The cottagecore aesthetic romanticizes a simple life in the countryside. The clothing often features drapey styles in natural fabrics and earthy colors, evoking a sense of being at home in nature.
Because cottagecore is all about a connection to rural life, the movement goes hand-in-hand with sustainability and treating the earth mindfully. In fact, cottagecore is not only an aesthetic but also a revival of traditional skills like growing your own food and sewing your own clothes.
If you’re looking for cottagecore pieces but not quite ready to make your own, this post rounds up 20 small, ethical brands offering cottagecore clothing and jewelry. This sustainable clothing is not only true to the cottagecore aesthetic, but also its spirit, as the garments are made carefully with natural fabrics by fairly-paid artisans.
For each brand, I list out an approximate pricing scale, with one dollar sign meaning $100 or less, two dollar signs meaning around $200, and three dollar signs meaning $300 or more. I also include the size range, but keep in mind that sizing can vary by the garment.
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A Note About Shopping Secondhand
Sustainable clothing is expensive, especially when it comes to cottagecore styles that have more delicate details. Quality clothing made in ethical conditions should cost more than fast fashion, but not everyone is able to afford these higher prices.
Luckily, you can find many cottagecore styles in thrift stores and on secondhand apps, and some of these brands have their own pre-loved section on their website.
Definitely don’t hesitate to look for some of the brands mentioned in pre-loved condition. Here are some of my favorite sites/apps for finding secondhand clothing online:
- Etsy (often small creators, but beware of dropshippers)
- Poshmark (get $10 off your first purchase with my referral link)
- ThredUP (get $10 off your first purchase with my referral link)
- Mercari (get $10 off your first purchase with my referral link)
Buying used allows you to save money, and it’s even more in alignment with the cottagecore value of extending the useful live of clothing.
Sustainable Cottagecore Clothing Brands
All images are are courtesy of the brand websites.
1. Son de Flor
Size range: XXS-XXL
Son de Flor is a Lithuanian company crafting fairytale-esque and vintage-style pieces from linen. Their pieces are often long and flowy, and many feature the classic peter pan collar.
I own their Classic Dress in Evergreen (which was gifted with no obligation to share), and it feels like the perfect piece for twirling in meadows or wandering through forests (though I’ve mainly worn it to special events, apple picking, and everyday occasions).
Ethics and sustainability: They trace their entire supply chain. The linen is fairly produced in the EU and is Oeko-Tex certified (free from harmful substances). The garments are made in-house or by a local team of women with disabilities. Their packaging is plastic-free, and they offer a resale program.
2. Christy Dawn
Size range: XS-XL, with 1X-3X and petite XS-XL in some pieces
This US-based brand is known for its flowy dresses in earthy tones and delicate floral prints, though they offer a wide variety of styles. You’ll also find chunky sweaters and vintage-style boots, completing your cottagecore look.
Note that Christy Dawn is the only brand to offer petite sizing on this list, though there are a few companies that do custom sizing at no extra charge.
Ethics and sustainability: Christy Dawn traces their entire supply chain. They use deadstock fabrics and organic or regenerative cotton grown in India. The pieces are sewn in the US by makers who are paid a living wage, and the pieces are shipped plastic-free.
Size range: XXS-5X
Tradlands oozes cool and comfortable with their vintage-inspired, but still modern, looks. While their brand is more menswear-inspired than cottagecore, they still have some dresses that fit the bill perfectly, like their Nico linen dress and Chalet tiered dress.
I personally own the Nico linen dress, which I’ve found high-quality, flowy, and comfortable. I would just size down for a better fit. Also, check out their Worn Well Exchange for deep discounts on pre-loved Tradlands pieces—it’s where I got the dress at one-third of the retail price! (See my full review of Tradlands for more details).
Ethics and sustainability: Tradlands pieces are made in Peru or China in factories that are audited yearly, sometimes by the founders of the brand themselves. They pay a living wage based on US standards. The pieces are made from natural fabrics, such as linen, TENCEL, or cotton (grown in Peru), and their packages ship plastic-free.
Shop Tradlands. For first-time customers, use code IMPERFECTIDEALIST15 for 15% off
Size range: XS-XXL
Linenfox offers timeless styles in earthy tones. You’ll find cottagecore linen dresses that are ethereal but still very fitting for everyday wear.
