8 Whimsical Cottagecore Outfits

Of all the aesthetics Instagram has made famous, “cottagecore” is probably one of our favorites. There’s something about the voluminous silhouettes, soft floral patterns, and earth tones that feel oh-so-dreamy — plus, a tad escapist, too — and honestly, we can’t get enough. Although the trend naturally leans conservative, it can be interpreted in myriad ways.

For instance, celebs and fashion influencers are stepping out in cottagecore styles that are way less Little House on the Prairie and far more risqué. Has your fashion antennae perked up yet? We hope so because the options are endless, from peasant blouses to straw accessories. So, if you’re after a slice of bucolic life à la whimsical style of dress, you’ve come to the right place.

Ahead, we’ve rounded up our favorite cottagecore outfits that bring Victorian-era-inspired romance to the 21st century (thanks, Bridgerton).

Cinch with a Belt

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If you’re worried that your cottagecore style will look too matronly, don’t. This sheer lace number with tapered sleeves gets a touch of sophistication with the help of nothing more than a black belt and boots.

Wear a Dress Over Pants

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Although your simple puff sleeve dress can be worn on its own and nail cottagecore without even trying, consider a slight variation. Add your dress over your jeans and land a super on-trend style without all the effort. For a pop of color and preppy flair, layer a sweater or jacket over your shoulders.

Throw on a Vest

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Prairie blouses are the pinnacle of cottagecore, but if you want to add a touch of personality to the otherwise sweet and innocent look, add a vest. Care to go a bit more sultry? Try a corset to accentuate the bodice.

Embrace Toile

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Matching sets — like this toile one here — negate the need for body-hugging denim and uncomfortable waistbands. Fortunately, there are plenty of these options under the cottagecore category.

Opt for Bold Color

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The cottagecore palette tends to favor neutrals and earth tones but why not make a statement with this trend by pairing the bold style with an even bolder color? This green embossed peasant-style dress is where it’s at.

Incorporate Straw Accessories

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No outfit is complete without the right accessory. Wicker pieces drive home the natural theme of cottagecore, so top off your look with a straw hat if you’re headed outdoors, or wear a straw handbag on your arm on your commute.

Go Subtle

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Whimsical as it may be, cottagecore is very much a bold trend, which may or may not bode well with various dress codes or occasions. That being said, you can still incorporate subtle nods to the style in your daily outfits. Think tying up your hair in a pretty ribbon or bow, wearing tops with lace or embroidery detail, and, of course, pops of floral.

Put Puff Sleeves on Repeat

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Florals aren’t the only detail making a statement in cottagecore. In our opinion, puff sleeves are one of the best parts of the aesthetic, and you can find them on a large selection of pretty blouses and dresses. Even better? A floral dress complete with puff sleeves, like the one seen here.

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