Zara plaid dress (similar here), Forever21 frilly blouse (similar here), Zara faux leather jacket, Forever21 black hat (similar here), Coach 1941 combat boots (similar here), Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote (in black here)
Two words: prairie chic. For us city girls it might be a strange concept, but in 2018 you’re going to want to be prairie chic. While fashion houses like Coach 1941 have been rocking a homey, prairie meets grunge vibe for the past few seasons, others, like Dior, made their prairie debut with Resort 2018 collections. I’m a huge fan of the wild west vibe that comes with a fedora, fringe, plaid, and anything faux leather or suede. The textures, the colours, the patterns, there’s so much fun to be had! This has really become a go-to look for me: long patterned dress + short jack + masculine boots. Not only is it comfortable, but it has a laissez-faire attitude that I just can’t get enough of.
I picked this dress up on super sale at Zara a while ago. I have found some really cool pieces at the back of fast-fashion stores’ sale section. My advice: it’s always worth rummaging through for a cute nine dollar dress.
I paired this dress with my faux leather jacket and Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB. I actually bought this bag on Bluefly a long time ago, but it’s a really sturdy and spacious little bag. Rebecca Minkoff also makes wonderful clothing; sophisticated with a girly-girl vibe.
Now, to talk about the boots. You’ve seen these once before, and I’m sure you’ll see them again. Long gone are the days of pairing pretty dresses with pretty shoes and a pretty bag. It’s time to shake things up! I’ve written about this before but I can’t stress it enough. Your shoes don’t have to match your bag…or anything else for that matter. Mixing styles and prints and masculine and feminine pieces are absolutely the way to go. You might feel mismatch-y at first, but it’s so freeing once you stop worrying about if your whole look is coordinated. These boots are Coach 1941, bought on a super sale last May. If you love Coach like I do, you can keep your eyes open for their semi-annual 50% off sales or shop online at their outlet store. I have a love-hate relationship with outlet or factory stores. On one hand you can get the brands you love at a fraction of the price, but outlets often sell lower quality pieces. You have to keep your eye out for end-of-season, non-factory pieces. Coach is one of the stores that has amazing outlets. If you’re looking to become prairie chic, I would highly suggest a piece or two from their 1941 line.
If you find yourself wanting to hop on the western wagon, you will never go wrong with small floral prints and leather or suede. These versatile pieces will liven up your wardrobe in preparation for spring and you’ll find yourself reaching for them more than once. My favourite store for pretty florals is (unsurprisingly) Zara, although I do wish my budget allowed for the stunning floral dresses at Coach.
So what do you think? Have I convinced you that the prairie girl is the new cool girl?
Photo Credit: Paula Adler