Hayrides. Apple picking. Pumpkin spice everything. Football. There’s a lot to love about fall, so it’s no wonder everyone starts breaking out the cozy fall aesthetics the day the calendar flips to September even if the weather isn’t fully cooperating just yet.
We love fall here at Redbubble, so we’ve gathered everything you need to know about 11 of the coziest fall aesthetics.
Cabincore is all about getting away from it all to relax in the woods. Popular cabincore motifs include cabins (obviously), flannels, hot beverages, forests, hiking, and campfires, and popular colors are dark browns, oranges, and reds.
Clothing in this aesthetic prioritizes warmth on copy fall nights by the campfire, so throw on a flannel button-down or oversize sweater, a pair of jeans, and some hiking boots. A baseball cap and gloves can complete the look. Wear your hair in a functional style, like a messy bun or a ponytail.
If you’re trying to create this aesthetic at home, play music from the Lumineers or Iron & Wine, roast some s’mores in a backyard fire pit, and spend some time stargazing with a throw blanket to keep your legs warm.
2. Coffeehouse Aesthetic
Also known as the cafe aesthetic, the coffeehouse aesthetic involves everything you love about your favorite local coffee shop: warm, neutral colors; delicious scents; a soothing vibe, and cozy armchairs for reading a good book.
To incorporate this aesthetic into your wardrobe, layer minimalist patterns, denim, and cozy sweaters. Your number one accessory is not a bag or a scarf, but a coffee mug filled with your favorite brew.
A home decorated in the coffeehouse aesthetic includes simple wall art, overstuffed chairs piled with throw pillows, hanging lights, and plants and books scattered around the room. Play some jazz, soft rock, or lo-fi music to set the mood as you bake and make latte art in your kitchen.
3. Comfy/Cozy Aesthetic
If you’d rather stay home and read in front of the fire wrapped in a thick throw blanket, the comfy/cozy aesthetic, similar to hygge, is perfect for you. This aesthetic values self-care and relaxation above all else, so grab a book or your journal, snuggle up with your pet, and get comfy! Popular colors include neutrals, especially white, gray, and beige, and warm undertones like yellow and orange.
To perfect this style, pull on your wooliest socks, wrap a scarf around your neck, and your coziest leggings. Sweatpants and hoodies are also encouraged. Messy buns and glasses are staples of this aesthetic.
A home steeped in the comfy/cozy aesthetic revolves around pillows of all kinds, especially floor pillows in front of a roaring fireplace, journals and books stacked everywhere, and some Hozier or Taylor Swift’s Folklore album on the speaker.
Calling all traditionalists who would rather be living on an English manor or a cottage in a field of wildflowers! Cottagecore is your go-to fall aesthetic. It centers on a natural color palette with greens and browns as well as pastels. Forests, mushrooms, strawberries, and gardens are popular motifs.
Cottagecore-ify your closet by incorporating loose layers, lace, and flowy dresses and skirts. Wear your hair long and loose, or tie it up in braids. Pick fabrics that are paisley, gingham, or faded florals, and don’t be afraid to wear a flower crown on a picnic.
Decorate your home with old-fashioned dishware and linen to create a cottagecore vibe. Hang handcrafted art like cross-stitch, or botanical art on your walls.
5. Dark Academia Aesthetic
If classic literature, philosophy, and history are your jam, the dark academia aesthetic suits you best, even if you aren’t a fully accredited professor. Appreciation for learning and intelligence are top values of this aesthetic, as well as a healthy sense of curiosity that may or may not get you into some trouble.
Dark academia fashion is a cross between vintage and high-class. Think 1940s prep school uniforms: blazers, ties, and pleated or pencil skirts in earth tones. A tote bag (preferably with an artistic or classic print) is also a must.
To create a dark academia vibe in your home, you’re going to need books, and a lot of them. Stack them with hardcover journals to write your notes and sprinkle a few coffee mugs around so you’re always ready for the next book club meeting. Hang black and white photography of old buildings on the walls, and play classical music on the stereo.
6. Goblincore Aesthetic
Goblincore is a subgenre of cottagecore in that it is focused on nature. But unlike cottagecore, which includes pastels and cute vintage elements, goblincore appreciates the less beautiful parts of nature, like frogs and snails. Key motifs include mushrooms, snails, dirt, and clutter and the main color palette is based on earth tones, especially dark browns and greens.
