There are many fashion categories, but very few compare to the elegance and sophistication of southern fashion! There is just something about that wholesome, modest fashion that just makes you want to pack your bags and head South. Through the basics of southern fashion, you can make your wardrobe effortless and breezy while still giving that classic, southern polish.
Check out the 10 basics below to learn how to incorporate these timeless pieces into your next look!
The Basics of Southern Fashion
In my POV, the shirtdress never gets old! There are many different fabrics, prints, silhouettes that will give your wardrobe a refresh season after season. They are easy to wash, easy to wear, and can easily be paired with various shoes and accessories! Whether you are running errands with some cute flats or dressing it up with a pair of heels for work, the shirtdress is a must-have for any southerners’ wardrobe.
Ahh the button-up… it might be one of the oldest fashion pieces, but it will always be a closet staple for a southerner. Which is not surprising since it pretty much goes with everythingggg. You can pair it with some worn denim and mules for a casual look or a sleek and preppy pencil skirt for happy hour! It also gives major ‘effortless beauty’ French vibes which makes it a win-win.
This might be a material and not necessarily a silhouette, but still deserved its own spot in the Top 10. You may have heard, but the South is HOT. Between the heat and humidity, you will be melting like a popsicle if you aren’t wearing lightweight, breathable fabrics. This is where linen plays a huge part in a southerner’s wardrobe. It is a go-to material for tops, pants, cover-ups etc. to keep you look refreshed even in that Southern heat.
Like Reese Witherspoon says in her ‘Whiskey in a Teacup’ book, southerners will find anything to embroider or monogram. It is practically a genetic southern trait at this point. From towels to bags to shirts, the embroidered monogram gives an elegant, unique touch. You no longer have to worry about telling apart which items belong to who because it literally has your name on it 🙂
Texture: Eyelet & Seersucker
Much like linen, eyelet and seersucker are really popular in the South because it is made from cotton which is also a breathable material. The added eyelet holes and the fun seersucker colors are the cherry top to keeping you cool! Eyelets are versatile and classic making them perfect to dress or down from season to season. While seersucker is meant more for the summer months since it is known for its bright colors.
All of these items are very southern, but some could argue that a shift dress is the most southern (and preppy). I am pretty sure that every southerner has at least one in their closet. They can easily be elevated with embroidery and some fun jewelry. Finish off this preppy look with some white sneakers or a block heel.
Another great southern pattern is gingham! This pattern has lasted through the years and gives the perfect preppy look. It comes in variety of colors but the classic navy and pastels are the most popular. Avoid looking like a picnic table by picking smaller checks, so it almost looks like a solid from a distance! Pair gingham with white denim and/or espadrilles for a fun, preppy look.
The weather can change on a dime in the South, so it is best to be prepared! Having a variety of shoes that can work with many different outfits is the key to creating the perfect southern wardrobe. This means that you can stock up on shoes like white sneakers, espadrilles, loafers, etc. to give longevity to your closet!
Once you know the basics of southern fashion, you will start to see your dream wardrobe come to life! For other closet and wardrobe tips you can check out here and here. Now you might be thinking: “there are some other items that should make the list!” and you are definitely right! These are the building blocks to get you started, and then maybe we can do another blog post all about swimwear, accessories, and home decor!
Would love to hear what are your southern favorites?