Cottagecore Isn’t Going Anywhere—These 24 Dresses Prove It
Some styles come and go, but the really great ones return year after year to prove their sartorial worth. And this is exactly what has happened this summer with a particular trend. If the sky-high hemlines of the Y2K return aren’t quite your cup of tea, then you’ll be pleased with the latest news: Cottagecore is here to stay.
For the past few years, this ethereal style has cropped up to offer a soft alternative to some of the more daring trends served up on the runway. It’s easy to see why we keep returning to this movement; it is nostalgic, loans itself to every season, from spring through to autumn, and looks just as chic on a budget. Inspired by a romanticised idea of country life, cottagecore takes its fashion form through delicate detailing and vintage silhouettes. With idyllic rural living at its core, you’ll find ruffles, florals and floaty styles are prominent features throughout with nods to Victoriana with fitted bodices and corset detailing. For me, cottagecore is like a comfort blanket in fashion form—reliable for lazy days and comfortable to embrace. Think throw-on dresses that one might wear lying on grass and reading a book; basically, anything a Jane Austen character might enjoy.
Amaka’s ruffled-strap midi dress in delicate yellow taps into the cottagecore dress trend perfectly.
Twenty-twenty was the year that cottagecore really took a hold of the fashion scene. The whimsical style reflected our need for escapism, and despite years passing and plenty changing since that year, our lust for the dream-like aesthetic hasn’t wavered. There are plenty of ways to embrace this style, with Peter Pan–collar shirts, soft knit sets and linen trousers being easy entryways. But the piece that is most synonymous with the trend is, of course, the dress. And as we’re partial to every style of dress, it only seemed right to focus on the best cottagecore dresses. The aesthetic’s dress styles vary, but the central theme remains romantic detailing. Expect ruched bodies, puff sleeves and intricate back details plus plenty of vintage-inspired prints.
With that in mind, I’ve curated an edit of the best cottagecore dresses to see you through 2022 (and every year that follows).
This ticks all the sartorial boxes.
Dôen proves that the cottagecore aesthetic isn’t all about print. Just take in the details.
The lace-up back gives this dress an extra-romantic feel.
The fitted bodice and relaxed skirt are key style points for cottagecore.
The back of this dress is just as beautiful.
This heavenly style is made from eco-conscious recycled-crepe fabric.
This vintage silhouette will pair with trainers, boots or sandals, making it a year-round style.
It’s all about the collar.
This fluid flower-print dress can be styled for autumn with chunky black boots.
Now this is so dreamy.
The sunny-yellow tone celebrates summer, with a ruffled neckline for that vintage feel.
Mini styles work just as well.
When I mentioned delicate back details, this is exactly what I meant.
The tie-cuff sleeves add extra charm to the ethereal style.
The puff sleeves and square neckline make this a perfect summer dress.