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35 Whimsical Cottagecore Wedding Guest Dresses You'll Want to Wear Again

This trending aesthetic is a must for your closet.
Cottagecore dresses to wear as a wedding guest
sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
by Sarah Hanlon
sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
Sarah Hanlon
Associate Editor
  • Sarah is an Associate Digital Editor for The Knot, with special focuses in fashion, pop culture and wedding trends.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Sarah was a contributing writer for Bravo at NBC Universal.
  • Sarah has a degree in journalism and resides in New York City.
Updated Feb 12, 2021
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Picture this: You're running through a field of wildflowers on a quaint countryside farm in a billowing dress with puffed sleeves and a full skirt. Sound familiar? If you've had this exact daydream, you're probably well aware of the cottagecore aesthetic that's taking social media by storm. The buzzy internet trend is the latest aesthetic to reach mainstream popularity, thanks to things like viral TikTok challenges and Taylor Swift's sister indie albums Folklore and Evermore

While cottagecore is expected to be a major trend for weddings this year, it'll also be popular among guests too—especially because cottagecore dresses are ideal for casual and semi-formal weddings. Cottagecore fashion is heavily influenced by antique prairie styles (think: high necklines, accordion ruffles and pleats, tiered skirts, muted colors and lace overlays). If this sounds like your taste, you're likely itching to add as many cottagecore dresses to your closet as possible. To help, we've rounded up the best places to shop for cottagecore fashion, as well as our favorite styles to wear to weddings (and any other special events on your social calendar). Consider this your go-to guide for all things cottagecore fashion. 

Where to Buy Cottagecore Dresses

You can find cottagecore dresses at just about any retailer, but some brands specialize in the trending aesthetic. Since it can be hard to narrow down the best of the best, we've highlighted our favorite places to buy cottagecore dresses for any event, from weddings to Sunday brunch. 

LoveShackFancy

By now, you've probably seen LoveShackFancy all over your Instagram feed. The romantic boutique specializes in vintage styles that are rich in detail with whimsical patterns, intricate embroidery and soft hues. (In other words, it embodies the cottagecore fashion aesthetic.) While you can shop at the brand's in-store locations in New York, California and Texas, the online boutique also offers exclusive collections and a variety of styles perfect for a garden party or romantic soirée.  

Reformation

Not only is Reformation a leader in the cottagecore fashion industry, the brand is committed to sustainable sourcing and manufacturing (meaning you can buy with a good conscience). Whether you're shopping for dainty floral designs or elegant ruffled gowns with plenty of movement, you'll find a robust collection of fashionable dresses with antique vibes here. 

ASOS

Browse ASOS's extensive online store for affordable cottagecore dresses. The popular retailer is known for offering the latest trends, meaning there are plenty of cottagecore fashion options for your next wedding. Plus, with frequent sales and free shipping on orders over $50, you can stock up on plenty of cottagecore dresses to have options for all of your events. 

Free People

Free People is a go-to destination for vibrant bohemian styles. Whether you're in the market for an easy, floral print maxi or a trendy matching set, you'll find it here. While you can shop in stores throughout the country, you'll also get free shipping and returns on all online US orders. If cottagecore dresses are on top of your must-buy list, this store will have what you're looking for. 

The Best Cottagecore Wedding Guest Dresses

Now you know where to shop for cottagecore dresses, but perhaps you need a little more inspiration. When shopping for cottagecore dresses, it's important to focus on key design elements like floral prints, puff sleeves, high necklines and lace fabric. We've scoured the market for the best cottagecore fashion styles, which are rounded up below. Browse our favorite looks that are perfect for any wedding event, from a shower to the reception. And, if you come across one (or two) that you absolutely need to have, you can buy it on the spot. 

Purple cottagecore mini dress with smocked bodice and puff sleeves and pink floral print

The delicate floral print on this off-the-shoulder mini dress is a cottagecore fashion staple. Plus, with airy puff sleeves, a smocked bodice and ruffled skirt, you'll look like you just emerged from a quaint countryside cottage. 

