Fairycore: Shop the TikTok Aesthetic

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Who didn’t want to be a fairy as a kid? With their whimsical imagery and mischievous reputation, these adorable creatures brought excitement to all of our favorite fairy tales. So it’s perhaps no surprise that the fascination with fairies on TikTok has found a home in the fairycore aesthetic.

The trend, which first gained popularity on the app in 2020, is ideal for warm weather and draws on elements found in nature. Think butterfly and floral motifs, earth tones and flowing materials. The Fairycore aesthetic often consists of a blurry pastel color palette and bohemian fabrics like silk, crochet and tulle combined into billowing silhouettes. The goal is to literally look like a fairy.

descended from European folklore, fairies (or fairies) live on in mythology. Though often associated with witchcraft and magic, the fairy remains an enigma. That’s because depictions of fairies throughout history have been both ethereal and monstrous. Today, the term fairy evokes images of ultra femininewinged creatures frolicking in the forest among flower gardens, mushroom rings and trees.

Fairycore is not to be confused with the viral “cottagecore” aesthetic, which embraces sustainable living, comfortable clothes and DIY projects. Though they share similar nature-related aspects, the fairy aesthetic takes this trend to the next level by adding magic to the mix.

Through its playful mix of fabrics and nature-inspired patterns, Fairycore encourages us to engage in childlike wonder and style exploration. Because of this, there are many imaginative interpretations of Fairycore. Exhibit A: the campy, theatrical take on the trend, which includes creators dressing up as fairies with wings, elf ears and layered corset ensembles. There are also Grunge Feecorea decidedly sombre style that happily borrows from ’90s media Fascinatedwith style elements such as arm and leg warmers, jewel tones and platform shoes.

But Fairycore goes beyond fashion. In fact, there’s a whole page of TikTok dedicated to pixies. It contains Creators who live as fairies, Photo shoots on the theme of fairiesand aggeneral fascination with fairy and witch mythology. In these online spaces, there is a growing desire to learn more about fairies – whether by simply dressing up as them or through looking for fairy communities. It seems we all still want to be fairies, and it’s not hard to guess why.

Imagination is at the heart of the Fairycore aesthetic. It picks up on our collective childhood nostalgia and serves us as an escape from mythological traditions. Much like couture, the style channels fashion from another world by taking us out of our current reality. But unlike the ultra-exclusivity of designer collections, Fairycore is relatively easy to achieve. With an intentionally mismatched, layered look, many elements of this Gen Z trend can be upcycled or saved. Fairycore brings fantastic fashion to everyone.

Would you like to play in your own fairy tale? Here are some pieces to help you create your dream fairycore wardrobe this summer.


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