Guide to Creating a Fashion Look Inspired by the Dark Academic Community

With roots in the classic Greek arts and 19th century England, dark academia is a romantic combination of muted earthy tones, tweed pants, and an armful of books. Imagine a cross between preppy and gothic fashion, and you’ll be getting close! Those in the community place a high value on thrifting, so if you’re looking to give the style a go, second hand should be the first place you turn. Not only can you find some genuine vintage pieces, but you’ll also pay a fraction of the price and leave a lighter footprint than buying new at

Tops Dark academia clothing are generally pretty simple, keeping to the neutral shades. Imagine yourself wearing a long dark trench coat, a blazer, a simple turtleneck top or sweater, and a white button-up shirt. And don’t be afraid to use multiple layers!



A good man and lady may be seen wearing white button-up shirts from ASKET The Shirt, which are sustainable and ship globally from Sweden. A basic white button-up is a great starting place to build a sustainable dark academia look! This one is made by ASKET and comes in both men’s and women’s sizes. It is constructed entirely out of cotton in both cases. ASKET has been creating timeless wardrobe essentials since 2015 with revolutionary sizing and fair pricing. The brand disregards seasonal collections, cuts out all the middlemen, and only sells directly to you—putting its entire focus on building a single permanent collection.


Australian-Canadian Megan Mummery started OhSevenDays to promote slow fashion and the ‘power of circularity’. Based in Istanbul, the brand reclaims end-of-roll fabrics from the city’s garment factories and creates sharp, everyday womenswear that’s as wearable as it is ethical. Essentially, it makes slow fashion from fast fashion’s leftovers! The clothing sold by OhSevenDays can be ordered in sizes ranging from XS to XL, or in a custom size entirely.


Nail the turtleneck dark academia fashion vibe with this fitted organic cotton sweater that comes in a range of colours. “Love Fashion, Think Organic, Be Responsible” are the maxims of LANIUS. The German brand uses eco-friendly materials, like GOTS certified cotton. All LANIUS facilities are SA8000 certified and it is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation.

Christy dawn

This iconic brown trench coat is a must-have for sustainable dark academia! The layering potentials are endless, from thrown over your shoulder to buttoned-up partway over a blazer. Christy Dawn is a spare showroom that sells locally made women’s clothing and footwear that is influenced by vintage fashion and made with leftover fabric. 


This olive skirt is another fantastic bottom layer to add to the ensemble. While you’re on Altar’s website, have a look at the really dark necklaces that are acceptable for academic settings and would look amazing with your outfit. The store known as Altar Dark academia clothing and specialises in alternative and bespoke apparel, as well as pharmacy and gifts. 

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