Searching for the perfect cottagecore dresses to add to your wardrobe? Look no further! I’ve found some of the best dresses that you can buy online for this post!
Cottagecore is a movement that is taking the world by storm. You’ve likely seen cottagecore images popping up on your Instagram feed more and more (even if you didn’t realize it had its own term). I, personally, love it and have slowly been adding more cottagecore dresses to my wardrobe. But, before I share my favorite cottagecore dresses and fashion brands…let’s explain what in the world cottagecore even is…
What is Cottagecore?
Cottagecore is a trend that goes beyond just fashion choices, it centers around romanticizing a simpler time and life. This usually entails DIY crafting, gardening, raising farm animals (goats, chickens, etc.), baking homegrown goods, and taking the most picturesque picnics.
This trend had been growing in popularity on Tumblr for years, but it wasn’t until COVID hit (and the rise of TikTok) did cottagecore explode! I think we were all looking for ways to make our time at a home a little more fairytale-like. (I know I sure was!)
Now, when it comes to cottagecore dresses, they are typically midi or maxi length and have short or 3/4 length sleeves. They also will likely have a bit of lace and feature a lovely floral print or pastel shade. Basically, picture the perfect dress for frolicking through fields (see above).
Cottagecore typically embraces sustainable living and fashion, too. I am also all for sustainable clothing brands, but that also means many cottagecore dresses are rather pricey. I will be including affordable cottagecore dresses (I’ll have some for less than $100 and less than $50) at the end of this post. I also encourage you to check out secondhand sites, like Vestaire Collective, for used/vintage cottagecore dresses!
I’ll also feature 1-3 of my favorite cottage dresses from a clothing site, but the sites and brands featured in this post will likely have many more cottagecore dresses to choose from – so, don’t be afraid to poke around some more on their sites. Enjoy!
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Where to Buy Cottagecore Dresses + The Best Cottagecore Fashion Brands
So, ModCloth has an entire section on their website dedicated to cottagecore fashion. ModCloth has been one of my favorite sites to shop for clothing since well before I started this blog over 8 years ago. (See my bazillion ModCloth posts, here.)
This flowy white dress was meant to be worn while frolicking in fields collecting flowers under the spring and summer sun. It also comes in two more colors, if white isn’t your jam… plus, its sizes range from XS – 4X.
- Click here to shop this ModCloth Smocked Maxi Dress.
When it comes to cottagecore dresses, Christy Dawn is where it’s at. Christy Dawn is a sustainable clothing company based in Los Angeles. Their dresses have an understated timeless aesthetic with classic silhouettes.
The Peyton Dress is the perfect everyday cottagecore dress for your wardrobe.
- Click here to shop the Peyton Dress by Christy Dawn.
I love the full, tiered skirt the Brooklyn Dress has, as well as its delicate floral pattern. The perfect dress for running through fields or picking flowers!
- Click here to shop the Brooklyn Dress by Christy Dawn.
Last Christy Dawn dress, I promise! (They’re just too good – I could include the whole site in this post!) The tailored bodice is what drew me to this one. I also love that this could easily be paired with boots in winter or sandals in summer.
- Click here to shop the Christy Dawn Scarlett Dress.
Reformation is also a sustainable LA-based brand. They make all of their dresses from low-impact materials, rescued deadstock fabrics, and repurposed vintage clothing. I love the center-back tie of their Denver Linen Dress!
- Click here to shop the Reformation Denver Linen Dress.
Another beautiful dress by Reformation that would be great to wear in winter, thanks to its darker colors and long sleeves.
- Click here to shop the Reformation Cyprus Dress.
Verishop is a fairly new site that features a wide variety of brands for both clothing and home decor. They have free 2-day shipping across most of the site, as well as free returns and 24/7 customer service. Most importantly, though, they have a great selection cottagecore dresses, like the Lost + Wander dress, pictured above.
- Click here to shop the Lost + Wander Seaside Breeze Mini Dress via Verishop.
