How To Dress Like a Southern Belle
Jul 20, 2011 - by Amanda Gabriele
There's nothing more American than a little Southern Hospitality. After visiting Savannah at age 12, I became obsessed with the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, picked out a white-columned house on Oglethorpe Street, sneaked a weekly brandy from my parents liquor cabinet and convinced half my high school class I was born and raised in the historic city until age 5 when my parents dragged me against my will to the Midwest. Needless to say, becoming a Southern Belle in my own mind was an compulsion. Anyway, our rockstar intern Hannah actually was born, raised and attends university in the South, so I immediately asked her for tips on what to wear while you're sipping on sweet southern cocktails. So if you too are wondering how to dress like a Southern Belle, check out our guide and start mixing the spiked sweet tea.
Jason Wu Cream Lace Detailing Flounce Dress With Belt $1,700 - A-line, cream, lace - need we say more?
Borsalino Black Ribbon Straw Hat $160 - Every Southern lady needs a handsome sun hat.
Valentino Couture Bow d'Orsay Pum p $645 - Coral patent leather revs this classic shoe.
Kate Spade Bixby Bag $495 - Delightful golden leather brings the sun to rainy days too.
ASOS Tortoise Cat Eye Sunglasses $20.69 - This classic paring of tortoise and cat-eye won't wreck your wallet.
Recommended Cocktail: Sazerac Reborn
Giambattista Valli Cap Sleeve Dress $1,755 - Conservative yet loud, this is the perfect dress for concealing your julep hangover.
Valentino Sand Lace/Cotton Bag $1,445 - Big enough to tote all your essentials and more around town.
Joan and David Vintage T-Strap Heels $218 - So utterly beautiful, you'll want to wear these charmers constantly.
ASOS Tan Leather Strap Watch with Webbed Detail Gold Dial $51.72 - A lady always has the time.
Kate Spade All Wrapped Up Pearls Short Necklace $128 - The most sophisticated of all gems, every gal needs a pearl necklace (ahem, the jewelry kind).
Recommended Cocktail: Mint Julep
Alice + Olivia Carmen One Shoulder Drape Dress $368 - Bright and sunny, just like your welcoming front porch.
M.A.C. Lipstick in Saint Germain $14.50 - The prettiest pink, especially when worn at tea time.
Chanel Vintage Caviar Quilted Shoulder Bag $1,595 - This timeless Chanel is all you'll ever need in a bag.
St. John Collection Faux Pearl & Bead Bracelet $395 - Brass beads and chains update this classic accessory.
Miss Selfridge Floppy Straw Hat $24 - Light and fresh, the perfect summer hat.
Recommended Cocktail: Cajun Lemonade
What do you think? Will you be channeling a Southern Belle during this month of Americana?