How To Get the Prairie Chic Look For Less This Summer
We’ve always loved the romantic but practical styles worn by the feisty Little House On The Prairie girls: now boho meets Victoriana in prairie chic, a major fashion trend for summer 2019.
What is prairie chic?
Prairie chic fuses romance and femininity with edgy, tomboyish charm: perfect for festivals, practical enough for the school run, this is a look for free-spirited pioneer girls who are not afraid of the open air and hard work. Just like your favourite jeans, prairie chic looks good even when accessorised with a smudge of dirt. At the Spring Summer 16 shows, Valentino sent out models wearing demure, high-necked dresses with handstitched embellishment while Alexander McQueen and Erdem experimented with translucent fabrics and cutout details, suggesting a look that is part angel, part cowgirl.
What to look for in prairie chic
Key elements of prairie chic are soft, natural fibres that look better as they age, with ditsy prints and checks in dusty shades of rose, blue, tan and white. Look out for frills, pintucks, checks and broderie Anglaise. Ruffle skirts, patchwork fabrics and dropped waist mini dresses all feature in this season’s collections; accents of antique tan leather prevent this feminine trend from becoming too saccharine. To bring your prairie chic look up to date, style a print dress with a biker jacket, or combine a floaty top with dark skinny jeans and complete your outfit with sturdy, lace- up boots or chunky sandals.
How to achieve the prairie chic look for less
Because this look works best when you don’t overdo it, it’s easy to achieve with a few versatile, affordable pieces that will give your summer wardrobe a prairie chic vibe:
The maxi dress
This stunning V by Very maxi dress in a floral print nails several catwalk trends. Its sexy off-the- shoulder styling is very 2019 and a flattering shirred waist, scoop neckline and frilled hem ooze prairie chic. Style with chunky sandals to avoid a too-pretty look. Whether for holidays, parties or just wandering through the meadow, this dress is sure to be a go-to piece in your wardrobe this summer.
The denim skater dress
Release your inner cowgirl in this cute skater dress from V by Very in soft denim Tencel, perfect for your summer off-duty look. With its bell sleeves, fitted waist and laced front, the dress looks good on every figure type; style with chunky boots and a tan.
More angel than pioneer girl, a Miss Selfridge embroidered sundress is a pretty take on the prairie chic edit. White and sky blue are a classic colour combination that looks wonderful in summer sunshine. Its mini length gives a leggy look or pair with skinny jeans and a biker jacket on cooler days.
The pom-pom trim blouse
With its long sleeves, scoop neck and pom-pom trimming, this V by Very blouse in rust provides an understated Victoriana/boho look. Pair with your favourite denim jeans and a fringed bag or dark, wide-legged trousers and gladiator sandals for a casual 70s feel.
The leather mule
Work the prairie chic look with these Timberland Danforth mules in high-quality tan leather. With the latest anti-fatigue cushioning, your comfort is assured and their sleek but sturdy styling looks great whether paired with an embroidered sundress or skinny jeans and a gypsy blouse.