The beauty of “Aesthetic”



(adj): concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty.

(noun): a set of principles underlying and guiding the work of a particular artist or artistic movement.

The word “Aesthetic” was first used in the Eighteenth Century with the definition of a branch of philosohy that deals with the nature of beauty and taste, as well as the philosophy of art.

In the late 20th Century, aesthetic has been brought back and widely used in the 21st Century, which is now; however, not everyone who put it to use is fully understand what it means. Therefor, I’d like to share what I know about this kind of art through this post.

“Art is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is an invention of philosophers.”

Octavio Paz

The concept of the Aesthetic

Introduced into the philosophical lexicon during the Eighteenth Century, the term ‘aesthetic’ has come to be used to designate, among other things, a kind of object, a kind of judgment, a kind of attitude, a kind of experience, and a kind of value.

Over these years, the word “Aesthetic” has been spreadly using by Millenial and Gen Z to describe artsy & fashion styles. To me, I define aesthetic art as a person’s private vision express in the form of beauty.

There are an unlimited number of aesthetic styles, but I’ll show you some of my favorite below.

Dark Academia + Light Academia

Originally based on European culture, dark academia style revolves around classic literature, with a focus on history and self discovery. Often times, this aesthetic is more mysterious and “dark” compared to other academia styles. 

Light academia is the opposite of dark academia, as it involves a heavy interest in literature, music, art, and history, with a more focus on the Renaissance and classical appeals in European history. 

Etheral + Fairycore

Ethereal by definition is the “extremely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world.” Common key objects for this aesthetics are “heavenly” angels, cathedrals, and nature.

Fairycore aesthetic is described as the surrounding of nature and magic, with the main theme of “spring”. Common objects for this aesthetic are butterflies, flowers, and soft animals like bunnies. 

Baddie + Softcore

The baddie aesthetic can be described as a girl who can pull off “badass” style or the new style of hip hop.

The softcore aesthetic is described as a “cute” culture, heavily influenced from the visual culture of popular Japanese entertainment, food, and style.

Grunge + Vaporwave

Grunge is based on 90s inspired clothes, with a huge influence from bands like nirvana. Could also be considered the new “emo” or “edgy”.  

The vaporwave clash of 1990 music or art, early internet designs, purple and pink neon colors, new “retro”. Vaporwave has been described as a tongue-in-cheek commentary on modern consumerism and the soulless glamour of late capitalism.

Art Hoe + Vintage

Art Hoe is heavily based on one’s love for art and their connection to nature, with key items such as famous paintings and sunflowers. 

The vintage aesthetic imitates the style of the previous fashion eras. A very popular example is the subgenre of the 90s nostalgia aesthetic. 


At the end of this post, I hope you enjoyed the new concept of art, which is aesthetic, in many different styles.

See ya!!!

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