How To Cottagecore

Cottagecore is the trend that has turned a small but growing corner of the internet into a wistfully simplistic world of twee picnics, wildflower meadows, homespun crafts and country living. Here’s how to embrace the aesthetic for autumn.

Cottagecore - cabin in the woods
Cottagecore fashion - fairytale red riding hood outfit
Cottagecore lifestyle - woods

Cottagecore fashion

Cottagecore wardrobe staples include plaid, prairie dresses cosied up with knitted cardigans and laced up leather boots. Find your inner March sister at stores like Toast, & Other Stories or source a vintage piece on Depop.

Cottagecore fashion - girl in cardigan and floral dress
Cottage core fashion - leather lace up boots
Cottagecore fashion - prairie dress

Cottagecore food

Cottagecore celebrates a return to a simpler way of life. Ethically and locally grown food is top of a cottagecore fan’s food shopping list. Trips to the local farmer’s market are a must as is foraging for food incorporated while rambling the countryside on crisp autumn days.

Twee picnics make way for warming bowls of soup served up on floral earthenware with a generous slice of freshly baked sourdough. See Zara Home’s autumn-winter collection for cottagecore kitchenware.

Cottagecore food - foraged berries in a basket

Cottagecore crafts

Cottagecore crafts range from upcycling to knitting, needlepoint to pressing flowers. Pick a craft your grandma practises and master it and you’ve nailed it.


Cottagecore crafts - embroidery

Cottagecore decor

Cottagecore is about sustainability, eco-living, mindfulness and tradition. It feels quintessentially British. Think chintz, chickens and faded country interiors. Collect and curate vintage fabrics and hang dried flowers or herbs as decoration for a homely feel. Cottagecore has a fairytale quality without the evil overtones. Most fans love the idea of living in a tiny cottage in the woods with roses round the door.


Cottagecore decor - pressed flowers in a book

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