As we transition into the shorter and darker days of fall, a trend perfectly suited for the season has quietly emerged in the shadows: the gloomy girl aesthetic. For the uninitiated, the gloomy girl aesthetic embraces a darker mood. It is melancholic yet romantic, nostalgic yet sweet, allowing you to express feelings of sadness and introspection in a highly fashionable manner (think Wednesday Addams meet Little Women). Below, we present a few ways to channel your inner gloomy girl and master this intriguing trend.

Embrace The Shadows

The easiest way to embrace the gloomy girl aesthetic is to dress yourself in head-to-toe black. While that may sound boring, the colour’s versatility creates room for experimentation, encouraging you to try out shapes and textures that you might not typically wear. Consider integrating feminine pieces such as a pair of Mary Jane pumps and a quilted backpack into your ensemble. These subtle touches can add depth and character to your overall look, enhancing the gloomy girl vibe.

Women’s buckled cylindrical heel Mary Janes, Pixie platform Mary Janes, Lucy quilted backpack, and ruched nylon chain handle bag - CHARLES & KEITH

A Touch Of Melancholy

Indulge in a sense of wistful nostalgia with moody neutral tones. Choose those that possess a gently faded quality, evoking a feeling of rediscovered treasures. Feminine elements, such as subtle faded florals and delicate bow details, are emblematic of the signature gloomy girl aesthetic – pair the Rhea bow ballerinas and floral illustrated trapeze bag with edgier elements to create a compelling contrast in your outfit.

Women’s brogue leather T-bar Mary Janes, Rhea bow ballerinas, Arlys furry tote bag, and floral illustrated trapeze bag - CHARLES & KEITH

Folklore Allure

Another approach to the gloomy girl aesthetic is by combining vintage sophistication with the mystical allure of folklore. Think a washed-out crossbody bag, such as the Charlot, slung effortlessly over your shoulder, complemented by practical yet stylish ankle boots in shades of rich brown. These elements ground the ensemble in the pragmatic yet enchanting realm of everyday life, capturing the essence of a bygone era while infusing it with a modern twist.

Women’s buckled Mary Jane loafers, Bryn Chelsea boots, Charlot bag, and Gabine bucket bag - CHARLES & KEITH

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