Think of some of the cozy comforts of rural living, like having afternoon tea, enjoying the nature of the countryside, lighting a fire in the cottage hearth, and viewing the stars after a day of hard work. Cottage Core has risen in popularity on sites like Tumblr and Instagram to romanticize those simple pleasures. This classic and comfortable style has also been dubbed “Granda Core” for the grannyish aspects, ones that I have to admit that I love.
Imagine: collecting fruits and vegetables from the garden to prepare in the kitchen, admiring the way your cat stalks through the grass while watching a pair of geese walk by. And journaling, putting all your morning-till dusk days into writing so that you can soak up every aspect of your living in the sunshine.
The kinds of accessories that I enjoy wearing that fit this style are always straw and wicker, which give a very Beatrix Potter vibe. Also old leather belts with classic detailing. This style requires very little jewelry, but when I wear it, I like to go with natural elements, like this bee necklace that was gifted to me. The result is a timeless feel that doesn’t come off as stuffy or chic, just simply comfortable.
The whole point of Cottage Core is that happiness comes from homemade and handmade things. Baking pies from scratch, creating a garden, and making a picnic are great examples of finding the joy in your creations.
It is the satisfaction of picking your ripe tomatoes that you grew yourself, the swelling in your heart when the delicate dusk light falls on your garden just before night comes. And even if your house is full of the clutter and cozy creations that you’ve made, that’s okay! That’s all a part of this style.
One part of this celebration of the natural world is animals, whether it be the interaction of pets, farm animals, or wildlife. As Lady Mary Wortley said, “The gentleman falls in love with his dogs and horses, and out of love with everything else.”
I love the mixture of fabrics, like plaid wool skirts, velvet, and the lightness of delicate lace against straw accessories. It reminds me of bundling up picnic blankets and heading to the park, maybe visiting a farm to pet the sheep. To me, some inspiration comes from my family in Scotland, so perhaps you might bring a drink like some Scotch (thought I could not keep it down myself). The countryside is the inspiration, with apples falling from trees and sheep in the fields.
Honestly, it is easy to capture this aesthetic, as you only need to wander with a camera as your friend on adventures. There is magic hiding in the woods and the shelter of the countryside.
Looking for inspiration? Here’s some Cottage Core inspired books:
–Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature by Linda Lear
–Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Here is a playlist that I listen to for Cottage Core vibes: Listen here on Spotify
Films & Shows:
Pride & Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Alias Grace (2017)
The Last Unicorn (1982)
Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)
Midsommar (2019) (horror)
Miss Potter (2006)
This brings me to the end of my first Style Diaries series. I hope it inspires you to roam the countryside to find castles in the wild, soaking in the mist that rolls down from the hills, admiring the faint shape of a fawn’s head over the overgrown bushes. Enjoy mossy rocks that live next to gushing streams. Paint flowers and press ferns so that you will find them years in the future and remember what life felt like at this moment.