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Today, I thought I'd talk all about dark academia, an aesthetic that consists of literary influences, earthy tones and checkered patterns. It is often associated with Autumn and Winter, but I wanted to see if I could put together outfits for the warmer months too - a light academia aesthetic if you will. If you're looking for inspiration, then I've got you.
Unlike cottage core which mostly concentrates on soft, floaty dresses in light colours, dark academia dresses is all about the darker tones and slightly more structured style. Gingham is always a good shout as it can be worn styled up or down, so this Marks and Spencer Checked Midi Dress is a top pick of mine. I also feel drawn to this H&M Linen Dress which comes in a range of colours that would all fit perfectly with this aesthetic - the rust colour in particular is calling my name.
I recently shared this New Look Wrap Smock Dress and I couldn't believe how many of you adored it, so of course I had to share it here too. I really do think it's the epitome of Summer dark academia fashion as it looks comfortable to wear in the heat, but it still ties into the aesthetic nicely. If dresses aren't your thing, then I highly recommend a pair of lightweight dungarees or shorter playsuit style like this ASOS Rope Playsuit.
I think everyone is currently looking for the perfect prairie style blouse at the moment to pair with a button down midi skirt and sandals which has meant a lot styles are quickly going out of stock. This Monsoon Victoriana Blouse is one that I stumbled across and it has made me fall in love with all of Monsoon's blouses because the lace detail and puffy shoulders are to die for.
I know you probably won't be a surprised, but I think sometimes it's all in the accessories. I found this NA-KD Satin Bow Clip and instantly knew I had to have it because I feel like it'd go with so many outfits and is super pretty too. When it comes to shoes, I think that going for a classic tan mules or brown gladiator shoes would work well with skirts, dresses or trousers, anything that you choose.