Clothing you can get dirty is a must for those practicing the goblincore aesthetic. The more comfortable it is, the better it fits the aesthetic. Oversized sweaters and sweatshirts, worn jeans, and unique socks complete the look.
A home decorated in the goblincore aesthetic is painted in earthy tones with pictures from mythology and fantasy on the walls. Display bug collections, interesting rocks, and crystals around where they can be seen and touched by your guests.
7. Maximalist Aesthetic
The maximalist aesthetic is the antithesis of the phrase “less is more.” We’re talking bold colors, big patterns, and self-expression through clutter.
Don’t be afraid of patterns and prints, or combining textures. Be bold and wear whatever you love, regardless of what others might think of it.
Patterns are your friend if you are using the maximalist aesthetic in your home, so mix ‘em and match ‘em at will. Wallpaper, oversize furniture, vintage heirlooms, thick rugs, an overabundance of plants, and ornate canvas prints or framed prints hung in a wall collage complete the look.
Like goblincore, naturecore is a subgenre of cottagecore, but it focuses more on flora than fauna. It’s often focused on a romantic, idealized version of nature.
Flowy dresses, long skirts, overalls, and bucket hats are must-haves if you’re trying to evoke a naturecore vibe with your wardrobe. Sweaters and sustainable clothes also fit right in a naturecore closet.
Nature art prints should hang on your walls, with vases of fresh flowers and plants in every room. Hang a wreath on your door and keep a notebook handy for sketching the plants and flowers you see on your hikes, or if you aren’t artistic yourself, hang nature photo prints instead.
9. Pumpkin Aesthetic
You adhere to the pumpkin aesthetic if you know what PSL stands for without Googling it.
The pumpkin aesthetic is built on oranges, yellows, browns, and greens, so layer t-shirts and cardigans in those colors with a pair of leggings and boots. To ward off the fall chill, add a scarf to complete the look, or throw on a hoodie.
Pumpkin-ize your home by putting pumpkins and other gourds on every flat surface. Burn a pumpkin spice candle, or try your hand at baking some pumpkin spice treats of your own to make your home smell like fall. Carve a jack-o-lantern for the front porch, or hand up some pumpkin-inspired artwork.
10. Spooky Aesthetic
If you’re one of those people who starts decorating for Halloween as soon as the calendar flips from August to September, even if you’re still sweating and wearing shorts, the spooky aesthetic is all you. Skeletons, bats, and monsters are the foundation of this aesthetic, but you can throw in witches, cats, and candy corn, because what’s a Halloween aesthetic without candy corn?
Clothing and accessories should be predominantly dull, with black the most common. A splash of blood red in your accessories grabs attention, as does clothing that references skeletons, ghosts, or vampires. Stay warm with a scarf or a comfy hoodie, as long as it has a Halloween pattern.
Unlike some of the other aesthetics, a spooky aesthetic doesn’t work all year long (or maybe it does, we won’t judge you for leaving it up year-round). Look for easy switches you can make in your home decor to make your existing decor a bit spookier. For example, drape a Halloween-themed throw blanket on the couch to ward off the chill and replace your typical throw pillows with Halloween options. Swap out existing artwork for the artwork of ghosts and ghouls.
11. Thanksgiving Aesthetic
The Thanksgiving aesthetic focus on everything you love about fall — leaves, pumpkins, and earth tones — plus a couple of very important additions: turkeys and desserts. Oh, and mashed potatoes. And bread.
Other than the food, Thanksgiving is all about being grateful, so spread the message of mindfulness with your apparel, or maybe a Thanksgiving pun or two. Clothing for the day is all about comfort, so break out those leggings and sweatshirts, or even a loose a-line dress!
Decorating your home for the Thanksgiving aesthetic is relatively easy if you’ve decorated for fall. Leave out all the pumpkins and leaves, and just add beautiful table settings or artwork in oranges, browns, and greens. Keep a few notebooks handy so people can take time to write notes of gratitude and spread some Thanksgiving well-wishes.
No matter your fall aesthetic, take some time to enjoy the season. Go on a walk through a park to look at the fall foliage. Drink a warm beverage while stargazing. Rake leaves into a pile and jump into it like you did when you were five. Watch your favorite fall movie (Hocus Pocus, anyone?)