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This page describes what type of information should go where. The order of the headings here should be copied in the format of the page. Not all articles will need all headings and information described here.

The introduction to the aesthetic describes the basics of the aesthetic, including:

  • The "category" of the aesthetic. For an understanding of what different categories there are, please check here.
  • The time period and where the aesthetic came about. If the aesthetic spans multiple cultures and eras, you can discuss this.
  • The "basics" of the visual (and in some cases auditory) elements. Describing prior influences and using specific adjectives are helpful.
  • The appeal of the aesthetic's community. This includes the general values behind the aesthetic and the cultural beliefs in the community.

When writing, please refrain from using a tone that is overly congratulatory, subjective without being specific, and argues for a certain way of looking at an aesthetic. For example, instead of "Cottagecore is an extremely charming and beautiful aesthetic that revolutionized aesthetics on the internet," write "Cottagecore largely focuses on the pleasant aspects of nature and popularized aesthetics during the pandemic."

The introduction should not be contained under a heading. Everything here should be written in paragraph form and in full sentences. The bullet points above are only to make information more easily found.

You will also need to insert an infobox. See the infobox for what information to add in the rows.

Also, the image chosen for the infobox should be the most stereotypical image and include the most elements of the aesthetic within the aesthetic’s parameters. For example, an outfit inspired by the page’s aesthetic with OP in a blank room will be rejected in favor of an outfit picture where the OP is in the surroundings and with all aspects of the outfit matching the aesthetic.

History[]

This should be written in paragraph form. It is common for aesthetics to have dubious origins, so it is fine if this section isn't the most definitive. However, if there are any social media posts, journalistic articles, or blogs that help explain the history, be sure to cite them.

To begin, describe any prior aesthetics that influenced the aesthetic being described. Use specific examples, such as authors, design companies, specific trends, and artistic movements. If there are multiple influences, each influence should be a new paragraph.

After influences are described, describe the beginnings of the aesthetic community. What platform (if it is an internet aesthetic) and an approximate time of year should be included. If the aesthetic had a change of visuals, philosophy, etc., describe the earlier aspects.

When you reach the present, you could note any recognition from other communities, the media, etc. If some time has passed since this aesthetic was at "peak popularity," describe any influences the aesthetic has on other communities.

Philosophy[]

Philosophy in this context describes the cultural values the community and aesthetic hold. Because of the depth needed to describe this, write this section in paragraph form, with each paragraph explaining a different value.

This section is difficult to explain, as there are many values a community can have. But some common motifs that appear in other articles include:

  • Any rebellion against convention
  • Motifs of queerness, gender, or any other identity-related topics
  • Associations with political or philosophical beliefs (the "isms")
  • Socio-economic class
  • What the aesthetic "romanticizes"
  • What is considered "cool" in an aesthetic and what isn't

Visuals[]

You can either write the visuals list in a bullet-pointed list or in paragraphs. Here, include anything that is both an image and not related to fashion. The bullet pointed list below are examples of what can be included. Aesthetics will not fulfill all criteria, so only do what is applicable.

  • The beginning should include the color palette and any editing motifs or use of filters.
  • Locations and setting, including weather
  • Architecture and art. If you can, use specific terms, such as "Gothic Revival."
  • Interior design
  • Objects commonly found in the aesthetic, such as food, nature, trinkets, etc.
  • Any use of certain characters, animals, and other living things, both real and fictional
  • Behaviors that people in the aesthetic can display, such as poses, emotions, actions, etc.

If you choose to write in the paragraph style, be sure to bold any words that can be bullet-pointed. This allows information to be found quickly, as readers often prefer shorter form content. However, the paragraph style allows you to be more specific and in-depth than just bullet points. It is also helpful when the list of bullet points can be long. Describing general qualities may be more useful than listing all examples.

Fashion[]

The fashion section can be written in either paragraph or bullet-pointed form, but it is mandatory to divide this section into "tops," "bottoms," and other components of the outfit by using subheadings. This is because here, you should describe the specific garments utilized in the aesthetic. Use specific words, such as "collared button-downs" instead of more general ones, like "white shirts." If you are using paragraph form, bold the names of garments and keep details unbolded. Below is the order the garment type headings should be in. These should be subheadings, not bullet points:

  • Tops
  • Bottoms
  • Dresses
  • Outerwear
  • Shoes
  • Accessories
  • Hair and Makeup

If you would like to describe common motifs found throughout the different types of garments, write a paragraph above the garment list. There is no need to include color palette, as the visuals section describes this, but textures, styling techniques, etc. should be included as that is unique information.

