We hope you got your fill of skin-baring outfits this summer because the pendulum is about to swing the other way for fall. Covering up will be in, a la Little House on the Prairie. That’s right, those vintage-looking, often high collar dresses that were once deemed prudish are suddenly stylish again.
Dsquared2 Fall 2018, Calvin Klein Fall 2018, Cinq à Sept Fall 2018; Images: Imaxtree
You can blame the Fall 2018 runways for this return to modesty. There was an obvious Western theme at Dsquared2’s show punctuated by a fair share of prairie dresses. Since Raf Simons already delivered buttoned-up, two-tone shirts that would look right at home on the open range, it wasn’t surprising to see the Calvin Klein designer graduate to down-home, transparent dresses. Cinq à Sept went the ruffled route with a millennial pink take that wouldn’t look out of place on a red carpet.
Coach 1941 Fall 2018, Etro Fall 2018, Zimmermann Fall 2018; Images: Imaxtree
Coach 1941 offered up moodier interpretations based in blacks and browns with floral patterns for a bit of flair. Etro’s patterned prairie dresses had a Southwest vibe that set them apart from more traditional versions. While Zimmermann leaned more Victorian with fussy yet fashionable options.
Despite their constrictive origins, prairie dresses translate well in modern day, especially with current twists like patchwork prints, smocked accents and plaid patterns. Channel your inner Laura Ingalls with one of these surprisingly stylish prairie dresses.
Elix Dress, $278 at Dôen
Floral-Print Ruffle-Trimmed Prairie Dress, $425 at Matches Fashion
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Belted Ruffle Midi Dress, $119 at & Other Stories
Patchwork Print Dress, $119 at Zara
Beacon Smocked Dress in Black, $315 at Need Supply Co.
Verona Ruffle Midi Dress, $89 at Urban Outfitters
Bettine Dress in Umber, $545 at Ulla Johnson
Daisy Bouquet Sleeveless Western Dress With Necktie, $397.50 at Coach
Bohemian Printed Dress, $359 at Free People
Sora Dress in Navy Plaid, $47.99 at Need Supply Co.
Heather Tiered Embroidered Cotton Midi Dress, $425 at Net-a-Porter
Floral Chiffon Dress, $129.99 at Mango
Embroidered Romantic Dress, $99.90 at Zara
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Billowy Prairie Maxi Dress, $125 at & Other Stories
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