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Light Academia is an aesthetic that is the emotional opposite of Dark Academia. This means it consists of lighter themes and visuals. It involves enjoying the little things in life, and life in general: the outdoors, enjoying the company of others, and the comfort of the ones around you. It also involves an interest in literature, music, art, history, and learning in general. Light Academia is very Eurocentric in concept, focusing on classical and renaissance architecture and art, which all originate from Europe. However, the core values of the aesthetic are not these things. Instead, the most significant part is a passion for learning and a love for life. These are things that you can do no matter where you are from, and indeed, if the "classical" art from where you're from is something else, include that into your aesthetic as well.

Fashion

Items

  • Glasses
  • Blazers
  • Turtlenecks
  • Corduroy jackets
  • Trench coats
  • Waist Coats
  • Cardigans
  • Wingtips
  • Leather Belts
  • Knee high or ruffle socks
  • Mary Janes
  • Doc Martens
  • Cable Knit Sweaters/Jumpers
  • Button Up Shirts/Dress Shirts
  • Sweater Vests
  • Linen Shorts
  • Dress Pants
  • Cigarette Pants
  • Skirts
  • Hair Clips
  • Headbands
  • Hair Ribbons
  • Watches
  • Pea Coats
  • Duffle Coats
  • Overcoats
  • Cuff Links
  • Brooches
  • Pearls
  • Uniforms
  • Berets

Colours

  • Browns
  • Cream
  • Rose
  • Burgundy
  • Green
  • Yellow
  • Navy Blue
  • Beige
  • Off-White
  • Grey
  • Black
  • White

Patterns and Materials

  • Tweed
  • Corduroy
  • Plaid
  • Leather
  • Houndstooth
  • Gingham
  • Flannel
  • Tartan
  • Madras
  • Knit and Crochet
  • Lace
  • Argyle
  • Cashmere
  • Silk/Satin

Websites and Stores

Room Decor

  • Tea Sets
  • Old Photos
  • Mini Statues
  • Candles
  • Vintage board games
  • Old looking Books
  • Record Player
  • Old Writing Tools (fountain pans, dip pens)
  • Dried/Press Flowers
  • Bookshelves
  • Wood Furniture and Antique Furniture (lighter shades)
  • Fancy Mirrors
  • Framed Photos and Art
  • Antique Mirrors
  • World Globes
  • Posters of Classical Artwork
  • Upholstered or tuft headboards

Music

  • Light Classical
  • Easy Listening
  • Jazz Swing
  • Theme/Orchestra
  • Baroque Pop
  • Soft Rock
  • Lana Del Rey
  • The Beach Boys
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Edith Piaf
  • The Ink Spots
  • Chopin
  • Vince Guaraldi
  • Billie Holiday
  • The Supremes
  • The Carpenters
  • Camille
  • Vampire Weekend

Spotify Playlists

Films

Movies

  • Little Women
  • Hugo
  • Nigerian Prince
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • First They Killed My Father
  • The African Doctor
  • Hidden Figures
  • The Theory Of Everything
  • In This Corner Of The World
  • Yes, God, Yes
  • Enola Holmes
  • Harry Potter Movie Series
  • Kill Your Darlings
  • Indian Horse
  • Roma
  • The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind
  • A Silent Voice
  • Billy Eliot
  • Whiplash
  • The Goldfinch
  • The Riot Club
  • School Ties
  • The Emperors Club
  • Dead Poets Society
  • Another Country
  • Everybody Wants Some!!
  • Mona Lisa Smile
  • The Guernsey
  • Tolkien
  • The Half Of It

Television

  • Derry Girls
  • Bear in the Big Blue House
  • Anne With An E
  • Franklin
  • Dear White People
  • A Series Of Unfortunate Events
  • Sex Education
  • Between the Lions
  • I Am Not Ok With This
  • Politician
  • The InBetweeners
  • Queens Gambit
  • The Crown

Activities

In general, it all is about the warm and positive, pleasurable parts of student life. Frequently used examples are:

  • Going to coffee houses, art museums and local bakeries
  • Reading (often on trains, meadows, libraries, and other calming places)
  • Discussing literature with friends
  • Playing a classical instrument
  • Exploring libraries and bookshops
  • Finding beauty in everyday life
  • Writing poetry, music and letters
  • Walking through wheat fields
  • Baking and Cooking
  • Calligraphy
  • Picking and arranging flowers
  • Taking care of plants and pets
  • Looking at ancient architecture
  • Having pastries with tea or coffee
  • Relaxing on a balcony, deep in thought
  • Having an interest in the antiques
  • Drawing, Painting, and Sculpting
  • Playing an instrument and making music
  • Learning other languages and about other cultures
  • Drinking tea and coffee
  • Studying
  • Foraging
  • Carpentry/building
  • Gardening
  • Knitting and crochet
  • Going on walks and runs in nature
  • Having picnics
  • Archery, badminton, canoeing, kayaking, tennis, golf, swimming, rugby, boxing, water polo, ice skating, cards, croquet, hockey, lacrosse
  • Board games
  • Hiking and Camping
  • Photography

Gallery


Resources

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