The 25 Things I Wear the Most as a Fashion Editor Living in the South

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For a little context, I moved from Los Angeles to Raleigh, North Carolina, nearly six years ago and have been a remote editor ever since. It feels a little odd to be writing about fashion in a non-fashion city, but that's what we have the internet and social media for, right? Living in the South has influenced my wardrobe in some ways but not in others. I can't say that I'm afraid to try certain trends, but it is pretty low-key down here, and I spend more of my shopping budget on casual pieces as a result. I also work from home full-time, so I shop a lot less for office clothes and a lot more for loungewear and accessories.

The weather in North Carolina is kind of all over the map—you certainly get all four seasons here. So I really had to expand my wardrobe upon moving here from sunny California. When shopping for clothes and accessories, I look for versatile pieces that can be worn a majority of the year and that can be dressed up or down. I also travel a good bit during normal times, so that's a factor in what I shop for as well. All in all, these pieces are the ones I reach for the most because they're stylish and easy to wear. Scroll to shop them for your own wardrobe, no matter where you reside.

 

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Leather Blazer

This is often the perfect weight for the South.

Leggings

Since I spend a lot of time in leggings, I want them to be good. Everlane's are great.

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Breezy Dress

When it's 100°, a breezy dress (one that allows for airflow) is essential. I love Ciao Lucia's, which always makes me feel like I'm on vacation.

It Sneakers

You already know and love these, and Nordstrom has them in stock now.

White T-Shirt

This is one of my favorite white T-shirts. It fits great and isn't too sheer.

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Casual Denim

Relaxed jeans feel right in the South, so I've stocked up on plenty since I made the move.

Everyone loves Levi's Ribcage Jeans, including me.

Oversize Blazer

In the fall and spring, I often wear this oversize blazer as a jacket.

Easy Button-Down

I love wearing this shirt with leggings or sweatshorts to dress them up a bit.

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Roomy Bag

I don't feel the need to only carry tiny bags in the South, so I tote this bag around all summer.

It's a thing of beauty, really.

House Shoes

These slippers feel like cozy shoes with the substantial sole, which makes them perfect house shoes.

Gold Earrings

I'm always on the hunt for cool gold earrings that aren't hoops. These are my current favorites.

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Denim Shorts

No more short shorts for me, but I still love denim shorts and wear them regardless of whether they're cool or not.

Non-Denim Shorts

It's hot in the South, so lots of shorts are needed. This pair fits so well and is a nice change from denim.

Sweatshorts

I've tried a lot of sweatshorts, but these are the most comfortable, hands down.

Sunglasses

I'm convinced these affordable sunglasses would be flattering on anyone.

Fashion editor in the South

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Birkenstocks

Since moving here, I've learned that I'm a Birkenstocks girl.

Gucci Socks

I love wearing Gucci logo socks with sneakers and loafers, but any logo socks will do.

Comfortable Pullover

My WFH attire often includes a comfortable pullover, usually one from Donni.

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Baseball Cap

I love this vibey hat, which has been glued to my head as of late. I can't explain it, but baseball caps always make me feel a little cuter.

Camel Scarf

I don't even know why I bother buying other scarves. This is the only one I reach for. (Bonus: It makes a great wrap on planes.)

Loafers

These are my favorite loafers, which I've probably walked hundreds of miles in (with nary a blister) at this point.