I'm From the South—These Are the Things I Never Get to Wear

This is Style in the South, a series in which our Southern-based editor, Allyson, shares with you her insight 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 after returning to the South after more than a decade away. Whether you live in the South, are visiting, or are just curious, she's here to give her Who What Wear perspective about all things Southern girl.

I know what you're thinking: Anyone should be able to wear whatever they want no matter where they're from or where they live. I completely agree. That said, this is my personal experience being someone who is both a Southerner and a fashion editor.

When it comes to my personal style, I'm admittedly not very "Southern." But I keep a close eye on everything the women I encounter wear, and I know what trends will and won't bring perplexed stares my way during any given season. While there are certainly exceptions, the Southern sartorial aesthetic leans conservative compared to other parts of the country, and there are certain outside-the-box trends that I subconsciously avoid to also avoid the aforementioned perplexed stares.

That said, wear whatever you want, but read on to see which things I believe are a tough sell in the South (and shop the ones I'm wearing instead as of late).