Taylor Wilkinson is a jewelry designer out of Oxford, Mississippi. She is upcycling vintage pieces into new and modern designs, bringing a bit of the past into today’s fashion trends. Taylor shares some of her insight on the modern Southern woman.
“Oxford is home to all kinds of styles, not just one. Women here know themselves and dress for their personalities. Style is a connection to oneself, therefore it’s inherently important to us.”
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“We hold the women who came before us in high regard. Often, we treasure the pieces they pass down, but we want to wear them in a different way. That’s why I started Taylor Wilkinson Designs. My mother had this beautiful crystal brooch that was really sentimental to her, but she wasn’t interested in pinning it on her silk blouses, so I created a necklace out of it. Every time she wears it, she gets emotional.”
“There’s a way to be stylish and still look your age. Southerners are a genteel group, but that doesn’t mean we all dress like Jackie O. These days, you can be a little edgier and cooler and still age appropriate. I think the women in Oxford really know how to do that.”
The Necklace: One-of-a-Kind Vintage Necklaces, from $75; taylorwilkinsondesigns.com
The Top: Textured Tie Front Pullover, $79; jjill.com
The Bag: Crossbody Bag, $39.95; gap.com
The Skirt: Trinity Skirt in Sienna-Fiesta-Cinnamon, $149; yumikim.com
The Shoes: Gianni Bini Shaylah heel, $89.99; dillards.com
Here is an outfit put together by Taylor with a starting off-point of one of her necklace creations. With textured top and flowy skirt, this outfit is perfect for those first few weeks of spring. The bold red skirt is playful and the blue crossbody bag pulls out the fun accents of blue. Finish off the look with a pair of sandals for a fun girls-night-out.