Natural Philosophy is a splinter aesthetic that is a more mature version of Academia.

It involves natural topics like flora and fauna but also, for example, philosophy, language, geology, archaeology, or cultural studies. It emphasizes curiosity and to never stop learning. Be it through experimenting or academic studying - optimally both of them. It's also a vintage aesthetic with a focus on the 19th to early 20th century, the time of the natural philosophers when all sciences blended into each other.

Philosophy

Natural philosophers may frequently collect rocks and gemstones, skulls, and books. They also like to do some things in an old-fashioned way, so you're most likely to find ink and quill on their big dark wood desks. They may also have a library and a collection of letters of their correspondence with minded beings. Plants are excellent to study while they grow. Natural philosophers tend to study in solitude but connecting with like-minded people is also great. They will write letters or go on a hike together. Plants are good companions but also a range of animals like dogs, cats, and small critters.

Activities

Spending plenty of time outside is as important as studying and reading. Activities that fit this aesthetic are:

  • Hiking
  • Going on walks
  • Collecting flowers, rocks, and bones
  • Drawing
  • Reading
  • Writing (letters or literature, poems, articles, letters, and whatever interests you)

Calligraphy

  • Studying (for example, languages, biology, archaeology, anatomy)
  • Exploring (can be your backyard or a different country)
  • Gardening
  • Organizing your collections of curiosities
  • Purchasing books
  • Generally doing things in an old-fashioned manner

An antique clock will tick while you read, a candlestick is slowly burning down, there's rain pattering against your window. The next day you wake up early as the pale sunlight pours into your room. You put on your boots and walking skirt and head outside. The world is ready for you to discover all its phenomena.

Visuals

  • Nature journals
  • Plant pressings
  • Bottles and jars
  • Lanterns
  • Books
  • Ink and quill
  • Satchels
  • Feathers
  • Trees
  • Plants

Locations

  • Libraries
  • Greenhouses
  • Ruins
  • Archaeological sites
  • Dense forests
  • Quaint neighborhoods with woods
  • Old buildings covered in vines

Fashion

  • Long, loose-fitting, oversized clothes
  • Sweaters
  • Flowy dresses
  • Large, layered clothing with big pockets
  • Button-up Oxford shirts (especially in neutral colors)
  • Waistcoats
  • Long (knee-length or ankle) dresses and skirts
  • Dark pants
  • Hiking boots
  • Oxford shoes
  • Brogue shoes
  • Sweater vests
  • Blouses
  • Nature and floral-themed motifs
  • Lace
  • Corduroy jackets
  • Peacoats
  • Aviator jackets
  • Jackets with (fake) wool or fur collars
  • Overalls
  • Cardigans
  • Blazers
  • Doc marten shoes
  • Silver or gold jewelry
  • Cuff earrings that go around the shell of your ear
  • Knee-high socks
  • Satchels
  • Glasses
  • Broaches
  • Undone or loosely-done ties
  • Messy hair, sometimes done up in braids, buns, or ponytails

Music

Artists

  • Frankie Cosmos
  • Hozier
  • The Blasting Company
  • Lord Huron
  • Florence + The Machine

Gallery

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