Is The Prairie Dress Summer’s Latest Trend?

Shelter-in-place has put a hard stop on “normal” and many of us have now adjusted to living a new normal which may entail a whole lifestyle change, whether it be in a professional or personal setting. Some of us have discovered new hobbies, nailed down a workout/health regimen we’ve always wanted to pursue, changed our diets, and learned new skills. Fashion choices have drastically changed as well. We’ve switched our heels and platforms for slip-ons and sneakers, our blouses and dresses with all the bells and whistles for pieces that are light, breathable, and one-and-done. We’re going back to basics — baking banana bread from scratch, growing our own fruits and veggies, spending quality time with our furry friends, and watching a whole lot of Yellowstone.


floral smocked dress rtr prairie dress summer trend

We’re seeing summer dresses this year updated to fit our now more relaxed lifestyles, and these effortless, charming prairie dresses are here to stay. Prairie dresses are by far the most comfortable summer pieces to slip into making them perfect to lounge around the house, WFH in style, run errands, or take with you on your socially distanced travels — and they are easily styled with just about anything!
Pictured here is the floral smocked dress from celebrity stylist, Sweet Baby Jamie’s collaboration with Rent the Runway. Most of the pieces in the collection are Little House on the Prairie-inspired so go ahead and give it a browse! Don’t have a Rent the Runway subscription? We are offering an amazing discount code for a limited time!
Prairie dresses are perfect for every occasion and can go from casual to formal depending on the fabric choice and how you style it. Today we’re breaking down our favorite prairie dress styles.


prairie white dress

All White

There’s something so feminine and delicate about an all-white prairie dress (the OG of prairie dresses). We love how this white number is hitting many of the major silhouette trends from this past year — the sweetheart neckline, midi cut, lace detail, and puff sleeves. The placement of the inserts on this piece is super flattering and we love how lightweight the dress is. When opting for an all-white prairie dress, we recommend choosing a piece with statement sleeves and subtle, intentional design details that will elevate the overall look. You can’t go wrong with an all-white number and you’ll find yourself wearing it again and again and again.


gingham prairie dress

Babydoll Mini

Our *personal* favorite as of now — the adorable babydoll silhouette. We recommend choosing a piece with back detailing (low back with a self-tie) or a gingham/striped pattern to change things up. We love the eyelet detailing of this yellow dress and the tassel tie.  For warmer days, a mini prairie dress is the perfect choice and looks absolutely darling paired with sneakers or sandals and a woven basket bag.

floral prairie dress

In Bloom

The most popular of prairie dresses is none other than the floral dress. This pick from Rixo is so gorgeous and sweet with just the right amount of leg. This piece also incorporates a sweetheart neckline, which you will find on most prairie dresses, and adjustable waist ties to accentuate your figure. We recommend choosing floral prairie dresses with a very soft hand and good drape to balance the busyness of the floral pattern.



Is this a trend you’re loving? What are your favorite ways to style prairie dresses? Share with us in the comments!

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