20 Most Popular Aesthetic Outfits You can Shop Right Now

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The term aesthetic describes a collection of physical and visual elements and patterns belonging to a community or subculture.

As such, aesthetic outfits are clothes, shoes, and accessories with visual prints, patterns, and colors characteristic of a culture or social movement.

Over time, collections of outfits (clothes, shoes, and accessories) that follow a particular aesthetic form a fashion style.

From Barbiecore’s feminine vibe, Y2K’s nostalgia, and Goth’s mysterious allure to the Korean’s sophisticated minimalism, these are the 20 coolest aesthetic outfits you should try.




1. Barbiecore

Barbiecore Aesthetic Outfits

The Barbiecore outfits exude a doll-like charm evocative of the 2000s fashion era while capturing the essence of the iconic unapologetically feminine doll.

The resurgence of the Barbiecore aesthetic is attributed to the release of the Barbie movie and celebs like Bella Poarch, Margot Robbie, Hailey Bieber, and Dua Lipa, who propelled Barbiecore aesthetic outfits further into the media spotlight.

Barbie Movie Aesthetic Outfits

High-fashion designer brands like Maison Valentino and Miu Miu have adopted the Barbiecore aesthetic, infusing their collections with Barbie-like charm and femininity, thus broadening the aesthetic’s reach in the haute couture world.

Popular clothes and shoes in Barbiecore aesthetic outfits are a pink standout designer dress, pink satin cropped tops, faux fur coats in pastel hues, high-waist pink denim shorts, pink platform heels, glitter jelly sandals, and white knee-high boots.

Barbiecore Tweed Jacket & Skirt Co-Ord Barbie aesthetic dress
Barbiecore skirt Barbie aesthetic dress

The Barbiecore aesthetic outfits are accessorized with hot pink crystal chokers, oversized sunglasses, heart-shaped handbags, headbands, and rhinestone hoop earrings.

Barbie aesthetic shoes Barbie Aesthetic Bag

2. Grunge

Grunge Aesthetic Outfits

Inspired by Seattle’s angst-filled grunge music scene of the late 80s and early 90s and seeped into the high fashion world by Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang, Grunge aesthetic outfits are trending.

Grunge’s unapologetic anti-fashion and anti-consumerism sentiment allowed the youth to protest against societal norms and the ‘excess’ that characterized the 80s.

Grunge Aesthetic Outfits

Fashion icons like Gigi Hadid and Kristen Stewart keep the Grunge fashion style alive with unique outfits that showcase Grunge’s signature loose and layered clothing.

Essential clothes and shoes in Grunge aesthetic outfits are oversized flannel shirts, distressed jeans, black leather jackets, baggy sweaters, band tees, combat boots, and Converse sneakers.

Choker necklaces, beanies, slouchy knit hats, and round sunglasses are required to complete the grunge outfit.

Graphic Oversized Zip Up Hoodie Ruched All Over Print Top
High Waist Mermaid Split Denim Skirt Square Frame Fashion Glasses with Box

 




3. Preppy

Preppy Aesthetic Outfits

Steeped in the traditional aesthetics of the British countryside and elite American educational institutions of the early 1900s, the Preppy outfits are trendy thanks to growing interest in the timeless preppy style.

The Preppy aesthetic features patterns such as tartan, argyle, and gingham, countryside colors, and natural materials like cotton, wool, and leather.

Preppy aesthetic outfits

Clothes like Navy blazers, polo shirts, chinos, button-down shirts, pleated skirts, argyle socks, and loafers are critical to the Preppy look.

Accessories like pearl necklaces, silk scarves, and stripy leather belts from brands like Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers, and Tommy Hilfiger are mandatory for any Preppy aesthetic outfit.

While it may seem old-fashioned to some, the Preppy way of dressing remains relevant thanks to high-profile celebs like Kate Middleton and Emma Watson.

Notch Collar Double Button Blazer Cable Knit Lantern Sleeve Sweater preppz aesthetic outfit
Qutie Plaid Print Fold Pleated Skirt preppy outfit Faux Pearl & Bow Decor Ankle Strap Pumps

4. Emo

Emo Aesthetic Outfits

The Emo aesthetic originates in the Emo subculture, where “Emo” is short for “emotional hardcore” or “emocore,” hence the emphasis on emotional expression, both lyrically in the music and visually through fashion.

