Dark Academia is – Strolling through the hallways in winter of an old museum floor, The trees outside naked with their leaves shed. And that sudden cold wind in the evening makes you cave in your favourite brown cardigan. Mornings with cold sun and reading a book about national history outside the local cafe, Admiring the Beret you bought this weekend, looks so academic! Riding your bike through the pavements of your university late in the evening, painting the cold winter rain rolling down the window.
Writing letters to the penpal you never met. Learning a new language or decorating the entire room with fairy lights for holidays. Diving deep into that new thriller and later crawling back to Oscar Wilde.
When did we stop romanticizing this?
This popular subculture of aesthetic revolution gravitates around the concept of knowledge. Journey through classic literature and music. The unquenchable thirst to learn more but also not to be defined by any boundaries.
If you are not sure about your aesthetic, Take this Quiz first.
Here are some ways to live Dark Academia this winter.
Dark academia in Arts and Literature.
Oh to be art! Lucky are we, who admire the beauty of art.
Dark academia comes with its subgroup, Art Academia. It holds various forms of art like painting, sketching, Sculpturing, etcetera.
Spending a sunny winter day outside taking photos of the local sculptures, Or visiting the nearest museum to learn more about Monet. Painting the foggy day while stuck inside, doodling the Christmas tree all lit and beautiful. The holidays are also a great time to learn, Enrol in art classes, or read books to enrich your knowledge. DA revolves around classic literature. Spend your days reading a beautiful fiction, Greek mythology, learn a new language. Immerse yourself in the world of poetry.
Here’s a list of books to go for this winter.
- Monet by Christoph Heinrich.
- Van Gogh by Ingo F. Walther.
- Leaves Of Grass by Walt Whitman.
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt.
- If we were villains by M. L. Rio.
- Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas.
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë.
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
Dark Academia in Music and Movies.
“Poetry, Beauty, Love, Romance. These are what we stay alive for”
– Mr. Keating
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Dead poets society(1989), the movie that taught us how to romanticize poetry, drama even when the burden of life is too high! To be a free thinker. Carpe Diem, The voice of Mr.Keating still rings in our ears. The entire dark academia subculture is somehow woven around that movie and to miss it would be only but a blunder.
Other Dark Academia movies worth watching this winter is Kill Your Darlings, School Ties, Kill your darlings, and more. Or you can just binge watch Harry Potter on Christmas Eve.
Dark academia music mainly consists of melodies and soft piano tunes, something to accompany you while reading fiction or working on a piece of art. Our prime classical artists are Chopin, Tchaikovsky. But we find our muse even in tunes of Patrick Watson, Lana Del Rey, Hozier, Lorde and more.
Here’s a playlist to keep you company while you explore deep into dark academia.
How to Dress Dark Academia?
Dark academia style is mainly influenced by the fashion of 1930s and 40s. The subculture is still evolving and is really at a fluid state at present, But the dominant colour palette ranges between brown and beige.
Winter is probably the best time to dive into DA. The environment and the weather is just so perfect. Dark turtlenecks worn around light rugby T-shirts, Tweed blazers, Plaid pants, Brown sweaters or long cardigans. For accessories, we can simply go with a Jane Austin book. Even a tote bag will do just fine.
Watch for inspos on Instagram and Tumblr. Romanticise anything you wear. You don’t have to be in a private institution to show off your love for dark academia. Live in it wherever you are.
As Mr.Keating once said –
“Carpe Diem, Seize the day boys, Make your lives extraordinary”.
Where to Buy Dark Academia Clothes?
The best place to buy dark academia is thrift stores, both online and offline. And probably the best option as most of the dark academia followers are students. For an online thrift store, you can trust Depop.
You can also shop on fast fashion sites like H&M, Zara, Mango as they are quick at releasing new trends and are affordable at the same.