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   WHAT’S THE NEWEST story on the fashion horizon?  Well, it is one Americans are well familiar with, a story that dates back long enough to be a classic, covering a good portion of the country and its history.  Think Little House on the Prairie, and you’ve got it!

Of course, the Prairie Look is just one of many trendy stories in fashion right now.  But if your taste runs in this direction, you are going to really enjoy the Look, because it can be quite delightful.

The big items here are big brimmed straw hats, little gingham prints, soft leather belts and bags, handmade jewelry, canvas totes, and plenty of feminine ribbons and bows.  It is a sweet look, yesteryear with some jazzy upgrading.  Who wouldn’t love it? 

Coming in for the spring and summer seasons, imagine standing in the wind, feeling the breezes in your hair, and still not having to stop and comb and brush and reposition half of what you have on. Why not?  Because this is an extremely nature-compatible look, a green look in extreme, a retro extraordinaire. It is natural. Charming. Hair that moves in the wind.  Finger nails that look real.  Faces that smile without the tightness of plastic surgery or Botox. Ohhh, can we handle it?

A QUICK WAY to get into the mood of Prairie Girl Natural is to look through some magazines and pick out those outfits and overall looks that would be compatible with a pioneering spirit of the 1800s.  Things that could be made at home are a good place to start, but don’t assume they have to be unattractive or even primitive.  Many of the hats, dresses, et.al. made by pioneering women were highly sophisticated and refined in their own way.

At the same time, there are plenty of top designers flirting with the Look as well.  Gucci has a marvelous new leopard-like print bamboo bag that would work wonders here.  It is very rich, very natural, and at the same time very fitting to the overall expression of the Prairie Look.  Georg Jensen has a beautiful little gold bracelet, very fragile looking, and perfect for the plains of yesterday!

BIG BRIMMED HATS AND PRETTY CUTCH OR BUCKET BAGS ARE GREAT ADDITIONS FOR A PIONEERING LOOK.  CHECK THESE OUT:

 

 

                                      Conservative, Not Sexy

THERE ARE SOME THINGS that should be eliminated right out in creating your own Prairie Look.  This is a very ladylike story, so rid yourself of low cuts, high cuts, cut-outs, and anything else that is too skin-exposing.  Keep skirt lengths longer, which works well with the new story coming in, for longer, below the knee skirt and dress lengths. If something looks sexy, racy, or edgy, don’t go near it!

Choose jewelry judiciously.  Don’t go over-board on the number of jewelry pieces you’ll wear at one time.  Remember:  Most of the prairie ladies didn’t have a lot of money to spend on luxuries, so a simple necklace was something to be cherished by itself.  Pearls are always good.  So are beads. Rings were not in the highest demand; most women limited their ring wardrobe to a wedding ring. But young girls might like a plain gold or band with a little stone in it.

Color is an important factor in putting together a Prairie Girl fashion collection.  Many of the colors from this era were natural:  tans, browns, washed whites.  Pale blue was a dressup favorite.  Black was used frequently. Pale yellow was another big time hue.  

Materials play an important role in this story.  Think in terms of leathers, cottons, and straws.  Hand worked metals are also a highlight for handbag hardware, even certain types of jewelry.  Straw totes are hot here, along with brown beads, bright ribbons, and plaid, handknit-looking scarves.

The Prairie Look also crosses over many other stories, so you can turn to them for inspiration in choosing products for this category, too.  This Look was made for Naturals of all sorts.  It is also not unlike the Hippie Look of the 1960s. Remember all those wonderful long skirts and macramé jewelry pieces?  Bring them back! 

And hey, the Safari Look has a lot in common with the Prairie Look, too.  Just don’t choose things are too sophisticated or British-elite, they would outrank and maybe overwhelm the simplicity that makes the Prairie Look so appealing.

JEWELRY WAS PRIZED OUT ON THE PRAIRIE…KEPT FOR THE RICHEST AND MOST PRIVILEGED.  HERE ARE SOME GOOD CHOICES TO PUT YOU IN THAT CATEGORY:

 

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