The aesthetic draws on the darker elements of punk fashion while adding a layer of emotional intensity and introspection, hence the focus on black clothing, heavy makeup, and personal grooming that reflects a sense of angst and inner turmoil.

emo aesthetic clothing

The Emo dressing style became popular among teenagers thanks to bands like Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cure, Panic! at The Disco, Fallout Boy, Paramore, and My Chemical Romance.

Emo aesthetic outfits included black skinny jeans, striped tops, fishnets, Converse or checkered Vans, heavy eyeliner, piercings, choppy bangs in dark or colorful shades, wristbands, and fingerless gloves.

The resurgence of the emo aesthetic is tied to the return of emo and pop-punk music, with musicians like Machine Gun Kelly and YUNGBLUD leading the revival.

Rib High Neck Stripe Long Sleeve Tee emo outfit Ripped Skinny Jeans emo outfit
Simple Fishnet Tight emo outfit Vans Old Skool checkerboard sneakers emo outfit




5. Cyberpunk

Cyberpunk Aesthetic Outfits

The Cyberpunk aesthetic outfits originate from the Cyberpunk science fiction subgenre of the 1980s, known for portraying a futuristic dystopian society where technology, artificial intelligence, and cybernetics meld with a degraded social order.

The resurgence of the Cyberpunk aesthetic in 2023 aligned with the growing popularity of futuristic and dystopian media, including “Altered Carbon” and the video game “Cyberpunk 2077.”

Cyberpunk Aesthetic Outfits

Cyberpunk aesthetic outfits embody the dark and dystopian roots of the Cyberpunk styles; main clothes and accessories include high-tech tops with LED lights, neon-accented leather jackets, black multi-pocketed and strapped cargo pants, holographic skirts, tech combat boots, LED visor glasses, and fingerless gloves.

With collections that merge high-tech elements with urban streetwear, brands like ACRONYM, Alexander Wang, and Yohji Yamamoto’s Y-3 demonstrate an affinity for the Cyberpunk aesthetic.

PULLOVER HOODIE WITH SLEEVE ZIPPERS Metallic silver biotech pant
Wedge Platform Bootie cyberpunk outfit MICROCHIP RECHARGEABLE MASK

6. Kawaii

Kawaii Aesthetic Outfits

The Kawaii aesthetic has Japanese origins and embodies a world of childlike charm and cuteness, emphasizing soft pink hues, glimmers of glitter, radiant rainbows, and adorable fluffy animals.

Most Kawaii outfits comprise clothes, shoes, and accessories like checked mini tennis skirts, oversized sweaters with adorable cartoon prints, white or striped knee-high socks, stockings, and chunky sneakers.

Brands like WC and Angelic Pretty and celebrities like Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande popularize Kawaii styles globally, making them a major fashion trend.

Kawaii Cartoon Graphic Top-stitching Tee Kawaii Solid Contrast Lace Pleated Skirt
Striped Pattern Over Knee Length Socks Style Street Style Sport Shoes Outdoor Fashion Casual Shoes kawaii aesthetic outfit




7. Goth

Goth Aesthetic Outfits Jenna Ortega Kim Kardashian

Dark, edgy, and filled with intrigue, the Goth fashion style originated from the late 70s and early 80s gothic rock scene, particularly from bands like Bauhaus, Joy Division, and Sisters of Mercy.

Essential clothes, shoes, and accessories in Goth aesthetic outfits include black velvet dresses, corset tops, high-waist fishnet tights, platform boots, Victorian-era-inspired lace gloves, silver piercings, and hair extensions.

Variants of the Goth aesthetic include Pastel Goth, Lolita Goth, Victorian Goth, and Deathrockers, each exemplified by a blend of aesthetic outfits and cultural and historical influences.

HOOK EYE CORSET top goth aesthetic outfit Layered Tulle Maxi Skirt goth aesthetic outfit
Knee High Platform Boots goth aesthetic outfit lace gloves goth aesthetic outfit

8. Dark Academia

Dark Academia Aesthetic Outfits

Dark Academia emerged in 2021 as one of the prominent aesthetic clothing trends, especially on internet platforms.

Dark Academia aesthetic outfits are rooted in the styles of 1900s British prep schools, the works of the Brontë sisters, Oscar Wilde, and Jane Austen, Gothic architecture, and Baroque, Renaissance, and Greek arts.

A typical Dark Academia aesthetic outfit comprises vintage cardigans, tweed blazers, turtlenecks, checked trousers, brogues, or loafers in black, dark brown, charcoal, and forest green shades.

