Romantic Academia is an aesthetic that puts a romantic spin on literature. Visually, the aesthetic is very similar to Dark Academia, but with a "lovey-dovey" twist (e.g writing poems, love letters, holding hands) instead of existentialism.


Romantic Academia, a subset of Academia, is an aesthetic based around the study of romanticism in literature, as well as application to the personal view. Some themes include mental maturity in romance, a passion for learning and studying, and an urge to share. It aligns with the traditional academia themes (classic literature, the pursuit of self-discovery, and a general passion for knowledge and learning) that it shares with its siblings. There is a strong focus on well-being and unity, and while Romanticism emphasizes solitude, this aesthetic calls for pauses in isolation to share one's findings.

Romantic Academia can come from anywhere in the world. There is mythology and community in every corner. Although by design, it lends itself to Eurocentrism, know that you are welcome here no matter who you are. It is also inclusive to all genders, sexualities, or lack thereof, and is not a place for discrimination because of any factor. It is open to anyone.


Romantic Academia combines the love of learning and literature with aspects and values of Romanticism such as individuality, emotion, celebrating beauty and nature, and rejection of social convention. The majority of people in this community do not, however, support the “Romantic” glorification of the past because of the discrimination and bigotry marginalized communities have faced. Key values stem from the ideals found in the romantic period of literature. They are also influenced by the values of Darkest Academia and can be incorporated with your own personal beliefs.

  • 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

One of the other most important themes is that of exploration, the urge to discover. Think traipsing through a dark forest, studying ancient ruins, or taking long walks to document the flora and fauna in your area. 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. Go explore! Go research! If your interests take you across the world the ramble through an ancient forest, by all means, go.



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


  • 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


Visual Novel



  • Card games
  • Chess
  • Hiking
  • Nature documentation
  • Witchcraft
  • Textile arts
    • Knitting
    • Sewing
  • Photography
  • Nature sketching
  • Studying/taking notes
  • 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



  • Sweater vests
  • Button downs
  • Turtlenecks
  • Henleys
  • Crew-neck sweaters
  • Ruffled or draped blouses
  • Corsets
  • Silk or lace camisoles


  • Corduroys
  • Trousers
  • Dress pants
  • Tweed pants
  • Structured, mid-length shorts
  • Pencil skirts
  • A-line skirts
  • Tweed, plaid skirts


  • Trenchcoats
  • Layering over a collared shirt
  • Vests
  • Suit-jackets
  • Waistcoats
  • Cardigans
  • Blazers
  • Flowy dresses


  • Docs
  • Oxfords
  • Mary Janes
  • Dress Shoes


  • Lace tights
  • Patterned tights
  • Lacy ankle socks
  • Ties
  • Vintage jewelry
  • Lockets
  • Ribbed or lettuce socks


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