LoveShackFancy Asa mini smocked dress in Lavender Moon, $375, LoveShackFancy.com  

Neutral floral print cottagecore dress with long sleeves and satin cuffs

Satin cuff sleeves make this mini look like something your grandma might have worn in her day, but with a modern twist. The neutral sheer fabric pairs nicely with satin accents and a shirred waist that leads into a flowy mini skirt. And, since the unofficial tagline of cottagecore style is "Your grandma, but like, hip," this dress is a winning choice. 

ASOS DESIGN mini dress with smocked satin waist and lace up back detail in floral print, $69, ASOS.com

Navy cottagecore maxi dress with tiered skirt and v-neckline

Pastel colors are synonymous with cottagecore, but that doesn't mean you have to avoid moody shades altogether. The tiered ruffle maxi skirt on this dark maxi gown has a shabby chic vibe that's perfect for a semi-formal or dressy casual wedding

Lulus Molinetto lace ruffled tiered sleeveless maxi in Navy Blue, $85, Lulus.com 

Pink cottagecore dress with puff sleeves and floral tulle embroidery

If you have dreams of frolicking in a sprawling field of wildflowers, your closet needs an airy maxi dress—and this one fits the bill. This ethereal cottagecore dress has tulle all over with delicate polka dots and applied hearts and bows. With dramatic sleeves and a shirred bodice, this maximal boho maxi is ideal for a spring or summer wedding.

LoveShackFancy Steffen maxi dress in Millennial Pink, $695, LoveShackFancy.com  

Long sleeve cottagecore dress with ruffled neckline and dark floral print

Consider this Little House on the Prairie, but chic. This floral mini has an antique high ruffled neckline and long sleeves that feel both eclectic and of-the-moment. 

Simply Be smocked dress with ruffle detail in Floral Print, $40, ASOS.com 

Green and white cottagecore midi dress with puff sleeves and mixed floral and striped patterns

Opt for mixed patterns if you're feeling adventurous. This midi has a vintage floral print that contrasts the striped belt and neckline. 

Zimmermann linen day midi dress in Olive Toile Print, $595, Shopbop.com 

Green long sleeve cottagecore dress with ruffles on neckline

We have a feeling you'll never want to take off this trapeze mini dress, which is made of a trendy georgette fabric. A small ruffled detail along the neckline offers a hint of antique style. 

Abercrombie & Fitch high-neck trapeze mini dress in Green Floral, $79, Abercrombie.com

Light pastel floral print cottagecore dress with pink floral embroidery

This loose midi dress has all the English countryside vibes. Embroidered ruffled edges elevate the relaxed fit, making it great for semi-casual gatherings. Plus, the wildflower-inspired print screams cottagecore style. 

Free People Milania midi dress in Confetti Combo, $168, FreePeople.com  

Green maxi cottagecore dress with puff sleeves and smocked bodice

Aptly named the "Meadow" dress, this casual green midi will make you want to frolic in the nearest field. We can't get enough of the puff sleeves and ruffled hemline. 

Reformation Meadow dress in Terrace, $248, TheReformation.com

Eclectic print cottagecore dress with cinched waist and neckline ruffle

This whimsical print is a must for cottagecore fashion enthusiasts, especially if you're not afraid to wear something bold. Feminine details like a ruffled neckline, oversized puff sleeves and a cinched waist make this dress stand out for all the right reasons. 

Let Me Be Celeste mini dress in Neutral Motif, $188, Anthropologie.com

Blue cottagecore midi dress with smocked bodice and double puff sleeves

You can't go wrong with a pastel blue midi dress. This pretty design has a soft smocked bodice, which makes it comfortable for all-day wear. Unique double-puff sleeves complement the relaxed skirt. 

Reformation Hyland dress in Grazia, $278, TheReformation.com

Blue floral cottagecore jumpsuit with long sleeves and statement ruffles on bodice

How about a cottagecore jumpsuit instead of a dress? This statement piece has a vintage-inspired neckline with bold ruffles covering the bodice. A tie waist creates an hourglass silhouette that'll make you feel effortlessly confident. 

