9 prairie-style dresses to add some fun into your frock collection

From puff sleeves to ruffle hems and statement collars – the prairie dress is the way to tick off many new season trends in one. 

Update your mini, midi and maxi dresses by opting for styles that tick off the unforgettable prairie trend. Key across quite a few seasons now, the power of a great frock knows no bounds. 

So, what exactly are the aspects of a great prairie dress? The trend centres around retro-florals, the kind of prints you may expect to find on curtains from a previous decade. In a great way, of course. 

Aside from the print, it’s also about the cut. Whatever hem length you opt for, a ruffle at the bottom adds to the trend; as do puffy sleeves, a square neckline or a statement collar. 

Attention to detail is key here, and some brands are ticking them all off in one do-it-all dress package. Batsheva, The Vampire’s Wife, Rixo and Dôen are the designers getting it right, with sustainable brands including Omnes and Yasmina Q also creating iterations of the much-loved prairie dress.

Keep scrolling to see the Stylist fashion team’s pick of the best prairie style dresses to don now. 

Best prairie dresses

  • Omnes dress

    Best prairie dresses: Omnes

    Sustainable brand Omnes is a go-to for great dresses. And shirts, knitwear and jumpsuits, for that matter. This sunshine yellow ditsy floral dress will put some joy into your day. 

    Shop yellow floral print maxi dress at Omnes, £85


  • Rixo dress

    Best prairie dresses: Rixo

    You can never fail with a Rixo dress. Fact. The Gwen dress with oversized collar, puff sleeves and universally flattering midi length is 360 degree perfection. 

    Shop Gwen dress at Rixo, £275


  • Nobody’s Child dress

    Best prairie dresses: Nobody’s Child

    The tea dress is a simple way to tick off the prairie dress trend with the fuss-free style. This sleek midi is the everyday outfit your spring wardrobe is calling out for. 

    Shop Nobody’s Child dress at Marks & Spencer, £35


  • New Look dress

    Best prairie dresses: New Look

    Few things are chicer than a fitted, ruffle hem dress. Lifted with its vintage-inspired floral print, this New Look number is perfect for smart summer evenings or casual days with kicks. 

    Shop ditsy floral dress at New Look, £25.99


  • Dôen dress

    Best prairie dresses: Dôen

    Founded in 2015 and created by a collective of women in LA, Dôen’s dresses are the ultimate in versatile; dressy enough for occasions (post-lockdown) and low-key enough for everyday. This one is all about those dream sleeves.  

    Shop Dôen Nanette maxi dress at Net-a-Porter, £290


  • Batsheva dress

    Best prairie dresses: Batsheve

    After catching people’s eye with her homemade, matching dresses for herself and her daughter, former lawyer Batsheva Hay launched her label in 2006. 

    Her signature style is hyper-feminine prairie-style dresses; think high-necks, ruffles and ditsy florals.

    Shop Batsheva May ruffled floral-print cotton dress at Matches, £270


  • Yasmina Q dress

    Best prairie dresses: Yasmina Q

    A floaty, swishy dress you can imagine wearing on a stroll through a park in spring, and a beach come summer. This style is handmade in Indonesia using sustainable practices.

    Shop Colette dress at Yasmina Q, £235 (previously £336)


  • The Vampire’s Wife dress

    Best prairie dresses: The Vampire’s Wife

    Want to try out the trend before you fully commit? You can rent this The Vampire’s Wife pink, printed dress at Rotaro from just £69. 

    Shop The Vampire’s Wife Falconetti dress at Rotaro, rent from £69


  • Free People dress

    Best prairie dresses: Free People

    The retro floral print, lace-lined hem and ruffle waist makes this a dress not to miss. With chunky boots or delicate sandals, you’ll wear this style across all seasons, for years to come. 

    Shop Milania maxi dress at Free People, £158


Opening image: Rixo

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