Speaking of style, a couple days ago, my friend, Niki, took me to the mall in Albany, GA to get a taste of southern style.
I was pleasantly surprised when I found this:
Being a member of the Tonettes and a lover of all things vintage, I was tickled to find that in the south, dress hat wearing is still very much alive. Now, I admit, this hat is a little over-the-top. But I rather admire the south for continuing to embrace the tradition of wearing hats–maybe it will make a comeback?
In the mall, I spotted a dress hat store and excitedly hurried over to check it out. My friend and I were nearly chased out of the store by the shopkeeper who practically bounded toward me yelling, “No, ma’am! You ain’t gone do that in here! No, ma’am!” We left in a hurry, but not before I snapped this picture of her hats.
These hats are drama. Pure drama.
My friend also took me to a store called Belk, the quintessential southern ladies’ department store. We were quickly surrounded by a flourish of eyelet lace, floral prints, petticoats, and pearls. Southern style is all about feminity, softness, and modesty. This quote from Belk’s Vice-President of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction sums up southern feminine style perfectly:
“Femininity says it all. Bows, ruffles, and ruching detail frothy concoctions. Crochet, lace, eyelet, sheers, and satin seem so right. Flowers and other botanical inspirations send an inspiring pattern message with a myriad of 3D floral accents as well as pearls, luxuriously long necklines, romantic hair accessories, ballet flats, and kitten hells are the icing on the cake…”
I was informed that preppy style is a must: polo shirts and boat shoes such as Sperry Top-Siders.
For the record, I would die laughing if I ever saw Seth in these.