What is cottagecore? Here's how to get the dreamy look that everyone is obsessed with

We've got the perfect cottagecore styles for frolicking in a meadow

Rear View Of Woman Standing On Flowers Field Against Sky, Cottagecore trend
(Image credit: Dilyara Ramazanova / EyeEm)

Thinking about giving the cottagecore look a try? If living in a small, quiet house surrounded by wildflowers sounds like a dream—and if your capsule wardrobe has a few puff sleeve dresses—then you're halfway there. 

The cottagecore fashion trend has been gaining momentum on social media for some time thanks to Paula Sutton going viral with her fabulous Hill House Vintage Instagram account and Taylor Swift's total mastery of the look. (Psst: that envy-inducing Taylor Swift Reformation dress, TikTok's latest obsession, can be yours, too.)  

But what exactly does this Bridgerton-inspired fashion movement entail? We'll break it all down so that you can nail the style!



What is cottagecore?

The dreamy fairytale-like aesthetic has made its way into our trending feeds as the calming alternative to our fast-paced lives. It highlights themes of gingham, puff sleeves, lace, vintage-inspired and lots of florals. (For the record, Miranda Priestly would probably not approve.)

Unlike the digitally connected schedules we tend to have nowadays, cottagecore offers a simple rural lifestyle that is a lot slower. If you were to move into a simple cottage in the middle of the forest without the sounds of a bustling city, then you would be living the ultimate cottagecore lifestyle. 

You'd also ditch jeans for a comfy pair of trousers or a mid-to-maxi-length dress with puff sleeves and/or a corset. Think of yourself as a fairy living in the forest frolicking and picking wildflowers to turn into a flower crown. If you've had enough of those working from home clothes, perhaps now is the time to snag a floral midi dress with some serious sleeves!

How to incorporate cottagecore into your style

Cottagecore in itself is very vintage and fairytale-like, so you can really live out your princess or fairy dreams. The goal is to create a delicate rustic look with puffy sleeves rather than your classic basic white tee. You also could opt for wearing more flowy dresses that have a corset closure (perfect for running through the forest barefoot).

Looking to add some pieces to your wardrobe? We found some cottagecore-inspired pieces below for you to shop.

Cottagecore dresses to add to your closet

Amazon, R.Vivimos Backless Elegant Maxi-Dress ($31.99 - $33.99)

A backless cotton-blend midi dress with an elasticized bodice, puff sleeves and polka dots. It is available in 15 colors. View Deal

H&M, Short Puff-Sleeved Dress ($24.99,£10)

A fitted dress in a woven fabric that features a square neckline, gathered seam at the bust with a small opening and ties at the top and concealed zipper at one side.View Deal

Shop cottagecore-inspired tops

H&M, Cropped Puff-Sleeved Top ($19.99,£14.99)

A white top with a fuffle-trimmed, square neckline with concealed elastic, long puff sleeves with smocked seams and a smocked hem and flared peplum.View Deal

Cottagecore-inspired bottoms to buy now

Amazon, Naggoo Midi Skirt ($20.99–$27.58)

A high elastic waist A-Line pleated midi chiffon skirt available in 21 prints. View Deal

H&M, Circular Skirt ($24.99,£12)

A calf-length, high-waisted circle skirt in softly draped woven fabric.View Deal

Where to find cottagecore inspiration 

See a few pieces but aren't entirely sure where to start? Not a problem. Fortunately, TikTok is all about the whimsical style. The #cottagecore hashtag alone has over seven billion views. Let that settle in!

"Flower prints, knitting, plants and mushrooms. Show us your #Cottagecore life," the introduction reads. See below from some of our favorite examples, which believe it or not even includes some bridal looks! If you need us, we'll be frolicking through the flowers. 

@officialhambly

I know I love everything I make but this strawberry dress is truly 🥺 ##SummerDIY ##strawberrydress ##diysewing ##sewing ##sewingskills ##cottagecore

♬ Intentions (Instrumental Version) [Originally Performed by Justin Bieber & Quavo] - Elliot Van Coup
@solutionsbridal

🌻CottageCore🌻 ##cottagecore ##cottagecoreaesthetic ##bridalcottage ##bridal ##disney ##disneyworld ##MiPan ##InMyAEJeans ##disneywedding ##disney ##fyp

♬ The soldier - Trashdog🔪
@vintagelark

Historians say they were best friends. ##sapphic ##cottagecore ##wlw

♬ original sound - Samantha Golden Raskin

When it comes time to perfecting the entire ensemble with cosmetics, you'll want to aim to use rosy pinks, volumize your brows and explore a few lip tints. It's time to channel that Pride and Prejudice vibe, folks.