The Southerner's Handbook

How to Accessorize

Five wardrobe essentials that add polish without primping

photo: Sully Sullivan


“One of the many wonderful things about Southern women is that they are always dressed for the occasion,” says award-winning clothing designer and Texas native Lela Rose. But you don’t need a closet full of runway-ready pieces to look put together. Her list of wardrobe essentials will add polish without hours of primping.

GREAT PAIR OF HEELS 
“Invest in a pair that you can stand in for more than two hours.”

CRISP TRENCH COAT
“I’ve been wearing the same one for nearly a decade. It goes with everything and is timeless.”

STATEMENT NECKLACE
“For the laziest fashion days, it can spruce up any outfit.”

DRESSY SHORTS 
“I’m an avid biker, so shorts are a necessity; they’re also perfect for brutal summer days. Dressier printed shorts get me by on and off my bike.”

COWBOY BOOTS 
“I’ve loved my monogrammed pair through and through. They’re just plain comfortable and adjust shockingly well to city life.”


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