Fashion trends has been evolving for years, there are trends had been coming out every year, some of them die down eventually but make a huge comeback years later, some stay in trend for years. In the recent times, there are a lot of aesthetic types which are dominating the lifestyle and fashion scene, some of them are very well known in social media like Instagram and TikTok. If you're one of the few people who are into fashion and you want to change your style but have no idea what kind you want, you may be able to get the right kind of help with this post, so read on. But first, let's us have a brief amount of knowledge about aesthetic and its meaning.
What is aesthetic?
Aesthetic deals with ones judgement in the nature of looks, beauty and taste. It is mainly concerned with the appreciation of beauty of any physical aspect or even to how a person would look. The word aesthetic is also often associated with art and the appreciation for it. it is one way to define what is visually pleasing in terms of color, patterns and design.
Now that we've got that covered, how about a little something to help you choose which kind of aesthetic you can do for yourself? There are different types of aesthetics nowadays when it comes to fashion but we've gathered top five of the most popular ones in present times.
1. Art Mom
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As the name suggests, this aesthetic is all about being artsy or the love for art, paintings and nature. You would usually see girls donning this aesthetic wearing something with lots of color, abstract prints, and a laid back vibe all over. This was originally created by a tumblr user named sensitiveblackperson. There are lots of art and nature related pieces that are must haves if you want to be an Art Mom, color scheme goes first, the color palette consists of main colors like whites, mustard yellow, browns, pale greens and black, but since the motif is art, other colors can be thrown into the mix as well. Tops should consist of graphic tees, striped shirts and loose sweaters, also mom jeans that are either plain, ripped or printed/painted. Denim jumpers smeared with paint is also a great addition for this look. One of the most important element for this look are socks with known artworks printed on them, and it is usually paired with some Converse type shoes. Some footwear you can also consider are Vans, some Mary jane type or boots in some cases.
There is a controversy for this movement since this was actually created by sensitiveblackperson for people of color (POC) and some people has been accused of white washing the trend but it's not the case at all. The style is very welcoming for some diversity so there's no actual problem with it.
2. Kawaii / Soft girl
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Kawaii or soft girl is a subculture that's all about pastel colors, cute clothes and accessories. The aesthetic is very girly and sweet and is very popular for lots of young girls and has been the rage for social media platforms like TikTok. You would instantly notice someone projecting the soft girl image due to their dream-like features. Typical pieces for the look are moms jeans, soft pastel colored tops, pastel pink makeup and some cute hair accessories. Makeup is important and should be soft looking at all times, some of them add in a few light faux freckles for enhancement. You can check everything you need to know about soft girls by clicking on the links below.
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If you're into a more darker, edgier look, then this style aesthetic is perfect for you. Black is of course the main color but there others that can be used for the coordinates like reds and even neons. The style itself is directly influenced by grunge music and subgenre which had emerged in the 80s. The style is considered as timeless because it never really went out of style. Common pieces for the style are black band shirts or other graphic t-shirts, sometimes with a long sleeved shirt worn underneath. For this look, bottoms like black shorts, denim loose pants or even skirts are welcome. Black or fishnet stockings and some dark printed socks are worn paired with some black or brown boots, though you can experiment with other types of footwear as long as it goes with the dark aesthetic. As for the makeup, of course it would be dark with heavy winged eyeliner which is quite similar to an e-girl.
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If you get familiar with this look, you'll understand that this is what a lot of beauty gurus on social media has been projecting for a while, you can also say that the aesthetics would make you think about famous celebrities, like Kylie Jenner. The look may always include sexy looking pieces like crop tops, tube tops, tight jeans and body suits, but the other pieces like sweat pants and hoodies are added to the mix. Some of them are also known to wear famous designer clothes and items. You would often see baddies with heavy makeup and long acrylic nail or nail arts. The makeup would focused on the eyebrows and eye part at all times, and then there's lots of contouring with a shimmery or dewy overall finish. Hairstyles are either very straight or with curls, wigs are also an option for the look. For hair accessories, a beanie is one of the most common one, and as for the footwear, sneakers, high heels and tennis shoes are the most widely used.
5. VSCO girl
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This is new (has been only around since 2019) subculture that is directly inspired the photography app called VSCO, it has a very beachy vibe. You'll notice instantly how these girls would dress due to them wearing literally the same thing. The most distinct piece of their look are the oversized t-shirts that are either plain, printed or tie-dyed. The most common item that they carry around are Kanken backpacks and Hydro Flasks. Few other items that you need to have are amazon sandals, crocs, scrunchies that either worn on your hair or you wrists, bead or friendship bracelets, shell necklaces and everything else you can throw in that are considered as beach fashion or style. Hair can be very simple and carefree, you can jus pull up your hair into a messy bun or just let it loose, makeup can be pretty simple and light as well, out of everything on the list, this one is the easiest to pull since it is very low maintenance. But never forget to carry a lip balm! This is one of the "a must" items of a VSCO girl.
These are only the types of aesthetics that you can search for and do for yourself but it really is all about going with what you feel. If you felt a connection to one these types above, then good for you. Go ahead and start your transformation and try to have a lot of fun while you do so. But if you think that you can just go with what you're most comfortable with when it comes to your personal style, whatever it may be, just go for it. What's important is you do what you love and you know what makes you look good and feel good at all times.
Which of the styles above best describes you or is the perfect fit for you? Why don't you share it with us on the comments below!