If brands are important to the aesthetic, you may also include a vendor list. Note that the brands should be already famous in the aesthetic, with the people in the community considering it sought-out-for. Drop-shipping, replica, or any "no-name" brand is promotion, and thus banned.

Media[]

While not applicable for every aesthetic, this section is supposed to contain the various media that either directly feature the aesthetic in question or have become strongly associated with it. Different categories of pages have different purposes.

  • Internet Aesthetics: The media that is featured here are works that show up in GIFs, memes, discussed in an almost fandom-y context, or works the community cites as an inspiration.
  • Design Aesthetic: This would most likely not contain any media list. Those that do would have to HEAVILY incorporate it into set and costume design.
  • Fashion Styles: Also not likely to have a media list. However, if a work is an inspiration to the aesthetic's fashion, or portrays fashion communities, you can add it here.
  • Subcultures and Stereotypes: Include works that depict the lives of the subculture and stereotype in question. It should be the main characters' dynamics. For example, there may be a nerd in Mean Girls, but that should not be on there, while Revenge of the Nerds should.
  • Historical Eras and Events: Include works that take place in the era.
  • Locations and Settings: Settings should be the main place of the work. For example, while a movie may have a coffee shop scene, it is a worse choice compared to a romcom about baristas.
  • Character Trope: The works listed should have a character that embodies the trope. Like with subcultures, it's best to include works where the trope has heavy interaction. This list may be long, so use TVTropes.
  • Music Genre: Many works depict the community and incorporate the music into the soundtrack.
  • Genre Fiction: List works that are examples of the genre. If it becomes too long, putting a link to Wikipedia or TVTropes would be best.
  • Seasonal: Media that is heavily associated with the holiday and contains themes that sum up the ethos of the holiday.

The media section is usually sorted into the subcategories Comics, Literature, Magazines, Manga & Anime, Movies, Musicals, Plays, Podcasts, Television, and Video Games.

Subgenres[]

If an aesthetic has given birth to various subgenres, this section is being added to list them by name with a short description explaining the differences to the main aesthetic. Aesthetics that are similar but not direct offsprings of the page's aesthetic should go into the "related aesthetics" section of the infobox instead.

Criticism[]

Criticism describes the common negative statements made against the aesthetic. They should be about the aesthetic themselves, rather than criticism against aesthetics in general. Many aesthetics are often criticized because of the individual ways they contradict other people's socio-political beliefs or an understanding of reality or ego. The criticism should originate from online discourse that has gained traction, rather than your personal beliefs.

When writing, put it in paragraph form and include citations. This can be a social media post where a person criticizes an aesthetic, articles about its harm, or examples of an aesthetic community displaying behavior that can be criticized. General "common sense" evaluations do not need to be cited. For example, if an aesthetic advocates for anorexia, there does not need to be research on why anorexia is negative.

Gallery[]

The gallery section serves as a visual representation showcasing the typical motifs associated with an aesthetic. It is recommended to only add images that are distinctly recognizable as the featured aesthetic, as an abundance of visuals that can be applied to many aesthetics can overwhelm the viewer. Having diversity in photographic subjects is also helpful and explains the bullet points described in the visuals section. For fashion-based aesthetics, streetsnap sites (such as Across) make for a good resource to find relevant content.

You may also add in YouTube videos with Fandom's "add video" feature. Examples of videos that would benefit articles are TikTok compilations, lookbooks about the aesthetic in general, explanations about the aesthetic, and criticism.

When uploading an image to the gallery, try to find the original source and put the credits in the caption. This especially applies for the works posted online by artists or outfit pictures taken (with permission) from social media accounts,

References[]

In order to verify the accuracy and credibility of information about an aesthetic, references are added in the form of external links to support the claims presented. Ideally they include a citation to a reliable source, such as articles by reputable websites or books. See also: Citing Sources.

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