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