5 popular aesthetic trends from TikTok

From living on a farm and milking your cows, to dressing in all black and silver chains.

Celeste Lim

Yogurt lover with a Spotify playlist for every mood.

Published: 3 November 2020, 9:29 AM

Have you made Dalgona coffee, used a funny filter, or started learning a dance? If so, you most likely use TikTok regularly. 

You may have noticed something new trending every week, such as thrifting and vintage clothing

Niche aesthetics, basically subcultures revolving around a certain lifestyle or look, have also taken off on the social media platform.

In case you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the different aesthetics featured on your ‘For You’ page, here are some aesthetic trends and how you can achieve them.

1. Cottagecore

Cottagecore is an aesthetic inspired by living in the idyllic countryside, surrounded by nature and animals. Think popular Chinese YouTuber Liziqi, award-winning 2019 film Little Women or any Studio Ghibli movie.


A form of escapism, cottagecore has recently exploded in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic. PHOTO CREDIT: TWITTER/@MELANCHOLICMIND


If someone has a cottagecore aesthetic, they can likely be seen weaving flower crowns and writing poetry outdoors. While you cannot exactly play with your farm animals in Singapore, you can achieve the cottagecore aesthetic by wearing loose clothing in faded colours or making your own sourdough starter.


Singapore offers a variety of parks and nature reserves for your cottagecore fantasies. PHOTO CREDIT: TIKTOK/@KAYANTOAST


2. y2k

Remember those tamagotchis or Beyblades you played with when you were younger? Thanks to the y2k trend, they are back in trend.

Year 2000, more commonly known as y2k, is a style aesthetic inspired by how people dressed from the late 90’s to early 2000’s. Fuelled by nostalgia, the aesthetic features butterfly clips, vests and tiny sunglasses.


Another trademark of the y2k aesthetic is bright colours. PHOTO CREDIT: TIKTOK/@DINEAISH


To go back in time and rock the y2k aesthetic again, you can make beaded friendship bracelets or bring out your old Polly Pocket collection.



3. E-people

A shortened version of “electronic people”, e-girls and e-boys practically run TikTok. They usually don black from head to toe and adorn their outfits with silver chains. E-girls also typically have thick eyeliner and red blush across their noses.

E-people enjoy anime and video games – so most Singaporean youths are already close to becoming one of them! Some e-people have dyed bangs, a trend also seen on Blackpink’s Jennie and Billie Eilish.


Videos of ordinary people transforming to e-people are popular on TikTok. PHOTO CREDIT: TIKTOK/@JEROMEETANN

4. Soft people

The polar opposite of e-people, soft girls and boys embrace their inner child by decking out in pastel colours and heart motifs. With influences from Japan’s popular “kawaii” fashion, this aesthetic has a romantic, dreamy vibe. 


Soft girls tend to be fans of Sanrio characters.


While you may get a few stares if you prance around Singapore in a baby pink get-up, you can channel your inner soft person by collecting plush toys or watching an episode of My Little Pony.

5. Roller-skaters

Roller-skating started trending because of TikTok so it is no surprise that the roller aesthetic followed suit. These adrenaline junkies can be seen wearing bright colours and knee-high socks.


Roller skaters wear baggy clothes so it is easier to move while skating. PHOTO CREDIT: TIKTOK/@NJLTHEAWESOME


To kickstart your journey to becoming a roller, you can try out indoor skating at Hi-Roller.

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