17 pieces for nailing the cottagecore aesthetic this winter

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Unless you’ve been living in an actual cottage for the past few months, you probably know that the hottest trend of the summer (thanks, in part, to TikTok) was cottagecore.

Marked by grandma-chic details like doily lace and puff sleeves, the cottagecore fashion aesthetic centers around — as the name suggests — a “cottage,” or countryside, vibe. Think flowy silhouettes, prairie dresses —anything you’d wear while gardening or pinning garments on a clothesline with a pasture in the distance. You get the idea.

But the good news is, summer doesn’t get to have all the fun when it comes to cottagecore. With the right pieces in your wardrobe, you can take the TikTok-approved trend straight into winter without missing a beat. 

Check out these 17 styles to help you carry the cottagecore aesthetic into the colder months.

1. Meadows Poppy Shirt, $174

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This blouse is perfect for video calls. With a ruffled collar and trim, it is great for tucking into work trousers — or just sweatpants. Either way, you’ll be making a statement from the waist up, which is what matters.

2. ALC Lila Skirt, $297 (Orig. $495)

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Make a long prairie skirt cold-weather appropriate by pairing it with chunky black boots and an oversized knit. (You can add an extra layer of warmth by wearing black tights underneath, too.)

3. Birdies The Starling Flats, $140

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Nothing encapsulates the cottagecore aesthetic quite like easy, effortless pieces you’d wear around the house. (As if we needed another excuse to dress as comfortably as possible.) Tap into the look with a pair of best-selling cognac leather flats.

4. Free People Bow Scrunchie, $6

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No matter the season, you can always tie a “ribbon” scrunchie onto your braid or ponytail for an instant touch of rural-inspired chicness. This one comes in tons of colors and prints.

5. Mango Flower Print Dress, $99.99

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Sure, you can pair this blouson-sleeve dress with sandals in the summer —but we love the idea of mixing it with knee-high boots and a leather jacket in the winter for the ultimate cottagecore-cool-girl look.

6. LoveShackFancy Hopper Duster, $795

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While it’s certainly an investment piece, this thick-knit duster (complete with a shawl collar and chic fringe) will make you feel like you’re cozying up next to a wood-oven fireplace in your country home every time you wear it.

7. Missguided Plus High Neck Smock Top, $35

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Puff sleeves are always in season — and this affordable cotton-poplin top comes with chic tiered ruffles that bring the cottagecore vibes up a notch.

8. Hunter Short Matte Rain Boots, $150

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Pair your long dresses and skirts with matte-black rain boots for a rustic look that screams, “I’ve attended Glastonbury.”

9. Roxanne Assoulin Everything’s Coming Up Daisies Hair Slides, Set of 5, $52.50 (orig. $75)

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You can never have too many floral-inspired accessories — and these daisy hair pins will turn your dreariest winter outfits into a garden-variety cottagecore dream.

10. Villa Rouge Scarlett KneeHigh Boots, $225

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Tall, slouchy, suede boots pair perfectly with prairie dresses and long skirts — and this goes-with-anything chestnut hue is totally on-trend.

11. Forever 21 Ruffled-Sleeve Sweater, $19.59 (orig. $27.99)

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Cottagecore is defined by earthy hues like beige and mustard, and this cable-knit sweater complete with chic shoulder ruffles is totally on-point.

12. Abercrombie & Fitch Shearling Aviator Jacket, $180

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Look like you just stepped away from herding sheep in the countryside (in a good way!) by pairing a shearling moto jacket with chunky knits, winter whites, prairie dresses and beyond.

13. Shashi Bond Necklace, $64

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Throw on a long pendant necklace over an oversized blouse or prairie dress for an instant upgrade.

14. Anthropologie Pilcro Marta Tiered Corduroy Midi Dress, $99.95 (orig. $168)

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A utilitarian material like corduroy is key to nailing the rustic vibes. Style this tiered midi dress with a turtleneck underneath for extra warmth in the winter.

15. Sundance Heavenly Skies Cardigan, $148

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No matter what season it is, you can look like a cottagecore fairy year-round by topping off your ‘fit with a beaded, floral-embroidered cardigan.

16. Sea Ditsy Mix Sweater, $385

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With mixed ditsy florals, this sweater is the “grandma-chic” piece your wardrobe didn’t know it needed. Plus, the collar is removable — so you can sport the sweater without it, too.

17. Sakroots Embroidered Foldover Crossbody, $88

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The easiest way to add a whimsical cottagecore touch to your outfit year-round? Throw a floral-embroidered crossbody bag over your shoulder.

If you enjoyed this story, check out Sophie Ross’ roundup of chunky cardigans that are perfect for your cold-weather outfits this winter!

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