This dress is described as best used for running through flower fields just to feel the cool breeze. The Vanna dress would be easy to dress up with heels and lipstick for a nighttime look or sandals for a day of running errands… or barefoot running through flower fields.
- Click here to shop the VALANI Vanna Hemp Handkerchief Dress via Verishop.
SHOPBOP features a wide variety of high-end dresses, clothes and accessories. They also have a great selection of cottagecore-style dresses. (They offer free returns + 3-day worldwide shipping too.) This Lost + Wander dress has the perfect romantic feel for summer.
- Click here to shop this Lost + Wander Floral Occasion Maxi Dress via SHOPBOP.
From the smocked elastic bodice to the delicate floral print and cute ruffles… this dress is my favorite on this list.
- Click here to shop the o.p.t Jilian Dress via SHOPBOP.
Boden is a British brand that has quite a fabulous selection of dresses. I love how effortlessly romantic this dress is. It’s crafted from cool linen fabric and features a smocked bodice, plus gathering at the waist for bonus points when it comes to flattering fits.
- Click here to shop the Boden Smocked Bodice Midi Dress.
Mytheresa features a fantastic selection of designers on their site. They’re based in Germany but have SUPER speedy shipping all over the world and easy/free returns. (I recently ordered from them and can attest to the fast shipping and easy returns!) If designer cottagecore is what you desire, Mytheresa has you covered.
- Click here to shop this JONATHAN SIMKHAI Wilder cotton gauze maxi dress from Mytheresa.
Moda Operandi carries hundreds of brands and designers and ships to over 125 countries worldwide. They don’t have a ton of cottagecore style dresses, but certain brands and designers can fit the bill. I especially like their selection of dresses from Sleeper (above) and The Vampire’s Wife (below).
- Click here to shop the Sleeper Atlanta Smocked Linen Off-The-Shoulder Midi Dress.
- Click here to shop the SEA Lilly ruffled smocked printed cotton midi dress via Net-a-Porter.
It’s the intricate details that make Ulla Johnson’s pieces feel so special. This dress is cut from cotton-poplin printed with an abstract motif and traced with pretty ruffles along the sleeves and tiered hem.
- Click here to shop this ULLA JOHNSON Joan ruffled printed cotton-poplin mini dress.
Madewell is most known for their killer jeans, but they also have a great selection of dresses. Their smocked midi dresses and maxi dresses are sure to be a hit with cottagecore fans!
- Click here to shop this Madewell Ruffle-Strap Tiered Midi Dress in Wild Calendula Block-Print.
Sister Jane is a London-based womenswear label that features vintage-inspired designs with a high-end look & feel. Their designs can be a bit more dramatic than typical cottagecore fashion brands, but I still think they deserve a spot on this list!
- Click here to shop the Sister Jane Vega Heart Midi Dress.
Miss Patina is another London-based brand that features vintage-inspired designs. However, Miss Patina is a site you’ll have a hard time not finding the perfect cottagecore dress on. Their style just screams “cottagecore.”
- Click here to shop the Miss Patina Tasha Garden Dress.
This linen dress is made by Xiaolizi, a VERY popular Etsy shop for cottagecore designs. This color is perfect for fall. Plus, they also take custom orders!
- Click here to shop the Xiaolizi Cottagecore Dress.
Little Women Atelier Jo Dress
Little Women Atelier was the first cottagecore brand I started following on Instagram. I was initially drawn to them because they are based in Russia, and after having lived in Russia, I’m always intrigued by Russian designers. (Don’t worry, they ship worldwide, and have free shipping to the US!) They have SO many amazing cottagecore dresses it was hard to only pick a couple for this post! They also carry the best aprons and pinafores to complete your cottagecore look.
- Click here to shop the Little Women Atelier Jo Dress.
SORRY – because this shop is located in Russia, they are unable to sell their items on Etsy right now.
Little Women Atelier Linen Meg Dress
Had to include the Meg dress too because I love its Peterpan collar and its dramatic sleeves. Little Women Atelier’s dresses are seriously everything that is cottagecore.
