A large part of Dark Academia is style. However, even the more eccentric or odd choices of fashion from noted academics can be interesting as well. That’s why a new wave of Internet video blogs are popping up. Many feature essays written in all-caps block letters, with expletives placed at the end.
These bloggers get their creative juices flowing when reading about the latest fashions in academia, and they don’t care whether it’s an essay, a report, a blog post or a sales pitch. “How dare they! It’s just not right,” one dark academic says of his dressing. “If everyone wore these crazy pantsuits, nobody would ever teach in colleges or universities,” he continues. But, perhaps, those who can take off their pants and coats don’t need to shout to be heard.
Other bloggers find that dark academia outfits fit well into their lives. “My plus size mother always dresses me nice, so I decided to dress up as a conservative professor in order to impress her,” says blogger Aimee+. She describes herself as “a bit of a geek” and “always looking for the latest and greatest things.” She admits that she loves the internet and “reading science fiction novels,” but adds that she finds her favorite places to “get real quotes” from the experts.
Bloggers at The Glossy Vagina share a different sort of enthusiasm for dark attire. “It’s been warm and humid in South Florida, and I wanted to keep myself as dry as possible so that I could enjoy the weather without getting a sweating suit and soggy sweatshirt all over myself,” blogger Monique O’Rourke writes. “Plus, my skirts are mostly straight, so it was hard to mix and match them with my heavier fabrics like twill and chiffon.” She describes dark jeans and skirts as “my favorites,” though she acknowledges they’re not always flattering. “I definitely wish I could find more creative ways to wear my skirts besides hanging them on my hips or hauling them behind my bike.”
Bloggers at The Glossy Vagina share a different aesthetic for dark academia outfits. “For me, part of the pleasure of dressing in a dark color is that it allows me to be bolder with patterns and textures,” blogger Tiffany Taylor writes. “I can pull a pattern out in a way that wouldn’t have worked with a lighter fabric or wear a bold print that I would never have dreamed of wearing with a light colored skirt and blouse.” She describes dark colors as “educational colors,” and credits their inspiration to the work of bellbottoms’ Edith Grossman. She wears her dark skirts, which stop just above her ankles, with spandex and white sneakers, and she emphasizes that she’s comfortable in them because they are not tight-fitting.
Etsy user taylorisocks shares her fashion sense on this site: “I love unisex things that are cute, practical, and are also made by people who actually put their heart into their products. Fashion designers sometimes sell cheaply made items that are not only a waste of money but also don’t reflect their true style. But when I shop at an Etsy store, I can feel confident that the person who created the product really put their heart into making it. It reflects my aesthetic tastes and styles much better than what I would buy at a department store.”
Another blogger, ashleyleeewells, echoes many of these sentiments about the darker clothing of the 1970s and ’80s. “It was such a fun time to be a kid in the era of dark academia outfits,” she says. “We all had such great fun finding our school girl skirts and matching them with cute, frilly skirts from the thrift stores.” She continues, “And then we had the rock and roll era, and we had all these crazy edgy clothes from all these different musicians. It just literally never stops being fun!”
Dark Ivy dress from Luli Fama is another example of a dark academia outfits blend for the thrift store crowd. This garment is sold for $8.00 and it has a very casual and fun look that fits right in with the college kid aesthetic of today. This outfit set comes complete with a denim skirt and a beautiful printed sweater. The colors on this ensemble set are a fun, bright orange and lime green. The jacket and the cardigan are both done in the same shade of green but the print on the cardigan is a little different and more sophisticated.