1.concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty.“the pictures give great aesthetic pleasure”
1.a set of principles underlying and guiding the work of a particular artist or artistic movement.“the Dada aesthetic”
2015-2017 have been very concerned with aestheticism and finding styles that are personal and communal. But this kind of thing has always been around: subcultures are just so cool! Whether a person fits into a stereotype of a social group/subculture/lifestyle/aesthetic or creates a whole new definition for themselves isn’t what’s important—finding a sense of self and community is! Let’s take a look at some of these groups. I mean, I can only base them on stereotypes, but that doesn’t mean the “definition” applies to all. Seriously, put as much freedom and love into who you are and who you spend time with/want to fit in with as much as possible! One of the most important things you can do in life is to be happy. ‘Kay?
So, here are the aesthetics I’ll be covering today (I’m no expert, I’m just going off what the internet says, man):
- tumblr aesthetic
- kawaii aesthetic
- emo aesthetic
Okay, so there are waaay more than that, but it’s 8:55 p.m. and I just woke up from a way-too-long nap without doing any of my homework, so I gotta keep it simple. Something you should note, however, is that 2 and 3 can also overlap, and often branch out of 1. So, let’s get started!
I’M IN A DOWNWARDS SPIRAL, BUT AT LEAST I’M CUTE AND WOKE
So, the tumblr aesthetic is often comprised of vaporwave and visually pleasing photos that are also very teen angsty or teen activist-y. This aesthetic is a whole riot of other aesthetics (how many times am I going to use that word in this article? *sigh* I don’t know). You’ve got your social justice warriors, your fandoms, and your hipsters. Each group has something beautiful in them, and being part of just one group isn’t necessary (you’ve got many traits, so why fit in with only one group of people?). The SJWs, as they’re often dubbed, have a deep passion to change the world. This group vouches for minorities and works to get people’s rights noticed. Think neo-hippies with their “fight the man!” attitude and “peace, love” prowess. Fandoms range from bands, to shows, to otaku. There’s one particular fandom that’s infamous for there *ahem* excessive use of gifs, but it’s actually really cute and creative, if you think about it. The hipsters have got this thing for cool shots and deep words. I really like their introspective and brooding look into the world. As a writer, I kinda relate. They’ve always got a keen, creative, descriptive eye, and that’s pretty valuable.
ANIME HAS RUINED MY LIFE *MOE EYES SMIZE*
I’ve really been into this kind of thing lately. I mean, I’ve always enjoyed the cuter things in life, and I grew up watching anime, but it’s been really pulling me in as of late. When I’m in college, I plan on studying abroad in Japan for a year or so. I love their youthful and childlike styles: lolita and kawaii. I really like how Mars Argo, Taylor R, Yours Truly-era Ariana Grande (not that I don’t love her style now, because I do love it still), and Mikan Mandarin dress. This aesthetic includes styles similar to theirs (as their styles are inspired by such), anime, manga, vocaloid, Japanese things, and cute things! I love how eccentric, wild, and free fashion is in Japan. Totally a-one.
THICK EYELINER AND SAD MUSIC
Most people have had an emo phase in their life (probably around 7th grade)—or at least most people I know. This aesthetic is usually made up of “sad” or “heavy” music, like punk rock, emocore, screamo, etc. Dark colors, dreary imagery, and deep, sorrowful or wise words float around the emo aesthetic. Being an outsider is often involved with this type of thinking. Although I’ve never been full-fledged emo (although I wanted to be one back in 7th grade—I just wasn’t allowed to practice the style *sigh*), I’ve always thought that thinking differently and doing what you want is super cool. Mind that there used to be a stereotype about emo people being depressed and romanticizing negativity, but this was more back in the day. Thankfully, with the positive movements of today, it’s more of just a style, aesthetic, and “unconventional” lifestyle, and anybody can take it up now. It’s pretty great how people can branch out on the edge like that.
So, there yahavvit—different aesthetics, all beautiful and cool. Remember, there’s way more, and stereotypes aren’t always necessarily accurate. You don’t have to be a part of just one group of people: it’s more important to love yourself and to be happy and healthy.
That’s the true aesthetic of life.