The Call of the Wilder

First of all, a confession. I spent a large part of my childhood dressed as Laura Ingalls Wilder in the Little House on the Prairie television series. I loved dressing up and – this is all incredibly predictable – I didn’t really see the point of putting normal clothes on at the weekend. Why wear jeans and a t-shirt if you can wear a bonnet, smocked dress and a pinny? So yes, this is something of a disclaimer; I am not the most impartial person to be talking about a trend which really has no place in a city in 2019. Or in the wardrobe of someone over the age of 8. Except that, while even I started off wondering whose idea it was to revive the nightshirt blouses and the layered skirts, the sun came out in February while the country looked like it was going to hell in a hand cart and all of a sudden it seemed rather lovely. And I can’t explain it any better than that. Other than Michael Landon being an absolute dreamboat of course.

The Little House on the Prairie cast

Anyway, as usual it’s taken me far longer to complete this blog than I planned and now while the country is probably even closer to disaster than when I started, normal service has resumed as far as the weather is concerned so you may have to add an extra pair of bloomers to your prairie look until the sun comes out again. Until then, roll the theme tune and grab yourself a Penguin biscuit, here’s my beginner’s guide to working the prairie look in 2019 without being put in an institution.

Working the Landon

Shirt reduced to £37 at

Striped shirt £50 at French Connection

This nightshirt look is perhaps the most wearable of the lot but you’re best off going without braces unless you are as sunkissed and ripped of chest as the Michael Landon character. I had to wear bright red braces when I worked at Pizza Hut and it was a constant battle of wills between my boobs and the elastic. No winners in that scenario.


Midi – western Dresses

Dress reduced to £38 at Other Stories

Dress £24.99 at H&M

If you’ve been doing midi dresses all through the winter then you’re already halfway there. While it’s still cold just add a cardigan (this season’s must-have) or a biker jacket and boots and you’re good to go. Wear tights or go for chunky socks. Do not accessorise with a dog on a string or daisies in your hair.


Pretty Little Things

Blouse £16 at Asda

Blouse £45 at Oliver Bonas

These blouses look great with denim. Don’t be tempted to team them with a long skirt or you really will look like Ma Wilder. With something this little girlish you have to go urban on the bottom. Think jeans, denim skirt or shorts. Steer clear of bonnets and milk urns.


The Bootie Call

Suede boots £149 at Massimo Dutti

Lace up boots £115 at

There is no reason why cowboy boots can’t be sensible girl about town footwear. Where I live in South London people drive vehicles with cattle grids on the front so I see no reason why a cowboy boot shouldn’t be seen as de rigeur. Why not go the whole hog and do the school run with a horse and cart this summer?


Dress £110 at Other Stories

Cardigan £145 at Iris boutiques

When the weather finally improves, I think this is going to be a really versatile trend, not to mention comfortable – you can wear your big pants underneath and you won’t need to worry about grass stains or food spillages because that’ll only add to the aesthetic. And if we do suffer food shortages after the 29th March we will be appropriately dressed for ploughing the land.

Happy March everyone and thanks as ever for following!

About aftercarrie

I help people refine their wardrobe to suit their shape, colouring and lifestyle. I am a style consultant, personal shopper and colour analyst working in London. Be the loveliest possible you. My first book SHOPPED was released on 5th July 2016 (September Publishing).
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