Statement pieces from the coolest Southern-bred design talent and how to style them.
Photos: Caroline Fontenot | Styling: Candice Beaty | Calligraphy: Ashlyn Carter | Production: Jess Graves
1. AN EASY PRINTED SHIFT DRESS
TAKE NOTE: Krewe du Optic's killer statement shades have been spotted on celebs like Gigi Hadid and Beyoncé. Speaking of Bey, the brand (which is based in New Orleans) takes pride in their Southern roots, much like the Queen herself. Hot sauce in your purse, swag.
More statement sunnies we love:
2. A BREEZY TUNIC
Lauren Gold tunics and dresses are available in a variety of breezy, colorful styles.
TAKE NOTE: There are few things more quintessentially Southern than a printed tunic, are we right? Designer Lauren Gold's nail it with bold prints and light fabrics. They're perfect tops for increasingly warm days spent outdoors as folks emerge from hibernation to take in the beginning of festival season.
3. BOLD PRINTS AND POPS OF PINK
TAKE NOTE: Designer Mignonne Gavigan Smith hails from Charlotte, NC but now calls New York, NY home. We're obsessed with her badass South-meets-city personal style, on display with flair on her instagram. Her bold jewelry is the perfect accessory for a gallery outing.
More bold earrings and attention-grabbing necklaces:
Moore & Giles Anne day clutch, 295.00.
TAKE NOTE: We've loved Virginia-based Moore & Giles' leather goods since stumbling upon them at a shop in Charleston many moons ago. Their leather day clutches are casual enough for daily wear, but the buttery curves and minimal, magnetic closure make it a chic museum companion, as well.
More day clutches:
4. A CLASSIC, CRISP WHITE SHIRT
TAKE NOTE: The beloved Southern sportswear company has finally taken the leap into womenswear, debuting their first collection this Spring to the delight of prepsters everywhere. We're smitten with their comfy flats - that pointy toe totally elongates the leg. Finished off with an on-trend tassel, we predict these puppies will sell out STAT.
More kicky flats:
Coco Hill one-of-a-kind wrap bracelet, pendant and bangle - prices and styles may vary.
TAKE NOTE: Atlanta-based painter Kiki Slaughter and jewelry designer Erin McDermott have collaborated to produce Coco Hill, a hand-painted jewelry line which genuinely allows you to wear your art on your sleeve (did that pun hurt y'all as bad as it hurt us? Oof.)
More colorful, art-driven bracelets:
5. EVERYDAY PIECES
Adidas Stan Smith sneakers, 84.95.