dark academia / new academic year
• trying to fix your sleep schedule yet choosing to stay up late listening to the storm outside
• doing extra reading in preparation for your first lecture on your way to school in the morning as if to tune your brain into the right state for studying
• returning to the university library, taking in the smell of the thousands of books in the vast room before diving into the aisles again, excited to learn something new
• planning a few outfits for busy mornings – as the weather is getting colder, you can finally wear your favourite turtleneck, jumper & wool coat again
• trying to revise for the new academic year by going through your notes from years past – a towering pile of black leather-covered notebooks balanced on top of a rickety antique chair by your desk
• going on early morning walks in nature when it’s softly raining to clear your head of any stress, simply listening, smelling & feeling the world around you
• examining your schedule & neatly marking down all deadlines into your calendar in an old-fashioned cursive – starting to plan study sessions, museum dates & reading time around your other commitments
• sitting in a dimly lit, wood-paneled pub with some new & old friends, heatedly discussing some current or historical event, everyone’s cheeks glowing red from their drinks or just the warmth of the place
• spending whole afternoons researching for essays – opened text books, printed out scientific articles & scribbled notes scattered on the table at your spot in the university library
• lying down on your bed late at night, listening to mahler & letting your mind rest after a long first week back at university
• walking the centuries-old cobblestone streets & visiting cosy little shops to buy whatever supplies you need for the new semester & retrieving your favourite pair of oxfords from the cobbler
• preparing a batch of vegetable soup to eat during the week – jazz playing softly in the background as you take your time chopping carrots
• going to lectures early to get your favourite seat in the hall & to exchange a few words with the professors – listening attentively while writing notes in blank ink, answering as eloquently & precisely as you possibly can whenever a question is being asked
• taking a coffee break outside of the university building on a gloomy, grey day, feeling the autumn wind on your neck but the warmth of the cup on your fingers
• lighting a softly scented candle as you study by the window, feeling oddly thrilled to be doing your first homework assignment of the year
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dark academia / winter capsule wardrobe
• a black turtleneck. preferably cotton or cashmere.
• a white collared shirt. silk, cotton or linen.
• a dressier top. something to wear with jeans when having poetry nights with your friends; i would still advise to go for black, but the style can be more extravagant – puff sleeves, maybe?
• a basic long-sleeved t-shirt. choose a dark, muted colour or go for black.
• an oversized knit. white, grey or black; wool is best at keeping you warm.
• basic knit. possibly black; doesn’t have to be boring in style – could be a wrap cardigan, a turtle or mock-neck, balloon-sleeved...
• a pair of black straight-leg jeans. stick to 100% cotton.
• a pair of black or dark grey trousers. wool or cotton is good.
• a black skirt. mini or midi; wool is, again, great for winter, but anything will do.
• a long-sleeved little black dress. pick a style you like, be it frilly or clean cut.
• a dark knit dress. just try to stay away from acrylic & polyester, they won’t keep you warm.
• a few pairs of bras. go for neutral colours & comfort.
• enough underpants. black or baby pink lace is always nice; cotton is good.
• different types of socks. black & white, thick & thin; make sure your ankles are covered.
• black tights. they keep your legs warm when you wear a skirt or a dress.
choose gold or silver, whichever suits you best, & stick to it.
• two dainty necklaces. you can wear them on their own of stacked together.
• a few rings. one bigger & more interesting, the rest more minimal to complement the more intriguing piece.
• a pair of everyday earrings & a more elegant pair. if you wear earrings; make sure both pairs fit your other jewellery.
• an over-the-shoulder leather bag. black or brown; it should fit your school papers & at least a few extra books.
• a small bag for special occasions. whatever style you like; it should go together with your little black dress & fit at least a lipstick & everything you might need at a party – a tiny bottle of vodka & a small notebook?
• a black or checkered (but dark in colour) umbrella. for those beautifully gloomy, rainy days.
• a leather belt. black or brown, depending on the colour of your bag & shoes.
• a scrunchie. black velvet or white satin.
• a pair of black or brown boots. either a chelsea boot or a dr. martens type shoe; these should be the same colour as your everyday bag.
• a menswear-inspired shoe. should match your bag; oxfords, brogues, derbys...
• occasion footwear. type depends on your style; could be heeled ankle boots, pumps, ankle-strap heels, loafers, ballerinas or even the same derby shoes from the previous point.
• a long woollen coat. preferably black; could also be a checkered dark grey.
• a tweed jacket or checkered blazer. in grey or brown tones; could be worn under the oversized coat for added warmth.
• a pair of mittens. in a dark colour; maybe a friend or a lover knitted them for you?
• a big long scarf. matches the mittens; favour natural materials for warmth.
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