Dark Academia With a Twist

Wearing ✶ Bespoke linen blouse Redbubble pin buttons as collar pins Old ASOS jumpsuit Redbubble Socks Redbubble tote bag Old Clarks Oxfords

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Late summer’s given way to dark, drizzly days, there’s a distinct chill in the air that invokes cosy evenings in front of the fire, and the apples are ripening in the orchard – after the long summer of lockdown, autumn is finally here and for most of us across the northern hemisphere, that means the beginning of a new school year.

My school days are long over, even in the American sense of University and grad school, and my second set of school days – as a parent that is! – are still a couple of years away. But that doesn’t mean I can’t bring you some back to school outfit inspiration in the ‘dark academia’ style I so adore! With a little twist of colour and print of course, thanks to Redbubble.

For this look, I wanted the core of my outfit to be quite utilitarian, yet timeless – a plain back boilersuit paired with a linen peter pan blouse. And then I added some pops of interest with the button pins doubling up as collar pins and socks to coordinate with them. Both the pins and socks are from Redbubble and feature similar folkloric patterns by Skaska. I have a deep and lasting fondness for folk art and art styles inspired by traditional patterns, and I love that with Redbubble I can get my favourite art styles on not just wall hangings and prints but accessories, clothing, notebooks, bags, and so much more.

The tote bag is also from Redbubble and the witchy print of moths and moons felt so classically autumn, it was the obvious choice. Incidentally, this bag is one of those rare accessories that causes strangers to compliment you on it and wish they had one like that (a shop assistant at the Body Shop last week who was v sweet!)

I might only be pretending to read The Odyssey in these photos but here’s an unexpected and lovely coincidence – this particular copy belongs to Owen but it’s the same translation of the Odyssey (E.V. Rieu, and a very enjoyable one) that I read as an undergrad! So that takes me right back to second semester and geeking out about The Classical and Christian Background. Which will be 15 years ago next spring, come to think of it. How ancient am I? As ancient as the greys in my hair indicate and probably a bit more than that!

4 thoughts on “Dark Academia With a Twist

  1. May I ask what you studied at University? (I have a master in History and Theology). Feels so very long ago and at the same time like yesterday.
    Lovely post as always. Thank you!

    1. English literature for my BA and my masters was in Cultures of Empire, Resistance and Postcoloniality (quite a mouthful!) And I know that feeling! Sometimes it’s hard to believe it’s been a decade and a half since I was a starry eyed undergrad!

  2. I love love your jumpsuit! I would so wear a similar outfit. Dark Academia is a fav of mine. Though I’m done technically with my schooling and I’m just waiting to be a DR, I love the setting and aesthetics of dark academia. Doesnt make it any better because work at a university lol

    1. You should totally go for it! And especially since you work in an university, that would be the perfect aesthetic <3

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