Royalcore is a term referring to a group of aesthetics based on the visuals of West European royalty, ranging from Arthurian times (5th and 6th centuries) to the Tudor period (16th century). Royalcore revolves around refinement and classic western standards of behavior. Intelligence, morality, skill, and elegance are base qualities that give more meaning to the look. Visually, this aesthetic focuses on castle structure and the surrounding grounds, including knight training arenas and gardens.
Sets of laws called sumptuary laws were placed to differentiate the types of fabrics, colors, and types of clothes for social classes. Royal wear consisted of many layers made from high-quality fabrics like silk, velvet, taffeta, wool and fur. Colors were also reserved for royalty, as vibrant colors like purple and gold could only be affordable to those of high status.
Royalcore, as of now, mainly focuses on visual characteristics and contexts of historical European monarchies. This context is awaiting further extension to include other culturally significant aspects of royalty.
Subgenres for royalcore may have page extensions listed below their descriptions.
Visual references for royalcore can be taken from many different forms of media and history. These images can be inspiration for any modernized twist. Visuals can be from architecture to actions to artwork. Examples include:
- Marble Columns
- Long Spiral Staircases
- Ornate Thrones
- Crowns and Tiaras
- Open Fields
- Fountain Pens and Quills
- "Merry-Go-Round of Life" - Joe Hisaishi
- "The Second Waltz" - Dmitri Shostakovich
- "Masquerade Waltz" - Khachaturian
- "Pas de Deux" (The Nutcracker) - Tchaikovsky
- "When You Wish Upon a Star" remix
- "Gay Disney Prince" - Thomas Sanders
Knightcore is an aesthetic that is based on Medieval Knights. Not to be confused with Nightcore, the popular music style. Knightcore in a way could be someone "simping" or having a "code of honor". Knightcore is devoting yourself to a cause of goodness and righteousness in the views of equality and love for people, having a moral code for good, and being a protector in a friend group.
- Camouflage pants
- Heavy material jackets
- Combat boots/work boots
- Khaki/dark brown pants
- Tucked T-shirts
Knightcore fashion can be combined with any of the royal cores.
For more information on this aesthetic, please visit the Knightcore page.
Princecore is a young male variant of Royalcore, and is heavily based on male loving male (MLM) relationships (not to be confused with Multi-Level Marketing). Most of its popularity is on Tumblr.
For more information on this aesthetic, please visit the Princecore page.
Princesscore is a young female variant of Royalcore that usually involves long dresses. Some can be pastel, gothic, and/or etc. Many also have lace designs made into them. Crowns and beautiful jewelry are also involved in this aesthetic. This sub-genre is more carefree and juvenile.
For more information on this aesthetic, please visit the Princesscore page.
Kingcore is a more mature variant of Princecore with a more regal aesthetic compared to Princecore.
For more information on this aesthetic, please visit the Kingcore page.
Queencore is a more mature variant of Princesscore with a more regal aesthetic compared to Princesscore.
Queencore may consist of more adult-like themes, like politics and war, so it is assumed to be more heavy-handed than Princesscore. Inspiration can be drawn from matriarchal figures in hierarchy-centered shows and movies, especially those centered around kingdoms.
For more information on this aesthetic, please visit the Queencore page.