Practical Ways to Pull Off Victorian Prairie Dresses

The neckline du jour for the last two seasons has decidedly been a high-rise ruffle with Victorian influences. And though the last couple of months of summer have caused these silhouettes to shimmy down to an off-the-shoulder look, we’re already dreaming of what Vogue referred to in its F/W 16 trend report as the “period pieces” that swept down the runways. Brands like Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, and Gucci experimented with high-impact details like voluminous sleeves and full skirts that for us feel decadently nostalgic.

However, that brings us to the subject of today’s post. How does one pull off said nostalgic dress without looking like they’re a character in a play or an earnest Halloween partygoer? We turned to street style stars and celebs to answer that question, and what we found was that it’s not as difficult as it may seem. See below for examples from the likes of Alexa Chung and Veronika Heilbrunner, and to give your wardrobe a blast from the past, shop our picks at the end.