One great thing about Linenfox is that most of their pieces are 100 euros or less, making it one of the more affordable brands on this list. They also offer customizations at a small cost.
Ethics and sustainability: The clothing is made in-house from locally-sourced Lithuanian linen. All pieces are made to order to reduce waste, and the team uses fabric scraps as samples, or turns them into scrunchies or clothing. They also ship plastic-free when they can.
5. Loud Bodies
Size range: XXS-10X, plus custom sizing at no extra charge
Loud Bodies has bold, fairytale-eque dresses made for all bodies. You’ll love the dreamy patterns, ruffles, and sweetheart necklines. The brand is based in Romania and is the gold standard for what a small, sustainable brand should be.
Ethics and sustainability: Loud Bodies is most size-inclusive brand I’ve seen, and they also offer a more affordable line under $100. Some pieces are also gifted each month to people who can’t afford it. The seamstresses work in-house and are paid twice the minimum wage. The pieces ship in recycled packaging, and fabric scraps are turned into pillows to be donated to animal shelters.
6. Private Tailor
Size range: XS-6XL, plus custom sizing
This affordable Etsy store is mainly dedicated to classic silhouettes in cotton and linen, but you’ll also find some cottagecore pieces, like this tiered summer dress or this long-sleeve collar dress.
Ethics and sustainability: All clothing is made-to-order from a cotton/linen blend. The clothing appears to be sewn by the designer in China, or is made in their studio. This option has the least information about ethics/sustainability, but it’s the most affordable and one of the more size-inclusive, so I’ve added it here.
7. Hackwith Design House
Size range: XS-4X
Hackwith Design House is the epitome of a cottagecore brand with its flowy silhouettes in earthy tones. Their dreamy pieces look made for wandering through fields, though they’re also modern and refined, so they’ll work just as as well for everyday wear.
Ethics and sustainability: The pieces are made from natural fabrics and sewn in Hackwith Design House’s own studio in Minnesota. They also have a pre-loved section on their site called The Sustain Shop, where you can pick up pieces for a steep discount.
Size range: Custom sizing (Bust 26”-70” and waist 19”- 63”)
True to the South Asian tradition, SeamsFriendly offers tailor-made clothing at a relatively affordable price. While the aren’t a cottagecore brand per se, they have quite a few options that are romantic and flowy, like this burgundy tiered dress and this cloud tiered dress.
I own a few of their pieces (gifted with no obligation to post), and they fit beautifully and are good quality. Just keep in mind that the dyes are natural and do bleed, so you’ll either want to handwash or wash with like colors (or buy lighter colors). I also found that their linen-like cotton fabric was prone to tears, so I’d stick with the other fabrics. See my full SeamsFriendly review for more details.
Ethics and sustainability: SeamsFriendly uses natural, plant-based fabrics and dyes for their custom, made-to-order pieces. The pieces are sewn locally in India and the makers are paid a living wage.
Shop SeamsFriendly. Use code IMPERFECTIDEALIST for 15% off.
9. Whimsy + Row
Size range: XS-XL
Whimsy + Row is the perfect blend of modern and whimsical. Their pieces feel very current without being overly trendy, and the styles are quite romantic. One of their most popular dresses is the Sidney dress (first image), which has adjustable sleeves and can be worn three different ways.
Ethics and sustainability: Whimsy + Row manufactures locally in LA and visits its factories weekly to ensure fair wages and conditions. They use natural or deadstock fabrics and recycle fabric scraps into their products. They also use low-impact dye and only use recycled water. Your package will ship plastic-free in recycled packaging.
Shop Whimsy + Row, Use code WANDR10 for 10% off.
10. Nour and the Merchant
Size range: XS-XXXL, plus custom sizing for a fee
Step straight into a fairytale with Nour and the Merchant’s intricately-patterned dresses and delicate corsets. You won’t find sustainable clothing that fits the cottagecore vibe better than these.
Ethics and sustainability: The dresses are sewn in the owner’s small Italian studio. Everything is made-to-order, and the owner prioritizes organic, deadstock, and recycled fabrics. Any leftover fabric isn’t wasted and is turned into new items. Shipments are carbon offset.
