Little House on the Modern Prairie

How to work this trend without feeling like Laura Ingalls Wilder


The Outfit

Western-prairie style is having its moment in fashion. With milkmaid-style shoulders, picnic-inspired gingham prints and mid-length smock dresses, this fad embraces the nature of modest, effeminate fashion. 

While out and about on south Denver’s Pearl Street, I didn’t go quite as literal with pigtail braids, high neckline and cinched corset. Instead, I channeled my perception of the trend, and invested in a cotton, bare-shouldered top with balloon-style sleeves. 

Even with long sleeves, the breathability of the cotton kept me cool in 90 degree weather. I paired with other neutral colors (yes, I consider denim a neutral) to let the crisp, white top serve as the focal point.  

The Thinking

Most pieces in this ensemble radiate femininity, such as the off-the-shoulder puffy sleeve, mini denim skirt and picnic-like straw tote. I selected my clunky, masculine Birkenstocks sandals to offset the delicacy of my smock-like blouse. I frequently experiment with combining feminine and masculine details because it makes the look more compelling. It also added an element of leisure to my ladylike garb, which was fitting for a casual Saturday walk in town. 

Accessories should feel smart and purposeful. The large, pearled clip was added to tame the beached waves; a cheetah-print belt to contribute whimsy and keep my waist secure; a roman-numeral, leather watch to tell time. Functionality doesn't mean sacrificing style integrity. 

A creature of habit and classic styles, when a new trend emerges I want to ensure that it will fit into my wardrobe for seasons to come. This allows my own interpretation of what’s en vogue and how to recycle clothing, like this top, in my closet– even after the prairie-craze is long gone. 

Let’s Shop

Off-the-shoulder top- ZARA

Pearled barrettes - ZARA

Big buckle sandal- (Similar): Birkenstock 

Jean skirt - (Similar): Bloomingdales 

Straw tote- Topshop

Black Watch- (Similar): Kate Spade

Hooped gold earrings- (Similar): ASOS

Simple bar necklace- Uncommon James

Animal print belt- (Similar): Revolve 

Sunglasses- Quay 

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

Our Sales & Marketing Coordinator, Devon Miner, puts us all to sartorial shame on a daily basis. As a result: we’ve asked her to write a blog about her personal style and how she puts her fabulous self together.—Kate Meyers

Devon's Story:
Seventeen magazine served as the dominant design theme in my Highlands Ranch bedroom. My collection of torn out pages became a personal style bible for daily accessorizing. I was ten at the time. Since then I’ve been a student of fashion– no Crocs or sweatpants for me. At 15, I attended the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit at the Denver Art Museum. That visit captured my heart and my imagination. It also sealed the deal for a lifetime of observation and appreciation for what works and why. I’m embarrassed but also secretly proud to say I was voted “Most Fashionable” at Mountain Vista High School. The beat goes on. These days, I’m an unapologetic collector of patterned pants, graphic band tees and oversized buttoned-down blouses. Look to this blog for a weekly outfit and analysis as well as a smattering of fashion news from Colorado and beyond.

“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” –Yves Saint Laurent

Recent Posts

Edit Module

Never Miss a Post!

Subscribe to our weekly newsletters, CHL Insider (select magazine plus web exclusive content) and CHL Scene (events and happenings) to receive new blog posts in your email box!