You heard it here first – 'prairie chic' is the new boho. And as Winnipeggers, we see it as our duty to nail the trend! The prairie look has a distinct vibe that is free-spirited yet hardworking; rustic yet modern – and totally cute. Think Little House on the Prairie meets Alexander McQueen. Intrigued yet? This trend is all about clever styling, and as always, we’re up for the challenge. Check out these two prairie-inspired outfits that would do Laura Ingalls Wilder proud.
Mix High and Low
Prairie dressing comes down to finding the right fabric and textures. Think frilly tops, high necklines, floral print, ruffled trims, etc. To make these trends more wearable, the key is to mix a prairie-feeling piece (the kitschier the better!) with something more simple and casual. A long floral skirt has that rustic vibe we’re after, but when paired with a basic denim tee, it makes for an interesting juxtaposition. Go for chunky, metallic accessories to make this outfit more suitable for work or an evening event.
One Statement Piece
If you're going full-on prairie, try sticking to a muted, earth-toned palette and softer colours that look perfectly sun-faded and worn down. If your outfit is too perfect, it can start looking costumey, and nobody wants that! We found a feminine dress that ticks all the boxes – a high neckline, intricate print, long sleeves, lacy trim. The shorter cut gives this look a free-spirited edge that makes it perfect for date night, or at a country wedding with a pair of cute sandals and a tiered silver choker.
PS. Braids are optional, but highly encouraged.
Visit these St. Vital Centre retailers to shop the looks (check stores for availability):
Look #1 - High/Low
Denim crop top: Garage, $42.95
Petite floral floor length skirt: Dynamite, $39.95
Gold heels: Aldo, $70.00
Metallic chunky bib: Le Chateau, $35.00
Bejeweled clutch: Aldo, $55.00
Look #2 - Statement Piece
Floral mid length dress: BCBGMAXAZRIA, $373.00
White heels: Aldo, $90.00
Tiered silver choker: Le Chateau, $29.95
Woven clutch with chain: Dynamite, $29.95