HIGH NECK FORM FITTED TEE dark academia aesthetic outfit Button Front V Neck Dress
Minimalist Flatform Penny Loafers Simple Solid Beret

9. Light Academia

Light Academia Aesthetic Outfits

The Light Academia aesthetic is an optimistic variant of the Dark Academia aesthetic, focusing on the European intellectual heritage and classical arts.

The Light Academia aesthetic outfits reflect a preppy, university-inspired style, enhanced by lighter hues like white, cream, beige, and soft pastels.

Staple clothes, shoes, and accessories for a Light Academia aesthetic outfit include button-down shirts, pleated skirts, vintage-inspired cardigans, brogues, or ballet flats, paired with ruffle socks, hair ribbons, and classic watches.

oversized shirt in white light academia outfit solid Pleated Knot Side Skirt
Lace-up Front Oxford Shoes, Women's Brown Solid Color Neutral Flat Shoes Solid Bowknot Hair Clip




10. Indie

Indie Aesthetic Outfits

The term “Indie” in the Indie aesthetic is short for “Independent,” hence the style’s aim to depict freedom, non-conformity, and independence.

The Indie dressing style was a big part of the 90s fashion, emerging from the Indie rock music scene and bands like The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, and Vampire Weekend.

Indie aesthetic outfits are built around band tee and cropped tops, flower embroidered knits, crochets, baggy pants, skater jeans, striped dungarees, Vans or Converse shoes, bucket hats, clay jewelry, and sunglasses with a vintage touch.

Thanks to influencers like Alexa Chung and Florence Welch, Indie aesthetic outfits are trending again.

Knit V-neck Colorful Stripe Criss Cross Cami Top Indie Aesthetic Outfit Denim Solid Oversized Jeans Indie Aesthetic Outfit
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Lift hi sneakers with flower embroidery in black Indie Aesthetic Outfit Solid Quick Dry Fabric Tie Detail Bucket Hat Indie Aesthetic Outfit

11. Y2K

Y2K Aesthetic Outfits

Emerging in the late 1990s and early 2000s – an era of techno-optimism and futuristic fascination – the Y2K aesthetic draws from the allure of the digital world and cyberspace.

Films like Hackers, Jawbreaker, Legally Blonde, and Mean Girls and celebs like Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Christina Aguilera, and Lindsay Lohan showcase quintessential Y2K fashion.

Y2K fashion style example

With edgeless clothes made of iridescent materials emulating the rainbow sheen of CDs and in colors like Bondi blue, silver, and pastel pink, the Y2K styles depict a utopian future and fascination with the digital realm.

Essential clothes, shoes, and accessories in Y2K aesthetic outfits include camisoles, cropped tops, low-rise flared jeans, high-rise cargo pants, platform or pointed-toe heels, and baguette shoulder bags.

PINK TEXTURE SHEER LETTUCE HEM SPAGHETTI STRAP CAMI TOP y2k aesthetic outfit Denim Stripes Flared Jeans Y2K Aesthetic Outfit
Women High Heeled Mules Clear PVC Pointed Toe Double Bow Rhinestones Embellished Wedding Sandals Y2K Aesthetic Outfit CHOCOLATE PU CROC MINI GRAB BAG

12. Boyish

Boyish Aesthetic Outfits

With roots in the Tomboy movement, the Boyish aesthetic defies conventional gender norms by embodying the idea of carefree, sassy, tough, wild girls.

Sported by celebrities such as Kristen Stewart, Ruby Rose, and Jaden Smith, famous for their gender-fluid androgynous fashion styles, the Boyish look is built with essentials from men’s wardrobes.

Key clothes and accessories for any Boyish aesthetic outfits include oversized shirts, boyfriend jeans, camo clothing, leather or denim jackets, flannel shirts, combat boots, and baseball caps.

Round Neckline Graphic Short Sleeve Tee Boyish Aesthetic Outfits  Plaid Print Drop Shoulder Shirt Boyish-Aesthetic-Outfits
Dr. Martens Dr. Martens women's boots Boyish Aesthetic Outfits BLACK PLAIN BASEBALL CAP




13. Cottagecore

Cottagecore Aesthetic Outfits

Cottagecore, or Farmcore or Countrycore, draws aesthetics from the Regency and Edwardian eras and showcases a romanticized interpretation of rural life.

Depicted in films like Little Women, Sense And Sensibility, and Sound Of Music, Cottagecore aesthetics permeate media.

Cottagecore aesthetic outfits consist of high-waisted, flowy maxi dresses with wide necklines and floral patterns, gingham or silk headwear, and handmade wooden accessories.

