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TenderCore (also sheltercore, known before as havencore) is an aesthetic related to the feeling of coziness and nostalgia that you feel when you are basically doing whatever makes you feel like a child again, usually by doing stuff that won't stress you and that would feel like a comfort zone. It can be mostly by being in a physical comfort place (usually your room) and spending time for yourself with stuff that makes you feel safe. This may be confused with Comfy/Cozy, but this aesthetic is more childlike and less "clean" in its elements. However it also differentiates itself from aesthetics like Kidcore because Tendercore is less energetic and playful and is instead, calm and softer in its nature. It shares elements with Nostalgiacore with the difference that it is not centered on any specific decade like Nostalgiacore does with the 2000s; instead it is more universal in nature and can be about anything that brings one to their "safe place".


Activities[]

  • Being on your own or with a pet (or a few friends, usually not more than 5 people)
  • Making blanket forts
  • Playing childhood video games
  • Watching heartwarming films and series
  • Eating your inner child's favorite meal/dessert

Visuals[]

  • Cute toys, dolls and stuffed animals
  • Stickers and posters everywhere
  • Flowers, butterflies and smiley faces
  • All forms of media in their physical formats, such as video game packaging, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, etc.
  • Vintage childhood makeup (ex: roll-on lipstick)
  • Cartoon patterns on pillow cases and bed sheets
  • Vintage lamps, so that you don't sleep in complete darkness

Fashion[]

The clothing style tries to avoid formal and sensual clothing as possible. Items such as crop tops are also seen as inconvenient as the main elements of the aesthetic wouldn't apply. Items used for this aesthetic are mostly:

  • Henley tees with short sleeves, sometimes over a long sleeve, preferably with stripes
  • Long sleeve shirts, preferably Henley ones, with some patterns or with cute details such as ribbons, ruffles or pleats
  • Pleated skirts, sometimes with dots
  • Leggings
  • If cold, coats and boots

Media[]

  • Penelope (Film) (2006)
  • Amelie (Film) (2001)
  • Enchanted (Film) (2007)
  • Alizee (Singer)
  • Lenka (Singer)
  • Pucca (Animated TV Series and Brand) (2006-2019)
  • Sanrio (Hello Kitty, My Melody) (Brand)
  • Pusheen (Webcomic) (2010-present)
  • Strawberry Shortcake (Animated TV Series) (2003-2008)
  • My Sims (Video Game Franchise) (2007-2010)
  • Tamagotchi (Video Game) (1996-present)
  • Flash Games
  • Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi (Animated TV Series) (2004-2006)
  • Ruby Gloom (Animated TV Series) (2006-2008)
  • Nancy (Comic Strip) (1934-present)

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