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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.
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.
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.
Looking to embrace cottagecore? We've answered three common questions when shopping for this trend.
- Who can wear cottagecore? Anyone! Cottagecore is a universal trend that can apply to all body types, budgets, and events.
- What shoes do you wear with a cottagecore dress? It all depends on the style of the event you're attending. You can wear a nicer sandal for a more casual event, or pair with wedges to keep the cottagecore trend going.
- Can I wear cottagecore to a black tie wedding? Of course! You can dress up this trend by focusing on fabric and length to make it feel more formal.