Two Different Dress Styles and How to Wear Them

Prairie Dress Boho Dress

Wearing a dress can feel a little like Groundhog Day in the sense that you put it on and that's it. When you wear separates (like shirts, tops, trousers, skirts), you can mix them up, create different combinations, layer them and keep them interesting. But dresses are what they are.

Nevertheless, there are still ways to style dresses and keep your interest in them. In this post, I'm focussing on two different styles of dress, the prairie dress and the boho beachy dress. Just a few ideas to ponder this summer and beyond...

1. The Prairie Dress

Prairie Dress

The prairie dress has been here for a little while, and isn't moving on too quickly. And no wonder, they can be the most comfortable dresses to wear, with their huge sleeves, frills and tiers, and voluminous dimensions.

I've outlined below three different ways to style the prairie dress - and prairie dress variants - and it all comes down to footwear. What you wear on your feet can create a completely different look.

 

The Combat Boot

Wearing combat boots with your prairie - or prairie-inspired - dress has the effect of toughening it up. The prairie dress is ultra-feminine, so a chunky boot will off-set the softness with a bit of cool-girl edge. Obviously it's not a beach look, but one to keep up your sleeve for cooler summer days and into the autumn.

 

The Hiking Sandal

An unexpected pairing for the prairie dress is the hiking sandal, or a similar "ugly sandal" like Birkenstocks. It's another unlikely combination that somehow works due to the juxtaposition of the beauty and detail of the dress with the practicality of the sandal. And this look is perfect for spring/summer days.

 

The Ugly Trainers

The ugly trainers were introduced to us by the Danish fashion girls, and if it's good enough for those stylish fashionistas it's good enough for the rest of us mere mortals. It's the ultimate in comfort dressing, while still looking fab-u-lous.

 

The Accessories

For a prairie dress, keep the accessories to a minimum, regardless of which shoes you team it with. The reason is that the dress does all the talking. Most prairie dresses are statement-making pieces. So there's no need to over-think the accessories.

For handbags, I'd keep them relatively structured and medium sized. You could of course go for an extreme look and team an oversized bag with your voluminous dress, and that would look quite impactful.

 

For jewellery, keep it minimal. Again, the dress does all the talking in this outfit, so you don't need to get your statement jewels out (unless you want to go extra-extra, and that's fine too if that's your style). For me, simple understated earrings would finish the look perfectly.

 

2. The Boho Beachy Dress

Boho Dress

Whether you're lucky enough to spend some time at the beach during the summer months, or if you are just mooching around town, the boho beachy dress can work for either scenario.

 

 

The difference is all in the accessories:

The Hat

The hat is often the overlooked accessory but essential, particularly in the summer, for avoiding too much exposure to UV rays. I'd wear a straw hat at the beach or for picnics in the park, while the felt varieties are a good option for city dwelling when the weather isn't too hot - which is not a problem for cities like London.

 

The Sunglasses

For a boho dress, try sunglasses styles that are seventies inspired, or aviators. Ideally, the lenses or frames might have a similar tone to one of the colours in the dress.

 

The Belt

If you're in the city, a bit of structure can be added to the overall look with a belt. It pulls everything together and defines your waist. Experiment with different belt styles, from rope, to scarves or tan leather with western-style buckles. For more relaxed beach days, however, let it hang loose without a belt.

 

The Shoes

Sandals are the obvious footwear choice for a flowy beachy boho dress on those hot summer days. But if you want to make the most of your beach gown in the city or in cooler weather, don some  western-style boots. For either choice, the key is to go for natural materials like tan leather or suede, fabrics or rope. 

 

The Bag

The basket bag goes hand-in-hand with bohemian beach gowns. Nothing overly structured, and preferably with a shoulder strap to keep it casual.

 

Necklaces

When it comes to necklaces, layer them up. The more the merrier in the case of a boho look. The key to layering necklaces is to ensure there is a common colour/material with each layer. So that might mean there is gold and/or turquoise in each necklace. Mix up different sizes and textures for each one though.

 

If you are at a loss with your own summer style, whether it's for holidays or city dwelling, work or pleasure, or a mix of all of the above, I can help with a style consultation and personal shop and style session. To enquire about a consultation hit the enquire button here:

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Seventies suiting. You can amp it up with seventies print on the suit or shirt, but the silhouette is a mix of clean lines in the flare of the trousers and the slightly wider lapel, with the femininity of a ruffle or pussy-bow blouse. Keep the heel of your shoe a substantial one to balance the wider hem of the trousers. And keep your sunnies humongous. #suzannedelahuntystylist
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It doesn’t make sense to spend a fortune on formal, “going out” clothes that you rarely wear. 

Instead, it’s about investing in quality pieces that you wear every day. And finding financially more sustainable ways of getting those outfits you might need for special occasions - like vintage or renting. 

And then re-purpose and re-style your formal pieces so you can wear them every day. They don’t have to stay hanging in your wardrobe un-worn. 

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As we’re all getting back to a kind of normal lifestyle again, I’ve noticed that a lot of people are so much more conscious about what they wear and how they spend their money on clothes.

It doesn’t make sense to spend a fortune on formal, “going out” clothes that you rarely wear.

Instead, it’s about investing in quality pieces that you wear every day. And finding financially more sustainable ways of getting those outfits you might need for special occasions – like vintage or renting.

And then re-purpose and re-style your formal pieces so you can wear them every day. They don’t have to stay hanging in your wardrobe un-worn.

DM me if you need my personal styling services to help you make your wardrobe work for you.

#suzannedelahuntystylist

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If you invest in beautifully made and well-fitting pieces that go with your other clothes and suit your shape and style, you will get so much more wear and look so much better. 

#suzannedelahuntystylist

“Buy less, choose well” – Vivienne Westwood.

It’s a false economy to spend money on a lot of fast fashion. In most cases, cheap clothes don’t last long.

If you invest in beautifully made and well-fitting pieces that go with your other clothes and suit your shape and style, you will get so much more wear and look so much better.

#suzannedelahuntystylist

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How to layer your outfits - swipe across for my tips (save post for future reference)! Key is identifying the separate pieces in your wardrobe that form the building blocks of your outfit. #suzannedelahuntystylist
How to layer your outfits - swipe across for my tips (save post for future reference)! Key is identifying the separate pieces in your wardrobe that form the building blocks of your outfit. #suzannedelahuntystylist
How to layer your outfits - swipe across for my tips (save post for future reference)! Key is identifying the separate pieces in your wardrobe that form the building blocks of your outfit. #suzannedelahuntystylist
How to layer your outfits - swipe across for my tips (save post for future reference)! Key is identifying the separate pieces in your wardrobe that form the building blocks of your outfit. #suzannedelahuntystylist
How to layer your outfits - swipe across for my tips (save post for future reference)! Key is identifying the separate pieces in your wardrobe that form the building blocks of your outfit. #suzannedelahuntystylist

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And try turning your going-out top into a strategic layering piece for day time. #suzannedelahuntystylist

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“Fashion should be a form of escapism and not a form of imprisonment” – Alexander McQueen. Fashion can be a way of escaping the roles that you’re expected to fulfil and enable you to express (and be) yourself in an authentic way. The first step is knowing what your personal style is. Then build a wardrobe based on the key elements of your style. #suzannedelahuntystylist

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