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Southern Style

There are so many things I love about the timeless style of the south. I am a pretty big fan of classic wardrobe staples, rarely chasing too many fads. But, you can see southern style intertwined into every facet of the fashion industry today. The history of southern materials, like Sea Island cotton and Cone denim have made and inspired pieces new and old. Southern traditions, like field hunting, have provided style signatures like boots, outerwear, vests, and patches. And, the elegance from southern society has given nod to everything from beauty, hair & makeup trends to red carpet looks. Pearls & monograms, too. Charleston just hosted their Fashion Week last month, spotlighting many southern designers. And, even some of the south’s favorite staples aren’t necessarily made here, but can be seen in every closet on the block.

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Southern Style

Since we are still in the beginning stages of #southernchat, I’d love to take a 1,000 foot look at one of the truly classic themes here in the south – southern style. From boots to outwear to men’s & women’s wear to accessories and more, there are so many ways we can drill down into these theme areas in future chats, but I’m hoping by taking this week to look at fashion and style of the south as a whole, that we can celebrate the staples that keep us looking chic.  We’re exploring our favorite companies, style pieces, designers, purveyors, trends & more this week!

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#southernchat: southern style (Monday, 2/4/13, 9:00 pm est)

Q1: When you think southern style, what elements come to mind?

Q2: Who are some of your favorite companies or designers that help to define southern style?

Q3: What are some of the best southern-inspired style trends or elements?

Q4: What are your southern style staples or signatures?

Q5: What’s next for southern style / fashion / beauty?

Q6: We’ve already done bow ties! What specific style topics would you love to see in the future on #southernchat?

{ If you’re interested in sponsoring the southern style chat, or to learn more about #southernchat, to be a guest or host another giveaway, click here to learn more!}

Southern Style:  Barbour Jacket, Tiffany & Co pearl earringsJack Donnelly Khakis, Billy Reid Leather Duffle, Sperry Top-Siders, Madewell Chambray Shirt, Frye Boots,  Orvis Hat, Levi’s Jeans,  Southern Proper Bow Tie, Brooks Brothers Seersucker Shorts, Ann Mashburn Box Pleat Skirt, J.Crew Monograms.

first  image from my personal collection of engagement photos, shot by heidi at our labor of love

i have had a pair of moccasins in my closet, in some form or fashion, for as long as i can remember. minnetonkas are a staple at the mast general store, the most fabulous general store of all time, that we frequent during our trips to north carolina. i love that they are throwback {my first pair was the “thunderbird”} and the indian nature in which they originated from the land. and, you can beat the fact that they simply last forever.

my current pair is more of a chocolate suede with some light fringe and i spent many, many hours in them last fall & winter. i was thrilled to see the fringe look to be pretty in vogue for fall fashion this season, perhaps i’ll get slightly less comments on mine this year. i’ve been loving the light-skinned mocs above since i first saw them this past summer, and am toying with an ankle or mid-calf length bootie of sorts too to combat the cold for the upcoming season – aren’t they great? of course, i couldn’t resist these little teeny mocs for baby boy. his first pair of shoes and i’m quite sure he’ll love them!

are you a lover of the fringe? would love to see your favorite picks for this season!

images via : minnetonka / zulily

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