Content Warning: While the aesthetic itself is not that controversial, there is a discussion on what political direction the Cottagecore aesthetic could wind up going in.
Cottagecore (also known under the name Farmcore or Countrycore) is an aesthetic inspired by a romanticized interpretation of western agricultural life. It is centered on ideas around a more simple life and harmony with nature. Specific themes associated are the survival of the environment, food, and caring for people. While the aesthetic is predominant on several 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.
Despite a number of its followers taking an often progressive and subversive outlook on life, Cottagecore has been also criticized for its romanticism of eurocentric farming life. It has also been criticized in the context of North American and Australian settings, an inadvertent celebration of the aesthetics of colonialism, as well as the ways it often simplifies and underestimates the labor of farmers. It is due to these connotations that the use of Cottagecore aesthetics has been adopted by the TradWives community and members of the far-right as forms of propaganda. This has led to media criticism despite their opposition to LGBTQ+ and anti-capitalist adherents of Cottagecore.
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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 the 1900s-50s.
- Large layered clothing (as stated above) with big pockets, puffy sleeves, and button blouses are popular. (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 such as stripes, paisley, faded floral, and gingham.
- Embroidered plants, animals, and insects.
- Hand-crafted accessories such as simple jewelry and knitted hats, socks, and outerwear.
- Longer, loose-fitting clothing
- Large, layered clothing (as stated above) with big pockets and button blouses are popular. (Think overalls)
- Naturally occurring or faded colors including brown, baby pink, olive green, ivory, maroon, beige, ochre, light yellow, and baby blue.
- Patterns such as stripes, paisley, faded floral, and gingham.
Embroidered plants, animals, and insects.
- Hand-crafted accessories such as simple jewelry and knitted hats, socks, and outerwear. (if wanted)
- (can also be seen wearing two braids or loose waves)
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Read also this article: What is Cottagecore? and Fashion Brands That Get The Cottagecore Aesthetic Right
The cottagecore aesthetic can include:
- 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 such as bread, muffins, pies, etc.
- Mostly mushrooms on furniture and glass dishes.
- Open fields, flower farms, sunlight through any species of plant or forest.
- Reading outdoors.
- Catching bugs.
- Picking fruit
- Alice in Wonderland (1951)
- The Sound of Music (1965)
- Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
- Anne of Green Gables (1985)
- A Room with a View (1985)
- Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
- My Girl (1991)
- Howard's End (1992)
- The Secret Garden (1993)
- Little Women (1994 and 2019)
- Sense and Sensibility (1995)
- Life is Beautiful (1997)
- Tuck Everlasting (2002)
- Pride & Prejudice (2005)
- The Holiday (2005)
- Atonement (2007)
- The Secret of Moonacre (2008)
- Tinker Bell (2008)
- Emma (2008)
- Barbie and the Diamond Castle (2008)
- All Barbie movies in general
- Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (2009)
- Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
- The Fighter (2010)
- The Secret World of Arietty (2010)
- Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (2010)
- Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
- Secret of the Wings (2012)
- The Pirate Fairy (2014)
- Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (2014)
- Call Me By Your Name (2017)
- Paddington 2 (2017)
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (2018)
- Peter Rabbit (2018)
- Midsommar (2019)
- Emma (2020)
- Little House on The Prairie (1974-1983)
- The Moomins (1990)
- The animals of farthing wood (1993-1995)
- Pride and Prejudice (1995)
- Kipper the Dog (1997-2000)
- Between the Lions (2000-2010)
- Over the Garden Wall (2014)
- Just Add Magic (2015)
- Anne with an E (2017-2019)
- Rilakkuma and Kaoru (2019)
- Bridgerton (2020)
Perhaps the oldest example of cottagecore is this poem, written in the 20s or 30s BC. Forgetting his urban upbringing, Tibullus attempts to impress a love interest by writing detailed fantasies about life as a farmer in the Italian countryside. He claims that he'd rather live a poor life growing fruit than to be woken by military trumpets, loves to leave sacrifices to the agricultural deities, fantasizes about sleeping in the shade of a tree, and dreams about escaping the rain in his warm bed.
Pettson and Findus
Pettson and Findus is a series of children's books by the Swedish author Sven Nordqvist. It has been translated into 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.
While the cottagecore aesthetic is not necessarily an organized political movement with stated goals or leaders, much of the conversation around cottagecore is political, especially given the aesthetic has become infamous for its association with two directly opposed political groups with radically different outlooks on life despite the shared frustration with modernity.
While the opposition to modern life is shared among Cottagecore adherents across the political spectrum, what is specifically being opposed tends to vary. For more progressive-leaning followers of the aesthetic, it is 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.
You can find more information about people of color and Cottagecore here: Black People and People of Color in Cottagecore
Many progressive-leaning 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 dissatisfactions with the roles and expectations placed on them in a heteronormative 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. Because of this, many members of the Cottagecore community could learn a lesson from the Vaporwave and Synthwave communities in how to properly handle the people who try to take this from them.
