Vintage houses, fancy china, floral patterns and much more: the “Cottage Core” movement has been gaining a lot of popularity throughout the last decade. If you have ever laid eyes on a group of people sharing their love to an aesthetic inspired by fairy tales, tiny animals and charming dresses, it might have been the Cottagecore trend.
What Is The Cottagecore Movement?
As the prefix cottage describes a small village house, its inspiration derived from western agricultural life, centering its ideas around living a simple life in harmony with nature and its elements. This style – or even “lifestyle”, as many claim it to be, involves mainly nature-based characteristics, such as natural lighting, earth tones and mushroom prints.
Despite having originated on the social network Tumblr, it became more popular mostly because of Tiktok, the social media app focused on personalized short videos. If you are up-to-date on these platforms and interested in any of the previously mentioned ideals, you should definitely check out this currently rising aesthetic.
In Terms Of Fashion
Fashion-wise, this movement has contributed considerably to the most recent trends. Flowy dresses, embroidered animals, overalls and puffy sleeves are some examples of the characteristics in the wide variety of Cottagecore fashion. Outfits that tend to fall into either a hyper-feminine aesthetic, or a practical and cozy one. Colors are typically nature related, such as brown and green, and fabrics are normally natural, like cotton or knitted yarn, valuing a vintage and simple look.
The Cottagecore movement is supposed to embrace people of all identities, so most people who are a part of it reject heteronormative sexuality and gender roles, making it an inclusive space for members of the LGBTQ+ community. Because of that, this aesthetic has gained a lot of popularity within the WLW (women-loving-women) community.
Many young lesbians started to idolize a sweet and charming rural life with their partners, away from the city and the worries of a busy life, and this concept became so popular that many started considering the Cottagecore movement a part of lesbian culture.
Its Origins And Historical Issues
Although it might seem completely harmless, a lot of people have been talking about how problematic and controversial this cultural movement can be, criticizing its romanticism of eurocentric farming life. Since its inspirations come from the English countryside, a lot of activists (mainly indigenous ones) view this aesthetic as a celebration of colonialism.
In the last couple of years, many people have been claiming that this aesthetic excludes all races and ethnicities other than white, and that racism prevails untouched in Cottagecore spaces. It is essential to analyze – and most importantly criticize the lack of diversity in this movement and not only allow those who feel offended and left out to express their feelings on this matter, but also hear what they have to say about it – and do something about it.
Cottagecore Influencers You Must Check Out
If you are interested in learning more about this lifestyle – or even if you just want to enjoy some nature pictures and baking videos, here is a list of Instagram accounts of influencers that put a lot of effort into keeping the cottagecore movement fun and diverse: @Hillhousevintage, @curiousfancy, @thegirlwiththegreenbow, @little.reveries, @nadiiife and @liskin_dol.
The article above was edited by Larissa Mariano.
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