Summer is in full swing and so is my basket of foraged berries. My basket might actually be full of Welch’s fruit snack berries, but I’m trying my best. This past year, the fashion aesthetic, Cottagecore, has been a big influence on me and many other people on this planet. This is thanks to our good friend, the world wide web (especially Instagram and TikTok). Cottagecore is a fashion and lifestyle aesthetic that celebrates an idealized rural life. Think of living in a cottage in the English Countryside, living a slow but fulfilling life, taking walks in the morning sun, baking a pie, petting a goat, learning to sew and drinking a lot of tea.
It’s not surprise that this aesthetic has been so popular in the last few years. People seeking an escape from their reality can instead just pretend that things are fine while wearing an apron and eating biscuits. The world may be crumbling around us, but I can assure you that my fictional farm will remain intact.
If you too want to get into the Cottagecore mood, throw on your best smocked dress and check out these books.