Who would have thought that there will come a time that prairie dresses will be the craze among ladies, and even the city dwellers among us at that? The garments in question were once dismissed for their frumpiness, but now they are chic and stylish, with designers jumping at the chance to have their own say on the trend. We’re seeing no end to it as of yet, and it’s just beginning this fall. Build up your wardrobe with our luxe and high fashion picks of the prairie dress in preparation for spring during when they are predicted to be in full bloom:
1. Paul & Joe Blondie floral-print crepe maxi dress
Hit two birds with one stone with Paul & Joe take on the prairie dress, featuring another trend that proved to be popular on the runway: florals. It’s not as covered up as other versions, with the plunging neck and the slit that allows to show off your legs, but it is equally as charming even when partnered with your reliable pair of sneakers.
2. Ulla Johnson Umbra fil coupé maxi dress
Ulla Johnson version of the dress is lightweight and fascinating, the latter owing to the choice of mesmerizing bordeaux and fil coupé in metallic gold, patterns of diamonds as well as paisley. Done with the Japanese technique shibori, the dress exudes a bohemian vibe, but will not look out of place on a chill night in the city, paired with elegant sandals for a chic finish.
3. Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini floral long dress
Easy to the eyes and feminine, Philopsophy Di Lorenzo Serafini’s floral dress leaves us in awe with its choice of color that falls in between blue and gray. Putting emphasis on the waist, it also comes with a sheer construction to allow the skin to breathe in spite of the full cover.
4. Rebecca Minkoff floral print flared dress
Lovely just does not cut it for this Rebecca Minkoff dress, mesmerizing with the ruffles and the construction that is flattering to the wearer. The florals may be against a dark backdrop, but that does not take away its feminine charm. Wearing this with boots will make for a bolder choice, but mules play more on its ladylike appeal.
5. LoveShackFancy Evelyn one-shoulder ruffled printed silk-georgette maxi dress
This Evelyn dress from LoveShackFancy is the perfect example of a spring-appropriate dress that can easily transition into summer. Besides the tiny blooms that permeate the fabric, the fresh-looking, lightweight frock will also look amazingly well with hats, sandals, and woven bags.
6. Three Floor Violette dress
Previously, prairie dresses daunted ladies because they seemed difficult to wear. This Three Floor proves the opposite, especially with its ultra-feminine style as well as the effortless grace it exudes. It would fit right in in the country, but wearing this in the city will not be frowned upon because of its modern construction and choice of material.
7. LoveShackFancy Heather tiered embroidered cotton midi dress
Part of what makes the prairie dress so appealing is its unabashed femininity, and the Heather dress from LoveShackFancy revels in that while also in a color that is only fitting for the upcoming seasons. The dress puts emphasis on the waist, but the skirt, with its tiered sections, prove hard to ignore.
It is of the past to consider prairie dresses old-fashioned considering their popularity both on and off the runway. Have your pick at any of the feminine, relatively conservative dresses that have once looked out of place in the city, but are now deemed to be fresh, a detour from the edgier pieces we’ve been used to seeing in recent years.