Disclaimer: This quiz is for fun and should not be used to make any permanent decisions.
Hey there! Welcome to our style aesthetic quiz. This quiz is designed to help you figure out what your personal aesthetic might be. Aesthetic, as you probably know, refers to the overall look and feel of something. It’s often used to describe art, fashion, design, and even lifestyles.
Aesthetic Test Instructions
Is your aesthetic more dark academia, light academia, or cottagecore? Are you a soft girl, a baddie, or an e-girl? If you’re not sure what your style is, take this quiz to find out.
Answer the following questions as truthfully as possible. Be sure to read each question carefully! After you’re finished, tally up your score and check the key at the end of the quiz to see what your aesthetic is. Good luck!
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Cottagecore (also known as Farmcore and Countrycore) is a social media movement fostering the idea of living a simple rural lifestyle; local food, artisans, animals, forests, gardens, flowers, and no technology.
Cottagecore embodies the idea of a sustainable lifestyle in harmony with nature. Aesthetically, it’s a nod to the traditional, romantic, and nostalgic English countryside.
Softgirl is a fashion style based on a deliberately cutesy, sensitive look. It's popular among some young women on social media.
Key colors: Pastel pink, white, pastel cyan
Key values: Being sweet, kind, happy, chill, cute
VSCO girl is a term originating in Summer, 2019, based on the photography app VSCO. Although the subculture itself did not originate from the app, the two are related somewhat. VSCO girls often use the phrases "and I oop" and/or "sksksksk" and are often compared to E-Girl (though aesthetically speaking, the two are opposites). The fashion is described as preppy but laid-back. They're also associated with Hydroflasks, (a type of reusable water bottle), Polaroid cameras, TikTok, and the "save the turtles" movement.
VSCO Girl style consists of scrunchies, Fjällräven Kånken backpacks, oversized shirts, Nike shorts, and the often judged combination of sandals and socks. Then again, they also wear Vans, Crocs, and Birks. They seem to be stereotyped, with people imitating them on the app TikTok. Common phrases they have are 'save the turtles', 'and I oop-' and 'sksksksk'.
They are also known to have a Hydroflask, and also have a Jeep. Additionally, they also own shell necklaces and will sometimes wear a tube top and jean shorts along with some friendship jewelry. Hobbies they are known to do are trampolining, sleepovers and are almost always at Starbucks. Their hairstyles are mostly known to be a messy bun.
Values: Positive vibes, Creating a positive online environment, Being eco-friendly, Positivity.
VSCO is a family of aesthetics named in reference to a photography app called VSCO (formerly known as VSCO Cam), created by Joel Flory and Greg Lutze in 2011. VSCO gained prominence with its in-app suite of features that allow users to edit with preset filters and tools. Since its rise in popularity, the VSCO aesthetics have rolled over into other platforms.
E-girl, an abbreviation of electronic girl, is a type of feminine alternative aesthetic similar to Pastel Goth and Plant Mom. Although the term E-Girl was coined to describe a type of girl who uses the TikTok app, the e-girl aesthetic dates back to early to mid-2010s Tumblr.
E-Girl fashion takes inspiration from Emo, Scene, Goth, Grunge, and anime. They also tend to wear their geekiness on their sleeves and will either wear clothing showing off this geeky side, if not getting into outright cosplay with some of their fashion choices. Make-up wise, many E-Girls will often draw on freckles, put heavy amounts of blush on the bridge of their nose or their upper cheeks, draw wings on the corners of their eyes with eyeliner, and otherwise have an over-the-top look to them. (Tend to be oversexualized.)
Grunge fashion of the late 1980s and early-mid 1990s was often purchased out of thrift stores at the time. Some will argue it was done out of a rejection of the fashions of the time. It's generally agreed that it's because it was cheaper as, at the time, most grunge artists were dirt poor. As the fashion became more mainstream, editor of men's magazine Details James Truman was quoted in 1993, "to me the thing about grunge is it's not anti-fashion, it's unfashion. Punk was anti-fashion. It made a statement. Grunge is about not making a statement, which is why it's crazy for it to become a fashion statement."
The Twee aesthetic largely involves a cheerful range of colors, often displayed by Wes Anderson's filmography. Saturated pastels, home-y shades of tan and brown, and bright primary colors are some examples. These are color coordinated to an un-naturalistic extent, creating an idealized, perfect image. For example, a room made up of only cherry red, arsenic green, and gold is considered Twee.
The visuals of Twee involves an amalgamation of different vintage objects. Outdated technology is also appreciated over its modern counterparts because of their uniqueness and aesthetic value. Rotary phones, vintage bicycles, vinyl record players, typewriters, and telegrams are some examples of this. Curios such as taxidermy, ornate vases, dollhouses, etc. are also appreciated. In general, appearance is valued over practicality.
Patterns are incredibly important in the Twee aesthetic, and can often be contrasted with each other. Polka dots, stripes, herringbone, etc. are some examples, but Twee fashion companies often create their own novelty patterns, such as ones with cats, flowers, food, etc.
Tweed blazers, sweater vests, and anything that reminds you of prep school or a fancy (and much too expensive) East Coast university are staples for this aesthetic. The “dark” wording, though, simply means the tones of your outfit skew on the darker side and typically include browns and blacks, like Bella Hadid’s blazer.
Some of you might be wondering what an aesthetic is and why it’s important to have one. Aesthetic refers to the principles underlying or inspiring works of art, architecture, literature, design, music, etc. Basically, aesthetics are things that look good together!
The term “aesthetics” refers to a person’s style, the clothes they choose to put on, and the way they decorate their homes. Thousands of tags on Tumblr feature the word “aesthetic,” which has made it popular among users. E-girls, soft girls, and normcore are just a few examples of aesthetics.
Fast-forward to 2022, when the popularity of Instagram and TikTok is exploding, and there are now millions more who have become a major aspect of culture and fashion. I’m talking about pop punk’s making a come back thanks to Olivia Rodrigo (a real teen queen), and you can find hundreds of thousands of soft girl hashtags on TikTok.
Aesthetic Clothing Types
Cottagecore is one example of a design style that celebrates a rustic lifestyle. Soft girl is another popular aesthetic, which includes pastel-colored clothing and barrettes. Many individuals select their look based on their own personality and the activities that make them happy.
Dark academia, one of the most popular designs, is inspired by European culture and classic literature. The dark academia genre is named for works like “Pride and Prejudice,” “Little Women,” “Madame Bovary,” and “1984” (which are all required reading in the dark academic community). Literature from this style is not only included but also in particular movies and songs.
When it comes to movies, The Dreamers, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, and Black Swan are all excellent dark academic films that should be added to an IMDB watchlist. If you like music, you can listen to numerous hours-long playlists on YouTube to feel as if you’re living the dark dream of academia.
The appreciation of learning, knowledge, and wisdom is an important component of this appearance. This adds greater meaning to the aesthetic than simply pictures of books and brown clothing.
VSCO is a series of editing tools and presets used by photographers to create a certain aesthetic. It started with an app called VSCO Cam, created in 2011, but has since rolled over into other platforms like Adobe Lightroom.
Creating a positive online environment
Why Should I Know What My Aesthetic Is?
Your aesthetic is important because it helps you communicate who you are to the world. It’s a way of expressing your personality and taste without saying a word.
Think about it this way: when you meet someone for the first time, what do you notice about them? Their clothes, their hair, their makeup, their accessories… all of these things say something about who they are. And that’s exactly what your aesthetic does too!