An artistic, literary, musical, and intellectual movement that originated toward the end of the 18th century.
Characteristics of Romanticism: appreciation of the beauties of nature; a heightened examination of human personality and its moods; a preoccupation with the genius; an emphasis upon imagination as a gateway to transcendent experience and spiritual truth; and a predilection for the exotic, the mysterious, the weird, and the occult.
WHIMSY (noun): a thing that is fanciful or odd.
use these images for inspiration for your personal interpretation of the theme-- there's no need to dress in "costume," or the period of the 18th century...!
don't be afraid to think outside the box.
think exotic, wild nature, whimsical, and fantastical.
EXAMPLES OF CURRENT ROMANTIC AND WHIMSICAL FASHION
men: the easiest way to dress on-theme is to wear a popped collar and cravat!