The Shopping List No. 17: Cottage Core Jackets

Hey vintage lovers! This is a very special edition of Splendor Collective’s The Shopping List that I’m making available to all A Vintage Splendor visitors. This curated shopping list is just a peek at some of the exclusive content you get when you join my thrifting and vintage community! Trust me, it’s just the content you’ve been looking for!

Cottagecore has been popular since the early days of the pandemic and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. This is why anything vintage Gunne Sax costs more than my rent back in college! While the trend first started out with flowy, romantic and floral dresses, Cottage core jackets are everywhere at the moment. I love the floral, quilted and patchwork jackets from Ulla Johnson, Sea, and Isabel Marant – they’re exactly what you’d expect to find at the flea market but with a modern twist that makes them super fresh.  But I always opt to find the original vintage version since it’s generally cheaper and always the more unique option. 

I have one jacket that fits the bill – my Gunne Sax lavender jacket – but I need and want a couple more options. On my watch list are a quilted denim jacket/coat and a cropped jacket made from a vintage quilt. The denim jacket will be an easy find, but I think I will have the vintage quilt jacket custom made from a quilt I recently bought (and hopefully make matching jackets for Harlee and baby girl 2). 

A note about Gunne Sax jackets: more often than not, you can find a jacket as part of a two piece set with a matching skirt. Sets usually sell for about $50-100, while jackets are under $50. This is a much better deal than dresses which sell for $200+. If you’re unsure, just set your search alert for all of the above so you find exactly what you want!

My curated picks:



  1. Kelley Graham
    March 20, 2022 / 12:25 am

    I thrifted one of these jackets last week in Asheville and wore it last weekend in Saint Augustine. It is navy blue with red paisleys but it has that cottage core vibe. It was pouring rain when I wore it and I paired it with a navy polka dot umbrella and white striped crop top. I never ever ever would have bought the jacket if you didn’t post this. I felt kind of like a Grandma but I got several compliments on “my style” that day. My husband took a picture of me in a courtyard and I don’t hate the photo (which almost never happens). I am a recovering New Yorker aka all-black wardrobe person and I love your blog. So many clever ideas. 🙂

    • March 22, 2022 / 11:31 am

      Hi Kelley! This comment makes me so happy! Your outfit sounds SO cute and def something I’d wear. I’m so glad you find inspo from my blog. I used to do PR at Bloomingdales and had to wear black every. single. day. so that’s part of the reason I’m so over the top with my color and prints!

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