ELOQUII ruffle detail printed jumpsuit in Pretty Wild Navy, $160, ELOQUII.com 

Blue and white tiered floral cottagecore midi dress with puff sleeves

Dress to impress in this tiered blue and white maxi that has puff ruffle sleeves and a keyhole back. Wear your hair in an updo to show off the oversized tie behind the neck.  

endless rose floral tiered midi dress in Multi, $110, Shopbop.com

Floral cottagecore mini dress with white lace Peter Pan collar

A Peter Pan collar is an easy way to emulate cottagecore style. This frock has a moody color palette, which is brightened up with a white lace collar around the neckline. Add this to your cart to wear to your next casual daytime wedding. 

ASOS DESIGN button through mini smock dress with crochet peter pan collar in Micro-Floral Print, $40, ASOS.com 

Black floral cottagecore dress with sheer neckline and long sleeves

Don't stress if you're not ready to commit to purchasing a cottagecore dress yet. Try renting one to see if it fits your personal style. This peasant floral maxi is a good pick to test out—the sheer neckline and soft ruffles emulate the style without being too overpowering. 

BB Dakota midi dress in Black Floral, $30 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com

Vibrant pink and yellow floral cottagecore dress with full skirt and long bell sleeves

Lace panels on this bright maxi dress give it an antique touch. You'll never want to take this gown off thanks to its comfortable empire waistline, statement bell sleeves and tiered ruffled skirt. 

Free People Wonderland floral maxi in Starstruck, $198, FreePeople.com  

Yellow mini cottagecore dress with bustier-inspired bodice and puff sleeves

A sultry, bustier-inspired bodice gives this cottagecore dress a dramatic twist. A small bow tie in the front adds a playful touch, as does the delicate yellow and blue floral pattern. 

Reformation Lillet dress in Felicity, $218, TheReformation.com

Sage green wrap cottagecore dress with flutter cold shoulders

Maximal cottagecore dresses aren't for everyone. If your tastes are much simpler, consider a monochrome maxi dress. Delicate elements like a tie waist and flutter sleeves bring a touch of cottagecore style to this green gown. 

Lulus Easy Listening cold-shoulder wrap maxi dress in Sage Green, $100, Lulus.com 

Light blue cottagecore matching set with ruffled crop top and maxi skirt

How about a two-piece set for your next summer wedding? A cropped tank is the perfect counterpart to this easy, flowy maxi skirt with a ruffled hem. 

Free People Pretty Dayz Set in Sky Combo, $98, FreePeople.com  

Muted green mini cottagecore dress with pleated ruffled neckline and long sleeves

This mini has all of the key elements of cottagecore style: long sleeves with ruffled edges, a high neckline with pleats, a loose ruffled skirt, and a keyhole back. At an affordable price, it can't be beat. 

Reclaimed Vintage inspired dobby mini dress with pintuck detail in Ecru, $45, ASOS.com

Formal satin cottagecore dress with tiered ruffles and long cuffed sleeves

While some cottagecore dresses might feel too casual for a formal wedding, fabric can instantly formalize any style. This satin midi dress is inspired by prairie style, as seen through tiers of ruffles and flowy blouson sleeves. 

Ulla Johnson Serena ruffled tiered satin midi dress, $695, NET-A-PORTER.com 

Muted rainbow floral cottagecore dress with ruffled sleeves and tiered midi skirt

Can't commit to one color? This pretty cottagecore dress has muted rainbow hues for a colorful wedding guest option. 

ENGLISH FACTORY three tier ruffle dress in Multi, $170, Shopbop.com

Dusty rose maxi cottagecore dress with long blouson sleeves and swiss dots all over

Soft colors are a staple of cottagecore style, meaning this dusty rose maxi deserves a spot in your online cart. Ruffles line a plunging V-neckline, which leads to a smocked bodice. Trendy sheer puff sleeves with raised dots add casual boho flair to the overall look. 

