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Podcast: What The ‘Cottagecore’ Trend Says About Gen Z And Modernity


At a time when Gen Z girls are told gender is fluid or undefineable, why are trends suddenly turning to extremely feminine fashion?


On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Assistant Editor Elle Reynolds joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to break down her essay “The Cottagecore Aesthetic Is Giving Gen Z Girls A Rendezvous With Femininity” and what the trend says about the youngest generation’s relationship to modernity.

“I think it’s reactionary,” Reynolds said. “I think it’s a reaction, especially among Gen Z, to kind of this narrative that femininity isn’t a definable thing and it’s just kind of fluid and not really there.”

What may have started as an “ode to simple pastoral living” during government-mandated lockdowns quickly turned into a fashion trend that pushes back against the left’s woke messaging about gender and oddly embraces a balance of femininity.

“That’s the golden nugget of feminine fashion,” Reynolds said. “It’s not hiding your femininity and the fact that you’re a woman, but it’s also not putting it all on display either. It’stasteful balance of leaving something to the imagination, but not like covering yourself.”

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