Hi, Southern gals! As y’all see, the weather is beginning to warm up, and summer is almost here! Time for the high tea parties, barbecues, and outdoor church outings. Nothing fits a Southern summer more than a big floppy hat, the perfect sundress, and a pair of comfy flats.
G I N G H A M
is the pattern for spring and summer. It is everywhere! I have found the perfect gingham dress at the best price! It is our go-to staple, black and white colored, sleeveless with a smocked waist with a tier hem that makes this dress stunning. target.com, $28
T H E P E R F E C T S O U T H E R N H A T
can be custom-made for you! Amy Jo’s Hats will make a hat that matches your outfit terrifically. This black and white Sinamay is my favorite. This design was worn by the winner of the 2019 Kentucky Oaks Fashion Contest at the Kentucky Derby! It even works as a hand fan for a quick little wave of air (and you know us Southern gals never leave home without a fan in the summer). amyjooriginalhats.com, $350
T H E B L A C K , E D G Y R H I N E S T O N E S A N D A L S
that everyone is wearing add the finishing touch. They go with everything and are perfect for any occasion—they’re stylish yet practical. Pink Chair Boutique, Senoia, pinkchairboutique.com, $25
This look will carry you throughout the spring and summer. We must keep our look perfect even with the summer sun exuding heat so hot that it makes us sparkle just a little, so when you see everyone else melting at summer events, just smile sweetly and say, “Bless your heart!”