Light-Academia aesthetic outfits to buy

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Perhaps in direct response to the dark-academia trend dominating our social media feeds, there’s a new look du jour: the light-academia aesthetic. As the name suggests, this trend is a softer take on dark college, with a crop of softer colors — think cream, brown, beige, and white — in lighter fabrics. Although it draws inspiration from the same academic institutions as the darker trend, the academic light is warmer and more optimistic. Nonetheless, both niche trends emphasize education, and their members share a passion for visiting art galleries and spending time studying in libraries or cafes.

As Tumblr trending expert Amanda Brennan told Nylon in an interview, “Lightweight college still embodies a love of learning, but with a more airy, less doom-driven feel that shows that knowledge brings light and happiness outward rather than a gothic darkness seen curled up in a corner.” Brennan drew similarities between the lighthearted college aesthetic and cottagecore, which is also rooted in small pleasures — though not exclusively deriving from education.

As spring approaches, light academia is set to see a resurgence in interest, as many iconic pieces pair well with warmer weather. So, what items make up the perfect wardrobe for light academics? A mix of turtleneck tops, cardigans, button down shirts, tweed blazers, corduroy jackets, cable knit sweaters and knit vests in the aforementioned color palette. Ahead, we’ve curated a versatile range of pieces that you’ll find extremely portable. Plus, you’ll have no problem wearing them from the office to after-work outings, on weekend adventures, and everywhere in between.

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