Cottagecore (also known under the name Farmcore or Countrycore) is an aesthetic inspired by a romanticised interpretation of western agricultural life. It is centred on ideas around of a more simple life and harmony with nature. Certain themes associated are the survival of the environment, food and caring for people. While the aesthetic is predominant on a number of social media sites, such as on Instagram and more recently Tiktok, the community notably prospers on Tumblr. It is particularly popular within the WLW community.

Cottagecore has been criticised for its romanticism of a eurocentric farming life which is connected to colonialism, as well as the ways it often simplifies and underestimates the labour of farmers. Additionally, use of Cottagecore aesthetics by the TradWives community and members of the far-right as forms of propaganda has led to media criticism.

Cottagecore is often compared to aesthetics such as Grandmacore, which seek to invoke a similar sense of nostalgia. It is also similar to Naturecore, Honeycore and Warmcore.

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Fashion

Many cottagecore outfits are impractical for the farming and gardening work that the aesthetic revolves around.

Cottagecore fashion commonly involves:

  • Longer, loose-fitting, flowy dresses and skirts often (but not always) reminiscent of housework wear from 1900’s-50’s.
  • Large layered clothing (as stated above) with big pockets, puffy sleeves, and button blouses are common. (Think sundresses)
  • Naturally occurring or faded colours including brown, baby pink, olive green, ivory, maroon, beige, ochre, dusty rose pink, light yellow and baby blue.
  • Patterns including stripes, paisley, faded floral and gingham.
  • Embroidered plants, animals and insects.
  • Hand-crafted accessories including simple jewellery and knitted hats, socks and outerwear.
  • Shortalls/overalls.
  • Aprons.
  • Lace.
  • Ruffles.

Cottagecore Stores

Aesthetic

The cottagecore aesthetic can include:

  • Fairies.
  • Flower pressings, crowns and bundles.
  • Gardens of any kind (herb, veggie, fruit, flower).
  • Farm, forest and domesticated animals.
  • Hand-written letters
  • Vintage crockery, most notably tea sets. 
  • Cottages and farmhouses.
  • Cross stitch and embroidery.
  • Baking simple/rustic recipes including bread, muffins, pies etc. 
  • Mostly mushrooms on furniture and glass dishes. 
  • Open fields, flower farms, sunlight through any type of forest/plant.  
  • Reading outdoors
  • Poetry


Movies

  • Little Women (1996) 
  • Matilda (1996) 
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) 
  • Pride & Prejudice (1995) 
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
  • The Secret of Moonacre (2008)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
  • The Secret Garden (1993) 
  • The Sound of Music (1965)
  • Atonement (2009)
  • The Holiday (2006)
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (2018) 
  • Life is Beautiful (1997)
  • Howard's End (1992)
  • Emma (2008)
  • Little Women (2020) 
  • Anne of Green Gables (1985)
  • A Room with a View (1985)
  • Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
  • My Girl (1991)
  • Tuck Everlasting (2002)
  • Barbie and the Diamond Castle (2008)
  • All Barbie movies in general actually
  • Midsommar (2019)
  • Call Me By Your Name (2017)
  • Annie With An E (2020)

Music

Spotify Playlists


Politics

While the cottagecore aesthetic isn't necessarily an organised political movement with stated goals or leaders, much of the conversation around cottagecore is political in nature. Those who are part of the community sometimes express frustration with modern life, particularly capitalism as well as heteronormativity. While many people involved in cottagecore identify with an ideology that more concretely advocates for the restructuring of society, they may also express a dislike of capitalism in a more casual tone through or alongside cottagecore.

“dream job” bitch i don’t have one i don’t dream about being employed i dream about living in a cottage making soap and painting titties. capitalism is a nightmare - Facebook user Bri Snodders

Many members of the cottagecore community reject heteronormative gender roles, and seek to remove the stigma and stereotypes of traditional life from the aesthetics and culture of times past. Cottagecore enjoys niche popularity within the LGBTQ+ community, particularly among lesbian and bisexual women, for this reason. Many express a dissatisfaction with the roles and expectations placed on them in heternormative society. This article suggests that cottagecore is an ideal where young people are freely able to express queerness in a rural space, contrasting the homo/transphobia many who reside in existing small towns face.

Another more controversial large community subscribing to the aesthetic is the Tradwife movement, found largely on Instagram and Facebook's "Politigram" community. Tradwives are described as women who "embrace 'submissive' heteronormative lifestyles involving homemaking and child-rearing, and reject feminism" according to Wikipedia. Members of the tradwife movement often utilise cottagecore imagery, fashion, memes and aesthetics to promote and romanticise revitalization of traditional heteronormative gender roles for women, a popular aspect of far-right ideology. Even further niche is the utilization of cottagecore imagery and inspired memes by Eco-Fascist and Eco-Nationalist circles. However, it is important to note that those within the Tradwife movement often do not associate openly with the cottagecore community and that the two contrast greatly as explained in this article.

"Patriarchy! The proven way to raise High-Quality Children! "- ‘Tradewife’ facebook page.

Subgenres

Cottagegore

Cottagegore is similar to cottagecore, (including country life, baking, and vintage items). It instead includes darker aspects of nature (including rotten mushroom or plant aesthetics, forest cryptids, spirits or ghosts, and bones found in nature) It tends to also cross over with other dark aesthetics, like dark academia, crowcore, ghostcore and vulturecore.

Goth Cottagecore

While maintaining many of the main themes of cottagecore, goth cottagecore tends to focus on differing imagery, such as solitary cottage life, often without the emphasis on farming. Naturally, the visual aspect of this aesthetic is darker. While much of the fashion is similar in construction, goth cottagecore outfits tend to be wholly, if not in part, black. This particular subgenre is often populated by modern witches, and those of other less common spiritual beliefs. It differs from cottagegore in that it is not always necessarily focused on gore.

Gallery

Pettson and Findus

Pettson and Findus is a series of children's books by the Swedish author Sven Nordqvist. It has been translated in various European languages and some films and books were made, but it never became very well known in America. Though created before the 2010s, its art and stories embody many Cottagecore traits, such as a simple life in nature, and the fact it's about Pettson (a retired farmer) and his talking cat living somewhere in the Swedish countryside, in their cottage, surrounded by beautiful landscapes and animals.

The Faerie Handbook: An Enchanting Compendium of Literature, Lore, Art, Recipes, and Projects,written by editors of Faerie magazine is also a comprehensive guide of fashion, fairy lore, Garden pressing instruction, photography, baking, herbs and their different meaning. Art,literature and making fairy cottages.

Cottagegore

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