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Internet aesthetics aren’t generally what you’d equate with wedding guest attire. While fun to partake in, vibes like the cozy Danish-driven Hygge, slime green movement, and “soft” aesthetic don’t quite scream formal and suitable for witnessing “I dos.” Surprisingly, however, the buzzy cottagecore trend is one we love for weddings—the idealized take on clothing worn in rural settings like a country home or during a rustic retreat skews super romantic. Think lace and frills, puff sleeves, full skirts, high necklines, and oh-so-pretty floral prints.
“The cottagecore style is one of my favorite vibes this spring season,” Caroline Maguire, Shopbop’s fashion director, tells Brides. “From the nubby knits and homespun charm detailing to peter pan collars and embroidery, the cottagecore trend makes for the perfect romantic aesthetic for any wedding guest dress.” While cottagecore is inherently feminine, it can easily skew casual when relaxed fabrics and silhouettes are at play. For a dressier result, Maguire says details will help to elevate a wedding guest look. Among her favorites are voluminous shapes like a balloon or mutton sleeve, pin-tuck shoulders, ruffled and tiered skirts, and demure necklines.
What Is Cottagecore?
Cottagecore style is a trend that imagines what one would wear if they lived in a country cottage or farm. It's an idealized take on clothing worn in rural settings like a country home or during a rustic retreat skews super romantic.
If you’re attending a wedding this year—virtual or otherwise—and looking for a fresh take on wedding guest attire, keep scrolling to discover 34 cottagecore-inspired dresses, including floral prints, fresh colors, and feminine flourishes.
ASOS DESIGN Cotton Poplin Puff Sleeve Midi Skater Dress $38.55 (originally $67)
This puff-sleeve dress is sweet as can be, featuring a vintage-inspired floral print á la ’80s and early ’90s. Steer yours in a modern direction by styling it with minimal lace-up sandals and delicate jewelry.
Feeling Fond Mauve Floral Print Puff Sleeve Maxi Dress $69
The only thing prettier than a floral print dress with puff sleeves? One with peek-a-boo cutouts for a flash of shoulder.
Reformation Alessi Dress $248
Billowing long sleeves and a scoop neckline bring balance to this micro floral print midi for a look that’s at once modern and sweet. Style yours with a delicate sandal and straw mini bag for outdoor “I do’s.”
LOVESHACKFANCY Capella Dress $445
This tiered dress combines a frothy palette of pastels with feminine embroidery and puff sleeves. Offset the playfulness with a simple white or silver sandal to not detract from the whimsical design.
Rahi Check Tie Back Midi $50
Not into florals? No problem. How about gingham print in a fresh green shade for spring or summer weddings?
Christy Dawn The Dolly Dress $258
This vintage-inspired dress is our pick for a wedding at a rustic venue. Riff off the pretty tie detailing and finish with black sandals and delicate jewelry.
Zimmermann Brighton Paneled Cotton-Blend Lace Midi Dress $750
This iris purple dress is demure yet striking, with all-over lace, frilled hems, and flutter detailing. We love it for a springtime wedding when there’s a hint of chill in the air.
Ulla Johnson Agathe Dress $475
When it comes to cottagecore, there’s no sleeve too puffy or skirt too full. Enter: Ulla Johnson’s printed midi, featuring ample proportions and an enchanting floral motif.
Míe Gozo Dress $265
For warm-weather nuptials, this linen maxi dress is the perfect way to master the cottagecore look. We love how the minimal silhouette masterfully balances the bold sleeves and lace-up back.
Endless Summer Ain’t She A Beaut Midi Dress $118
This square-neck dress is a stunner when it comes to wedding guest attire, featuring signature cottagecore details like voluminous puff sleeves, a fitted waist, and a full skirt. Keep the elegant detailing as the focal point, and pair yours with natural-colored accessories for an effortless finish.
SWF Puff Sleeve Sweet Heart Dress $349
If extra is your vibe, this bright pink number is your ultimate cottagecore wedding guest dress. The bold puff-sleeve sleeves are, indeed, the focal point, made even better when combined with the sweetheart neckline and smocked detailing.
Kika Vargas Nella Dress $575 (originally $1,150)
Corseted waists often define the cottagecore trend, but this dress proves you can opt for a looser fit and still master the look. The organza fabric and voluminous sleeves and hem are fanciful as ever, with a pretty pair of delicate sandals or heels.
Faithfull The Brand Lira Midi Dress $189
This green floral-print dress is sweet as can be, featuring a drawstring square neckline and voluminous sleeves. It also features a nipped-in waist and skirt that effortlessly skims the body, making it a comfortable option for any wedding, day or night.
The Vampires Wife The Villanelle Dress $985
It doesn’t get more quintessentially cottagecore than this floral dress, featuring puffed shoulders, blouson sleeves, a ruffled hem, and a high round neckline—style yours with a barely-there sandal to offset the demure design.
