Are you an “It’s fall as soon as September 1 hits” person, or are you more of an “It’s fall as soon as the temperatures hit 65 degrees” person? We personally declare fall has begun as soon as we’re sick of summer and decide to pull out our favorite Rory Gilmore-esque sweater. Because let’s face it, nobody does fall fashion quite like the Gilmore girls.
Rory Gilmore is known for her preppy, cozy, dark academia looks (think: chunky sweaters, plaid skirts, tights, turtlenecks and simple jackets). If you aren’t in the know, dark academia went viral as a trend on TikTok in 2021 and is basically a preppy, fall style aesthetic with dark colors with Ivy League undertones. Former PureWow senior editor Dominique Hobdy wrote in her breakdown of the trend, “It’s an aesthetic that romanticizes academia, books and education with a focus on the classic European style of the literary greats. It’s what you would’ve worn to write a 20th century novel or the library carrel you’ve would have toiled away in at Harvard, circa 1919.” Rory Gilmore’s book infatuation, mixed with her naturally preppy style and obsession with the Ivy League make her a total posterchild for the trend. For the most part, dark academia consists of timeless pieces like blazers and turtlenecks in deeper hues, plaid prints and other preppy staples. For example, you cannot go wrong with loafers right now, which tie in perfectly with this aesthetic. Other fictional characters that may help you better visualize the look include Spencer Hastings from Pretty Little Liars, early seasons Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl, Paige Matthews from Charmed and Kathryn Merteuil from Cruel Intentions. (By the way, if you’re ready to rewatch Gilmore Girls just in time for cozy season, you can stream it on Apple TV+ or Netflix.)