15 February 2023

Enyacore: TikTok’s new micro-trend is all billowing sleeves and velvet chokers

How does whimsigoth go back to banquet feasts with the help of Celtic icon Eithne Ní Bhraonáin? HUNGER explains…

What even is enyacore?

Think Whimsigoth and romanticism. When the 90s/00s took on an aesthetic that mirrored a coven girl get-together and a touch of the Stevie Nicks, it was fabulously moody, dark yet playful. Enyacore takes these elements and heads even further back, to when castles and dragons inspired billowing sleeves and velvet gowns. Vice calls it leaning “away from the fussier Whimsigoth stylings of, say, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and towards a more spartan, adult take on the esoteric.” Architectural Digest is calling it “a shift to the Medieval modern.” We call it just-got-back-from-the-banquet-where-is-my-candelabra chic.

Who put the Enya in enyacore?

Well, remember Eithne Ní Bhraonáin? If you don’t, it’s time to do some research. The brooding songs and lifestyle of Celtic icon Enya have made her Irelands second-best-selling act after U2. Listen to ‘Only Time’, the tune that has already made its rounds on TikTok, and you will know what we are talking about.


Enya is the biggest selling Irish solo artist of all time, and 2nd best selling Irish act only behind U2. ‘Caribbean Blue’ peaked at No13 on the UK charts in 1991, but the album it was taken from, ‘Shepherd Moons’ reached No1 & went 4 X Platinum in the UK alone!! #ForYouPage #TopOfThePops #Enya #CelticMusic #NewAge #Clannad #OnlyTime #ForYou #90sMusic #90s

♬ Caribbean Blue (2009 Remaster) - Enya

What does Whimsigoth have to say about this?

It evolved as the estranged cousin to dark witchy aesthetics like Whimsigoth. The namesake core was coined by Vice, who took inspiration from architecture and interior trends to predict this shift. The whole thing really revolves around Enya herself, with elements from previous micro-trends taken on board.

What do enyacore girlies really need?

Firstly, a four-poster bed, preferably in a castle, with cascading sheets and a goblet of wine perched nearby. Whilst the TikTok core is calling for more interior-based designs, the 4.6 billion views on #medievaltiktok are proving that the New York Times’ so-called “vibe shift” is also spreading to fashion with the likes of chainmail bras and velvet chokers. As we aim to keep track of this lifestyle, we can only point you in the direction of the Gilmore Girls episode ‘The Bracebridge Fair’ from 2001. It basically tells you everything you need to know in terms of ye olde English dinner in the 00s vibes, etc.

  • Writer Ella Chadwick
  • Banner Image Credit Watermark Album Cover by Enya

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