Friday, December 15

What Defines “Southern Style”?

There’s a reason why Southern women are associated with grace, charm, and beauty: they almost always look effortlessly put-together. But what exactly differentiates their style from the rest of the country? And how can anyone emulate it? 
With a firm grasp on your fashion sensibilities, you can shop like a Southern gal in no time. Whether you’re a recent transplant to anywhere from Louisiana to Tennessee, or living elsewhere in the country entirely, read on to learn the basics of the style below the Mason-Dixon line. 
Party Dresses 
Between sorority soirées, tailgate parties, and débutante balls, Southern women lead very active social lives. (And yes, they still get glammed up for gem day). As a result, they’re bound to have more than a few party dresses in their closets for these occasions. 
These dresses may vary a lot in colour, cut, and fit, but given the hot climate, are very often sleeveless or short-sleeved, and hit at the knee or above. Bohemian sundresses are particularly popular for laid-back affairs, as are styles that have a fitted bodice, and fuller skirts for more formal fetes. 
Note that Southern women don’t shy away from colour, either: They don’t necessarily play it safe with a little black dress at the cocktail hour.
Crafted from cotton and polyester, the fabric is soft and smooth, the blazer with long sleeves features small stand up collar, button closure, striped motifs, and flap pockets. Wear it with a shoulder bag to go to work. 
A more modest woman might opt for a navy blue A-line dress. With a classic cut and a high neck, it’s still somewhat traditional, but the sheer back with floral lace adds a touch of flirtation. 
On the other hand, a more fashion-forward woman might go for a tank dress with a peek-a-boo neckline, which is on-trend and perfect for slightly more casual shindigs. And a daring gal could surely sport a frock in a vibrant hue like fire-engine red, with a lace-up top, and eye-catching crochet trim.
When it comes to footwear, Southern women know there’s no reason why you should have to compromise comfort or style — you truly can have it all. Enter: wedges, which add a little height, but still give you far more stability than the average pump. This comes in handy when you’re gallivanting around garden parties, outdoor weddings, and other events where you don’t want to fret about your heels getting stuck in the ground. 
You can’t go wrong with a tan wedge sandal paired with shorts or a skirt in spring and summer, especially when it features a weaved upper and some edgy stud detailing. A black faux suede open-toe wedge is the perfect shoe for seasonal transitions, and can easily be worn with a dress and denim jacket or skinny jeans and a flowy top. During the cooler months, consider a taupe wedge bootie with fun accents like buckles and zipper trim, pairing nicely with leggings and an oversized sweater top.

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There’s no doubt about it — Southern women love their baubles, and they don’t adhere to many rules when it comes to wearing them. Indeed, they aren't afraid to wear an attention-grabbing statement necklace, or even layer some subtler or more delicate pieces. Why? Because they know that accessories can make or break an ensemble. 
A long, lightweight beaded chain or cross can easily be layered with other pieces. Or, you could simply select one attention-grabbing piece, like a necklace with a large cloth tassel or stone pendant. Whichever piece you choose, rest assured it will instantly add intrigue to any outfit, whether you’re wearing a basic T-shirt and jeans or a floral dress.
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Wearing giant vintage sunglasses. 
Certainly, blouse tops are a staple in the Southern woman’s wardrobe. And it makes sense since they work well with everything from skirts to jeans. 
A cold-shoulder blouse with a flowy hemline is inarguably sassy and can be worn with dark skinny denim on date night. Playful details like a peek-a-boo back, ruffled edges, self-tie bow sash, or high-low hemline add excitement to any blouse. 
You also might want some options with bold prints — we love feminine florals — to pair with simple solid leggings for an easy-breezy outfit that’s still fun. The bottom line? With or without sleeves, prints or accents, blouses are easily one of the most versatile pieces you can have in your closet.
This is a beautiful Striped blazer, beautifully stitched together in style.
Crafted from cotton and polyester, the fabric is soft and smooth, the blazer with long sleeves features small stand up collar, button closure, striped motifs, and flap pockets. Wear it with a shoulder bag to go to work.
Jeans : Sexy Hip Ripped Holes Denim Jeans by Chicme
It’s no secret that it gets pretty hot down south, especially during the summer — not to mention humidity levels are intense in some areas as well. So naturally, the climate plays heavily into what Southern women wear. Still, it can cool down at night, and there are seasonal transitions during which it can be tricky to dress for the day. 
That’s where vests come in. This piece can be layered over a short-sleeved tee, a dress, a sweater — truly, almost anything, but it doesn't add a lot of bulk. You’ll feel slightly warmer, but with no sleeves, you’re less likely to get overheated. Of course, vests also have a certain Western-chic charm, so it makes sense that they’d be a popular wardrobe piece for all seasons. 
The beauty of the vest is that it can range vastly, meaning you can practically find one for any outfit or look you’re going for. Some vests may be more frilly and feminine, with lace or ruffle details, while others may be casual-chic with camo print and structured pockets. Whereas some very lightweight styles are made clearly just for show, others, with practical quilted panels or fur construction, definitely come in handy for staying cosy during fall and winter. 
And what’s the best part? A vest can go over another top but also under a jacket or coat, so the layering possibilities are endless. 
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