We all know that Southerners don’t jump on every fashion bandwagon that comes along. We’re more concerned with staying true to our personal style, than being on the forefront of trends. However, many of the looks we saw coming down New York runways recently for Fall 2017 are not what we’d consider trends. They’re simply stylish looks that Southerners have been wearing for years. Heck, we’ll even claim we invented a few of them. But bless their hearts, everybody else is just now catching on. (Wink, wink.)
Vintage Furs. Heirlooms are a staple in the Southern wardrobe and, of course, that doesn’t exclude fur coats. Keep yours in your fall rotation. It’s always been stylish, but this fall it is more so than ever!
Buttoned Slits. Remember your grandmother’s wedding dress? You know, the one your mom also wore, then you revamped it for your own wedding? Well, those hundreds of covered buttons from the back neckline to the end of the Cathedral length train have inspired the runways this year. Designers like Prabal Gurung and Sies Marjan are putting rows of tiny buttons on every angle of their designs from side slits to princess seams.
Cowboy Details. Texas gals, the Western look is making a comeback. Embroidered denim, patch pockets, and made-for-the-desert booties are all hot tickets. Check out our look inspired by Marfa to get the full effect. Look: Adam Selman
Plaid Prints. Designers like Tome and Tory Burch are bringing back 70s-inspired paid. A more complex version of the gingham that was originally made famous in the 50s by popular musicals such as Oklahoma! this is one of our favorite looks of the season.
Velvet Fabrics. Southerners have always kept this texture in our home decor, but now it’s time to put it back in our closets. If you’re not ready to jump in head first, start with accent pieces like an evening clutch, pump or even a tailored blazer.
Midi Skirts. South of the Mason-Dixon line, we call this hemline “Tea length,” but regardless of the name it has, the length that gained popularity over the last few years isn’t losing momentum. Check out this midi skirt look inspired by Oxford, Mississippi that we put together for our March issue.
Red. Everything. Red lipstick, red shoes, red dresses, red anything! You can count on it being in style this season and for the rest of time.
Chintz Patterns. Floral patterns are close to a Southerner’s heart. Decorators like Charlotte, North Carolina native Ruthie Sommer, and Palm Beach, FL dweller, Celerie Kemble have been defining their look with it for decades. Now, the fashion world is taking notice, and looking here for inspiration.