- Click here to shop the Little Women Atelier Linen Meg Dress.
SORRY – because Little Women Atelier is located in Russia, they are unable to sell their items on Etsy right now.
Affordable Cottagecore Dresses (Less than $100)
Salty Crush is one of my favorite dress brands. (I now have 5 of their dresses and several cardigans.) They’re based out of Sydney, Australia but have speedy international shipping. (My orders coming to the US have taken only about a week to reach me.)
While they are more bohemian in style than cottagecore, I think there can be a bit of overlap with these styles. Cottagecore-lovers will find affordable dresses they appreciate as well on Salty Crush – like the dress above!
- Click here to shop this Salty Crush maxi Dress. Use code LINDSEY10 for 10% off your entire order!
ModCloth is making another appearance on this list but under the affordable cottagecore dress section this time! ModCloth’s dresses can get a bit pricey, but for they are constantly running sales, so it’s not too hard to find dresses for less than $100 or less than $50. This cottagecore dress is designed by Princess Highway, which is another awesome Aussie brand.
- Click here to shop the Promising In Posies Midi Dress By Princess Highway via ModCloth.
Channeling the best of cottagecore vibes, this olive green-hued frock is made from a woven cotton fabric with intricate detailing at the mock neck bodice with ruffle trim at the shoulders, long sleeves, and floral embroidered motifs throughout.
- Click here to shop the Charming in Cottagecore Twofer Maxi Dress By Little Mistress via ModCloth.
Lulus has a great selection of cottagecore dresses that are less than $100! This airy woven chiffon dress, with a pale pink and green floral print, is simply stunning.
- Click here to shop this Lulus Perfectly Blissful Light Blue Floral Off-the-Shoulder Maxi Dress.
Lightweight woven fabric, covered in Swiss dots, shapes this dreamy dress that has a square neckline and puffy short sleeves with elastic at the shoulders and cuffs. The princess-seamed bodice tops an A-line maxi skirt with a thigh-high slit at the front. Tying detail and smocking at the back.
- Click here to shop the Lulu’s Romance is Here Lavender Swiss Dot Tie-Back Maxi Dress.
Joanie is a UK-based, vintage-style womenswear clothing brand featuring a great selection of sizes. They also recently added an entire cottagecore style section to their site!
- Click here to shop the Joanie Sierra Square Neck Tiered Cotton Maxi Dress.
I did not expect Nasty Gal to have such a good selection of affordable cottagecore dresses! I always associate this site with edgy, sexy clothing. But I’m pleasantly surprised by their variety – like the cute puff sleeve dress above.
- Click here to shop the Nasty Gal Shirred Bust Puff Sleeve Maxi Dress
& Other Stories has design ateliers in Paris, Stockholm and Los Angeles. The brand’s collections fit into any aesthetic – including cottagecore.
- Click here to shop the & Other Stories Puff Sleeve Linen Midi Dress.
So, Pink Blush specializes in maternity dresses. However, they do have plenty of dresses that can be worn whether you are pregnant or not! I have a midi dress from here and have never been pregnant, so I promise you don’t have to be afraid of these dresses just because they say “maternity.” (This dress is even labeled “post-bump friendly” on their site!)
- Click here to shop the Pink Blush Floral Puff Sleeve Maternity Maxi Dress.
Amazon has everything, including cottagecore dresses! Now, I wouldn’t say Amazon is the best place to find cottagecore dresses, they do, however, have some affordable options. Just be sure to double-check reviews, as the quality can be a bit spotty on some of these. This R.YIposha maxi dress is highly rated, though!
- Click here to shop the Amazon R.YIposha Vintage Square Neck Maxi Dress.
The perfect affordable cottagecore dress coming in at just $20! Woven cotton, with Swiss dots throughout, shapes this cute summer dress with a square neckline and three-quarter sleeves with elastic at the cuffs and shoulders.
- Click here to shop the Lulus Happiest With You White Lace-Up Button-Front Midi Dress.
Where do you like to shop for cottagecore dresses? Let me know in the comments!
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