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Soft Colonial Wanderlust is an aesthetic that draws inspiration from Victorian and pre-WW2 eras. It was popular mainly in the early 2010s through the hipster trend, which was at its peak at the time. It overlapped other popular aesthetics at the time such as Boho Chic and even aesthetics that date back to the late 1980s.


Main characteristics of Soft Colonial Wanderlust include vintage objects such as typewriters, phonographs and hats, hot air balloons and vintage-styled advertising with illustrations of animals and plants. There is some overlap with steampunk and atompunk which is more grounded in media as a whole rather than commercial applications like advertisements and music videos.



  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Myst IV: Revelation
  • Maquette
  • What Remains of Edith Finch
  • The Room game series
  • Figment
  • Adventures of Bertram Fiddle
  • Spineworld
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Bastion
  • Rusty Lake
  • Evoland 2
  • Sunless Skies: Sovereign Edition
  • Sunless Seas
  • Valkyria Chronicles
  • Spiritfarer
  • Hollow Knight
  • Professor Layton game series
  • Bloodstained

TV Shows and Movies[]

  • The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack
  • Harvey Beaks specials
  • Coraline
  • Back to the Future Part 3
  • 1899
  • Monty Python (The animated segments)


  • Jules Verne novels

Board Games[]

  • Ticket to Ride Europe


  • Electro Swing (genre)
  • Parov Stellar
  • Panic! at the Disco
  • Arcade Fire
  • Neutral Milk Hotel
  • FUN.
  • Tally Hall
  • Erasure
  • Enya
  • Beirut