We’ve seen a lot of style trends come and go over the years, but the return of this latest one is something we’re more than ready for: the airy aesthetic.
It’s a mixture of soft, dreamy cottagecore with a focus on lace, ruffles and flowy silhouettes that we can easily introduce into our everyday style, just like @playingwithfiiree does on our TikTok below.
@slicedotca In love with all these lewks 😭💖 #etherealaesthetic #etherealclothing #outfitinspos #fairycore ♬ original sound – Ian Asher
We’ve watched this trend gradually come back into our lives in recent months with the resurgence of balletcore and coquette-style, but now it’s fully taking over. According to Pinterest Predicts, “combining ethereal sensuality with the dreamlike quality of ballet, this trend is a gender-agnostic expression of femininity and strength.”
So, grab your lace tops, tulle sleeves, ruffle shirts and sheer trousers, as we break down how you can get the look.
How to get the airy aesthetic
Dive into the trend, from head-to-toe
If you have a big event coming up or simply enjoy going above and beyond with your looks, take the airy aesthetic to the max with a black, sheer frill-filled dress.
Floerns Women’s Spaghetti, Amazon, $64.
Frills, frills, frills galore
Speaking of frills — a key element to the aesthetic — take it to the max, whether it’s in a skirt, frilled shirt or a floor-length gown. Basically, just make sure frills are incorporated somewhere.
AFAVOM Ballet Skirt, Amazon, $20.
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Yes, black can be part of the airy aesthetic
Just because cottagecore and balletcore focus on soft pastels, it doesn’t mean the airy aesthetic won’t work if you’re someone who likes darker shades. If you’re going to wear dark colours though, add soft elements to lighten the overall feel of the look. After all, this trend is all about subtlety.
Long Floral Maxi Dress, Amazon, $23.
Add in plenty of small ethereal touches
Make good use of the soft colours and flowy materials of the trend by using them as an add-on to your overall look. Adding elements such as knits, satins or silks gives the look that airy feel. Emma Chamberlain’s knit shirt here is a perfect example of that.
Women Y2K Hollow Out Top Long Sleeve, Amazon, $50.
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Add the aesthetic into maternity wear
When it comes to maternity wear, I will never be able to resist the temptation of including Rihanna’s looks in a roundup. This black lace look will always be a vibe.
Avidlove Women Lingerie Lace Dress, Amazon, $30.
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Keeping it silky sweet
Silk is the perfect way to add this style into your everyday wardrobe, and the best part is it can be dressed up dressed down, making it ideal for any situation.
Alcea Rosea Women’s Silky Satin Dress, Amazon, $29.
It’s all about the accessories
Although not directly similar to Kylie Jenner’s red carpet look here, we’re pulling inspiration from her sheer top and singular arm sleeve. You can DIY the airy aesthetic to any outfit by adding sheer elements or accessories to your look.
Verdusa Women’s Sheer Lace Top and Sleeves, Amazon, $32.
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Barely-there sheer will be hot this summer
Long sheer dresses are definitely going to be the vibe this summer, so why not beat the heat and look iconic while doing it?
Floor-Length Floral Lace Gown, Amazon, $27.
Old but gold
We’re feeling inspired by this iconic photo of Rihanna from 2016. Always ahead of a trend, this almost sheer, off-the-shoulder flowy gown has airy aesthetic written all over it. Perfect for a summer picnic, or a walk around town, it’s versatile, cute and comfortable — what more could you possibly want in a look?
LOGENE Women’s Summer Dress, Amazon, $53.
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