Size range: XS-XXL
OffOn features breezy linen clothing that has an undeniable rustic quality with oversized collars, ruffles, and gingham prints. The silhouettes are bold and modern without being too flashy.
Ethics and sustainability: The garments are made-to-order in the brand’s own studio in Lithuania. Their fabrics are also manufactured locally in Europe and are GOTS-certified (Global Organic Textile Standard), Oeko-Tex certified (free from harmful substances), and Global Recycling Standard certified for 20% recycled content. Fabric scraps are donated to schools for art projects, or sewn into new items.
12. Luna + Sun
Size range: AU/UK 6-18 (US 2-14)
Luna + Sun has beautiful cottagecore dresses that are designed to fit well throughout changes in body size (such as pregnancy). Many of their pieces are wrap-style with ruffles.
Beyond its romantic styles, Luna + Sun also holds extremely high ethical standards, setting an example for other sustainable brands.
Ethics and sustainability: This Australia-based brand is made locally by a manufacturer that’s acredited with Ethical Clothing Australia. The garments are made with plant-based fabrics that are Oeko-Tex certified, and any scraps are turned into smaller items or donated to nonprofits. For every $1 spent on the site, two trees are planted, and all shipments are carbon offset. Luna + Sun also has a take-back/recycling program through Upparel.
Size range: US 0-14/UK 4-18
The brand website describes Meadows as a “romantic and feminine collection inspired by Victoriana, prairie-style, and folklore.” You’d be hard-pressed to find a brand with more unique prints and delicate details.
Ethics and sustainability: Meadows is based in the UK and manufactures in China in small factories that are regularly audited for safe conditions, gender equality, and fair pay. Their dyes are Oeko-Tex certified, and they’re in the process of transitioning their materials to certified organic fabrics and responsible wool.
14. not PERFECT LINEN
Size range: XS-XXL, plus custom sizing/changes for a fee
This Lithuanian brand is known for its clean, simple linen clothing. The pieces drape loosely, allowing you to move freely as you go about your day.
Because Not PERFECT LINEN is one of the more affordable cottagecore brands, its pieces are more easily found on secondhand apps for a discount.
Ethics and sustainability: This sustainable cottagecore clothing is made-to-order from local, Oeko-tex certified linen. The seamstressees are paid a living wage.
Size range: XS-XL
When you spend a good amount of money on clothing, it’s ideal if you can wear it in multiple ways. Luckily, OhSevenDays creates reversible cottagecore dresses—patchwork, puffed sleeves, smocked bodice—you name it!
Ethics and sustainability: The clothing is made in Istanbul in a factory that’s regularly audited for safe conditions and fair wages. OhSevenDays uses deadstock/leftover fabrics, so they’re automatically lower-impact, but the materials still pretty sustainable in themselves (you’ll see eco-friendly fabrics such as Cupro and Tencel).
Size range: XS-XL
Mantaikotai is a family-owned linen clothing business based in Lithuania. Their cottagecore clothing is rich in color while still feeling natural; it drapes nicely but is also fitted in the right places.
Ethics and sustainability: All the cothing is made from natural fabrics and the business is run by the owner, her husband, her mother, and a small team of tailors.
Small Cottagecore Jewelry Brands
This cottagecore jewelry is handcrafted. None of these are sustainable in the sense that they use recycled materials, but because they’re from small businesses, they have a lower impact than mass-produced jewelry.
17. Midnight Cashew
Midnight Cashew has the most realistic mushroom earrings sculpted from polymer clay. I bought a pair myself and love how whimsical they are. They’re not heavy at all and make any outfit look more unique.
You’ll find delicate terrarium jewelery in this shop, including necklaces and earrings.
Rose gold is the theme of this cottagecore jewelry store. Some standout picks include mushroom jewelry, butterfly drop earrings, and pressed flower earrings.
Wear real flowers and mushrooms, delicately preserved in resin. There’s nothing more cottagecore than wearing nature itself!
Let us know in the comments if there are any other ethical cottagecore brands you’d add to this list! For more brand suggestions, check out my sustainable brand directory.