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If you've always fantasized about running away to a country cottage in your flowy dress, with billowing sleeves and hair blowing in the wind, you have the cottagecore aesthetic running through your veins. While leaving everything behind to live farmside sounds dreamy, the logistics could be a bit more complicated.
Rather than make an entire lifestyle change, we recommend channeling your inner Laura Ingalls on the most photographed day of your life. Enter: Cottagecore wedding dresses. Cottagecore dresses are a romanticized take on clothing worn in rural settings, and exude a feeling of living in a rustic retreat or secluded countryside.
Ahead, 20 cottagecore wedding dresses romantic enough to make it in the country, yet modern enough to complement any less-than-rural lifestyle.
Best Floral Embroidery: ASOS Needle & Thread Bridal Frieda Ditsy Maxi Dress in Ivory
For the bride that obsesses over the tiniest of details, we introduce the dress covered in them. From the ruffled seams to the delicate embroidery and sheer layers, this maxi is quite possibly the most important detail of your wedding that is sure to be the simplest to commit to.
Best Open Back: Shona Joy La Lune Balloon Sleeve Open Back Maxi Dress in Cream
While structured waists often go hand in hand with the cottagecore trend, this ethereal wedding dress proves you can go for a looser and sexier fit and still nail the look. The silk fabric, voluminous sleeves, and open back details are bold as ever and would pair perfectly with a silver sandal.
For a Formal Wedding: Reformation Stars Dress
While the cottagecore trend feels most appropriate for garden and rustic settings, don't underestimate the black-tie power it possesses. The trio of tiered puff sleeves paired with a structured bodice allows you to explore the trend for a more formal setting. Pair it with diamond accessories for a seriously sophisticated look.
For a Destination Wedding: Reformation Hyland Linen Dress
This gorgeous dress with a fully smocked bodice strikes a feminine chord that would pair perfectly with sandy toes and waves crashing in the background. The voluminous sleeves and thigh-high slit feel both relaxed and feminine—a look we love for a destination wedding.
Most Romantic: Reformation Luce Dress
This long-puff-sleeve combo, also known as the leg of mutton sleeve, has a vibe that feels impossibly romantic. What could be more wedding appropriate than that? Pair it with delicate jewelry and a soft wave in your hair for a look that will stand the test of time.
For a Courthouse Wedding: Lulus Divine Love White Striped Long Sleeve Maxi Dress
This dress is a twist on classic cottagecore if we've ever seen one. Upon second glance, the simple silhouette boasts shimmery lurex stripes and peek-a-boo cutouts on the sleeves for a take on the trend that still feels appropriate for the modern bride.
Best Under $100: Lulus Give You My Heart White Long Sleeve Maxi Dress
With long, billowy sleeves, this floor-length dress is a romantic option for a summer wedding in the country, or daytime nuptials in the spring. It boasts a formal touch in sheer chiffon but can be further dressed up with gold accessories.
Most Non-Traditional: Anthropologie Ruffled Eyelet Jumpsuit
If you find yourself struggling to settle on something traditional, and would like to go with something completely unexpected, this number will channel your non-traditional bridal aesthetic. The ruffle and eyelet details feel cottagecore chic, and this jumpsuit can be worn long after you say "I do."
For the Minimalist Bride: Kalina Dress Piece of White
Billowing long sleeves and an off-the-shoulder neckline bring balance to this voluminous midi for a look that’s equal parts modern and sweet. Style yours with a sleek hairstyle and statement earrings for a look your daughter’s daughters will love.
Looking to embrace cottagecore? We've answered three common questions brides-to-be have when shopping for this wedding dress trend.
- Who can wear cottagecore? Anyone! Cottagecore is a universal trend that can apply to all body types, budgets, and venues.
- What shoes do you wear with a cottagecore wedding dress? It all depends on the style of the dress and your wedding venue. However, you can wear heels, strappy sandals, and even wedges with this trend.
- Are cottagecore wedding dresses appropriate for black tie weddings? Of course! You can dress up this trend by focusing on luxury fabrics and floor-length gowns to make it feel more formal.