer. You can wear it with all neutrals or go for a fun pattern clashing vibe.
This Button-Shoulder Sweater
Buttons Detail Knit Sweater
The details on this pullover sweater make it so beautiful without taking away from the classic vibes. Wear it with jeans, a skirt, or your coolest high-waisted trousers.
A Flirty Suit Set
Independent Spirit Cropped Blazer
Spice things up with a cropped blazer and mini skirt set that takes basic suiting and makes it a lil flirtier.
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