Embracing the whimsical and romantic world of Cottagecore fashion has never been more enticing.
The enchanting trend blends charming peasant silhouettes with intricate floral patterns and soothing earthy tones, delivering a dreamy aesthetic.
In this comprehensive style guide, we’ll unravel how to dress Cottagecore in 2023, breaking down, in detail, the key components.
Time to embark on a delightful journey of self-expression with the help of this ultimate Cottagecore fashion guide.
Cottagecore Fashion Essentials
Although the definition of the Cottagecore aesthetic is deep and nuanced, Cottagecore fashion follows a simple rule; each garment must depict the rural lifestyle.
That is because, beyond style, Cottagecore is all about living a simple and happy countryside life.
With that rule in mind, there are four key categories of clothing that you’ll need to put together a genuine Cottagecore outfit; peasant dresses, flowy overalls, puff sleeves knits, and hand-crafted accessories.
1. Peasant Dresses
The ideal Cottagecore dresses are loose-fitting, flowy, and floaty, and the billowy blouses (peasant blouses) are the style influencers’ favorites right now.
Choose floral dresses in naturally occurring colors such as brown, baby pink, olive green, ivory, maroon, beige, and ochre.
Yet, feel free to mix in some dusty greens, faded rose pink, light yellow, and even baby blue.
Ideally, your Cottagecore style dresses and skirts must recall the farm or cottage wear of the 1920s fashion to the late 50s fashion.
Embroidered dresses with village patterns such as stripes, paisley, faded florals, plants, animals, and insects are the best.
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2. Flowy Overalls
Every year we see fashion trends returning with a vengeance, and in 2023 we see the return of workwear overalls.
However, compared to the boxy and oversized men’s overalls in your dad’s closet, Cottagecore overalls are functional but also chic.
Think denim overalls with embroidered florals, printed bugs, insects, and wildflower patterns you can pair with tank tops or knitwear.
If you’re good with the needle, add a few patches or embroidery stitches to your existing overalls and personalize them to showcase your Cottagecore fashion style.
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3. Puff Sleeves Knits
Oversized knits with big pockets, puffy sleeves, and buttons are ideal for creating a perfect Cottagecore look.
As highly versatile pieces, you can mix your Cottagecore knits and sweaters with long or mini skirts.
You can layer them over long sleeve floral shirts for a perfect Cottagecore impression.
Yet, for a perfect Cottagecore layering style, ensure your loose-fitting pieces are nicely balanced, patterns and colors-wise.
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4. Hand-crafted Accessories
As the saying goes: “When in doubt, add accessories.”
The most effective accessories to put together a Cottagecore fashion look are the simple, artisanal ones.
Think of hand-crafted jewelry, knitted hats, floral socks, macrame bracelets, sunflower earrings, and happy bugs hair clips.
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The demand for Cottagecore clothing reached peak popularity in 2022 when the world was in the thick of the coronavirus pandemic.
People searched for new outlets of escapism, and this whimsical, soft, ethereal, and period-inspired way of dressing offered a slice of simplicity that made them feel at home.
And, despite light academia, fairy grunge, and dark academia threatening to overthrow the trend, Cottagecore fashion is more loved than ever in 2023.
By incorporating flowing dresses, chic overalls, cozy knits, and artisanal accessories, you can create your own enchanting Cottagecore fashion style.
And, as you explore Cottagecore’s aesthetic, remember to balance patterns and colors for a harmonious look that reflects your personal style.
Let the dreamy, romantic essence of Cottagecore style guide you on a journey of self-expression and inspire a more serene, unhurried lifestyle.
Finally, check out our article on Cottagecore outfit ideas for more inspo and our curation of the best Cottagecore fashion brands to shop online.
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Now it’s your turn…
What’s your take on Cottagecore fashion? In what context would you wear it and why?
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A University of Oxford graduate in Design History, Katherine Saxon is researching arising TikTok cultures from a consumer psychology perspective while covering emerging aesthetics in fashion and beauty for TheVOU, Forbes, Business Insider, and more.