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50 Affordable Dark Academia Outfits To Get Inspired By

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Are you looking to find affordable dark academia outfits? If so, here are 50 gorgeous outfits that are perfect for your next library visit. 

Let’s talk about the latest popular social media aesthetic: the dark academia.

At first glance, you might think it comes from anime; but it doesn’t. The dark academia aesthetic is a trend that revolves around the pursuit of learning, classic literature, and academics.

The core appeal of the aesthetic, according to aesthetics.wiki.com, is “pretentiousness and romanticizing education”. Dark academia, true to its seemingly gloomy name, has themes centered around mystery, secret societies, and cults.

Overall, it’s a great trend to get inspired by, as it encourages more than just outfit styling – when done right, you embrace the whole concept of continuous learning.

 

How To Style Dark Academia Outfits

 

Now, let’s get down to the fashion part.

With roots in the UK, dark academia fashion gives off a prep school, Oxford vibe. Think of prep school outfits like plaid skirts and blazers. However, because of its UK roots and its association with cold weather, most dark academia outfits include thick layers,  wooly sweaters, and long sleeves. 

Dark academia outfits are centered on the scholarly aesthetic, so clothing is usually made up of somber and muted colors such as brown and other dark shades, plaids, corduroy overalls and dresses, tights, vests, tailored pants, wool coats, and boots.

Plus, it’s not a complete dark academia outfit without some kind of scholarly item on you like a satchel or reading glasses. Throw in some actual classic literature books and a silver watch, and you’re basically all set.

It’s pretty easy to find dark academia outfit pieces from any online shop and retailer since the aesthetics listed above are common and widely available anywhere.

However, if you want a special dark academia outfit set that can’t be found anywhere else or actual vintage clothes, then Etsy is your best shop. 

Overall, these shops are your best bets to get dark academia outfits:

  • Etsy (for vintage/unique pieces)
  • Reformation (For sustainable, very high-quality pieces)
  • Uniqlo (lots of thick wooly clothing, sweaters, and dark trench coats!)
  • Urban Outfitters
  • Madewell (for some classic, minimalist clothing pieces)
  • Shein (super affordable pieces!)

With this said, let’s jump straight into the best dark academia outfits that we could find online!

 
 
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The Best Dark Academia Outfits To Shop This Fall 

1.

 

Cute ark academia outfit with argyle skirt and cardigan

Get this co-ord on Lulus

 

2.

 

Brown knitted sweater vest for dark academia outfits

Get this sweater vest on Etsy

 

3.

 

Dark academia blazer set

Get the outfit set on Etsy

 

4.

 

Plaid dress and top set from Etsy for dark academia outfits

Get this outfit set on Etsy

 

5.

 

Brown dark academia outfit with long plaid skirt

Get this skirt on Shein

 

6.

 

Cute dark academia outfit with houndstooth skirt

Get the skirt on Lulus

 

7.

 

Cute dark academia outfit with brown pants

Get these pants on Princess Polly

 

8.

 

Plaid dress and long-sleeved outfit set for dark academia outfits

Get this outfit set on Etsy

 

9.

 

Preppy oversized sweater and plaid skirt for dark academia outfits

Get this sweatshirt on Etsy

 

10.

 

Cute fall outfit with brown corduroy trousers

Get these pants on Petal + Pup

 

11.

 

Cute dark academia outfit with houdstooth blazer

Get this look on Shop The Mint: Blazer | Skort

 

12.

 

Khaki green dark academia fashion

Get this blouse on Etsy

 

13.

 

Dark green plaid dress

Get the brown plaid dress on Etsy

 

14.

 

Cute dark academia outfit with black thigh high boots

Get this skirt on Lulus

 

15.

 

Dark academia outfit with khaki vest and plaid skirt

Get this set on YesStyle

 

16.

 

Cute brown sweater vest outfit

Get this sweater vest on Shein

 

17.

 

Dark academia outfit with long brown skirt and blouse

Get this skirt at Reformation

 

18.

 

Cute dark academia outfit with brown blouse

Get this outfit on Etsy

 

19.

 

Cute taupe blazer outfit

Get this blazer on Princess Polly

 

20.

 

Tailored high waisted long shorts for dark academia outfits

Get these pants on Etsy

 

21.

 

Stylish casual dark academia outfit with black palazzo pants

Get these pants on Etsy

 

22.

 

Long brown blazer for dark academia outfits

Get this blazer on Nasty Gal

 

23.

 

Brown plaid blazer outfit with skirt

Get this look on Etsy

 

24.

 

Cute dark academia outfit with brown skirt and leather jacket

Get this skirt on Shein

 

25.

 

Brown long sleeve dress in dark academia outfit

Get this dress on Etsy

 

26.

 

Cute light academia outfit with cream cardigan

Get this cardigan on Princess Polly

 

27.

 

Cute dark academia outfit with plaid skirt and brown knee high boots

Get this skirt on Lulus

 

28.

 

Romantic brown dark academia outfit

Get this set on Etsy

 

29.

 

Dark academia shorts with Doc Martens boots

Get this short on Etsy

 

30.

 

Cozy burnt orange long cardigan outfit

Get this cardigan on Lane201

 

31.

 

Light academia Victorian blouse with lace

Get the blouse on Etsy

 

32.

 

Brown fall outfit with corduroy mini skirt and brown boots

Get this corduroy mini skirt at Reformation

 

33.

 

Cute brown dark academia outfit with plaid skirt

Get this skirt on Etsy

 

34.

 

Cute fall outfit with plaid skirt and black leather blazer

Get this look at Pink Lily: Blazer | Skirt

 

35.

 

Elegant dark academia outfit with long plaid skirt

Get this skirt on Etsy

 

36.

 

Cute dark academia outfit with tan striped sweater

Get this sweater at Reformation

 

37.

 

Brown high waisted shorts

Get these shorts at Etsy

 

38.

 

Cute dark academia outfit for fall with brown vegan leather shorts

Get these shorts at Lulus

 

39.

 

Long dark green plaid dress

Get this dress on Etsy

 

40.

 

Cute fall outfit with plaid dress and brown sweater

Get this mini dress at Pink Lily

 

41.

 

Dark green dark academia look

Get this dress on Etsy

 

42.

 

Brown corduroy dress for dark academia outfits

Get this overall dress on Shein

 

43.

 

Dark academia outfit with plaid midi skirt and white blouse

Get the blouse and skirt on YesStyle

 

44.

 

Cute dark academia asthetic look with black palazzo pants

Get these pants at Reformation

 

45.

 

Cute dark academia outfit with burnt orange overalls

Get this look on Lulus: Overalls | Sweater

 

46.

 

Chic fall outfit with black skirt and houndstooth sweater vest

Get this look at Pink Lily: Skirt | Sweater Vest

 

47.

 

Brown corduroy dress for dark academia outfits

Get this overall dress on Shein

 

48.

 

Muted sage green cropped blazer suit

Get this blazer on Nasty Gal

 

49.

 

Stylish dark academia outfit with corset skirt

Get this look on Etsy

 

50.

 

Cute gingham blazer outfit

Get this blazer at Princess Polly

 

Are you ready to build your dark academia outfit with a few favorites from this post? Let us know in the comments section! If you’re still looking for more fashion inspiration, check the posts down below.

 

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