Pastel Academia is one of the many variations of the Academia aesthetic and subculture. It revolves around the ideals of having a passion for learning and studying, specifically the arts and literature. Someone who is a part of the Pastel Academia aesthetic is less mature and more child-like than those who identify with the other versions of academia. They enjoy venturing and have an overall upbeat and positive outlook on life, juxtaposing its less optimistic variations. Unlike its more well-known variations, Pastel Academia visually stems from a mixture of East Asian (mainly Japanese) and European cultures.


Pastel Academia is another variation of the 'Academia' aesthetic. What makes Pastel Academia different from other Academia aesthetics is that it is very clear and easily identifiable. Pastel Academia focuses on having a passion for learning, exploring, and studying. Like other academias, Pastel Academia is about finding romanticism in education and learning new things. Unlike the more popular variation, Dark Academia, people who identify with Pastel Academia are more life-loving. They find happiness and peace in the little things like hanging out with a small group of friends or going to small cafés early in the morning, similar to people identifying with Light Academia. What makes them stand out the most, though, is their child-like and more immature personality than other variants. They are optimistic, hopelessly romantic, curiosity-driven, young-at-heart individuals. This is not to be associated with them infantilizing themselves (to be discussed later in more detail). Pastel Academia stands out when compared to other academia personalities(the elephant in the room, if you will).



Pastel Academia visuals are heavily inspired by European and Japanese or East Asian cultures and the environment. For example, the architecture of European-style buildings, specifically universities like Oxford and places like Alnwick Castle, along with countryside and outskirt environments of Japanese provinces such as Chichibu, Shirakaba, and many more. However, if you live somewhere where there isn't much to explore, you're still encouraged to go out and explore places. Look for secret gems in the urban city and create your own homely Pastel Academia environment.


Cute cafés and secret studying spots are also a huge part of Pastel Academia. Having a cozy space to study in and having cute supplies - like washi tape and personalized notebooks - are also part of Pastel Academia. Cute supplies are just supplies that are supposed to help people study more; this means that they don't have to be expensive. Pastel Academia isn't limited to people who can afford expensive school supplies.


When they are procrastinating on their studies, pastel academics enjoy partaking in creative hobbies which help them calm down or play the role as a beacon of productivity and calmness. This can include journaling, painting, drawing, biking, knitting, crochet, playing an instrument, cooking, watching series and movies,editing, photography, and much more.



  • Ponyo
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Kikki's Delivery Service
  • Only Yesterday
  • The Garden Of Words
  • Hal
  • Whisper Of The Heart
  • Your Name

TV Shows

  • Fairytale
  • Hanayamata
  • Sailor Moon
  • Cardcaptor Sakura
  • Molang
  • K-On
  • Quintessential Quintuplets
  • Love Live School Idol Project
  • Kinmoza
  • Is The Order A Rabbit?
  • Smile Precure
  • Hyouka
  • Ouran High School Host club
  • Kaichou Wa Maid-sama
  • Teasing Master Takagi-san
  • Acchi Kocchi


These are some fashion ideas for people who identify with Pastel Academia. There is no need to conform to these ideas; they are just some of many possibilities.

An example of Pastel Academia-style clothes.



A simpler/casual pastel academia outfit.

  • Vests, especially sweater vests
  • Plaid designs and patterns
  • Trousers
  • Skirts
  • White Lolita-style dresses
  • Collared shirts
  • Pastel or floral Hijabs
  • Sweaters
  • Knitwear
  • Turtlenecks
  • Seifuku dresses and uniform
  • Long net skirts
  • Lolita-style shoes


  • Bow ties
  • Neckties
  • Schoolbags
  • Berets
  • Hairclips
  • Hair bows
  • Watches
  • Bracelets
  • Friendship charms
  • Lace socks

An example of Pastel Academia-style hair.


  • Pigtails
  • Two ponytails
  • Hair Down with an accessory
  • Braid(s)
  • Half-up, half-down twin-tails


This is not a necessity if you don't prefer makeup. Don't forget to do what you feel comfortable with.

  • Rosy pink/red/peachy blush
  • Peachy eyeshadows and glosses
  • Gradient lips
  • Dewy foundation/concealer

Other Media

There is not much media related shows or movies that showcase the Pastel Academia aesthetic as "Pastel Academia" since this is currently a new subculture. Slice of life anime is an excellent example of a genre that usually presents pastel academia ideals and values. TV shows like Scream Queens represent Pastel Academia as well, though from a more visual perspective. Again, you do not need to like or enjoy every single movie, TV show, anime, or piece of music that is mentioned. As long as you can appreciate and like the visuals of Pastel Academia as well as the values this subculture has to offer, you're good to go.


Pastel Academia-style music involves lots of girl/boy bands, Lo-Fi, soft ballads, soft pop, and musical soundtracks from childhood movies. Pastel Academia is an inclusive subculture where academics don't or shouldn't care about what language the music they listen to is in, as long as it sounds okay.



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The two main aspects in almost every aesthetic is the ideals and personality and the visuals.

The Ideals & Personality

  1. Clearing Up Misconceptions

There could be controversy in the future about this aesthetic being too "childish" to the point where people label it as infantilising. In no way shape or form is the intention of this aesthetic to attract or entertain pedophiles or imitate children. There is a huge difference between enjoying what society labels as 'childish' things and infantilising yourself to entertain adults. Pastel Academia stands for people who never or rarely got to experience being young, even if it's a time in their life they miss. Whether it's part of their personality or something that was developed throughout their life due to their environment, the innocence of this aesthetic is solely to give those people a safe space where they can express their love for studying arts, literature, and much more while standing up to people who tell them to "act their age" just because they are passionate about certain things like going on picnics, pastel colours and collecting things that make them happy. There is no place in this community for individuals who infantilize themselves for the pleasure of pedophiles, incels, and others.

  1. Respect & Inclusivity

The Pastel Academia subculture is inclusive of people from all walks of life. Any race, gender, sexuality, and spirituality are welcomed here. People who marginalise and discriminate against other people are not welcomed in this subculture by any means. Respect is the number one ideology of this subculture. We do not associate with people who claim to be of this subculture but chose to harm and inflict any kind of disrespect onto others for any reason. We aren't immature in the sense that we act like children, but in our interests and hobbies.

  1. Personality
  • As mentioned before, the Pastel Academia aesthetic focuses on people who are more child-like at heart. They are usually optimists whose strength is that they often think creatively and outside of the box. This makes them academically suited for studies like literature and the arts. However, they don't have to be confined to just those subjects in particular.
  • They love giving and occasionally craft gifts for their loved ones. In a relationship, they are caring and loving toward the other person/people.
  • They are also quite spiritual despite their child-like tendencies. They are always searching for meanings to things due to their curiosity through religion or any other practice. This also drives them to philosophy.


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