If you don’t live off the grid on a tiny farm, you’ve probably heard of cottagecore, the fashion trend that has taken the fashion world and social media by storm in the last year. From the legends about Taylor Swift to our collective love of nap dresses.
Cottagecore has been around since the late 2010s, but it really took off in 2020 when the pandemic started. With everyone in quarantine, it’s easy to see why people in the city might want to imagine running away from the world and getting lost in a magical forest like a Studio Ghibli character. Many of the things we did to pass the time while we were in quarantine, like making bread, playing Animal Crossing, and listening to Taylor Swift’s folklore album, all had strong cottagecore themes.
Cottagecore also became popular at a time when people cared more and more about how their clothes were made. With problems in the supply chain, many people are making their own clothes or shopping at thrift stores, which are key parts of the style.
Cottagecore style is characterized by dresses and skirts that are loose and flowy and have long sleeves or puffed sleeves. A lot of people also wear knitted cardigans, Peter Pan collars, loose linen pants, and overalls. Even though the main colors are white, brown, and green, there are a lot of patterns, especially florals, paisley, stripes, and gingham. Cottagecore has also crept into other popular styles, like witchcore, princesscore, and fashion that looks like it was made in the 1950s.
Here are 15 examples and ideas for cottagecore outfits if you’re interested but don’t know where to start.
Cable Knit Cardigan
Cottagecore fashion is made up of things like cable-knit sweaters, cotton dresses with puffy sleeves and sweetheart necklines, and accessories that make use of natural materials. If you put them all together in one outfit, you’ll have a cottage-style outfit.
Casual Cottage Look
If you like cottagecore but don’t want to look like you just stepped out of a Jane Austen novel while getting your morning coffee, try adding some cottagecore pieces to your regular look: With a flowery top, a pair of worn-out, loose-fitting jeans, and a pair of red ballet flats, you can look romantic without drawing too much attention to yourself.
Our genuine calling to live off the grid, forage for berries, and create art can’t be realized since we still have to work. Even so, we may still bring a dash of playfulness to the office by pairing a brown sweater with corduroy slacks and a pair of high heels.
If you really want to live out your cottagecore dreams, don’t be afraid to go all out for your Instagram photograph in an embroidered dress, shoes, and a cute little hair bow while pretending to be a lost Bridgerton sister.
Go for a more rustic cottagecore look by dressing up if you’ve just stepped out into the woods. The enchantment of the outdoors is all around you if you put on your favorite overalls and a hair wrap.
Date Night Outfit
Take your cottagecore style up a level when it comes to your date night attire. Cut-outs on the sides of the bodice dress give the straight-laced design an edgier edge. Make your date fall in love with you by spicing up your outfit with a little heel and some pearl jewelry.
It’s time to put away our short-sleeved dresses as the leaves begin to fall and the weather begins to decrease. Go apple picking or whatever else your heart wants in a maxi dress that has long sleeves, shoes, and an oversized brim hat.
When we think about cottagecore, our minds typically wander to the spring and summer months, when everything is bursting with new life, lush greenery, and vibrant colors. You may, however, continue to take pleasure in the look throughout the winter by donning bulky turtleneck sweaters, long knit skirts, and beautifully patterned boots that will keep you warm and toasty throughout the season.
The vintage styles of the 1930s and 1950s (or even the 19th century, according to some enthusiasts) are a significant source of inspiration for cottagecore, particularly given that the style promotes thrifting as a means of achieving sustainability. Combine the two styles by donning a collared shirt, a playful pinafore dress, and some Mary Jane shoes for a look that is feminine and charming.
Another prominent fashion trend that stemmed from the cottagecore look is called princesscore, and it is a glitzier and more elegant take on the aesthetic. If you are a bit too high-key for classic cottagecore, enhance the style by bringing in the love with a gorgeous outfit, sparkling jewelry, and a fashionable purse.
Another subgenre of cottagecore, witchcore is for those individuals who desire to practice their witchcraft and concoct potions while residing in a quaint cottage in the middle of the woods. Make a comeback with a lace black dress and some combat boots if you decide that the beautiful white cotton dresses are not for you. Don’t forget to include your witch’s hat in the equation.
Garden Party Look
Even though you’re alone in the forest, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to have fun. A corset top and a midi skirt are all you need to start the party, whether you’re having tea with friends, going to a wedding, or just want to enjoy life.
If you want an example of a look that is a mixture of prairie and Victorian, you need not look further than a corset top with a vintage twist. It is an effortless way to get a cottagecore getup, needing just this top, a pair of jeans, and maybe some jewelry.
A cute white dress is the classic cottage style move. The secret is in the details. Not just any white dress will do. You need some unique details, for example, a fitted bodice, some lace, eyelets, fun embroidery details, or maybe an oversized collar or puff sleeves. Finish off your unique white dress cottagecore outfit with some accessories like a statement bucket hat or handmade jewelry.
Cowboy Boots Look
Eyecatching details apply for black dresses as well. A humble black dress with puffy sleeves can be turned into a cottagecore outfit by combining it with a pair of cowboy boots. It gives you less of a prairie look, with the black dress bringing attention to the boots while the boots give the girly shape an edge, giving you a perfect weekend-country-cabin outfit.
From dresses to corset tops to overalls. Cottagecore is a new type of fashion, versatile and diverse. It is taking the social media world by storm via TikTok and is growing up day by day. Even though we’re slowly going back to normal after Covid, cottagecore is still going strong, despite threats from light academia and fairycore.
Do you like this new trend and do you follow it on social media? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!