By Karli Poliziani

Is Gardencore the New Cottagecore? The Garden Girl Trend Blooms in Style This Summer

Embrace soft hues, playful details, and a love for nature with the blossoming Garden Girl fashion trend. GRAZIA shows you how to cultivate your own look this summer!
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Forget the hustle and bustle of city life, because this season, GRAZIA is setting its sights on a more whimsical escape — the Garden Girl trend. It’s more than just a passing fad; it’s a full-blown love affair with nature, expressed through a delightful lens of fashion.

Gardencore: Where Romanticism Meets Reality

Imagine stepping into a classic oil painting, surrounded by cascading blooms and flowing fabrics. That’s the essence of Gardencore. Think billowy silhouettes such as peasant blouses and gauzy sundresses that dance in the breeze. Think soft, romantic hues like lavender fields, baby pinks, and oh-so-sweet sky blues, all anchored by the grounding presence of nature’s green.

A Fresh Take on a Timeless Look

The Garden Girl of today isn’t just about practicality. Sure, there are the iconic gardening staples — floppy straw hats, sturdy boots, and comfy overalls — that are still welcome, but Gardencore takes this look a touch further by adding a playful twist. The key here is to capitalise on feminity and a nature-inspired aesthetic. We personally love the delicate embroidery of ladybugs and wildflowers adorning dresses, whimsical floral hair accessories that wouldn’t look out of place in a fairytale, and layered necklaces with seed bead or woven details that bring the touch of the outdoors in.

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Comfort Meets Sustainability

Like its close cousin, Cottagecore, Gardencore embraces natural fibres and cosy silhouettes. Think breathable linen dresses that let your skin kiss the sunshine, flowy cotton tops that feel like a warm hug, and chunky knit cardigans in earthy tones that whisper of long walks in nature. Furthermore, accessorizing is key with items like wicker baskets and woven straw totes (perfect not just for carrying your gardening essentials, but for adding a touch of *rustic charm* to your everyday adventures).

Beyond the Backyard

The Garden Girl aesthetic isn’t confined to the four corners of your garden. It’s a way of life that celebrates the simple joys of nature’s embrace and a romantic sense of style. This summer, the trend is all about lazy picnics under sprawling oak trees, long, winding walks through meadows bursting with wildflowers, and cosy nights spent curled up under a canopy of twinkling fairy lights, a good book in hand — I mean, what’s not to love about that?! It’s about bringing the essence of the outdoors in and letting your love for nature blossom through your fashion choices.

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Cultivating Your Inner Garden Girl

Ready to embrace your inner flower child and blossom into a Garden Girl? Here are some tips straight from GRAZIA‘s fashion team:

  • Florals are your friends! From dainty ditsy prints to bold, botanical explosions, don’t be afraid to embrace the flower power.
  • Accessorize with nature’s whispers — think butterfly pendants that flutter around your neck, woven straw hats that shield you from the sun, and delicate headbands that add a touch of whimsy.
  • Don’t be shy about ruffles, lace, and other romantic details — they add a touch of femininity and charm to the look.
  • Comfort is key — think natural fibres and silhouettes that allow you to move and breathe with ease.
  • Let your personality bloom! This trend is all about embracing individuality and a touch of playful flair.
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So, cast off your city woes, embrace the soft hues and whimsical details of the Garden Girl aesthetic, and let your style blossom wherever you roam this summer!

This story originally appeared on GRAZIA International.