Southern Style Is...
Southern fashion is not all cowboy boots and monograms—though we love those too! We enlisted four of our favorite bloggers (plus, our own editors) to show you what real people on the streets are wearing and saying about Southern style today. | Produced by Stephanie Granada
Charleston | Chassity Evans
Occupation: Owner, Hampden & James
Southern style will always have an element of tradition based on our culture, yet a shift has happened in the last five years to push the boundaries and explore fashion as a way to express oneself.
Get the Look: Black waist coat vest. Bless’ed Are the Meek, $220; nastygal.com
Occupation: 7th-grade student
Southern style is not exactly cowboy hats and blue jeans. I think it is unique and personalized.
Get the Look: Crossbody bag. MAKR, $180; makr.com
Occupation: Interior designer at Amelia T. Handegan, Inc.
Southern style is not just monograms and pearls. It's a subtle fusion of trends from various periods and cultures.
Get the Look: White dress with sheer insets. Joa, $78; shopbop.com
Occupation: Full-time mom, part-time graphic designer
Southern style is always dressing for the occasion and accentuating it with a smile.
Get the Look: White leather bag. Michael Kors, $368; shop.nordstrom.com
Atlanta | Jessica Graves
Southern style is all about passion. We know what we love and what makes us feel good. Our love for tradition runs strong; however, we are just as passionate about trying new things, pushing boundaries, collecting and mixing the old with the new. At the end of the day, sharing the stories behind our favorite things becomes half the fun in wearing them, and that is truly a Southern thing.
Get the Look: Pink silk top. Diane von Furstenberg, $265; net-a-porter.com
VENA KIM, @maridaditrading
Occupation: Owner, Maridadi Trading
Southern style has evolved pretty rapidly over the past decade. Although we'll always have our classics represented, Southerners now embrace edgier looks and seek out global influences through their wardrobe and home more than ever before.
Get the Look: Maxi striped skirt. Loft, $65; loft.com
Occupation: MBA Candidate, Emory University
Southern style is all about comfort, plain and simple. If I can go straight from the golf course to dinner, then all the better.
Get the Look: Black leather watch. Jack Spade, $428; jackspade.com
ASHLYN STALLINGS, @EAStallings
Occupation: PR Manager for Ford Fry's restaurants
Southern style is high and low. What else would you expect from a part of the country where we don't bat an eye at putting children in exquisite French, hand-sewn outfits, then letting 'em run around church barefoot?
Get the Look: Full, pleated skirt. Louche, $76; houseoffraser.co.uk
Occupation: Accountant, Ernst & Young
Southern style is like a julep: simple, yet refined.
Get the Look: Cowboy boots. Lucchese, $595; lucchese.com
Austin | Camille Styles
Old and New
CRISTINA FACUNDO, @stylebycristina
Occupation: Wardrobe stylist
Southern style is mixing the old with the new. I like taking vintage pieces, like my purse and jewelry, and incorporating them into a modern outfit, like a dress by Billy Reid.
Get the Look: Trench dress. Ann Taylor, $150; anntaylor.com
JULIE BLAKESLEE; @bigredsunaustin
Occupation: Garden Designer & Owner, Big Red Sun
Southern style is inherently connected to the outdoors. In spite of the heat, humidity, and our bugs, a true Southerner is just more comfortable outside.
Get the Look: White Safari Shirt. Banana Republic, $60; bananarepublic.com
Seersucker & Sazeracs
LARRY MCGUIRE, @larrymcguire
Occupation: Chef and entrepreneur, owner of Lamberts, Perla's, Elizabeth Street Cafe, Clark's Oyster Bar, Jeffrey's, and Josephine House
Southern style is diverse! Cowboy boots to espadrilles. A sophisticated combination of well-mannered formality and casual brazenness, country and big city.
Get the Look: Navy racer jacket. Members Only, $78; membersonlyoriginal.com
New Orleans | Juley Le
New Orleans creative consultant and gal behind lifestyle blog Upperlyne & Co., Juley Le talks to Crescent City trendsetters about their Big Easy style.
Trendsetters photographed by Juley Le
KATE ALICE WYMAN & ANNA MARILYN BOYER
Occupation: Owners, Grove Street Press
Southern style is an extension of our Southern manners. We dress not just for ourselves, but also out of respect for the people that we meet.
Easy & Classic
Looking Your Best
Occupation: Restaurateur behind Café TH and Magasin Vietnamese Café
Southern style is comfortable chic.
Get the Look: Distressed shorts. Mango, $35; shop.mango.com
Occupation: Owner of Material Girl Boutique
Southern style is taking the pomp and ceremony of our heritage and mixing it with the wild rebellion that makes the South so unique.
Get the Look: Oversized ring. Max & Chloe, $75; maxandchloe.com
Birmingham | Stephanie Granada
Style Editor Stephanie Granada rounded up her most chic Birmingham colleagues to find out what the Southern Living staff has to say about Alabama style now.
Photographed by Robbie Caponetto
PATRICIA SHANNON, @pawshannon
Occupation: Assistant Editor, Southern Living
Southern style is not being afraid to make it personal. Sticking with a flattering silhouette, color palette, or “uniform” that works for you will always be the epitome of chic.
Get the Look: Red, quilted handbag. LOVE Moschino, $236; zappos.com
Occupation: Marketing Coordinator, Southern Living
Southern style is fun, feminine, and always timeless.
Get the Look: Gold necklace. Nordstrom, $38; nordstrom.com
ROBBY MELVIN, @robbymelvin
Occupation: Test Kitchen Director, Southern Living
Southern style is keeping it classic with timeless pieces, but fresh with urban and modern touches. For me, a classic oxford button-down with rad, colored Vans or Adidas.
Get the Look: Purple button-down shirt. Alton Lane, $89; altonlane.com
LACY MORRIS, @lacydawnmorris
Occupation: Associate Travel + Culture Editor, Southern Living
Southern style is all about having the confidence to put your own spin on the classics. Stylish Southerners know the value of a timeless piece, but understand the allure of having a bit of an edge.
Get the Look: Faux leather jacket. Express, $138; express.com
Occupation: Product Manager, Southern Living
Southern style is classy, but sassy.
Get the Look: Pink pumps, Alice & Olivia, $146; bergdorfgoodman.com
ASHLEY WILLIAMS, @arwilliams531
Occupation: Assistant Editor, Southern Living
Southern style is as complex as the people who inhabit our region. While monograms and cowboy boots will always be embraced, it’s not limited to these stereotypes. For me, it's about wearing current trends in a way that feels true to the South—with a feminine and classic spin.
Get the Look: Tribal-print dress. Plenty by Tracy Reese, $128; lordandtaylor.com
Occupation: Test Kitchen Fellow, Southern Living
Southern style is laid-back, casual, and modern. It’s very individualized. People wear what they feel comfortable in, and things that directly reflect their personality.
Get the Look: Casual sneakers. Chuck Taylors, $30; converse.com