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The earliest American perfume was known as Florida Water: a mixture of eau de cologne, cloves, lavender, and bergamot.
And iconic Southern flowers—from jasmine to gardenia—have been making their way into fragrances ever since. When women entered the workforce en masse in the eighties, deer Liz Claiborne, who hailed from a prominent New Orleans family, offered them a professional yet feminine alternative to dressing like men.
Though they were originally at home on the range, down here, boots are welcome at black-tie fetes. George W. Bush wore a pair emblazoned with the presidential seal to both of his inaugural galas. The Texas boot company Lucchese has handcrafted each and every pair since In the late s when famed pearl deer Kokichi Mikimoto began creating his then-novel cultured pearls, he took much of his inspiration from the mother-of-pearl buttons created in factories throughout the Southeast.
Today, most cultured pearls are created using mussels native to the Mississippi River. Once used as a tester fabric by British fashion houses, humble gingham made its way to Southern mills during the Depression and quickly rose to domestic fame. Coco Chanel once advised removing one accessory before leaving the house. In the South, we use a different tactic and add a piece from the past. This Missouri girl-turned-Paris sensation flaunted slicked-down finger waves that epitomized the popular flapper look.
InTexas entrepreneur Mary Kay Ash created a business model that empowered women to earn their own living, and the company along with its feminine colors is still going strong. Their best-selling lipstick Looking for a southern type is Sassy Fuchsia, a silky pink with a name that says it all. Today, both Southern women and men bring a polished look to tailgates by donning their Saturday best. Think Sunday best but in head-to-toe team colors and with a shaker in hand.
In the late fifties, Lilly Pulitzer found herself residing on acres upon acres of citrus groves owned by her new husband, Peter. Soon, the enterprising and understimulated socialite-turned-housewife decided to open an orange juice stand in Palm Beach, Florida. With the business came the occupational hazard of citrus stains, so Lilly asked a local seamstress to make her a few simple sleeveless dresses from some colorful fabric scraps she had on hand. And the Lilly shift dress was born. Soon people were lining up to purchase her ature dresses instead of the OJ.
The pioneering look caught the attention of the fashion world. Southern Living fashion beauty 50 Elements of Southern Style. Save FB Tweet More. Welcome to the South, where a dress is standard grocery-store attire and pink lipstick is always in order. Here are 50 things we can't live without. Rightly described by some people as a feeling as much as a place, these are the elements of Southern style. From monograms and ature scents to bow ties and team colors, here are ways to be Southern, with style. Gingham, seersucker, linen, and eyelet may seem like simple fabrics, but think of them as Southern silk.
Well suited to the climate, lightweight, and stylish, outfits made from and with these four fabrics fill many a Southern wardrobe. Also quintessentially Southern are team colors—wear yours with pride—boots, and tailored dresses.
However you dress it up, these elements of Southern style show just how elegant and refined the South can be. Start Slideshow. A ature Scent. Tailored Dresses. Our Monograms. A Great Pair of Boots. Color, Color, and More Color.
Our Favorite Southern Fabrics. A Gingham Button-down. Family Heirlooms. Good Hair: Josephine Baker 20s. Good Hair: Jean Harlow 30s f. Good Hair: Bettie 50s.
Good Hair: Faye Dunaway 60s. Good Hair: Pam Grier 70s. Good Hair: Connie Britton Today. Skin That Glows. In the early s, it was called heliotherapy. Pink Lipstick. A Little Sparkle. Our Team Colors. A Few Secret Weapons. Bow Ties. A Charleston Outfit. A Nashville Outfit. Simons Island Outfit. A Charlottesville Outfit. Prints with Personality.
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