Southern Style Is...
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
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 isdiverse! 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