On the other side of the political spectrum, another more controversial large community subscribing to the aesthetic is the Tradwife movement, found largely on Instagram and Facebook's "Politigram" community. Contrasting the progressive Cottagecore community, the rightist adherents to the aesthetic proclaim their opposition to modernity is based on a loss of conservative values in the 21st Century and fondness for a pre rather than a post-capitalist economic system. Tradwives specifically 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 utilize cottagecore imagery, fashion, memes, and aesthetics to promote. They may also romanticize the 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 who openly and intentionally uphold western colonialist and eurocentric views as an ideal as opposed to accidentally as was the criticism for Progressive Cottagecore followers. 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 sides oppose each other greatly as explained in this article.
"Patriarchy! The proven way to raise High-Quality Children! "- ‘Tradewife’ Facebook page.
- Andrew Bird
- Bon Iver
- Chloe Moriondo
- Conan Gray
- Cosmo Sheldrake
- Dr. Dog
- The Beatles
- Fleet Foxes
- Florence and the Machine
- Fleetwood Mac
- Gregory Alan Isakov
- In Love With A Ghost
- Iron & Wine
- John Denver
- Liana Flores
- Lord Huron
- Mt. Joy
- The Oh Hellos
- Vashti Bunyan
- Tally Hall
- The Crane Wives
- Sufjan Stevens
- Strawberry Blonde By Mitski
- Moments in Love by Art of Noise
- Return to Innocence by Enigma
- Dreams by The Cranberries
- Yellow by Coldplay
- Dear Fellow Traveller by Sea Wolf
- White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes
- This Will End by The Oh Hellos
- Feels Like Home by Caamp
- I Love A Rainy Night by Eddie Rabbit
- Scarborough Fair
- Salut d'Amour by Edward Elgar
- La Mer by Django Reinhardt
- Antibody by Foxes in Fiction
- The Crane Wife by The Decemberists
- We Fell in Love in October by Girl In Red
- Lemon Boy by Cavetown
- The Record Player Song by Daisy the Great
- Ophelia by The Lumineers
- 🍄Cottagecore🍄 Spotify playlist by fresaemoji
- Cottagecore Spotify playlist by pinksandposies
- Cottagecore TikTok Songs Spotify playlist by Carolina Batista
- cottagecore lesbians wake up to sunlight and butterfly kisses Spotify playlist by elsie
- Cottagecore Feels🍃 Spotify playlist by Kenneyo
- cottagecore lofi. Spotify playlist by rysalin
- cottagecore 🧺 Spotify playlist by ela.
- picnic Spotify playlist by lauren
- im closing my eyes and drifting away from this world by Rosie
- 🏳️🌈Rainbow Cottage🏳️🌈 by fairy_cult
- Picking flowers
- Sewing, knitting, crocheting, embroidery
- Write a handwritten letter to family (or your lover)
- Write poems
- Picking fruit from your garden
- Weaving flower crowns
- Have a picnic
- Bake something
- Paint or draw something
- Build a birdhouse
- Read a book
- Go for a light swim
Bloomcore is an aesthetic that is similar to Cottagecore in many ways, but has more of a centralized focus on flowers and gardening in a small, quaint village.
For more information on Bloomcore, please visit our Bloomcore page.
Cottagegore is a darker take on the Cottagecore aesthetic with more of a focus on the more negative aspects of cottage and natural life that Cottagecore often tries to veer away from.
For more information on Cottagegore, please visit our Cottagegore page.
Honeycore is an aesthetic based around the rural production and consumption of goods such as honey, bread, and waffles. It is similar to Cottagecore in that agricultural imagery and values are emphasized, but the visuals are streamlined to create a color palette of mostly pale yellows and browns. In many of the pictures that can be classified into the Honeycore aesthetic, bees, honey, or flowers can be seen and there is a big emphasis on agriculture and conservation of bees.
For more information on Honeycore, please visit our Honeycore page.
Vaporcottage is largely a joke aesthetic made up on the Aesthetics Wiki Discord, mainly done as a thought experiment to see if one could take the grounded, earnest, and realistic escapism of Cottagecore could be mixed with the surrealist, sarcastic, and incredibly dystopian nightmare that is Vaporwave in an attempt to prove that any aesthetics can be blended. It was described as "what you'd see after ingesting mushroom soup laced with xanax; you start seeing a bunch of weird shit while away for a weekend in the cottage to get away from the big city and its rampant hyperconsumerism. The radio that won't stop playing advertisements and the billboard in the farm fields haunt you as the light from the ad shines through your lace curtains, and while crickets chirp and a stream trickles softly, you can't sleep because the giant Burger King ad illuminates your quiet cottage in the countryside and the gentle flicker of the lights of the fireflies triggers a sense of dread that the Christmas season is about to begin. You look at the warm, cozy fireplace and wonder how you'll decorate your Christmas tree this year, what will you buy for your friends?" If one can figure out how this aesthetic could work in a realistic capacity, please let us know and share your results with the world.
Southwest Cottagecore moves away from the foresty, green color palette of cottagecore. The willows and vines are switched out with succulents. The main aspects are quite identical, just adapted to more southern/western life. Instead of a stone cottage, you may prefer an adobe house framed by yuccas. The fashion becomes more suited for warm weather and is generally paired with warm colors and the occasional beachy, whimsical look. The beachy side of this is characterized by run-down shacks on the coast and beachgrass. Lizards, rabbits, snakes, and hawks are characterizing of the aesthetic.