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What is Cottagecore? What are Cottagecore Clothes? Here’s is The Answer
The world feels a little crazy right now, which may be why many people are turning to fashion to beckon a more peaceful time. Prairie dresses, vintage clothes, straw hats… they’re all part of the “cottagecore” style, which, according to Amelia Ansink, accessories editor for Fashion Snoops, serves as a shelter from the complications of modern existence and a desire for simpler times. So, if you have any doubts, trust Teeanime!
What is cottagecore?
“When it comes to apparel and accessories for this movement, sustainability and a do-it-yourself mentality are crucial,” Ansink told TMRW. “The popular prairie revival, think 1970s Laura Ashley or Gunne Sax, as well as domestic pleasures like patchwork, quilting, knitting, and needlepoint, have had a profound aesthetic effect.”
According to Ansink, the movement was inspired by fads such as grandmacore (or grandmillennial style), farmcore, and fairiecore. It gained traction on social media sites, particularly TikTok, in early 2020.
“During the global pandemic and extended periods of stay-at-home orders, the movement developed swiftly as individuals sought an escape from our dismal reality,” she explained. “Unintentionally, Cottagecore portrays the ideal quarantine life, where isolation in nature is sought after and everything we require can be made at home and by our own hands.”
What are cottagecore clothes?
If you look through the #cottagecore hashtag on Instagram, you’ll see romantic and fun pictures of flowy dresses, floral patterns, flower crowns, and hats that look like they came from the 1950s.
Courtney Fox, who is 27 years old and runs the popular cottagecore Instagram account @thefoxandtheivy, says that her childhood gives her ideas for what to wear.
“I grew up on rolling farmland in rural Pennsylvania, not too far from Lancaster County, which has a lot of Amish people,” she said, adding that she also gets fashion ideas from books like “Anne of Green Gables,” “Little Women,” and “The Secret Garden.”
Where to buy cottagecore clothes
Since eco-living and sustainability are important parts of cottagecore, it’s not surprising that a lot of the clothes come from thrift stores. “For me, cottagecore has meant trying to reduce the amount of trash I make and buy things that are better for the environment, including clothes,” said Fox. “I used to buy fast fashion, but I stopped when I realized it didn’t really fit with my values.”
Fox said that if she isn’t trying to save money, she will buy from Etsy to help small businesses. She makes sure to buy clothes made of natural fibers, like linen, that are good for the environment.
Christina Loewen, 27, from Lake Country, British Columbia, has a cottagecore Instagram account with more than 74,000 followers. She said that she looks for vintage items on Depop and Poshmark. Faithfull the Brand, Christy Dawn, Auguste the Label, and Peplum Co. are some of her favorite brands.
“When I shop for clothes, I look for pieces that are romantic, classic, and make me feel nostalgic,” she said. “Anne of Green Gables” has always been my source of inspiration.
For her young daughters, who also show up in her photos, it’s all about the things she makes herself. She said, “Etsy has a great selection of handmade items and local farmers markets.” “I also really like Nest and Nurture, Lil’ Lemons, and Nooks Design for them.”
Who is cottagecore for?
“Even though this movement gets a lot of ideas from history and past generations, it still has a strong young feel to it,” Ansink said. “Gen Z and younger millennials are the main group here, since this trend is most popular on apps like TikTok and Instagram.”
Even if your life isn’t like a fairy tale, you can still enjoy the benefits of cottagecore thanks to the social media community that has grown up around it.
Keri-Anne Pink, 34, from Northamptonshire, England, said, “I think it gives people a little break from their own world and busy lives.” @gingerlillytea, a popular cottagecore Instagrammer who goes by the handle @gingerlillytea, said that she likes to look at other accounts to get ideas and feel calm.
“I don’t really meet many people who get me because I like flowers, baking, and gardening and because I like to sit with my books and paints in flower meadows and forests,” she said. “It’s great that there are so many people in the world who are like me. It makes me love myself even more in every way.”