WTF is “Cottagecore?”
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I know sis, summer is coming to an end 🙁 but if you’re like me ad you live in a warm climate, there are still going to be a few weeks of warm weather. So I wanted to talk about plus size cottagecore. What even IS “Cottagecore?” I have be obsessed with cottage core LONG before I even knew what it was. According to Fandom.com, CottageCore is:
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.
The aesthetic is characterized by lots of romantic, flowy dresses, wicker everything, baking, fields of flowers and vintage-style details. The look evokes the feeling of living on a farm or near a farm. I have never specifically called it Cottagecore, but I have been DRESSING in plus size cottagecore for years. Especially in the summer when it’s warmer out; throwing on a pretty, billowy dress and a large sunhat truly are the move.
An important note on cottagecore: Sustainability is HUGE part of this community. Buying vintage and thrifted pieces, reducing your carbon footprint, etc. So while I am sharing some items you can purchase for your wardrobe, I would say that looking at your local thrift shop, Poshmark, DePop or eBay might also be a good place to start.
Is Plus Size Cottagecore For Me?
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You rarely see fat women (and even LESS fat Black women) in this aesthetic, which is a shame! I think curvy women look amazing in cottage core, and I am proof! YES, if you are curvy/plus-size/fat, then you CAN rock cottage core. The best thing about this aesthetic is you can go as understated or muted as you want to take it and it would STILL be plus size cottage core vibes. There are plenty of ways to serve this look without going overboard: ditzy floral prints, maxi dresses, puff sleeve, ALL can be incorporated into the cottage core aesthetic. If you’re not into dresses, you can wear a peasant top or a romantic off-the-shoulder top. Not a fan of florals? A black dress with the right details would be perfect.
There aren’t a ton of rules when it comes to cottage core, but I have gathered some of the basics of the cottage core look for you 🙂
Wanna Dress Plus Size Cottagecore? Cool. Here’s Where to Start.
1. The Dress
The dress is really one of the main staples of the cottage core look. Details like shirred bodices, floral prints, gingham, square necklines, puff sleeves and midi to maxi lengths characterize the Cottagecore dress.
2. The Straw Hat
I’m not sure why everyone in cottagcore wants to wear the same hat my Granny used to wear on cruises in the 70s. But, alas, the straw hat IS a necessary component of the cottagecore look. Ribbons are a cute little added perk 🙂
3. The Puff Sleeve Blouse
Thanks to this top being on-trend for what feels lie the past 19 years, chances are, you HAVE a puff sleeve blouse somewhere in your wardrobe. They can be layered over a dress to make a new look, or work over a flowy skirt.
3. The Flower Crown (and other cute hair accessories)
Not to get TOO deep into the plot of Midsommar, but flower crowns (and other hair accessories like headbands, barrettes, etc.) are that little added spice to your cottagecore look for special occasions (ya know like dancing around the Maypole at a commune *wink wink*). NOTE: you can also easily make your OWN, custom flower crown from dollar store flowers and a headband, here is a YT tutorial.
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