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 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.


Romantic Academia fashion gravitates to the Light Academia colour schemes but keeps the Dark Academia clothing styles, here are some examples:

  • Flowy dresses
  • Tweed pants
  • Knitted/plaid skirts
  • Ties
  • Vintage jewelry (usually in gold or silver)
  • Oxfords/mary janes
  • Ribbed or lettuce socks
  • Lockets



Classical, Jazz, Alternative, Ballet Soundtracks, Ethereal Music, Folk, Dream pop .


  • Lana Del Rey
  • 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


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