Cottagecore to goblincore, fashion trends that are a hit on social networks

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  • Monday, 25 Oct 2021

Gone are the days of bohemian looks, rock 'n' roll vibes, country inspirations or glam-chic styles, today's trends and aesthetics all come in the form of a "-core". Photo: AFP

After cottagecore and goblincore, say hello to cabincore, the latest trend expected to take over our closets this season. But what do these words, or rather these aesthetics, really all mean?

While they keep springing up thick and fast on the internet, these concepts remain incomprehensible for many people – boomers in particular.

They are, however, a big deal, to the point of accumulating millions of views on social networks, and influencing various actors in the fashion industry.

Let's take a closer look at some of these aesthetics to help you understand them – and maybe even adopt them.

Gone are the days of bohemian looks, rock 'n' roll vibes, country inspirations or glam-chic styles, today's trends and aesthetics all come in the form of a "-core".

It's a new phenomenon that we owe – once again – to Gen Z and social networks, with a proliferation of niche aesthetics and accompanying hashtags that often refer to a subculture found in other creative fields, such as decoration or music.

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The problem is that it can be hard to understand all these "-core" aesthetics, to the point of not knowing which trend to follow, or at least which one to identify with.

This handy recap should help you navigate this brave new world of fashion.

Rustic, nature, romanticism, country spirit -- these are some of the words that probably best define the cottagecore aesthetic that emerged during the second lockdown, especially among momfluencers.

It is undoubtedly the one that comes closest to the bohemian style, with its quest for authenticity and its return to nature, to the essential, of which there was so much talk during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Concretely, this translates into traditional artisanal materials and handicraft, like lace dresses, floral patterns or embroidery, transparency and sheers, and bright but not vivid colours.

Cottagecore is undoubtedly one of the most popular trends on social media with no less than 7 billion views for the associated hashtag on TikTok.

Another trend that emerged during the pandemic – towards the end, more precisely – is regencycore. As its name suggests, this is none other than a clothing style inspired by the Regency era, made popular by the Netflix series Bridgerton.

As a result, both men and women now embrace clothing from another time, long considered obsolete, or even pieces once viewed as restrictive that women have updated.

This look is characterized by corsets – restrictive pieces that women have reappropriated – empire-style dresses, beaded and feathered headbands, and long gloves, as highlighted in a Stylight report in January.

The regencycore aesthetic has not proved such an enduring trend, with "just" 13.5 million views on TikTok.

Fantastical fashion

Undoubtedly the most "out there" trend that has emerged in recent months, but that hasn't stopped it from drawing a crowd of followers around the world on social media, is goblincore.

Nature is at the core of this aesthetic, but it's a far cry from cottagecore. Here, it's all about the forest, with particular emphasis on the real and fantastical creatures that can be found there.

It's a kind of mystical forest world, in short.

This is a wardrobe comprising a multitude of patterns of snails, mushrooms, toads, earthworms, animal skulls and even elves. Pieces are often cut loose, and come in colours inspired by the forest (brown, moss green, beige).

Goblincore is clearly proving popular, branching out into the worlds of decoration and beauty, and with no less than 615 million views on TikTok.

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As the latest fashion trend to emerge, the cabincore aesthetic is already getting plenty of press as we head into the current season. As temperatures slide across much of the globe, men and women alike are opting for snug, cosy pieces in which to bundle up.

Indeed, lockdown may (hopefully) be a distant memory, but the need for comfort and comforting fashions seems to persist.

This translates into thick sweaters, quilting, materials like tweed, and neutral colours.

The cabincore trend is new, but is already proving a hit on social networks. On TikTok, the hashtag already has 26 million views. – AFP Relaxnews

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