Thursday, May 15, 2014

Prairie Rose: Mid-West Inspired Fashion. Summer Concert & Music Festival Style Look Book.

Prairie Rose

The mid-west. The Dust Bowl. The Great Depression. 1800's prairie dresses. The worn faces of the 1930's. The cautious explorations of the 1970's fashion in the mid-west. I was inspired by these images for a spring/summer lookbook and I set about creating my own version. 

Over the past few years several designers (Rodarte, Ralph Lauren & Anna Sui to name a few) have been inspired to create collections based on similar themes; Ralph Lauren in particular came out with some heartrendingly lovely calico dresses. A few of those dresses ended up on the inspiration board I created.

  I was very happy to find some of my favorite retailers had a similar idea & are currently well stocked with items perfectly designed to create your own prairie rose look. 90's babydoll dresses in gingham was something I was really interested in finding, and lo and behold! The internet provided me with several sites selling just such items!

Listed below are photos of outfits I've styled, as well as photos and links to similar items you can purchase for yourself.

Cream Ruffled Tank Top // J. Crew // Thrifted

Cream Broom Stick Skirt // Abercrombie & Fitch //

Wedges (not shown) // Ugg // T. J. Maxx

Black Suede Tunic with Fringe // Vintage // Thrifted

Shorts // True Religion (DIY cutoffs) // Thrifted Grey

Suede Ankle Boots // Sam Edelman // Marshalls

Blue Shrug Sweater with Lattice Work Sleeves // Free People

Cream 'Buck Skin' Dress // bebe // Thrifted

Wedge Sandals // Ugg // T. J. Maxx

Chambray Shirt Dress // J. Crew // Thrifted

Braided Belt with Silver Flower Buckle // Vintage

Cream and Brown Cowboy Boots // Lucchese // Vintage

Peasant Blouse // Free People // Thrifted

Shorts // True Religion (DIY cutoffs) // Thrifted

Grey Suede Ankle Boots // Sam Edelman // Marshalls

Dress // Tahari // Thrifted

Wrap // Thrifted

Same boots as before!

Tie Dye Peasent Blouse // Diane Von Furstenburg // Thrifted

White Skirt // ? // Thrifted

Red Cowboy Boots // Vintage //Thrifted

Beaded Crochet Tank Top // ? // Thrifted

Paisley Fringe Shorts // Rachel Roy Denim // T. J. Maxx

Silk Bandanna // Thrifted (sensing a theme here yet??)

Denim Vest // Paper Cloth & Denim // T. J. Maxx

Blue & Cream Gingham Button Down // J. Crew // Thrifted

Same Shorts & Booties!!

I also filmed a style lookbook video:

And a makeup tutorial for the makeup I'm wearing:
Wander Love Ankle Boot
Emma Love Tee
White Heat
High Rise Vegan Short
High Rise Vegan Shorts

H by Hudson Horrigan Blush Strap Ankle Boots
Suede Ankle Boots

Chloe Wrap Sandal
Wrap Sandal
Safari Fringe Suede Jacket
Free People
Parting Sun Top
Parting Sun Top

FP ONE Floral Invasion Buttondown
Floral Peasant Blouse
Oceanside Boyfriend Jean - Denim & Supply  Pants -
Dust Bowl Distressed Denim

Dotted Button-Front Dress - Denim & Supply  Short Dresses -
Dust Bowl Dress

Dreamweaver Crossbody
Fringe Bag

ASOS ATTENTION Suede Ankle Boots
Suede Ankle Boots

Image 1 of Wildfox Gingham Frill Trim Balconette Bikini Top
Gingham Bikini

Image 3 of ASOS Sleeveless Peplum Top in Gingham Print
Gingham Dress

Image 1 of ASOS CURVE Exclusive Midi Skirt In Gingham Check
Gingham Midi Skirt

Image 1 of ASOS Drop Waist Dress In Sheer Gingham
Gingham Drop Waist Dress

Image 4 of ASOS Smock Dress In Gingham
Gingham Smock Dress
Chambray Machinist Jumpsuit
Chambray Jumpsuit

Indigo Linen Ex-Boyfriend Shirt
Chambray Shirt
Leather Trimmed Rancher
Rancher Hat

Skyward Skirt

Stonefleck Sweater
Grey Pullover

Silk Drawstring Skirt
Pleated Midi Skirt

Chambray Sunstitch Skirt

Eyelet Fieldlace Cami

Bloomscatter Bandana
Floral Scarf

Gingham Border Bandana
Gingham Bandanna

Silk Pleated Maxidress

ALDO Perforated Tan Lace Ankle Boots
Tan Lace Up Ankle Boots

Image 1 of ASOS Western Tip Waist Belt

Image 1 of ASOS Big Bow Hair Clip
Hair Bow

Suede Hair Bow

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