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Coquette is a girly aesthetic that includes similar feminine sub-aesthetics generally associated with Lana Del Rey and mostly enjoyed by teenage girls.

The aesthetic evolved since the mid-2010s on Tumblr, where the term originated from a community based on pursuing the persona of the nymphet—a sexually precocious young girl who seduces older men, created in the mind of the unreliable narrator of Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.[1] Then, the name changed to coquette in order to circumvent the ban on the term Nymphet on many social media sites. Coquette is a French word referring to an attractive, flirtatious young woman (not 'little girl' which is why the term is preferred). Coquette could also be considered ‘western Lolita’ since it derives from nymphet, however, 'western Lolita' shouldn't be confused with Lolita fashion since both aesthetics share names but have different roots and motivation.

However, it is important to note that the majority of Nymphets don’t support the sexualization of little girls, instead it focuses more on age gaps and daddy issues. But because of mass-tagging and the ubiquity of the nymphet community on that site, many photos unrelated to the aesthetic of the novel and film were tagged under coquette.

Now, coquette is a broad search term for a hyper-feminine aesthetic that incorporate elements of youth and teenage girlhood. The visual elements of the different aesthetics vary, but they generally involve an emphasis on girly fashion and share an appreciation for Lana del Rey's music and aesthetic, due to her songs focusing on girlhood and flirtation/seduction. The aesthetic is also contrary to the visuals favored by most teenaged girls, as all variations involve things that are "frillier" and more vintage in appearance compared to mainstream trends.

Sometimes, there are mentions of promiscuity, mental illness, and drugs, but this is not unusual in the culture of high school-aged girls. The imagery of coquette is considered in line with conventional attractiveness in Western society, with a large part of the community focusing on appearing attractive such as in fashion, makeup, and sometimes body type.

This page is an index for the many subaesthetics that can be tagged under coquette, as well as a brief explanation and a gallery.

Some other aesthetics that are similar but still different from Coquette include Uptown Girl, Downtown Girl, Rockstar Girlfriend, Balletcore, Morute, Cherry Babe, Kinderwhore, Horror Game Protagonist, Pink Princess, Babygirl, Babycore, and Heroin Chic.

Nymphet[]

Nymphet, also sometimes referred to as Vintage Americana Coquette, is an aesthetic based on a character trope originated by Vladimir Nabokov - "Lolita", published in 1955 and its movie adaptations from 1962 and 1997. Nymphet is an illusion created in the mind of Humbert Humbert, the (unreliable) main character and narrator of both the films and book. For the term, it is used by Humbert as a way to justify his predatory actions towards 12 year old Dolores Haze, his victim, by portraying her as sexually precocious and actually desiring him. Even though this style has problematic origins, many users enjoy Dolores’s fashion sense without romanticizing her abuse.

At around 2014, on Tumblr, young women took on this trope for themselves, as it was an aesthetic surrounding femininity, tragedy, and burgeoning sexuality. Contemporary pop culture involved a lot of content relating to teenage girlhood and the drama/romanticism of growing up quickly and being involved with risqué behavior (see Media section). Lana Del Rey and her album Born to Die is a main inspiration in the aesthetic. Because of the era the book Lolita takes place in, this aesthetic centers around vintage Americana imagery and the 1950s schoolgirl look.

Dark Nymphet[]

Dark Nymphet, also known as Dark Coquette, is a coquette substyle rooted in '50s and '60s coquette culture. It is closely related to the Femme Fatale Hollywood archetype, although it has more youthful, Nymphet themes, than seen in traditional femme fatale. Vamps typically embody beauty, mystery, seduction, and danger. Cocktail dresses, evening gowns or pencil dresses and fitted suits all belong to fashion associated with Vamps, the outfits often finished with furs, veiled hats, but also lace, ruffles, and bows, and always with killer heels. This aesthetic also has influence from Kinderwhore and other darker aesthetics, with a more ‘messy’ look popular. Dark red and black are the most popular colors.

