There's nothing like months spent inside to make you crave the great outdoors. After spending most of 2020 in a second-floor flat with no balcony or outdoor space, I've been dreaming of fields and walks that don't involve dodging people on pavements. Whether you're isolating in the Cotswolds or Clapton, the lockdown has brought on a nationwide appreciation of nature. I've personally been flower-pressing daisies I've collected from the banks of East London's canals and now class a bike ride as my perfect activity. Turns out I'm not alone, and this has a name: cottagecore.
It's an internet aesthetic that started trending on the platform TikTok and which The Guardian defines as "a visual and lifestyle movement designed to fetishize the wholesome purity of the outdoors." Holiday pictures on Instagram have been replaced by images of freshly-baked sourdough, bikes with baskets filled with hand-picked flowers and art-directed picnics. This social media trend is also impacting how people dress, with a return to nostalgic countryside styling. Think Princess Diana on a weekend away in the country with vintage floral tea dresses, basket bags, colourful gingham and shorts sets.
Keep scrolling to see the nine items that are perfect for a summer spent outdoors—whether you're in the countryside or just pretending you are.
1. Floral Minidress
Look for minidresses in vintage floral prints that look straight out of a Laura Ashley catalogue.
& Other Stories Puff Sleeve Mini Dress (£33)
2. Gingham Prints
Gingham is a print that will always remind me of summers spent outdoors. Don't just stick to a classic navy check—play with colourful ginghams for a real picnic feel.
Kitri Esther Green Gingham Top (£95)
& Other Stories Gingham Seersucker Swimsuit (£55)
3. Cute Hats
This is an item many of us won't have worn since we were six-years-old, but printed hats look so cute with white sundresses or shirts.
Erdem Floral-Print Linen Bucket Hat and Pouch Set (£225)
Monki Monki Daisy Floral Print Bucket Hat in Green (£15)
4. White Linen
Cottagecore is all about simplicity, and when it comes to getting dressed nothing is simpler than a white summer dress.
Sleeper Atlanta Off-The-Shoulder Shirred Linen Midi Dress (£262)
Arket Wide Poplin Dress (£79)
5. Shorts Sets
This is practical yet cool and so perfect for all outdoor activities—from cycling to rounders.
Deiji Studios The 03 Washed-Linen Shirt and Shorts Set (£185)
Cos Relaxed-Fit Shorts (£45)
6. Hair Accessories
Bows! Shells! Pearls! A hair clip is a lovely finishing touch to any outfit.
Lelet Ny Set of Three Tulle Hair Clips (£110)
Cult Gaia Rosie Printed Scrunchie (£10)
7. Basket Bags
A basket bag is a cottagecore essential. You need something to carry your freshly baked sourdough and sweet peas, after all.
Loewe + Paula's Ibiza Small Leather-Trimmed Woven Raffia Tote (£450)
Loewe Small Basket Bag (£350)
This is an obvious one, but opt for colours that you'll find in the countryside.
Rixo Naomi Floral Midi-Dress (£265)
& Other Stories Short Sleeve Shirt (£55)
9. Pretty Collars
You can't talk about nostalgic fashion trends without mentioning a frilly collar. In our books, the more lace, the better.
Arket Embroidered Poplin Collar (£35)
Sleeper Marie Collar Linen Mini-Dress (£190)
10. Pastel Knitwear
For those unpredictable days, knitwear is a countryside essential at any time of year. Opt for pastel colours and cropped cardigans for a more summery feel.
& Other Stories Cable Knit Cardigan (£55)
Ganni Ribbed-Knit Cardigan (£245)
This article originally appeared on Who What Wear
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