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31st Oct 2021

Cabincore is the autumn fashion trend every mum can get onboard with

Trine Jensen-Burke

cabincore fashion trend

For many of us, motherhood inevitably changes our sartorial vibe.

And not because we completely stop caring about fashion cold turkey just because we have given birth – because that is absolutely not the case.

It is, however, more to do with the fact that motherhood requires a whole new level of practicality and utility – and hence things like killer heels and tight, pristine dresses simply don’t cut the mustard anymore. Not during the day, anyway.

Which is why I was all sorts of excited to find out about the hottest fashion trend of winter 2021 – cabincore.

Not to be confused with cottagecore (the romantic, vintage – think ivy-clad stone cottage in the British countryside – style everyone has been going wild for over the past year-and-a-half), cabincore is its more rugged, wild cousin. And trust me – it is what all your hygge winter dreams are made of.

What the heck is cabincore, you ask? Put simply, imagine you are going to a cosy cabin in the woods with some friends in the autumn or wintertime – and dress accordingly.

As in – plaid all the way, lots of cosy layers, chunky hiking boots, scarves, fleece coats, sweater vests and dreamy muted autumnal hues.

According to Refinery29, unlike cottagecore, which nods to an idealized farm life, cabincore draws its inspiration from the mountains and forests. It’s more rustic and so where cottagecore fashion is airy and feminine, cabincore is warm and rugged.

The aesthetic of cabincore embodies the cosy tranquility of remote living and the best bit? You can totally channel the look in both your home decor and clothing style alike.

And you don’t have to look far or pay a lot to get on top of this trend either, as luck would have it.

High street stores like H&M, Penneys and Zara have tons of items that nod to the trend, from flannel shackets (shirt jackets) to knitted vests, big scarves and cord pants.

In other words, clothes that will keep you cosy, warm and ready for winter.

If dresses are your thing, short dresses layered over chunky tights, and under a knitted vest is ideal, as are longer knit dresses. Pair with chunky hiking-style boots and you are good to go.

The key, as it turns out, to dressing in line with the cabincore trend is to not overthink it – cabincore is after all an embodiment of the classic autumn style staples we already know and love.

The “I hike” aesthetic is what you are aiming for, so think about textures and focus on key textiles such as wool, tweed, and flannel – a lumberjack is literally your style icon now.

Now, who’s ready for a hike?!