Vamp icons include, but are not limited to, Marilyn Monroe, Sharon Stone, Lana Del Rey, Mary Astor, Angelina Jolie, Gloria Swanson, and so on.

Dollette[]

Dollette is an interpretation of coquette that highly started to spread in popularity in the 2020s. It can be largely found on Pinterest and TikTok. The aesthetic is largely based on fashion and hyperfeminine visual cues such as florals, ballet, the color pink, flowers, and makeup. This is what most people imagine when they think of Coquette. It is largely inspired by Pink Princess, Pink Parisian, Delicate Sweet, and Balletcore.

This trend is also highly associated with the secondhand clothing online retailer Depop. Coquette came to be a search term encompassing delicate and feminine fashion from the early 2000s, as well as Japanese brands that fit the aesthetic. Many items in this aesthetic became highly desirable and expensive, with lots of hype surrounding the pieces, especially the Bebe milkmaid top.

Dollette style is all about femininity, charm, and a touch of flirtatious allure. This style often combines elements of vintage fashion with a modern twist, focusing on delicate fabrics, soft pastel colors, ruffles, and lace. Coquette fashion, as the name implies, is designed to enhance the wearer's charm, and is inspired by a blend of historical eras such as the Victorian age and the playful silhouettes of the 1950s.

Coquette style celebrates the power of feminine allure and romantic elegance. It draws inspiration from fashion icons such as Audrey Hepburn, whose timeless grace perfectly embodies the ethos of this style. Key elements include high-waist skirts, lace blouses, ribbon details, and chic accessories like pearl necklaces or small, dainty handbags.

Farmer's Daughter[]

Farmer's Daughter is a more Cottagecore-like variation on the Coquette aesthetic where the visuals revolve around the character of a farmer's daughter, a Nymphet interpretation of a girl living in rural America farmland who is hyper-feminine and sexually precocious. This is in contrast with the actual aesthetic preferences of women in rural America, which is better seen on the page Country. There is a lot of similarity with Nymphet, because of the Americana elements, as well as Trailer Park Princess because of the trashy look.

This aesthetic is largely on Pinterest and TikTok.


Coconut Girl[]

Coconut Girl (also known as Malibu Barbie or Key West Kitten) centers around the Coquette interpretation of tropical beaches typically associated with Florida from the 1960s to the 2000s. It creates an atmosphere that expresses the femininity and youth associated with young women vacationing during the summertime. Although it is considered a Coquette subtype, Coconut Girl, also, is associated with Barbiecore and Bimbocore, and is often called Malibu Barbie. Key West Kitten is very similar to Bubblegum Coquette in terms of bright colors as well as hyperfeminine/kawaii aesthetic overlap.

Waif[]

Waif is a type of blogger who posts content relating to beautiful, intelligent, self-destructive, and manipulative teenage girls. Arguably, it can be seen as a continuation of Heroin Chic, and it was influenced by Dark Coquette, Dark Balletcore the Pro-Ana/thinspo community, and the humor of the podcast The Red Scare. In addition to aesthetic images, much of this information comes from memes, Whisper confessions, and text posts of things happening within their personal lives.

What distinguishes this aesthetic from the previous aesthetics above is the persona of these bloggers. Specifically, the memes and text posts produced have a flippant or egocentric tone. However, these girls are using it as an expression of their mental illness. In addition to the glamour of independent and precocious lives of parties, money, and influence, there are multiple references to drug use, depression, eating disorders, and the desire to gain male attention from their looks.

Waif isn’t really a seperate type of Coquette but rather a representation of the more toxic and dark side of the Coquette aesthetic.

Winter Fairy Coquette[]

Winter Fairy Coquette is a presentation of warm clothing in a coquette - fairy grunge aesthetic. It is also called Winter Bimbo.

Since coquette and fairy grunge are very different, this fashion style ranges from looking delicate like coquette, snow drop and softie - to the torn and harsh textures and fantastical aspect of fairy grunge and avant apocalypse.

