trend report: prairie dresses
trend report: prairie dresses

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If you think we’d already reached peak prairie dress, think again. Entering our fashion consciousness via designers Batsheva and The Vampire’s Wife, it took a turn for the pouffy via milkmaid dresses, returning this season via rustic prints at Self Portrait, Alexachung and Etro -  and now it’s getting a stamp of zeitgeist approval in the form of Greta Gerwig’s recent adaptation of Little Women. The film’s costume designer, Jacqueline Durran, is responsible for *that* green dress in Atonement, so we’re anticipating Victoriana dresses everywhere.

 

The novel was revolutionary at the time for its depiction of the real lives and careers for women, and the prairie dress carries self-determination too. Designer Batsheva Hay of Batsheva designs to embody “what our decisions would be like if we [dressed] without considering what men think we should wear." This trend doesn’t play up to the male gaze: it’s impactful without needing to be sexy. It’s comfortable and easy to wear. Oh, and you don’t have to wear tights. Where do we sign? Shop our favourites below.

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  • Selected Femme denim prairie maxi dress-White
    £66
    BUY
  • Womens Berry Red Tiered Puff Sleeve Maxi Dress, Red
    £48
    BUY
  • ASOS DESIGN denim prairie midi smock dress in black
    £35
    BUY
  • Just Female Noele tiered check maxi dress-Grey
    £25
    BUY
  • ASOS DESIGN checkerboard maxi dress with long sleeves-Multi
    £38
    BUY
  • Vila floral high neck tiered maxi dress
    £30
    BUY
  • ASOS EDITION puff sleeve maxi dress in mono check-Multi
    £38
    BUY
  • ASOS DESIGN floral print long sleeve maxi tea dress-Multi
    £45
    BUY
  • ASOS DESIGN Petite shirred tiered maxi dress in spot print-Multi
    £39
    BUY
  • Vila high neck paisley maxi dress-Multi
    £65
    BUY
  • New Look frilled high neck maxi dress in polka dot-Black
    £27.99
    BUY
  • By Malina Paolina long sleeve velvet maxi dress in emerald green
    £330
    BUY
  • Free People feeling groovy tiered floral maxi dress
    £148
    BUY
  • ASOS DESIGN tiered long sleeve smock maxi dress in floral print-Multi
    £42
    BUY
  • Gestuz Bethany stripe tiered maxi dress-Yellow
    £95
    BUY
  • Y.A.S tiered frill maxi smock dress-Brown
    £80
    BUY
  • ASOS DESIGN button through tiered smock maxi dress in crinkle
    £20.50
    BUY
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