Scroll through your feed on Instagram or Tumblr and you’re bound to come across at least a few images representing the current Cottagecore craze.
From fashion with long, billowy skirts to a strong surge of interest in things like gardening, sewing, and baking, Cottagecore has taken the millennial and Gen Z generations by storm.
There is something that just feels comforting and nostalgic about the Cottagecore aesthetic. It’s a nod to simpler times and the quiet life. It feels like home. And the COVID-19 pandemic has only intensified this blossoming movement.
Linens and Baskets
When you envision Cottagecore style, you’re likely to picture linens hanging outside on the clothes line. Up your style game and invest in some classic, timeless bedsheets, hand towels, and more. Or maybe a wicker basket to hold a dried wildflower bundle. You can find both at Red Barn Mercantile in Alexandria! 1117 King St., Alexandria
Cottagecore style is all about looking to the past. It just wouldn’t be complete without at least one vintage piece to bring that little nod to earlier times. From a vintage floral tea kettle to a gold antique mirror, you’re bound to find something to fit your Cottagecore style needs at Vintage Magnolia in Leesburg. This shop also has a location in Purcellville and offers a wide variety of antiques, home décor, and reclaimed furniture from nearly 80 vendors. 19487 James Monroe Hwy., Leesburg
Fresh Baked Bread
Home baked bread is a one of the most popularized components of the Cottagecore aesthetic and an activity that has taken the world by storm during the pandemic. However, if you want to skip the mess and still have a beautifully baked loaf of bread on display, pop into O Bread bakery in Annandale. With bread options ranging from chile-cheese ciabatta to French country bâtard, O Bread bakery has you covered! 7867 Heritage Dr., Annandale
You can’t do Cottagecore style without some plants and pops of greenery. You could opt for something artificial, like vines of ivy with some twinkly lights or a fake potted plant in a basket flower pot. Or you could go all in and choose some live house plants. Either way, nature is a huge part of Cottagecore style, and plants are an integral part of this aesthetic. Check out Merrifield Garden Center in Fairfax, a nursery with a variety of plants to choose from. There are also locations in Falls Church and Gainesville. 12101 Lee Hwy., Fairfax
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