The clothing colors are predominantly white, but may include some pastels, beige, light brown, and dark colors for variety.

Gloomy Coquette[]

Not to be confused with Dark Coquette/Dark Nymphet. Gloomy Coquette, also sometimes called Delicate Sweet, is gloomier version of Dollette, which includes gloomy and desaturated visuals associated with girlhood, angels, nature, dolls, and reading. It also draws a lot of inspiration from Angelcore.

Morute is sometimes confused with Gloomy Coquette, but differs in that it includes morbid and creepy imagery such as graveyards, creepy dolls, bruises, insects, and trauma-related imagery, to give some examples. Morute can also look similar to Kinderwhore and Dollcore, which also share visuals with Gloomy Coquette.

Unlike Dark Coquette, Gloomy Coquette is still similar to Dollette and uses pink and light feminine clothing. Trailer Park Princess also overlaps a lot with Gloomy Coquette, although the latter is more overtly sexual and trashy, with lingerie as well as bondage items/clothing similar to the Babygirl aesthetic.

Bubblegum Coquette[]

Bubblegum Coquette can be seen as both a sub genre of coquette and bimbocore, focused on nostalgia for people born from the late 90s to mid 2000s, who experienced the 2000s and early 2010s as children, thus seeing the McBling and 2014 Girly aesthetics of the time through a childish perspective. It is very similar to the Babygirl aesthetic, especially the Baddie Babygirl.

Bubblegum Coquette also has similar motifs to Nymphet, such as holding onto adolescence whilst being grown up and enjoying what it comes with it.

Incorporating the Nymphet, Bimbocore and Jojifuku/Yume Kawaii aesthetics, Bubblegum Coquette is a bright pink sub genre of Coquette. It's centered around the early 2000s childhood nostalgia, cotton candy, bows, pastries, roller skates, lollipops and all pink things. Bubblegum Coquette looks similar to the Japanese kawaii style known as Jojifuku, the main difference being that Jojifuku specifically surrounds popular girls clothing from the Japan during this time.

Coquette Academia[]

Coquette Academia combines the soft femininity of Dollette, Gloomy Coquette, and sometimes Dark Coquette, with the Romantic Academia and Ballet Academia aesthetics.

Trailer Park Princess[]

The Trailer Park Princess aesthetic combines Nymphet and Gloomy Coquette with a more trashy, sexy, adult look, with lingerie and even bondage gear being some of the common visuals along with trailer parks, plastic tiaras, and Vintage Americana. It is also somewhat influenced by McBling, and is somewhat similar to Bubblegum Coquette except less childish/innocent and more mature/trashy. There is also a strong influence from 60s fashion, particularly the Dolly Girl look, which is why it is sometimes called ‘60’s Babydoll’.

Blokette[]

See here.

Blokette was coined by Nymphet Alumni in late 2022, combining Coquette and Blokecore aesthetics. The blokette aesthetic also takes inspiration from Balletcore, Waif, and Indie Sleaze aesthetics.

Buckle Bunny[]

A combination of Trailer Park Princess and Farmer's Daughter, Buckle Bunny focuses on a Coquette interpretation of the Cowgirl aesthetic.

Whimsical Coquette[]

Whimsical Coquette, also known as Mystical Coquette, Fairy Coquette, or Ethereal Coquette, combines the Coquette aesthetic with Ethereal aesthetics, especially Fairycore. It also draws many similarities to Cottagecore and Princesscore.

Controversies[]

  • Many people to this day associate nymphet & coquette with each other, believing they're the same thing, despite the fact that over the years, coquette has been becoming a lot less sexual in nature. This isn't really controversial at the moment, and to many, this actually can be seen as a good thing - but when people look for inspiration for outfits, nymphet images have a huge tendency to show up.
  • This aesthetic sometimes romanticizes eating disorders like anorexia.
  • Some fashion styles derived from Coquette have elements of cultural appropiation.
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