noun: aesthetic; plural noun: aesthetics; noun: esthetic; plural noun: esthetics
Whether you've happened upon my Instagram and its unique feed, seen my outfits walking the halls, or viewed the layout of my blog, you’ve probably noticed that I put some extra effort into these various aspects of my life. Some would call the end result of these efforts an "aesthetic", as the pictures I present and styles I wear have a certain look to them. And because I've gotten a lot of questions on it recently- how I do it and if it's worth the time- I thought I'd share some insight.
So for all the people who have commented on my aesthetic, here's me putting it into words.
Here's how to achieve an aesthetic.
1. Find out what it means to you to have an aesthetic
Whenever people ask me to define 'aesthetic', it always takes me a second to put it in simple terms because having an aesthetic means different things for different people. For you, it could mean having filters that cover all your Instagram posts, unifying them with similar colors. It could mean having a style - or multiple styles - from which you create outfits every day. It could mean having an interior style that you want to design your house or apartment after. It could mean having a favorite type of music, genre of book, show, movie, time era, or way of living. The dictionary says it means having "a set of principles underlying and guiding the work of a particular artist or artistic movement". So really, it's whatever you want it to be. It's whatever tangibly shows the things that your inspired by and enjoy.
For me, it means having an Instagram feed that's aesthetically pleasing and having a style to create outfits from. In these things, I feel put together, organized, and even confident.
Take time to think about what having an aesthetic means in your life. Do you want it to be reflected online or offline? How could it positively impact your life?
2. Look for inspiration for your aesthetic
Sometimes it's hard to know how you want to showcase your aesthetic if you don’t know what it is. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can get inspiration if you’re at a loss. In my experience, following people on Instagram or Pinterest and saving stuff to boards has helped me develop my aesthetic.
I recommend starting by thinking of words that describe you- free, adventurous, classy, romantic, powerful- and find images that represent these words. Next incorporate your style- boho, 90's, grunge- through pictures of clothes and accessories. Below I have some examples of Pinterest boards that you could make with these things in mind.
You should also try to put a name to your aesthetic. It could be that mix between how you describe yourself and the style your drawn to. (For example, I would call my aesthetic 'refined urban' or because I like a mix of jewelry and casual clothing.)
3. Find ways to incorporate your aesthetic into your life
Whatever your aesthetic looks like, you may or may not already have it already incorporated into your style. But if not, I recommend starting easy, beginning first with applying filters on photos and moving next onto buying new clothes and accessories. Then continually allow your style to evolve to better represent you.
4. Be satisfied where you're at
For a closing note, I thought I'd mention that whether this is the first or hundredth time you've heard about aesthetics, know that this is simply a concept to express who you are and what you're passionate about through appearance. It's okay if you are just getting on board with the aesthetic game or have been working at an aesthetic for a long time. Wherever you are at, whatever your life looks like, know it is beautiful with or without an aesthetic. Absolutely beautiful.