There are so many things I love about the timeless style of the south. I am a pretty big fan of classic wardrobe staples, rarely chasing too many fads. But, you can see southern style intertwined into every facet of the fashion industry today. The history of southern materials, like Sea Island cotton and Cone denim have made and inspired pieces new and old. Southern traditions, like field hunting, have provided style signatures like boots, outerwear, vests, and patches. And, the elegance from southern society has given nod to everything from beauty, hair & makeup trends to red carpet looks. Pearls & monograms, too. Charleston just hosted their Fashion Week last month, spotlighting many southern designers. And, even some of the south’s favorite staples aren’t necessarily made here, but can be seen in every closet on the block.
Since we are still in the beginning stages of #southernchat, I’d love to take a 1,000 foot look at one of the truly classic themes here in the south – southern style. From boots to outwear to men’s & women’s wear to accessories and more, there are so many ways we can drill down into these theme areas in future chats, but I’m hoping by taking this week to look at fashion and style of the south as a whole, that we can celebrate the staples that keep us looking chic. We’re exploring our favorite companies, style pieces, designers, purveyors, trends & more this week!
#southernchat: southern style (Monday, 2/4/13, 9:00 pm est)
Q1: When you think southern style, what elements come to mind?
Q2: Who are some of your favorite companies or designers that help to define southern style?
Q3: What are some of the best southern-inspired style trends or elements?
Q4: What are your southern style staples or signatures?
Q5: What’s next for southern style / fashion / beauty?
Q6: We’ve already done bow ties! What specific style topics would you love to see in the future on #southernchat?
Southern Style: Barbour Jacket, Tiffany & Co pearl earrings, Jack Donnelly Khakis, Billy Reid Leather Duffle, Sperry Top-Siders, Madewell Chambray Shirt, Frye Boots, Orvis Hat, Levi’s Jeans, Southern Proper Bow Tie, Brooks Brothers Seersucker Shorts, Ann Mashburn Box Pleat Skirt, J.Crew Monograms.
first image from my personal collection of engagement photos, shot by heidi at our labor of love