Prairie Dresses are Making a Comeback in 2020

2020 is shaping up to be the year of the prairie dress! Director Greta Gerwig's recent adaptation of Little Women proved that prairie dresses are anything but old-fashioned. The frilly frocks got a modern update from designers like Alexander McQueen. Now the billowing, high-necked dresses are all over department stores.

The popular movie is based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott about four sisters navigating womanhood in Civil War-era America. The March sisters have varying vibes from fiery Jo to soft-spoken Beth. Their personalities are expressed through their fashion choices. Beth favors pastel florals while Jo mixes tougher prints and textures.

Little Women's outfit lineup showed that prairie dresses can be beautiful, modern and even a little sexy! Prairie-style dressing — with its ruffled collars and puffy shoulders — is surprisingly cool. These denim, ruffle and dotted designs hit all the marks. Channel your inner March sister in one of these prairie dresses!

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ASOS Selected Femme Denim Prairie Dress photo

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Selected Femme Denim Prairie Dress

You already own jeans and a denim jacket but what about a denim prairie dress? This iconic style is worthy of any March sister. Well-placed ruffles and buttons add visual interest to the playful dress. Add some oomph to the dress with red mules and tassel earrings. You could also keep it simple with metallic jewelry and black slides. Regardless of what you decide, you're sure to look fabulous. ($69.50, asos.com)

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ASOS Y.A.S. Floral Prairie Midi Dress with Ruffle Hem photo

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Y.A.S. Floral Prairie Midi Dress with Ruffle Hem

There's so much to love about this dress from the burnt orange color to the bouquets of flowers. You could easily rock this dress at a wedding, graduation or other special occasion. It would go great with chunky gold jewelry and a denim jacket. Bronze makeup would tie the look together. Go bold with the bronzer for summery skin. Add some nude lipstick and lenghtening mascara for some added glam! ($100; asos.com)

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Nordstrom Madewell Sheer Sleeve Mixed Branch Dress prairie dress photo

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Madewell Sheer Sleeve Mixed Branch Dress

This sweetheart style is ideal for cool winter days where you don't feel like wearing tights. Layer on your favorite camisole or leather jacket, and you're good to go! Ankle boots and an updo polish off the outfit. You can get tons of wear out of this lovely dress depending on how you style it. The print can easily be dressed up or down, making this prairie dress a versatile outfit option. ($148, nordstrom.com)

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Lulus Floral Dressed Up Dark Green Midi Dress prairie dress photo

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Floral Dressed Up Dark Green Midi Dress

This shade of green is stunning, and not to mention this is the kind of print you can wear all year long. There are four colors to choose from if you're really feeling the style. At $62, this is such a steal. The sheer décolletage adds a flirty wink, making this dress work well for an evening out. Simply add shimmering pumps, a gold clutch and some pink lipstick. ($62, lulus.com)

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Bloomingdales Lauren Ralph Lauren Smocked Floral Midi Dress prairie dress photo

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Lauren Ralph Lauren Smocked Floral Midi Dress

There are so many fabulous prairie dresses to choose from, it's no wonder the trend is the talk of the town. This smocked floral design embodies how prairie dresses are becoming new again. The smocked waist, ruffle hem and stylish print are sure to impress fashionistas everywhere. This dress would make an excellent fall outfit with the feminine floral matching the changing leaves. Slouchy boots complete the ensemble. ($105, bloomingdales.com)

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Macy's Free People Rare Feeling Printed Dress prairie dress photo

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Free People Rare Feeling Printed Dress

If you weren't convinced prairie dresses can be trendy, this design will make you reconsider. The flowery dress looks like it came straight from Coachella. Pile on the bohemian accessories from feather earrings to Lennon sunglasses. A straw crossbody bag is a natural fit with this dress as well as some gladiator sandals. This outfit was practically made for the grid. Look fabulous, and watch those likes roll in! ($148, macys.com)

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Nordstrom AFRM Ziggy Print High/Low Maxi Dress prairie dress photo

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AFRM Ziggy Print High/Low Maxi Dress

Another winning option, this flowy dress packs a bold punch. Embrace the loud print by throwing on some animal print booties. All eyes will be on you as you sashay in the chic style. If you're searching for a power look, this is it. With your makeup and accessories minimal, you'll be collecting compliments left and right. A touch of lip gloss and pretty gold hoops complete the vision. ($148, nordstrom.com)

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Nordstrom Cheyenne Off the Shoulder Prairie Maxi Dress photo

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Cheyenne Off the Shoulder Maxi Dress

Get ready for pool days with this gorgeous cover-up. The off-the-shoulder design is hugely popular. Short sleeves keep you cool during summer weather. A smocked bodice captures one of the year's hottest trends. The lively print is eye-catching and certainly memorable. Style the cover-up with black sandals and a straw bag after a dip in the pool. It's also great for the beach! ($47.50, nordstrom.com)

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Nordstrom Gal Meets Glam Robyn Plaid Maxi Dress photo

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Gal Meets Glam Robyn Plaid Maxi Dress

This red maxi style looks delightfully vintage, throwing it back to the summer of '69. Embrace the '60s vibe by tossing on some go-go boots. You could even be a little extra and wear peace sign earrings. We love this dress as an everyday outfit, but you can also bring it out again on Halloween. For your costume, you can really go overboard on the hippy-themed accessories. Say flower power! ($118.80, nordstrom.com)

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Macy's Free People Tiers of Joy Midi Dress prairie dress photo

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Free People Tiers of Joy Midi Dress

Love is in the air! This pink-and-red color combination is perfect for capturing your sweetheart's attention. The print is powerful, so opt for understated makeup and accessories. Slouchy brown boots and a matching clutch are really all you need. Styling your hair in loose waves and doing dewy makeup will heighten the romantic feel of the dress. Wear this dress on Valentine's Day and beyond. ($48.93, macys.com)

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Urban Outfitters UO Jill Balloon Sleeve Babydoll Dress prairie dress photo

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UO Jill Balloon Sleeve Babydoll Dress

Keep it short and sweet with this prairie-inspired mini dress. While prairie dresses are usually long, this design has a fresh take on prairie dressing. The design is top-rated, and its appeal is clear! Balloon sleeves and a plaid print hit all the style marks. Pair the dress with a western belt for an ultra-flattering fit. You can even stack on some statement necklaces for some extra glitz. ($39.99, urbanoutfitters.com)

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Anthropologie DOLAN Collection Colorblocked Maxi Dress photo

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DOLAN Collection Colorblocked Maxi Dress

The colorblocked design of this Anthropologie dress is oh-so-fun! Have your cinematic moment in a dynamic dress that Jo March would love. Match your nails to the mustard yellow of this dress to look extra polished. A fun hair clip or headband would pick up the playfulness of this dress. Then slide on some suede boots, and live out all your Little Women-inspired dreams. ($280, anthropologie.com)

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