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Types of Aesthetics 2020

Recently with the new age of social media, comes new styles for a new generation. Especially with apps such as TikTok, where dressing in your style that makes you feel comfortable is very important to teens now.

Fashion is definitely a place of expression, and it’s amazing now that we can all share this interest with others, and find others with a similar sense of style to our own!

But if you are still unsure about your own aesthetic, you can quickly take a look at each type down below, and see which styles you gravitate towards. 

But definitely check out for more in depth descriptions on each type of aesthetic! 

art hoe

This style is heavily based on one’s love for art and their connection to nature, with key items such as famous paintings and sunflowers. 

main colors: blue, yellow


The baddie aesthetic can be described as a girl who can pull off “badass” style or the new style of hip hop. Primarily associated with Instagram and beauty gurus. Can also be known as divacore or babygirl aesthetic. 

main colors: red and black


This style is inspired from the “romanticized interpretation of western agriculture” centered on ideas about nature and simplicity. Also similar to countrycore or farmcore, which are subgenres for cottagecore. 

main colors: green and beige

dark academia

Originally based on European culture, dark academia style revolves around classic literature, with a focus on history and self discovery. Often times, this aesthetic is more mysterious and “dark” compared to other academia styles. 

main colors: earth tones, brown 

light academia

Light academia is the opposite of dark academia, as it involves the actual enjoyment for life, such as nature and others. This aesthetic also involves a heavy interest in literature, music, art, and history, with a more focus on the Renaissance and classical appeals in European history. 

main colors: beige, light brown 


Ethereal by definition is the “extremely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world.” So this aesthetic is highly inspired by emotions, such as the feeling of being extremely “delicate” and “out of this world.” Common key objects for this aesthetics are “heavenly” angels, cathedrals, and nature. Also very similar to the angelcore aesthetic. 

main colors: pastels, white and gold 


Fairycore aesthetic is described as the surrounding of nature and magic, with the main theme of “spring”. Common objects for this aesthetic are butterflies, flowers, and soft animals like bunnies. 

main colors: soft pastels, cream (earthy tones)


This style is based on 90s inspired clothes, with a huge influence from bands like nirvana. Could also be considered the new “emo” or “edgy”. Usually depicted with vinyl records, cigarettes, and the color black. Styles very similar to the “gothic” or “e-girl” aesthetic, except involves emphasized make up and less chains. 

main colors: black and other dark versions of red 


Hypebeast generally refers to a person who is devoted to acquiring fashionable items, especially clothing and shoes. This style usually involves the purchasing and styling of “trendy” clothes. 

main colors: depends on whatever is trending 


The indie aesthetic is based on individuality, with “Indie” being short for individual. This style usually consists of bright, colorful clothing usually involving oversized jeans and large hoodies.

main colors: bright primary colors, earthy tones


The minimalist aesthetic is pretty self explanatory as it involves the style to be very simple. Often interpreted as a reaction against abstract expressionism and a bridge to post minimal art practices.

main colors: beige and grey


The skatercore aesthetic or “tomboy” style is described as a subculture of punk rock music (e.g. Avril Lavigne’s Sk8ter Boi). Originally a genre of hardcore punk closely associated with skate culture, skate punk changed into a more melodic genre of punk rock in the 1990s. 

main colors: blacks, greys, and reds (flannels)

softcore / kawaii

WARNING: DO NOT search “Softcore” on it’s own. To find aesthetic search results, remember to type “softcore aesthetic.”

The softcore aesthetic is described as a “cute” culture, heavily influenced from the visual culture of popular Japanese entertainment, food, and style. Being a youthful, lightly feminine aesthetic, primarily used when describing anyone who is very nice and sweet to everyone. Softgirls and softboys often wear pastel colors, blush, and lipgloss. Also directly related to the angelcore and animecore aesthetics.

main colors: pink and pastel


Spacecore is a type of aesthetic that is centered around astronomy, stars and planets. Also called astrocore or cosmic core. This aesthetic uses lots of stars and planet type things in clothing or decor. With key objects of stars or the moon, very similar to the ravenclaw aesthetic for hogwarts.

main colors: blue, indigo, gold (metals)


The vaporwave clash of 1990 music or art, early internet designs, purple and pink neon colors, new “retro”. Vaporwave, as an aesthetic and movement, has been described as a tongue-in-cheek commentary on modern consumerism and the soulless glamour of late capitalism. Also very similar to the city pop, acid wave, and retro futurism aesthetics. 

main colors: bright neon (pink, blue, and purple)


The vintage aesthetic imitates the style of the previous fashion eras. A very popular example is the subgenre of the 90s nostalgia aesthetic. 

main colors: depends on what fashion era was previously popular 


Witchcore is an aesthetic centered around the themes of witchcraft. It also involves some elements of cottagecore or the gothic aesthetic, since some of the aesthetic revolves around the outdoor setting. It often involves how to perform spells, magic, or gem collecting.

main colors: purple, green, or other dull colors

extra note

Here are some extra “aesthetics” that don’t really have a category yet? So comment down which aesthetics these would fit into!

Thank you so much for reading! Comment down below any of your favorite aesthetics or if I missed any! Also stay safe out there and always wear you mask!

(edit: ) Hello everyone! I recently made a part 2 continuing this blog, as well answering some of your guys’ questions. So feel free to check it out if you couldn’t find the aesthetic you liked in this site or if you wanted to know how to discover which aesthetic is truly your style!


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