Rachel Comey Proposition Dress $625
This ruched pink dress comes with a vintage vibe that we love for a spring or summer wedding. The figure-enhancing fit is cut from stretch fabric, so you’ll be able to showcase your best dance moves comfortably, with ease.
Othilia Lucena Tiered Ruffled Maxi Dress $248
This tiered dress is perfect for more of a laidback wedding, boasting feminine touches like a tall pleated neckline and flutter sleeves. For a glamorous finish, opt for metallic accessories, like heels, a bag, and drop earrings.
Olette Siempre Verde Dress $250
Sprightly motifs aren’t the only way to master the cottagecore look. This jewel-toned emerald green dress is captivating as ever, featuring puff sleeves and an open back.
Dôen Tetra Dress $368
This organic cotton voile dress is so dreamy for a rustic wedding in the country or at a charming outdoor venue. It’s a little bit sheer, so consider a slip underneath for daytime.
Mara Hoffman Sicily Dress $450
Exaggerated sleeves and a slight V-neckline give this linen floral dress a cottagecore feel. Emphasize your waist by styling yours with a belt and finish with delicate sandals and glimmering gold earrings for wedding-guest-chic.
Rixo Agyness Cutout Tiered Floral-Print Fil Coupé Cotton Maxi Dress $164 (originally $410)
If the puff sleeves and open back weren’t captivating enough, you’d earn the title of best-dressed guest in this number thanks to the gorgeous hand-painted floral print alone. Delicate white sandals and a colorful bag are the perfect finishes in the spring or summer.
ASOS EDITION Tiered Midi Dress $96.60 (originally $151)
If the soon-to-be-wed couple is okay with a little bit of white for wedding guests, look no further than this floaty floral gown. The squared neckline, dramatic puffed shoulders, and flowing skirt are fully cottagecore, with a formal touch in sheer chiffon.
Tove Ceres Cotton Midi Dress $592
This beautifully gathered dress sets a feminine tone while striking a chord in a bright yellow. The delicate bow-ties and full skirt steer it further in a romantic direction—a look we love for a wedding in the summer.
Sleeper Michelin Linen Dress $224 (originally $320)
With long puffed sleeves, this knee-length linen dress is a romantic option for a summer wedding or daytime nuptials in the spring. It comes in various colors and prints, too, including darling gingham checks and delicate blooms.
Rebecca Taylor La Vie Voile Lace Trim Dress $140 (originally $350)
This lightweight cotton voile dress is a romantic option in the summer heat, featuring sheer mesh trim and a tiered skirt. You can wear it for a fall wedding, too—instead of strappy sandals, opt for a slim-fitting knee-high boot.
Roam Vintage Seventies Cotton Picnic Dress $190
This vintage dress is cottagecore to a T, featuring a mixed-print design and voluminous accents. We love it for an elegant rustic wedding in the country with minimal heels for a sleek finish.
Autumn Adeigbo Juna Dress $725
This paisley print maxi dress puts a bold spin on the cottagecore aeshtetic and takes inspiration from a vintage style from the ’70s. For a wedding guest spin, we love it with a solid strappy sandal in forest green or white.
Let Me Be Ivy Ruffled Mini Dress $188
Not all cottagecore wedding-guest dresses have to fall below the knees. This fluttering design epitomizes the trend with total sophistication, featuring a Victorian-inspired neckline, ruffled sleeves, and a full skirt.
Forest Girl Clothing Vintage Look Blush Tiered Ruffle Dress $62
If classic lace is your vibe, look no further than this vintage blush gown, featuring a tiered skirt, scalloped sleeves, and sweet button detailing. For a timeless finish, we love it with cream-colored heels and pearl earrings.
Sézane Prima Dress $225
For a fall wedding, this moody floral print is perfection. The high frilled neckline, puff sleeves, and full skirt exude cottagecore romance, whether you pair it with burgundy boots, black heels, or blush flats.
Spell & They Gypsy x Free People Ocean Gown $379
This tiered maxi dress still hits the cottagecore aesthetic, with more of a bohemian vibe. The silky fabric and lace trim feel elegant and luxe, with a vintage feel, to boot.
Selkie The Puff Dress $203 (originally $290)
Here for a mini? We love it. This microfloral print number is wedding-guest approved in our book, featuring three-quarter-length puff sleeves and a voluminous skirt.
Ciao Lucia Chiara Dress Coral Floral Block Print $395
This coral dress is so darling for a relaxed wedding in a garden, a vineyard, or a beautiful backyard. We love it styled with white strappy sandals and pearl jewelry for an ultra-feminine look.
Eloquii Square Neck Maxi With Full Sleeve $124.95
For a restrained take on cottagecore, this square neck dress features balloon sleeves for a touch of drama. With clean lines at play, you can go bolder with accessories, such as a statement heel or earring.
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