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Romantic Academia is an academic aesthetic specializing in love, romance literature, and the Romantic era.

Romantic Academia is visually and philosophically similar to Light Academia. However, Romantic Academia includes more visuals associated with romantic love and lust, the latter of which is generally excluded from Light Academia.

Philosophically, both aesthetics value education, curiosity, compassion, and optimism, but Romantic Academia differs from Light Academia in its focus on individualism, appreciation of nature, and aesthetic expression of intense and sometimes negative emotions.

Like both Dark and Light Academia, Romantic Academia relies heavily on visuals, philosophy, and literature with origins in Western Europe.

Philosophy

Romantic Academia combines the love of learning and literature with the values of Romanticism, including individuality, emotion, celebration of beauty and nature, and rejection of social convention. It is also partially influenced by the values of Dark and Light Academia.

One of the other most important themes is that of exploration, the urge to discover. These ideas stem from the romantic appreciation of nature and the academic goal of studying, although it dispels the idea of studying as an immobile task. This aesthetic defines studying and learning as something that can be witnessed firsthand, not just from documents but also from the application in the real world.

  • Glorification of nature
  • Awareness and acceptance of emotions
  • Celebration of creativity and curiosity
  • Emphasis on aesthetic beauty
  • Focus on multicultural history
  • Exploration of the self
  • Vivid description
  • Themes of spirit and spirituality
  • Wise and mature thought processes


Visual

Objects

  • Flower bouquets
  • Flowers
    • Roses
  • Lipstick marks
  • Teapots
  • Teacups
  • Saucers
  • Mirrors
  • Lace doilies
  • Hair bows
  • White bed sheets
  • Pearls
  • Greek statues
  • Chandeliers
  • Old books
  • Tea
  • Bergére chairs
  • Gold picture frames
  • Typewriters
  • Perfume and cologne bottles
  • Lingerie
  • Wine
    • Red
    • White
  • Whiskey
  • Champagne


Fashion

Fabric

  • Cashmere
  • Cotton
  • Lace
  • Satin
  • Silk
  • Tulle
  • Tweed

Underwear

  • Bustiers
  • Corsets
  • Pettipants

Tops

  • Draped blouses
  • Lace blouses
  • Peter pan blouses
  • Ruffled blouses
  • Button downs
  • Silk or lace camisoles
  • Henleys shirts
  • Peplum shirts
  • Ruffed neck shirts
  • Crew-neck sweaters
  • Turtleneck sweaters
  • White crop tops

Bottoms

Pants

  • Corduroys
  • Trousers
  • Dress pants
  • Tweed pants
  • Structured, mid-length shorts
  • High-waisted jeans
  • Flowy, wide-leg pants

Skirts

  • A-line skirts
  • Circle skirts
  • Crinoline skirts
  • Full skirts
  • Gathered skirts
  • Pencil skirts
  • Pleated plaid skirts
  • Tweed, plaid skirts

Hosiery

  • Lacy ankle socks
  • Ribbed or lettuce socks
  • Lace tights
  • Patterned tights

Outerwear

  • Blazers
  • Cardigans
  • Corsets
  • Layering over a collared shirt
  • Suit-jackets
  • Trenchcoats
  • Vests
    • Sweater vests
  • Waistcoats

Dresses

  • Flowy dresses
  • Formal gowns

Shoes

  • Ballet flats
  • Docs
  • Dress shoes
  • Mary Janes
  • Oxfords
  • Kitten heels

Accessories

  • Ties
  • Lockets
  • Vintage jewelry
  • Gold necklaces
  • Gold earrings
  • Pearl necklace
  • Dainty jewelry


Activities

  • Card games
  • Chess
  • Hiking
  • Nature documentation
  • Witchcraft
  • Textile arts
    • Knitting
    • Sewing
  • Photography
  • Nature sketching
  • Studying/taking notes, especially philosophy or history
  • Researching old documents
  • Discussion groups
  • Gardening
  • Writing (creative or nonfiction)
  • Reading
  • Study of music
  • Poetry, both reading, analyzing, and writing
  • Exploring where you live or where you're from
  • Talking to relatives about your ancestors
  • Daydreaming
  • Sipping tea
  • Ballet


Media

Literature

  • Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

Movies

  • Sleeping Beauty (1959)
  • Romeo and Juliet (1968)
  • Romeo and Juliet (2013)
  • Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
  • Bright Star (2010)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
  • Chéri (2009)
  • Farewell, My Queen (2012)
  • Russian Ark (2002)
  • A Good Woman (2004)
  • The Wings of the Dove (1997)
  • An Ideal Husband (1999)
  • Anna Karenina (2012)

Plays

  • Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare


Music

Genres

  • Classical
  • Jazz
  • Alternative
  • Ballet Soundtracks
  • Ethereal Music
  • Folk
  • Dream pop
  • New-Age
  • Adult Standards

Artists

  • Lana Del Rey
  • Enigma
  • Kate Bush
  • Sufjan Stevens
  • Hozier
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • The Velvet Underground
  • Tamino
  • Lorde
  • Radiohead
  • Leonard Cohen
  • The Beatles
  • Florence and The Machine
  • Isak Danielson
  • Pink Floyd
  • Bob Dylan
  • Dean Martin
  • Ricky Nelson
  • Paul Anka
  • Billie Holiday
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Nina Simone
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • The National
  • Cigarettes After Sex

Pieces

  • Love Theme - Romeo and Juliet (1968)

Playlists

Spotify

YouTube


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