By featuring Victorian-era silhouettes, puff sleeves, and delicate lace trims, designers like Batsheva Hay and Lirika Matoshi highlight the Cottagecore way of dressing in their latest collections.

Floral Puff Sleeve Split Maxi Dress Cottagecore Aesthetic Outfit Crochet Hair Band
Lace-up Front Chunky Heeled Classic Boots Bamboo Net Hollow Out Tote Bag

14. Baddie

Baddie Aesthetic Outfits

The Baddie aesthetic emerged around the 2010s as a Streetwear style variation popularized by African-American female hip-hop artists like Rihanna, Niki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Cardi B, Doja Cat, and Megan Thee Stallion.

Popular Baddie aesthetic clothes and shoes include tube and cropped tops, bodysuits, camo pants, sweatpants, street-style hoodies, puffer jackets, tight, ripped jeans, high-top Nike Air 1, and Old Skool Vans.

Baddie Aesthetic Outfits

Accessories like hoop earrings, gold chains, sunglasses, and large logo designer bags are central to the Baddie look.

In recent years, the style was revived by influencers like Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian and their collaborations with brands like Gucci, Prada, Supreme, and Fashion Nova.

WHITE LAWN CLUB PRINT FITTED CROP T SHIRT Baddie Aesthetic Outfit BLACK SIDE TOGGLE DETAIL CROPPED TANK
Distressed Raw Trim Skinny Jeans Nike Air Max 90 trainers in white

15. Coquette

Coquette Aesthetic Outfits

The Coquette aesthetic originates in 18th-century France – ‘Coquette’ means ‘a woman who flirts’ – and displays flirtatious behavior and feminine charm through clothing and accessories.

The aesthetic is defined by patterns such as florals, lace detailing, satin or silk fabrics, ribbons, and bows in powder blue, blush pink, and creamy white, evoking the innocent, soft, and romantic but flirtatious appeal of a coquette.

Nowadays, the coquette fashion style is popularized by celebs like Alexa Chung and Zooey Deschanel and brands like Anthropologie, Free People, and Reformation with their feminine, romantic, and whimsical clothes.

Lace Off-shoulder Long Sleeve Tee Lace Star Pattern Ruffle Maxi Skirt
Layered Faux Pearl Multi Strap Chunky Heeled Sandals




16. 80s Aesthetic

80s aesthetic outfits

The 80s outfits draw aesthetic roots from the fashion styles of the 1980s, where maximalism patterns reigned supreme, like jackets with oversized shoulder pads, high-waisted jeans, and windbreakers in neon colors.

With outfits often mimicked by the masses, celebrities like Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, and Michael Jackson and TV shows like Miami Vice and The Golden Girls impacted the decade’s aesthetic.

Thanks to designer brands like Balmain, Marc Jacobs, and Saint Laurent, we see the 80s aesthetic outfits experiencing a resurgence.

Vintage Neon Colorblock Batwing Lightweight Jacket 80s Aesthetic Outfit LIGHT BLUE WASH BOYFRIEND JEANS
Square Frame Fashion Glasses Nike Jordan Air 1 Mid sneakers in white and blue

17. 90s Aesthetic

90s Aesthetic Outfits

The 90s aesthetic originates from diverse influences that marked the 90s fashion, including African-American Hip-hop, Grunge, Preppy, and Y2K subcultures and their styles.

Characteristic clothes, shoes, and accessories of the 90s aesthetic outfits include body-hugging tops, baggy cargo jeans, heels, and matrix-like sunglasses, as sported by Kim Kardashian and Darrel Hunter but in a modern spin.

PINK BODY PRINTED RACER CROP TOP Cargo Drawstring Straight Leg Pants
BLACK EXTREME RUCHED HANDLE SHOULDER BAG Acrylic Irregular Frame Black Sunglasses For Outdoor

18. Vintage

Vintage Aesthetic Outfits

In an embodiment of nostalgia, the vintage aesthetic borrows patterns and styles from bygone eras as vintage clothes range from 20 to 100 years ago.

Vintage aesthetic outfits combine band T-shirts from the 60s with the flared silhouettes of 70s bellbottom jeans in the 80s neon colors and shoes and accessories from the 90s.

Tube Paisley Ruched Crop Top Denim Beaded Stitch Flared Trousers
GREEN EXTREME RUCHED HANDLE SHOULDER BAG Colorblock Ankle Strap Platform Pumps




19. Korean Aesthetic

Korean Aesthetic Outfits

The Korean aesthetic, which lies at the heart of the K-Fashion style, has gained global attention thanks to the popularity of Korean pop subculture, particularly K-pop music and K-dramas.

