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Goblincore Vs. Cottagecore – What’s the difference?

Goblincore vs. Cottagecore, what’s the difference? Both Cottagecore and Goblincore are siblings of the same family but have different personalities and ways of expression.  Goblincore and Cottagecore emerged during the 2020 pandemic in response to the isolation of quarantine. Both aesthetics include love of quiet time, wholesomeness, isolation in the woods, childhood nostalgia, anti-modern ideology and have served as a way for people all around the world to romanticize the mandated quarantine enforced by their countries. Here we break down the fashion and interests of these fascinating subcultures and the ethos behind them.


Goblincore is an aesthetic often adopted by people who view themselves as “outsiders”. Anchored in loving imperfections, grime, and “ugliness”, the Goblincore movement is showcased in dark colors, worn-in clothes, and an affinity for trinkets and clutter. Goblincore draws much of its aesthetic from fantasy fandoms, including movies such as the Lord of the Rings and games such as Dungeons and Dragons. Many “Goblins” enjoy this carefree way of life where societal expectations are not only disregarded but flipped on their head.

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Goblincore Interests: 

  • Frogs
  • Snails 
  • Mushrooms
  • Secret Gardens
  • Gems 
  • Pinecones
  • Coins
  • Moss 
  • Hobbits
  • Goblins
  •  Insects
  • Mice
  • Old Books
  • Hobbits
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Gobincore Fashion

  • Overalls
  • Mismatched Socks
  • Patchwork
  • Raincoats
  • Minimal makeup
  • Loafers
  • Corduroy
  • Gypsy Skirts
  • Circle Frame Glasses
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Goblincore Color Palette


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Cottagecore is an aesthetic based on traditional and wholesome living. Similar to Goblincore, there is a strong emphasis on nature and being carefree. In Cottagecore this freedom is expressed through slow-living such as baking, picnics and home-making actives. Cottagecore is also viewed as a rejection of capitalism and supports self-sufficiency and homesteading.


Cottagecore Interests:

  • Gardens
  • Flowers
  • Farm Animals
  • Foraging 
  • Picnics
  • Bees 
  • Pastries 
  • Baking 
  • Transcendentalism 
  • Isolation 
  • Crafts
  • Homemaking
  • Traditional roles 
  • Picnics 
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Cottagecore Fashion:

  • A-line skirts
  • Flower patterned blouses 
  • Wide rim hats
  • Puffy Sleeves
  • Straw Purses
  • Headscarves
  • Loafers
  • Saddle Boots
  • Highwaisted Shorts
  • Cardigans
  • Button-down Shirts
  • Pullover Sweaters
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Cottagecore Color Palette

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Cottagecore Vs Goblincore: Final Thoughts

While Cottagecore and Goblincore are expressed in different ways, there is a common theme that drives both subcultures home and that is the desire for safety. Whether it’s being safe in a hobbit hole or safe in the English countryside, people crave security amidst natural disasters, pandemics, and economic uncertainty. Fantasizing about hiding in a forest or moving to the countryside is a coping mechanism for many of us and Goblincore/Cottagecore hone in on  that desire.

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