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Dark Academia Fashion Is Moody, Literary, and Trending

As someone who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in literature and whose favorite literary genre is dark academia, I cannot describe the immense joy I feel now that the literary phenomenon has jumped off the page and into our closets.

Dark academia fashion calls out our obsession with romanticizing all things intellectual. It’s classic and European, romantic and tragic, and influenced by Greek mythology and poetry with existential themes, with authors like Shakespeare, the Bronte sisters, and Jane Austen offering some of the best works the genre has to give. Modern-day sources of inspiration include films such as 1989’s Dead Poets Society and 2009’s Sherlock Holmes, as well as contemporary works of dark academic fiction like Donna Tartt’s The Secret History and M.L. Rio’s If We Were Villains. In simplest terms, you could think of dark academia as prep school fashion with a gothic twist.

Intrigued? We’ve rounded up our favorite dark academia fashion looks below to inspire you.

Vintage Ivy League

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Not to be confused with Gothcore, the dark academia wardrobe consists of pieces that would meet private school dress code standards. It’s less vampy and nightmarish fantasy (see Kourtney Kardashian and Megan Fox for reference) and more vintage Ivy League. To dress the part, create a capsule collection of tailored trousers and pleated skirts, collared shirts, cozy cardigans, and pairs of chunky loafers.

Layers Upon Layers

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Layering is also key to dark academia styling. Incorporate different textures with knit sweaters or vests laid over button-downs, skirts worn with tights, and sophisticated outerwear, like a trench coat — or three. We’re loving the classic Good American Chino Trench Coat ($229) and the edgier Steve Madden Ilia Trench Coat ($139) for anyone who’s interested.

Moody, Yet Romantic


New federal dental-care plan: Provinces left in the dark?


Health Canada will consult with provincial dental associations that have complained of being left in the dark about the new federal dental-care plan – but only if they sign a confidentiality agreement.

Health Minister Mark Holland noted that condition in his response to provincial and territorial dental associations, who last month expressed serious concerns over Canadian dentists lacking information about critical aspects of the new plan set to launch before the end of the year.

In a joint letter to the federal health minister, the associations said they worry the success of the new plan is being compromised “by a lack of meaningful consultation with the dentists we represent – those who will be expected to deliver on the government’s promises.”

Holland responded to the provincial and territorial associations with his own letter on Wednesday, where he committed to engaging with them.

He said, however, that the associations had recently declined conversations with the government after they had been asked to keep those discussions under wraps.

“A successful launch requires communicating the program simply and clearly to Canadians, which is why we are recommending these conversations happen under confidentiality agreements until details are finalized,” Holland wrote.

The 10 provincial dental associations, plus one for the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, that Holland addressed in his letter were not immediately available for comment on Thursday.

Three other dental groups the government has consulted with on the development of the dental-care plan, including the Canadian Dental Association, told The Canadian Press they have agreed to sign confidentiality agreements.

Health Canada began to develop the new dental-care insurance plan last year, after the Liberals signed a confidence-and-supply agreement with the New Democrats, who had campaigned on such a plan in the 2021 election.

N.L. health-care system in ‘a deep, dark hole’: NLMA president


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ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — How big is the backlog of surgeries in Newfoundland and Labrador right now? At a Thursday news conference about fixing that very issue, no officials nor the health minister could give reporters a number.

When pressed to describe the backlog in words instead of a number, one official offered the following: “It’s large,” said Cassie Chisholm, vice-president of transformation (health systems) for the provincial health authority.

Chisholm could offer some approximate numbers for specific categories of surgeries. For example, she said there are about 3,000 people waiting for total hip and knee joint replacements, and about 4,000 backlogged cataract surgeries.

In April last year, the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association (NLMA) said there were almost 6,800 backlogged surgeries at the Health Sciences Centre and St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital alone.

NLMA president Dr. Gerard Farrell. — Juanita Mercer/SaltWire
NLMA president Dr. Gerard Farrell. — Juanita Mercer/SaltWire

SaltWire asked NLMA president Dr. Gerard Farrell on Thursday whether that number has changed. He couldn’t provide a number, but he could speak subjectively from his experience working as a doctor.

“I don’t see the wait times going down,” he said.

In fact, Farrell said, over the past couple of months, even something like getting a CAT scan takes longer now than it did a year ago.

“It’s very, very difficult to get for our patients the kind of care that we think they deserve in today’s environment,” he said.

“I’ve had days when, at the end of the morning, I’ve looked at my list and I said, ‘What have I accomplished for these folks?’ Not because I’m not trying hard, but because I just can’t get them

Shopping Shein? What to know about the fast-fashion brand’s so-called ‘dark sides’ – National

If you’re a regular online shopper — especially if you’re under the age of 30 or so — you’ve probably seen the name Shein, and might have bought an outfit or two from the retailer.

Founded in China in 2008 by entrepreneur Chris Xu and now based in Singapore, Shein has taken the fashion world by storm.

The company is well-known on apps such as TikTok and Instagram, where generation Z shoppers will show off their #SheinHaul — a collection of clothes ordered from the online-only retailer at deeply discounted prices.

Women’s tops advertised on the Shein Canada website, for example, are often priced under $10 and sometimes as low as $5. A flurry of banners advertise steep sales and discounts on shipping — up to 90 per cent off for an extended May long weekend sale, for instance.

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Shein’s direct-to-consumer model thrived during the COVID-19 pandemic, analysts say, as brands with physical storefronts were forced to shutter during lockdowns while e-commerce boomed.

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While little is known for sure about the size of its business, a Financial Times report from February says the company pegged its internal sales figures at US$22.7 billion in a recent presentation, putting the company on par with — if not outpacing — fashion giants such as Zara and H&M.

Shein planted roots in Canada last November, opening up a 170,000-square-foot warehouse with corporate offices in Markham, Ont.

Long heralded as a disruptor for its online-only model, Shein has also started toying with pop-up storefronts, potentially bringing its brand to a wider, in-person audience.

Reuters reported in March that Shein is gearing up for a public offering this year, citing multiple unnamed sources, as it sets even more ambitious

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