It will be a bit over 1.5 months until the actual Autumnal equinox and start of Autumn and yet another month after that before Autumn temperatures actually arrive where I’m at in the world. But I’ve seen some Dark Academia stuff and have been inspired to plan ahead.
My Autumn Evernote is already the most filled out or tied with Christmas (should probably work on my other seasons ahead of time too). And now I have more even. I don’t love all the super dark and neutral Autumn colors, I prefer more color, so I’m trying to find softer browns, roses, sages, etc. I’m thinking of media, decor, food, drinks, tastes, smells, fibers, fabrics, styles, etc.!!!! All the senses! Here are some of my inspirations. I’ll probably pull more posts from my Evernote during Autumn.
Darling Desi’s video on Dark Academia, mostly media. I can’t wait for what she has for this Fall. I found her channel through another blogger last fall and just loved all her Autumn cozy videos!
Rachel’s Video Thrifting Dark Academia. One of her friends listed several versions of the Academia aesthetic and Romantic Academia is one of them. I also like Fantasy Academia. I’ll never be anything classic because I can’t live without colors, neutrals have to be subsidiary for me.
- Art Academia
- Classic (Dark) Academia
- Fantasy Academia
- Light Academia
- Romantic Academia
- Theatre Academia
I think I’m only interested in the Academia aspect for Autumn, maybe Spring and Summer are more Fantasy or Romantic Pastoral or Cottage (that “core” just makes me gag for some reason). Winter, just cozy? Or just Fantasy or Romantic?
*I think Ruby Granger mentioned in a video how Britain doesn’t follow the actual equinoxes for seasons like here in the U.S. So then why don’t we actually call it Autumn? I try but I don’t always remember, also I like alliterations like “Fall Fun” and “Fall Festival.”
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.
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!
Lauren Johnson has some cottagecore inspired sewing videos.