When we decided to devote time in Charleston, understanding the art of “southern belle” style was at the best of my list. Not Lily Pulitzer southern (I know I just offended half of the nation and sunk a sponsorship chance), but timeless-however-modern day southern style rooted in the days of Scarlett O’Hara, Rhett Butler and Charlestonian glamour.
Southern style — when carried out appropriately — has substantially additional to do with a relentless dedication to usually presenting the finest version of oneself, with no permitting the strain of every day hustle and obstacles seep into your presentation. It is uncomplicated to spot a gal with southern roots in the city, for the reason that I admit: they usually appear the most place collectively.
Very first Rule to Southern Style: Southern Attitude
I admire a southern woman’s capacity to pull herself collectively from crisis to casual debutante status in a hot minute. There is not substantially that a dress and a swipe of red lipstick cannot repair, they will shatter your BS with a single glance and they are usually ready to bounce back. There is an inherent (and stubborn) willingness in a southern gal’s disposition to usually place forth the finest version of herself.
Beauty Routine Very first
The larger the hair the closer to God? Yes, fundamentally. Weekly trips to the beauty salon are deep-rooted, diehard tradition in southern culture. My time in Charleston was critical for taking my personal pampering routines to the subsequent level. A strict beauty and self-care routine is not a luxury it is mandatory prior to you step out the door.
Dress For the Occasion
Southerners spend close interest to dress code and usually welcome the words “black tie” for a formal occasion. I’ve identified in Charleston particularly there is nonetheless an esteemed culture of entertaining, parties and piazza soirees. Weekends are by no means quick of formal galas or charity events. Drama is in the dress.
Athleisure? Bless Your Heart
The shock of not becoming in a position to put on yoga pant and a higher ponytail obscured by a Yankees hat to brunch shook my soul. Most Sunday mornings are for church in the south, so flirty-however-modest dresses are the norm to any afternoon activity. Yoga pants post 11AM also appear taboo that is, except for at Trader Joe’s exactly where it doubles as a Lululemon retailer.
Dresses, Dresses, Dresses
As an original west coast gal, I’ve usually been 1 to put on dresses each day and fight really hard to make them function in winter circumstances (even in Germany and NYC). But the southern climate was a welcome present: it is dress climate just about every day.
Navy Blue is the New Black
A mostly black wardrobe is 100% an NYC point. In the south, the default dark colour in a wardrobe is navy blue and celebrating vibrant patterns, fabrics and colors (so substantially colour) is a should. The perpetual sunshine appears to have an impact on colour selections.
Embrace Jewels & Accessories
Southern ladies carry the legacy torch for cocktail rings, swoon worthy jewels, generational gems (family members heirlooms are cherished) and accessorizing till 1 can no longer accessorize…but they do it so nicely. One particular of my preferred jewelry retailers in the globe – Croghan’s Jewelry Box – occurs to be in Charleston, exactly where 1 can by no means be overdressed.
If It Does not Breathe, Monogram It
Final names are a portion of a southerner’s legacy and they showcase their initials (normally all 3) on clothes, linens, jewels, notebooks, yoga mats, handbags, and so on. Does it even belong to you if it is not monogrammed? Debatable in the south. Admittedly, I really like it. This is in all probability the 1 obnoxious southern style obsession I’ll adopt religiously into my New York life.
Shop at Boutiques
In Charleston and other southern cities, hunting for the labels at modest, bespoke and nearby luxury boutiques is the norm. Individual stylists are nonetheless rather embedded into the client service encounter (although in New York, proudly decisive profession ladies will chase them away like the plague). I visualize it is a quite loud echo of what buying utilised to be like in the 1950s.
Style Icon: Mama
I’ve noticed that twinning with your superfluously sophisticated mother is a definite point in the south. The specific southern connection in between mom and daughter is not exclusive to style suggestions. It is in this cherished connection exactly where young southern ladies turn to for understanding the tricks of timeless southern manners, poise and class which they stroll with worldwide.