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Just because I’m a fashion editor doesn’t mean I’m laboring under the delusion that every trend can work on me. And at first, prairie dresses — you know, the high-neck, vintage-looking floral dresses that have slowly been taking over Instagram — seemed like the ultimate “just for runway models” look. As pretty as a prairie dress can be, if you don’t find the right silhouette or print, you can look like you’re wearing something you found in your grandmother’s closet.
But the more I saw them, the more they grew on me. I started to keep a folder of all my favorites on Instagram from brands like Batsheva. On her website, designer Batsheva Hay explains that she’s trying to take “elements symbolic of restraint and repression (high collars, voluminous sleeves and skirts)” and make them look modern. You might think, looking at the Batsheva dress that Aurora James of Brother Vellies wore to the Met Gala, that she’s on to something.
Prairie dresses are essentially a full look in one piece; once you put one on, it speaks for itself. At this point, I’ve come to prefer them to flowy, unstructured bohemian dresses because they have so much personality. I still wouldn’t call them in a staple in my wardrobe, but I do own several now. It reminds me of getting dressed in simpler times, when all I wanted was to wear something pretty.
Because of the modest silhouette and frilly details, I like to pair mine with chunky sandals or sneakers to add some contrast. Still not convinced? Scroll ahead to see ten chic examples of the trend.
If You Only Want to Spend $30
The Best One in Bright Colors
The Best Babydoll Version
If You Want a Defined Waist
The Best Vintage-eque Vibe
The Best Dark Floral
The Best Bib Dress
The Best Maxi Dress
The Best Off-the-Runway Version
The Cool-Girl Version
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