Cottagecore Is the Summer 2020 Trend You're Wearing Without Even Realizing It

There’s an aesthetic that’s likely to have dominated your Instagram feed as of late, and we're here to tell you that it has a name: cottagecore. Cottagecore stems from nature, agriculture, nostalgia, and domesticity. It embraces the simple things in life, like caring for plants, frolicking in a field with animals, picnics, and baking bread in a sun-faded vintage apron.

Even The New York Times did a thorough dissertation of cottagecore right as the lockdowns were sweeping across the country. (Adjacent to this quarantine-era aesthetic are grandmacore, farmcore, and wallpaper girl, which is playing out on TikTok and Instagram.) It makes sense that such a thing would arise from this time of high anxiety and sheltering at home.

Without vacations, sporting events, pool parties, and basically every social summer occasion that's usually splashed all over Instagram, people are getting creative and romanticizing these times in isolation as much as possible. As The New York Times puts it, "What these cores have in common is a desire to live in a world outside the one currently inhabited."

And now, a few examples as to how the cottagecore aesthetic manifests itself on Instagram: In the form of posing in a field of flowers in a breezy white dress or in a kitchen in a wrinkled linen nightgown on a summer evening, clothes hanging to dry in the breeze in the backyard, picking berries, or goats—just anything remotely related to goats. Once you’ve familiarized yourself with Cottagecore, it’s unmistakable. So how does it manifest itself in your wardrobe? If you find yourself wanting to spend the days in a house dress and bare feet, your closet is filled with puffed sleeves, you spend your clothing budget on Dôen, Christy Dawn, or Loveshackfancy wares, and/or you'd like to transport yourself to Little House in the Prairie, Pride and Prejudice, or Anne of Green Gables, you're probably embracing the cottagecore look.

Naturally, there are plenty of stylish examples of the cottagecore trend on Instagram, some of which we highlighted below, interspersed with 19 cottagecore-esque pieces to shop. Scroll on for all the inspiration you desire.

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One of many & Other Stories pieces that exemplify cottagecore dressing.

Summer 2020 trend



Technically a nightgown, but we'd wear it all day.

Summer pajamas



Sleeper dresses and pajamas are as Cottagecore as it gets.

Summer Instagram trends


Elsa Hosk Instagram



This is inspiring us to wear off-the-shoulder tops again.

Even the brand name is perfect.

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Floral print dress



This pretty much sums up summer.

White dress



Cool enough for even the hottest days of frolicking.

Cottagecore loves a romantic blouse.

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Don't wear an actual vintage face mask—wear one that just looks vintage.

What is Cottagecore



Always here for a comfortable smocked top.

This would be a lovely addition to your backyard look indeed.

Berry picking outfit



Just in case you need to wear shoes.