I Live in the South, and These Are the 16 Pieces I Wear Most Often

This is Style in the South, a series in which our South-based editor, Allyson, shares her insights into the trends and shopping habits that Southern girls follow (and don't follow). She'll also share her own personal experience with how to dress since returning to the South after more than a decade away. Whether you live in the South, are visiting, or are simply curious, she's here to give her Who What Wear perspective about all things Southern style.

I'm a native Southerner, but after more than a decade of moving from coast to coast, I wasn't exactly feeling like much of one anymore. I moved back to the South (Raleigh, North Carolina, to be exact) a few years ago, and while I've stayed true to my personal aesthetic, my style has evolved in some ways. I've never lived somewhere that people dress as casually as they do here, and the four seasons can be surprisingly distinct, so a well-rounded wardrobe is a must. I miss getting to dress up as much as I did when I lived in L.A., but there's certainly something to be said for living somewhere laid-back. (My basics and flat shoes get a lot of use.)

Keep scrolling to shop my most-worn pieces since returning to the South.


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Easy Dresses

Birkenstock Sandals


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Cropped White T-Shirts

Casual Shorts

Denim Jackets

Tortoiseshell Sunglasses


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Knit Tanks

Throw-It-All-in-and-Go Bags

White Sneakers


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Comfortable Jeans

Linen Blazers

Simple Gold Jewelry



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Block-Heel Mules


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Gucci Loafers

Next up, 14 things Southern girls never forget to pack.

Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.