If the word ‘prairie’ conjures up nothing more in your mind than connotations of ‘Little House On The…‘, you’re not alone. But it’s time to get reacquainted with the rather traditional term when it comes to your wardrobe, because vintage-inspired prairie dresses are having a major style moment.
A classic prairie dress has a few key features: blooming sleeves, a high neckline, flowing skirt, and a touch of Western influence that brings tassel and ruffle accents aplenty. Last winter saw silky Victoriana-inspired numbers (à la The Vampire’s Wife) flood the fashion feeds, but for S/S 19, designers are spinning these elements in a lighter way and incorporating them into outfits that feel thoroughly fresh and modern, despite their retro roots.
Style them with sandals, toughen them up with boots and military jackets or go full cowgirl with your favourite leather accessories; either way, prairie dresses are the perfect pieces to help you look effortlessly breezy and beautiful all summer long.
Whether you want a subtle nod or all of the prairie bells and whistles (and ruffles), here are 15 of the best styles available to buy now. Fashion bible Who What Wear reports that Google searches for the look have already spiked by 165 per cent, so you’ll need to move quickly…