Cottagecore and Finding My Life and Style Aesthetic and Romantic Academia

I think I’ve shared some videos, maybe as a part of a things I love, but I was inspired to write a more dedicated post after watching this video by Ruby Granger about Cottagecore. Darling Desi also has a video about Cottage Core as well (and I recommend her birthday video on this as well). Also, I really enjoyed Mia Maples’ video about trying different aesthetics which included Cottagecore.

My Aesthetic

There are SO many elements in cottagecore that are so “me” and that bring together or overlap with lots of things I’ve always been interested in, or that I was interested in as a child or that I was becoming interested or re-interested in. Prairie style, slow living, rural living, handicrafts, milkmaid styles, vintage style, etc. I dislike the term though, “cottage” is a pretty word, but “core” is not. Someone on Darling Desi’s cottagecore video mentioned cottagecore being a modernization of “pastoral romance.” I could only find this pastoral literature entry, I suppose they meant that?

I like how Ruby talks about making the style your own rather than just copying it, and I also like that she included Cinderella 2012 in her list of movies. Because besides not loving the name, I also prefer brighter colors, Cinderella 2012 is just about perfect in combing the colors and the cottage/outdoorsy vibes and decor.

Also, I wish I could come up with a term for me. I like light academia and cottagecore and victorian and romantic and regency and vintage and ancient/classical and folk. It would be nice to have a shorter term. Romantic is rather vague, all of the other terms are too narrow. Perhaps Vintage Romantic Cottage Academia, which is a mouthful, but I think that is a pretty good summary. Or maybe Romantic Pastoral Academia? Or maybe just Romantic Academia, because I think nature featured a lot in the Romantic period, and then romantic is also a more broad term. Yes, I think I like that.

My Cottagecore Suggestions

I noted many of the books and movies and such that Ruby Granger shared it my video to try, and I thought I’d share (or reshare) any books, movies, etc. that I don’t think I’ve heard listed.

  • The Borrowers which is the series that is the basis for The Secret World of Arrietty, a movie that I know several Youtubers mentioned.
  • The 80’s Heidi. We always called milkmaid braids “Heidi braids.” I didn’t actually learn they were called milkmaid braids until my twenties I don’t think.
  • The Grandma’s Attic series.
  • If you are leaning really rural/agrarian, then Wendell Berry. Not idyllic rural/agrarian though. I’ve also got David Kline (Amish farmer) essay collections on my TBR which would also fit. I also have some books on shepherd’s lives on my TBR which would also seem to fit with this.
  • Definitely romantic nature would be the Gene Stratton-Porter books.
  • I think the tv series was mentioned, but I definitely recommend the Christopher Timothy narrated James Herriot books.
  • Friendly Persuasion seems like it would fit the cottagecore vibes, the movie, maybe the book too, I never got into that though.
  • Susan Branch. I just started her A Fine Romance.
  • I’m thinking the poetry of Robert Frost as well.
  • I also saw some suggested videos on Cottagecore and Tasha Tudor which I need to explore as well.
For Style and Instagram
  • I love the styles of Adored Vintage. I don’t love the colors. This is a true cottagecore style shop.
  • I found this Instagrammer through another, and her style is just perfection. Bright colors, patterns, textures and gorgeous romantic/folk inspired styles. I want SO many of her clothes. She blends several elements of style that I love.
  • This Instagrammer has some super ruffly romantic styles that I love as well. More modern romantic style.
  • Foraging Pages describes her style on her bio as “academic cottagecore.”
  • JE Stanway. I think this might be cottagecore and light academia?
  • The art of Lore Pemberton, I’ve several pieces, and I want more!
YouTube

Obviously Darling Desi and Ruby Granger, but also Hannah Lee Dugan, her personal style is cottage core I feel, and she literally lives in a log cabin and van. As well as The Cottage Fairy.

Lauren Johnson has some cottagecore inspired sewing videos.

8 comments

  1. I love the cottage core aesthetic! It does seem to suit you at least what I know of from the blog. I’ll have to check out your recommendations.

    1. Yes, I’m loving Darling Desi’s channel and Ruby Granger’s for recommendations and just the whole aesthetic thing. So many of them are “slow” aesthetics which is so nice, because I’m a sluggish sort of person.

  2. Can I just recommend the Journal of Dorothy Wordsworth? I reviewed it for the Classics Club.

    1. I’ll have to try that, I’m always looking for more atmospheric books. Thank you for the recommendation!

  3. I love this post! Cottage core and slow aesthetics is amazing and I agree with Skye, it seems to suit you.
    It’s sounds a little dramatic to say but aesthetic core things have genuinely changed my life. There’s something about it that is really good for mental health. I can’t quite figure out what it is but maybe it’s just the intentional romanticism of small every day things that does it. It’s done so much for me and it’s cool to see other people being just as affected by it

    1. Same, I am so loving all the aesthetic stuff, the youtubers, the terms, everything is slow living, stop and smell the roses. I’ve always lived at snail pace which is sometimes bad, but this celebrates the good side.

    1. You are welcome, I love all the videos and suggestions everyone puts out, especially Darling Desi’s vidoes, hers seem happier in tone and color, some people’s are more melancholy in tone.

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