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Cottagegore (also known as Goth Cottagecore or Dark Cottagecore) is similar to Cottagecore, in the sense it has a strong focus on country life, baking, and vintage items, but contrary to its name, it instead includes darker aspects of nature (including rotten mushroom or plant aesthetics, forest cryptids, spirits or ghosts, and bones found in nature) as opposed to just taking the Cottagecore aesthetic and throwing a bunch of blood and gore on it. It tends to also cross over with other dark aesthetics, like Dark Academia, Crowcore, and Vulture Culture.

Visual

The things that differentiate Cottagegore from Cottagecore include:

  • Rain and fog
  • Cemeteries
  • Graveyards
  • Poisonous plants and mushrooms
  • Thunderstorms
  • Thorn bushes
  • Carnivorous plants
  • Dark fairy tales
  • Tornadoes

There also tends to be less of an emphasis on the farming aspect that is often seen in regular Cottagecore and has more of a Witchy/Esoteric vibe to it, like a witch living out in the middle of the woods, cut off from civilization, and only relying on her coven of fellow witches to get by in the harsh elements of mother nature. Cottagegore has a reverence for mother nature as a force and an entity that can be incredibly destructive.

Fashion

Cottagegore tends to take the Cottagecore fashion aesthetic and runs it through more of a Gothic lens. The fashion consists of black flouncy dresses, black overalls, and old black clothing that can be worn while living a quiet, solitary farm life.

  • Black flowy dresses and skirts
  • Dark overalls
  • Large, layered clothing with big pockets, puffy sleeves, and button blouses
  • Lace
  • Hand-crafted accessories, such as simple jewelry
  • Longer, loose-fitting clothing
  • Down hairstyles
  • Braided hair
  • Pure-perceived clothing (clean clothes, ballet shoes, etc.) in a dark forest
  • Dark-perceived clothing (ex. torn/dirty clothes) in a bright forest
  • Dull green shirts and/or dresses
  • Religious jewelry

Media

Television

  • Alias Grace (2017)
  • Ratched (2020)
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017-2019)
  • The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020)
  • Over The Garden Wall (2014)
  • Once Upon a Time (2011-2018)

Movies

  • Antrum (2018)
  • The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
  • Children of the Corn (1984)
  • Eden Lake (2008)
  • Evil Dead II (1987)
  • The Farm (2018)
  • Gretel & Hansel (2020)
  • Hatchet (2006)
  • It Comes at Night (2017)
  • Mama (2013)
  • Motel Hell (1980)
  • Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
  • Signs (2002)
  • The Blair Witch Project (1999)
  • The Forest (2016)
  • The Ritual (2015)
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
  • The Visit (2015)
  • The Witch (2015)
  • Wrong Turn (2021)
  • The Village (2004)

Books & Manga

  • The Girl from the Other Side: Siรบil, a Rรบn (2022)
  • Alias Grace (1996)
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events (book series) (1999-2006)

Video Games

  • Inscryption (2021)

Music

While Cottagecore is best represented by folk, baroque pop, and dream pop, Cottagegore fits better with dark folk, neoclassical darkwave, and experimental music. Artists like Dead Can Dance and Danielle Dax have used similar aesthetics in their work.

Albums

Spotify Playlists

YouTube playlists

Resources

External links to help get a better understanding of this aesthetic.

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