Korean aesthetic outfits combine traditional clothes, like the Hanbok, with eclectic garments from the Korean streetwear fashion style, like high-waist wide-leg pants, oversized blazers, and chunky sneakers.

By sporting Korean aesthetic outfits from STYLENANDA and Chuu, members of BTS and BLACKPINK are iconic figures of this unique dressing style.

Lapel Collar Split Back Single Button Blazer Korean Aesthetic Outfit Cargo Knotted Pocket Wide Leg Trousers
letter Graphic Lace-up Front Chunky Sneakers BLACK SLIM POINTED CAT EYE SUNGLASSES

20. Soft Girl

Soft Girl Aesthetic Outfits

Rooted in Japanese Kawaii and Western Y2K subcultures, the Soft Girl aesthetic reflects the wearer’s love for cute patterns and pastel colors.

Popular Soft Girl aesthetic outfits incorporate A-line skirts, oversized sweaters, cropped tops, schoolgirl uniforms in pastel colors, layered jewelry, hair clips, and scrunchies.

Public figures like the K-pop star Sana from Twice and fashion influencer Emma Chamberlain have been spotted in Soft Girl outfits, encouraging the trend’s popularity.

Clothing brands like UNIF and Brandy Melville often feature pieces that align with the Soft Girl aesthetic, making them go-to brands for those wanting to embrace this style.

V-neck Floral Ruffle Hem Crop Top Soft Girl Aesthetic Outfit Denim Middle Waist Bowknot Pleated Lace Trim Mini Skirt
Toile de Jouy Pattern Hair Band Butterfly Hair Clips




Key Takeaways

Aesthetics and their use in making garments and accessories of unique fashion styles will continue to evolve, reflecting changing times, values, influences, and trends.

What remains constant is each aesthetic’s capacity to encapsulate the spirit of the times and the wearer’s individuality.

So, whether you gravitate towards the classic Preppy aesthetic or the vibrant Y2K style, remember that the outfits you wear are an extension of who you are and, thus, powerful tools for self-expression.

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A University of Oxford graduate in Design History, Katherine Saxon is researching arising TikTok cultures from a consumer psychology perspective while covering emerging aesthetics in fashion and beauty for TheVOU, Forbes, Business Insider, and more.

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15 COMMENTS

  1. Great article about the best aesthetic outfits right now, here are a few more suggestions, hope you can check and include:
    E-Girl – you already have it.
    VSCO Girl. Named after the popular photo editing app (pronounced visco) this type of style includes white sneakers or Birkenstocks, high-waisted jeans or shorts, oversized T-shirts, and scrunchies.
    Soft Girl – you already have it.
    Grunge – you already have it.
    Cottagecore – my fav, you already have it.
    Normcore – how about this one?
    Art Hoe – I’d also love to know more about this one!!!!!
    Light Academia – you already have it.

  2. Love this article about the best cottagecore aesthetic outfits in 2022 and I wonder if you can help with a list of affordable aesthetic outfits that we can find and buy from international (cheap Asian stores) online stores. Thank you.

  3. Damn! these are some really cool outfits for 2022. I really loved the Indie aesthetic outfits. Thanks for sharing these wonderful outfit collection.

  4. I recommend you to take a look at dollskill for grunge aesthethic. They’re number one when it comes to black outfits. I recommend cosmique studio for indie aesthetic. Also could you write a blog about indie aesthetic, please? And it would be great if you list the stores that sell clothes in this style. <3

  5. I love it! Very detailed, bravo! I really love your blogs. I learn new things with every blog. Keep doing this job, you’re awesome. Lately I’ve been interested in the grunge aesthetic and the baddie aesthetic style. It would be great if you write articles in these areas as well. I especially love blogs with store listings. If you write a nice blog about baddie aesthetic, you will make me and your other followers really happy. Thanks 🙂

  6. Amazing article about aesthetic clothing and fashion, I wonder if you could share a bit of Asian aesthetics as well. I run a clothing store that delivers super Indian aesthetic outfits, you might want to give us a try, and would appreciate it if you could let your audience know about us. Many thank!

  7. Fantastic read! Accessories truly have the power to transform any outfit. The emphasis on versatility and the play with textures are game-changers. Personally, I can’t wait to experiment with layering delicate necklaces for a chic, boho vibe this spring. Thanks for the inspiration!”

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