Imagine yourself in a remote cottage kitchen tying an apron over your vintage dress in preparation to bake a loaf of sourdough bread. If this vision really speaks to you, take delight in this season’s cottagecore trend.
Still curious to learn what this spring trend is all about? Read on to learn a little bit more about cottagecore.
What Is Cottagecore?
Think of cottagecore as rural life, re-imagined. It evokes an idealized or romanticized rural farm life, characterized by a peaceful blend of old and new, ultra-feminine details juxtaposed with styles that are more functional and nostalgia for centuries past. The popularity of cottagecore rose this past year as COVID-19 significantly changed the way many of us live. When household items became scarce, the need for a more sustainable lifestyle became apparent. Followers of cottagecore look back to the days of living off of your own land through gardening, passing time creatively and learning how to bake from scratch.
Cottagecore embodies a dreamy vibe that translates to clothes that you can imagine yourself in while living off the land, harvesting a rainbow of your favorite veggies, reading your favorite book leaning against the trunk of a wispy, willow tree or mastering the long-lost art of writing a handwritten letter.
The cottagecore aesthetic is reminiscent of a simpler time, and reflected through a few key trends. As you explore cottagecore pieces, be on the lookout for vintage prints, dainty details and well-made, sustainable fabrics to add a little whimsy to your armoire.
Feminine Features & Sustainable Staples as Cottagecore Trends
A cornerstone of the cottagecore trend is ultra-romantic features. Seek out styles that feature ruffle hemlines and necklines, billowing balloon sleeves, intricate lace overlays and ethereal silhouettes. Search for eco-friendly fabrics to tap into the sustainability theme of cottagecore.
Ethical sourcing and manufacturing practices that are environmentally responsible can make a difference both locally and globally. Followers of cottagecore also take this commitment seriously by choosing new clothing items based on brand vision to collect comfy staples with a conscience. We are loving cozy cashmere cardigans from Naadam Cashmere who pride themselves on using organic materials and eco-friendly dyes. Joie has made a social responsibility promise by creating safe and healthy working environments for their workers. Cotton products from Barbour are sourced on sustainable farms which reduce impact on our environment. As you dive into the cottagecore trend, give one of these sustainable and responsible brands a try.
Cottagecore is Defined By Pretty Prints & Calming Color
Florals are a perennial favorite print, spring after spring. This season’s cottagecore trend is no different, so dive into a sea of floral fabrics like micro-florals and vintage hand-painted blooms to give you that nostalgic vibe. These pretty prints will adorn floaty midi dresses and skirts as well as airy blouses. Lean into rustic and calm colors this season by opting for floral prints in shades of grassy green, rusty red and orange, pastel pink, sunny yellow, dusty blue and mauve. Any of these eye-catching colors will pop against warm neutrals like ivory, white or gray.
Alternatively, vintage stripes and plaids are other cottagecore must-have prints to add to your wardrobe. Try a muted stripe or an earth-tone plaid print on an oversized button-down, a pair of trousers or even a pinafore dress. These perfectly printed pieces deserve to be the focal point of your outfit, so be sure to pair them with solid layers such as a chore or utility jacket so they stand out! Oversized “boyfriend” blazers with a throwback feel are another relaxed layering option to contrast and add textural interest with feminine florals and frills.
Feel Cottagecore’s Tender Textures & Distinctive Details
Adding texture and handcrafted details will add dimension and elevate your cottagecore ensemble. Cottagecore features a cozy-at-home aesthetic which translates through soft fabrics such as wool and cashmere blends, brushed knits, modal and bamboo. Oversized sweaters and cardigans in a chunky knit or with pom detailing offer a handcrafted feel while dainty embroidered details embolden a simple blouse or skirt. Snuggle up to these fabrics by the fireplace and with a cup of tea on a brisk spring day.
Inject some athleisure into the mix with soft sweatshirts or a luxe pair of cashmere joggers. This cozy, homebody ensemble can be translated as cottagecore by going bigger with print choices, bolder than neutral colors and unexpected ruffles. Gravitate toward soft knit tops with puffed shoulders and balloon sleeves for a trendy twist and a feminine finishing touch paired with a ruffled skirt.
Stylist Tip: Try neutral joggers with a bright, silk floral blouse tucked in to explore a more professional look while working from home. Don’t forget to add a knotted headband for a picture-perfect look above the keyboard for those last-minute meetings.
Daydream in Cottagecore Dresses
Midi dresses are on-trend this spring and oh, how they are so perfectly aligned with the cottagecore trend. In colder climates, opt for a dreamy long-sleeve midi dress in a feminine ditsy floral print. Layer on a cozy cardigan and don’t forget a pair of functional hiking boots to keep your feet protected as you head out to the meadow for some freshly picked flowers.
On warmer spring days, go with a short-sleeve ruffled nap dress and a pair of leather mules. The nap or housedress is a modern, elevated take on a nightgown. Though the name can be cause for confusion, you can definitely wear your nap dress on the go. Nap dresses are constructed with opaque fabrics to ensure you stay covered whether at home or out to lunch. Keep a lightweight, textured cardigan on hand in case a light breeze drifts in your direction, and don’t forget to tie on a trusty apron in case your plans include a long day of perfecting your favorite baked goods.
Cottagecore: Check off your Chores in a Utility Jacket
Springtime weather can be unpredictable, so be sure to keep a structured layering piece with a cottagecore vibe on hand if you are caught outside in inclement weather. Carried over from menswear, the chore jacket is a utilitarian unisex layering option, but it’s not just for those who enjoy wearing menswear-inspired pieces. Think of it as a lightweight alternative to a cargo jacket for spring. Utility jackets will also continue to trend into 2021, as they are popular for both their style and functionality. The large pockets on both chore and utility jackets are perfect for collecting eggs from your DIY chicken coop.
Stylist Tip: Layer a chore jacket over a classic cotton tee and pair with a relaxed midi-skirt. Add a pair of leather strappy sandals for an easy and effortless, cottagecore-inspired ensemble.
Function Meets Fashion: Cargo Pants and Pleated Shorts
While the cottagecore trend is definitely dreamy, we still have tasks on the farm in mind when we opt to add a pair of functional and fashionable cargo pants or lightweight and loose pleated shorts to the mix. Opt for either of these options in olive green or earthy tones, and complement their rugged feel by adding a soft-hand feel, oversized sweater or peasant blouse with embroidered detailing or a lace trimmed neckline. Loosely front tuck either of these into your pants or shorts to highlight your waistline. Reach for a pair of lace-up boots before you head outside to tend to your garden—the utility pockets are perfect for tucking away your garden gloves or trowel.
Are you inspired by these idyll visions and want to give cottagecore a try? Ask your stylist for some of these dreamy cottagecore pieces in your next Fix.