The Easter Bonnet


(Judy Garland and Fred Astaire in Easter Parade.) 

For holidays, in the South, people are dressed to the T. For Easter, many wear their nicest church clothes and of course, an Easter bonnet, but do you know the history of this popular springtime accessory?

There are many different versions of how the Easter bonnet came about. However, after the headpiece was referenced in Irving Berlin’s song ‘Easter Parade’ and the movie, with the same title, this fashion became popular in the mainstream culture. During the Depression, a new bonnet was considered a simple luxury, and followed the age old tradition of buying new clothes for Easter. Trust me, to this day, I still get a new dress and bonnet for the holiday.

Today, the Easter bonnet is mainly worn by women and girls, across the nation, to Easter services and parades.

What does your Easter bonnet look like for this year?

Happy Easter!



All Southerners Are Royals

Leave it to Prince George to prove that all Southerners are basically royals. While touring Australia and New Zealand with parents, Prince Williams and Duchess of Cambridge Kate, Prince George was spotted wearing some very Southern apparel.

His wardrobe included the white on white on white, the John Johns, and of course, the monogram. He has also been seen previously wearing the ultra-famous gown for his baptism and another monogram for the family photo.

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Southern Hospitality: Choosing the Right Color

Admit it, we all have those colors we look great in. Then, there are the ones we should stay away from.  I stay away from darks, because of my blonde hair. Hopefully the tips below will help you decide what colors will make you shine and be a fabulous Southern belle!

1. Choose the right colors for your hair color.

  • Blondes look great in warm and bright shades such as yellows, oranges and rusts, as well as tans and taupes.
  • Brunettes can wear a wide variety of colors, including greens, blues, oranges, chocolate browns and pinks.
  • Redheads look best in browns and oranges, as well as taupes, ivories and greens.
  • Those with gray hair will look good in bright colors such as red, rose, plum, purples and berry, and jewel tones, such as bright blues, clear greens and bold golds. Black and a real navy blue look good, but stay away from grays and pastels, beiges and tans. In general, choose bold, bright colors to wear near your face.

2. Test your underlying skin color.

  • Pinch the skin on your earlobe, the back of your hand or the tip of your finger. The skin color you see for the following few seconds is your underlying skin color.
  • If you see blue, pink, red-violet or rosy tones, you’ll look best in cool colors.
  • If you see peach, golden, bright warm red or coral tones, warm colors are your best choices.

3. Compare colors against your skin and hair.

  • Choose a variety of different colored fabrics. You want to select some that are warm, cool, muted, dark, light, and clear so you can test each against your skin and hair.
  • In a space that is well lit by natural light, stand in front of a mirror and hold the colors to your face one by one.
  • Select the colors that make you look healthy, your eyes sparkle and your skin glow.
  • Avoid colors that make you look sallow, washed-out, tired, pale or otherwise unhealthy.

4. Wear colors that give you a monochromatic look.

  • A monochromatic or single-toned look is best achieved by choosing colors in the same shade as your hair. It will make you look taller and slimmer. This look is more suited for non-gray hair colors.
  • Blondes should wear yellows, primroses, or creams.
  • Brunettes should choose chocolate brown.
  • Redheads should choose rusts or orange.


Southern Hospitality: Dress to Impress

It’s Southern hospitality series day! Below are some tips to help translate tricky dress codes. As always, remember pearls go with anything! 

Black Tie Optional: Black tie is only optional for men (Sorry ladies). Women should invest in a floor-length gown in a dark hue. Keep accessories simple with a small clutch and some strappy heels.

Cocktail/Festive Attire: Wear an above-the-knee dress or skirt. Cocktail attire sometimes implies you will be standing…for a long time. Invest in a good pair of kitten heels or flats. Fun tip-during the holidays, this can imply wearing Christmas sweaters…heavens to Betsy! Southern belles don’t wear tacky Christmas sweaters! 

Business Casual: Look professional, but not too corporate in a knee-length dress. Carry a structured tote with sport-demure peep-toes. Keep accessories simple and wearing a watch never fails.

Garden Party: Appear ladylike without “glistening” in an outdoor setting. Some options include an A-line, tea-length dress in lightweight cotton. Wear wedges and finish with some sparkling jewelry.

Come as You Are Party: Try a little black dress number. Dress it up or down with a few key accessories, such as a bold necklace or a bold pair of earrings.