Slow Fashion: a Vintage Prairie Dress for Autumn

'70s Autumn Prairie Dress

'70s Autumn Prairie Dress

'70s Autumn Prairie Dress

Thanks to the rise of cottagecore, vintage country-inspired looks, midi lengths and old-fashioned florals are in. I’m delighted my wardrobe of vintage prairie dresses is back in fashion, even if I’d wear them regardless! The prairie dress was the go-to style of Summer 2020, but I want to show how this is more than a one-season wonder and easy-breezy throw-on-and-go Summer style. In the spirit of slow fashion, and getting the most out of wearing my wardrobe year round, here’s how I’m styling a ’70s prairie dress for Autumn/ Winter.

'70s Autumn Prairie Dress

'70s Autumn Prairie Dress

'70s Autumn Prairie Dress

This dress has a very special story. It was handmade by my Gran in the ’70s, and my Mum wore it as bridesmaid for my Aunt’s wedding in its first, maxi incarnation – it was shortened for everyday wear soon afterwards and subsequently much worn and loved. And now it continues its life with me! I wore it in Summer with bare legs and sandals but the beautiful Rose and Hubble fabric lends itself so well to Autumn too.

'70s Autumn Prairie Dress

'70s Autumn Prairie Dress

'70s Autumn Prairie Dress

For a walk in the woods on our flying visit to Highland Perthshire last week, I layered up with my Fair Isle jumper and tweed jacket – both recent acquisitions from the Inès de la Fressange for Uniqlo collaboration that paired perfectly with the earthy palette of the dress. The designer epitomises Parisian chic, and this diffusion line made it affordable for us mere mortals; the quality is second-to-none and designs so timeless I know I’ll be wearing these pieces for many years to come.

'70s Autumn Prairie Dress

'70s Autumn Prairie Dress

'70s Autumn Prairie Dress

I’m wearing: vintage dress, jumper and jacket from Uniqlo and gifted Boden boots. 

5 comments

  1. Gill Wing says:

    Ines de la Fressange used to be the face (and gorgeous body!) of Chanel, and when she was, we crossed paths once at a party and she told me she loved my hair! I was so gushingly charmed by that, I’ve never forgotten it! What amazing value her line for Uniqlo is – especially given the current sale. I’m always impressed that you still wear skirts when it’s cold – I live in leggings every winter! This year, I treated myself to a pair of leather knee-high boots in an effort to vary that 🙂

    • Rosie says:

      Thank you so much Gill! I’ve just seen your comments and it’s so lovely to hear from you. I owe you an email, it would be nice to have a proper catch-up! That is such an amazing story! It really is. I live in my dresses all year round, but the 100 deniers will be out soon, hehe 🙂 x

  2. Laura Eltringham says:

    Love your style Rosie, so natural and classy.

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