We all know of cottagecore, which is responsible for nap dresses taking over our Instagram feeds, but make way for its glamorous sister aesthetic: Princesscore.
Princesscore, also known as royalcore or regencycore, is a subcategory of cottagecore that blends the whimsical nature of the original aesthetic while adding elements of fantasy, romance, and even history. Classic staples of princesscore include big puffy dresses, dramatic sleeves, corsets, intricate lace designs, a pastel color palette, and, of course, a tiara or two.
Princesscore rose to prominence due to the popularity of shows such as Bridgeton and The Crown, along with many people binging Disney movies to comfort themselves during the pandemic. The rise in princesscore also came when stay-at-home restrictions started to lift, with many of us ready to get all dressed up to go out again.
Whether you’re looking for an excuse to dress up or you want to channel your favorite royal without looking too obvious, here are 15 different ways to wear princesscore without looking like a Halloween costume.
Go big or go home, right? To achieve the true royal look, you need a dramatic gown that shows you’re the fairest one of all. Pair it with a subtle-but-elegant tiara and some jewels and you’re ready for the day—even if that day is just hanging in your castle.
If you want to add a royal touch to your everyday look without going full-on fairy princess, try pairing an embroidered monogram sweater with a tulle skirt to give a subtle air of royalty at the office or while running errands.
’90s kids, rejoice. You can now dress up as your favorite princess while also recreating your favorite trends from the ’90s. Take a baby doll dress with some puff sleeves, add a grungy pendant necklace, and finish the look with a pair of white Doc Martens.
If you’re looking to seduce someone into joining your kingdom, try pairing a lacy two-piece outfit that looks stunning and fit for a queen. Add a flower crown for a little extra pop.
If you love the princess look but prefer a more contemporary style, try pairing an on-trend corset with a pair of coordinating flared pants for an unexpected but incredibly chic look.
Sometimes all you need is a dash of whimsy in your everyday style. Elevate your favorite pair of jeans by adding a royal top, complete with puffy sleeves. Add some killer heels, and you’ll be able to run errands like royalty (minus the security escort).
All princesses need a train trailing behind them for when they hold court. How else will people know they’re coming (and to stay as far away as possible)? Try a detachable train that creates a high-low look to your dress.
If you identify more with the cottagecore aesthetic but are still looking to add just a touch of glam, try pairing a puff sleeve blouse with a full skirt for a woodsy princess vibe. It’s a little less Princess Aurora and a little more Briar Rose.
Bring two popular trends together by setting your royal look in the 2000s. Pair a cute kitschy dress with some beaded jewelry and butterfly clips, and you’re ready to rule the early aughts.
If you’ve ever been torn between wanting to be a witch and wanting to be a princess, you no longer have to choose. Trade in the pastels for black and don’t forget to add in a few gothic details.
Queen of the Sea
Every princess needs a beach day. Feel like a poolside princess with a sweet bikini and royal coverup.
I do believe in fairies, and I also believe there is no shame in wanting to gain fashion inspiration from a mystical creature such as a fairy queen.
Yes, we had to include the ultra-famous strawberry dress that has been worn by almost everyone from celebrities to TikTok influencers. After all, it is one of the key items that pushed cottagecore into princesscore territory. There are plenty of dupes, but for the full royal vibe, we stuck with the sparkly original.
Adding a fun, colorful romper shows that not every princess needs to be so prim and proper.
If you thought the first two seasons of The Crown were the best, then use the era as inspiration for your princess look: A-line midi skirts, cardigans, and oxford shoes are some fun ways to blend royal and vintage.