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Prairie dresses are many things to many people: functional, dowdy, unique, intimidating, striking, frumpy, dated, whimsical.... While some may regard these floor-length, conservative frocks as safe territory, others may run for the hills at the mere thought of them.

In a round about way, there's something thoroughly new about these Laura Ingalls Wilder–style prairie dresses. A sort of antithesis to the Boohoo/Missguided/Pretty Little Thing barrage of cycling shorts, mesh, fanny packs, and miniature sunglasses if you will. 

Anyone who is familiar with the wild ride that is the American TV show Little House on the Prairie (thank you, daytime re-runs on RTÉ One all through the early noughties) will catch my drift here.

The best part of the show was arguably its fashion: a portrayal of a Western prairie lifestyle circa the 1880s - a simpler time, albeit when the style of clothes were probably fussier than ever. Flouncing hems, romantic lace, puff sleeves, layers of ruffles, matching bonnets: we're talking a full look with a capital L here.

Fast forward to present day, so-called prairie dresses have been given a modern update: slinky fabrics, cut-outs on occasion, and shorter hem-lines. 

Park the matching hats, the white knee socks, the braids, and the aprons - and delve in to a new era of good olde wholesome Americana.

Floral Prairie Dress With Belt66.36, Vera Moda

Ruffle Printed Bib Dress€99, & Other Stories

Ruffle Trimmed Floral Cotton Dress€417, Batsheva

Printed Peasant Dress€275, Maison Scotch

Ruffled Lace Gown€480, Self Portrait

Catalina Maxi Dress€332, Carolina K

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