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High School Dream is an aesthetic that glorifies high school culture (usually American high schools) and every aspect of it, such as:

  • Stereotypes such as cheerleaders, jocks, nerds, goths, stoners, etc.
  • Lockers
  • High School Sweethearts
  • School bathrooms
  • Yellow school bus
  • Football
  • High school parties
  • Prom
  • Baseball/soccer fields
  • Teen angst
  • Cliques
  • Bullying
  • Best friends
  • Clubs

It also glorifies youth and teen spirit (teenagers' life and culture, teen angst) and portrays it as a dreamy, nostalgic version of teenage life during high school. The aesthetic is mainly influenced by teenage high school movies.


A lot of the popular visuals associated with High School Dream include:

  • Football games
  • Lockers
    • Pictures in lockers
  • Cliques
  • Graduation
  • School buses
  • Parties
  • Dances
  • Hallways
  • Posters
  • Notes
  • Libraries
  • Auditoriums


The fashion includes daily, trendy, ordinary teenage fashion, usually worn in school. Since it is based on high school in general, fashion doesn't matter as much as it does in other aesthetics. Stereotypically, High School Dream fashion includes:

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High School Dream aesthetic

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Examples of High School Dream fashion from Riverdale

  • Letterman jackets
  • Converse/Vans shoes
  • Checkered shirts
  • Check print skirts
  • Ringer t-shirts
  • Polo shirts
  • Gym uniforms
  • Cheerleader uniforms
  • Blue jeans
  • Classic band tees



The Breakfast Club is a prime example of the High School Dream aesthetic because of its theme; high-schoolers from different cliques bonding- a very popular idea in lots of High School Dream media.

  • The Breakfast Club
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • Pretty In Pink
  • Heathers
  • Clueless
  • Freaks and Geeks
  • Saved By The Bell
  • Degrassi
  • Riverdale
  • 13 Reasons Why
  • Mean Girls
  • A.N.T. Farm (2011)
  • Glee
  • Daria
  • Nancy Drew (2019)
  • My So-Called Life
  • High School Musical
  • Grease
  • The Kissing Booth film series
  • What's with Andy?
  • CODA
  • Bottoms
  • Booksmart
  • Lady Bird
  • High School (1968)
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Teen Wolf (2011-2017)
  • Almost any other show/film about teenagers.


  • "Miss Americana and The Heartbreak Prince" - Taylor Swift
  • "New Romantics" - Taylor Swift
  • "Fifteen" - Taylor Swift
  • "American Teenager" - Ethel Cain
  • “Queen Of Disasters”- Lana Del Rey


  • Sour - Olivia Rodrigo
  • K-12 - Melanie Martinez

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