Dark Academia Clothes

Dark Academia Clothes

What is Dark Academia Clothes?

If you are fond of dark libraries, unlit halls with mysterious dusty tomes, tragic and romantic stories, ancient castles, and vintage interiors, then, you may like the style called the Dark Academia.

Dark Academia can be characterized as a combination of aesthetics of the retro style and dramatic stories. It is centered on literature, self-improvement, and a desire to learn.

Dark Academia fans pine for a time when people read books by candlelight and wrote with ink, so they idealize a world of the previous century.

The main details of Dark academia always remained the same: classical instrumental music, old books, and anything with a pale-dark palette, like different shades of brown, gray, and black.

It is worth mentioning, that the term "dark academy" refers not only to the literature, studying and instrumental music, but also to aesthetics based on ideas about the academic world of previous centuries. Its idea was derived from works of art and generalized to a dress-based aesthetic that can be found in academia, school uniforms, books and libraries, classics, religious studies, intellectualism, and the study of closed societies.

The studies of the humanities, such as philosophy, history, and ancient languages, are being promoted by this style.

To dress in the style of Dark Academia, you should choose turtlenecks, closed plain shirts, dark polo shirts, fine-knit sweaters, jumpers, Bermuda shorts below the knee length, straight high-rise trousers, and strict sundresses

Sticking to a dark color palette, it will be easier to choose the dark academia outfit. It is better to select shades like brown, green, burgundy, and combine them with any pale-light color, like white, gray or even pale yellow.

Main colors:

  • Brown
  • Grey
  • Black]

Remember that representing dark academia means aiming for excellence and polish, so the fabrics for outfits must be suitable. Cashmere, tweed, wool, cotton, and natural linen complemented the aesthetics perfectly.

Dark Academia was also influenced by books and films, mainly about young students, who face difficult, dark, and even tragic situations. The best centuries to represent this style were the 19th and 20th.

To understand if it's your style or not, you can watch films, based on the stories, where students study in an old college or institution and are hiding or trying to find a mysterious secret.


We recommend watching these:

  • Dead Poets Society
  • Kill your darlings
  • The Riot Club
  • The Dreamers
  • Dorian Grey



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