Outfit: Big Girls Don’t Cry

I’m a huge Little House on the Prairie fan, so much so that I can (and do) make casual references to it in my everyday life.  A friend got married?  Well then, that’s the perfect time to mention how Laura Ingalls was a badass and told that Almanzo fool that she wasn’t going to marry him unless he found her a pastor who wouldn’t make her vow to obey him.  My hair?  Inspired by Laura’s passage into adulthood.  According to her, big girls pinned up their hair.  And they did it like this.

In all seriousness, I’ve been seeing a few bloggers here and there doing the milkmaid thing, and I think it’s super cute.  It’s casual and easy when you get the hang of it, but it certainly looks like it took some effort.  Since I have layers, I had to try a few techniques before I found one that worked for me.  (I used Keiko Lynn’s tutorial in case you’re interested in trying it yourself!)

For some reason, this dress frustrates the hell out of me.  I know it looks simple, but I always have a hard time figuring out how I want to style it.  The color tends to clash–badly–with the rest of my closet, so I think the key here is to keep all the accessories simple and the hair polished.  In the past, I’ve tried to do too much with the dress (think viciously floral tights, gladiator sandals, bib necklaces, etc.), and the whole outfit turns out overwhelming.  Stone gray sandals and a little bag are all it needs.  Well, that and a little Moxie!

Dress: old, ModCloth

Necklace: Stitch Fix

Sandals: ModCloth

Bag: old, Ollie & Nic


7 thoughts on “Outfit: Big Girls Don’t Cry

  1. I adore every bit of this outfit -the dress, the necklace, the shoes & especially the purse! You did a great job styling it! Your hair is adorable, too. I wish I was capable of doing more than just brushing and straightening mine lol.

    I always wish I would’ve watched Little House on the Prairie more. I used to work for a news station that always covered Laura Ingalls Wilder Days and I remember having Miss Beadle on one morning lol. She was super nice!

    Hope all is going well with your move!



    1. Thank you so much! You know, I’m really not a hair person, myself, which is funny because my mom is a hairdresser. Every once in a while, though, I like to try something like this. And about LHOTP, I’ve actually never seen the show! But I’ve reread those books about a dozen times! That’s awesome that you got to cover Laura Ingalls Wilder Days and had on one of the cast members!


    1. Thank you very much! Speaking of LHOTP, have you read The Wilder Life? I’d definitely recommend it if you haven’t!


  2. I adore this outfit! I really think the styling of it is flawless. With the necklace and the beautiful bag. And your hair looks amazing like this. Makes me want to try it. Everything is gorgeous, and you are stunning!


    1. Thank you so much! I had a lot of fun styling this outfit 🙂 And do give the braids a shot! It’s pretty quick to do, and the Keiko Lynn tutorial keeps everything in place pretty well.


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