dressed up like a lady: Where the buffalo roam.

May 22, 2009

Where the buffalo roam.

Prairie dresses have had some fine moments in fashion history, but for a large part, they've had a rough time of it.

Dog hater Elmira Gulch from the Wizard of Oz:

Resident pioneer bitch Nellie Oleson from Little House on the Prairie:

Tightly wound sister-wife Nikki from Big Love:

 Even still, there's something oddly alluring about pearlescent buttons and demure ruffles up to the neck. I probably should have accessorized this outfit with a nice bingo marker.
Prairie dress: Vintage via the Getup
Jacket: H&M
Shoes: Steve Madden
Scarf: Thrifted
Between pioneer families and fundamentalist Mormons, it sure seems like the prairie dress is popular among people with lots of kids! Mine is vintage (though it's not pioneer vintage...), but in my humble opinion, they should carry them at wholesale clothing outlets -- those prairie-roaming folks need to stock up!


  1. I really like this look on you. Your hair just makes everything look so badass, yet still so vintage and chic. I adore your style.

  2. Love your inspirational pics and look! That moto jacket is fierce! And you are so right about La Lohan... remember when she used to be sexy and adorable and curvy instead of a sad little waif??


  3. Oh I love, love, love the way you stilled this! As always you look gorgeous- and in prairie dress! I don't have anything against the prairie dress (Cath and I dressed up as Little House on the Prairie girls when were eight for Halloween- people thought we were dressing as grandmas- we were nonplussed), but I think I would look downright frumpy in one. You make it look regal!
    ps- we still say Hotlanta too! And Cath and I still do the ATL hand symbol. But don't trust us- we're still considered transplants ;)

  4. you make prairie dresses look AWESOME!

    how can you still need jackets?! ahhhhhh

  5. I didn't think it was possible for prarie to look so cool! I used the same image of Nellie Olsen wen I did a Little House post, lol!
    p.s giveaway on my blog, you should enter! :-)

  6. wow ur hair is so wild ...i like it
    and ur outfit ..just adorable as always

  7. I like the way how you wore vintage dress with designer shoes and leather jacket! So cool!

  8. Oh! You look so fierce!

    First photo is great, such a strong pose!

  9. OHH. I love how it was windy in your photo so your dress got to *swish* THATPURSEISSOBRIGHTANDPRETTY.
    lucky gal!!

  10. I never thought I would like a prairie dress, but you make me love it! The way you styled it with a leather jacket and plaid scarf? Awesomeness.

  11. and your little dog too!
    big love.. i've heard great things, but never seen it...

    i just love this look, mixed with the leather jacket is just rock and roll.

  12. Love those old pics! I hadn't thought of Little House on the Prairie in years - great memories!

  13. I think short prairie dresses are cute, but longer ones get the bad rep! And haha, I remember Nellie... Yuck!

  14. Fantastic outfit! You are such a inspiration to me!

  15. Oh, how I loved to hate Nellie!

  16. wow you look so beautiful in that last picture!

  17. I think I might just move into your wardrobe.
    Would you mind?


  18. love this look! and i really love your hair!


  19. You could probably put on a paper bag cinched with a belt and it would look fabulous on you.

  20. oh i'm loving the layering here.. that dress looks FABULOUS.. and with the jacket.. FIERCE.

  21. love your hair, i had my hair short 3 years ago and been growing it out ever since, wish i was brave enough to go back. great blog

  22. I love the dress. On you though, there's nothing prairie about it. You're too chic, babe!

  23. Those are some of the best cultural references I've seen in some time. Well played.


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