ASOS DESIGN Curve midi smock dress with shirred cuffs in Rose Dobby, $54, ASOS.com

Purple floral cottagecore maxi dress with long sleeves and high slit

Cottagecore dresses don't have to be saved for warmer weather. If you're attending a winter wedding, this long sleeve maxi is a trusty choice. Billowing sleeves and a flattering wrap waistline make this a worthy purchase. 

Lulus Loving You long sleeve wrap maxi dress in Dusty Purple Floral, $99, Lulus.com  

Dark brown floral cottagecore dress with 3/4 length sleeves and ruffled midi skirt

Consider us smitten by this flirty frock. With relaxed sleeves and a small floral print, this dress will get plenty of use in your repertoire of wedding guest dresses. 

Reformation Mayfield dress in Chocolatier, $148, TheReformation.com

Pink mini cottagecore dress with long sleeves and statement ruffles on sleeves

We have heart eyes for this pastel pink cottagecore dress, which has a vintage-inspired high neckline and ruffles on the long sleeves. 

Daisy Street long sleeve smock dress in ditsy floral, $45, ASOS.com 

Green and white cottagecore dress with ruffled bodice and long sleeves

Attending a garden-themed wedding? We've got the perfect outfit. This delicate long sleeve maxi has a structured vintage bodice that leads into a full skirt that lends itself to dancing. 

Reformation Hallie dress in Ivy, $278, TheReformation.com 

Off-the-shoulder maxi cottagecore dress with pastel floral print

You won't regret splurging on this airy off-the-shoulder floral maxi. Shades of pink, yellow and blue create a youthful color palette that pairs nicely with the ruffled and smocked accents. 

LIKELY Indica dress in Mustard Gold Multi, $258, Revolve.com

Long sleeve maxi cottagecore dress with earthy green and yellow floral print

Earthy tones are a key element of cottagecore style, making this long sleeve maxi worth the splurge. The relaxed V-neck and loose skirt create an easy silhouette that can transition from day to night with thoughtful accessories.  

Free People Earthfolk maxi dress in Green Combo, $168, FreePeople.com 

Green and white floral print midi cottagecore dress with ruffled short sleeves

This cottagecore wedding guest dress is equal parts retro and bohemian. The fresh green floral print is great for an outdoor celebration. 

ELOQUII full printed midi dress in Send Me Flowers, $120, CoEdition.com  

Airy purple midi cottagecore dress with blouson sleeves and ruched bodice

This highly-rated cottagecore dress comes in 15 colors—so if you're an indecisive shopper, there are plenty of options. The lightweight cotton material is formal enough for weddings because of the empire waistline and ruffled neckline. 

R.Vivimos cotton ruffled A-Line Dress, from $30, Amazon.com  

Yellow and pink floral cottagecore midi dress with 3/4 length sleeves

You'll brighten up any room in this yellow cottagecore dress. Small pink floral accents make this a no-fail choice for a casual dress code. 

WAYF Nevaeh smocked midi dress in Butter Wallpaper Floral, $88, Shopbop.com 

Green and white plus size floral cottagecore dress with ruffled skirt

This size-inclusive frock was made for cottagecore enthusiasts. We love the green and white color palette, as well as the low-key ruffles on the skirt. 

Wednesday's Girl Curve long sleeve smock dress in vintage floral, $32, ASOS.com

Dark green and blue peasant cottagecore dress with long sleeves and neckline ruffles

Rent this demure peasant dress for an unforgettable wedding guest look. The deep teal color is suitable for a fall or winter celebration. 

Louna peasant dress in Teal, from $30 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com 

Organce cottagecore sundress with floral embroidered bodice and tie straps

Attending a beach wedding? Dress for the occasion with a summery cottagecore dress like this one. It has romantic tie straps and ornate sequin detailing on the lightweight bodice. 

Sundress Amour dress in Curcuma & Gold, $152, Revolve.com 

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