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What a Stylist Always Removes From Southern Women's Closets

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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.

Although I live in the South, I’ll admit that my knowledge of Southern women’s style only goes so far. I recently returned to the region after living elsewhere for over a decade, so I have a lot to catch up on. This is why I jumped at the chance to pick Raleigh, North Carolina–based personal stylist Alex Long’s brain upon meeting her recently. Long’s company, Alex Long Studio, specializes in personal styling, shopping, and closet editing, so she’s an expert on the subject of Southern women’s closets. Naturally, the first thing I wanted to know is what she always removes from said closets. She told me, “Southern women love a statement piece, and when it’s the focus of our look, we wear it so well. But convincing a Southern girl to stock up on solids (never mind black) can be an uphill battle.” She added, “While they’re great for the beach, the big florals haven’t changed much, and so they can become a little dated.”

On the accessory front, Long said, “Tassels are another item we see a lot. From earrings to necklaces and hemlines, tassels are everywhere. I always encourage my clients to stick with one or two points of focus.” Summing it up, she told me, “For our clients, it’s less about replacing and more about finding a balance between a statement piece or two with a good foundation of basics.” With that, keep scrolling to shop solid-colored basics that would boost any woman’s wardrobe, Southern or not, along with statement pieces that are actually cool (as opposed to dated).

This is the holy grail of bodysuits
Meet the perfect jeans you’ll wear over and over for years to come.
Why spend more on a trench when this excellent one is $138?
A good leather jacket makes every outfit it touches better.
Black pants don’t have to be boring. (Look closely.)
Dôen makes the sweetest T-shirts on the market, period.
These jeans are so great, I’d buy them in bulk.
Wearing something underneath this flattering blazer is optional.
As classic as sweaters come.
Dinner plans? Party? Work function? Wear this.
This beauty is currently in my shopping cart.
Stray from the Gucci bags that everyone else is wearing.
Business on top, party on the bottom.
I love the modern cut of this top.
I know a lot of Southern girls who would gladly own this pretty skirt.
The cool-girl way to wear pink.
Definitely a step up from tassels.
If this is the new way to wear statement sleeves, I support.
Pumps don’t have to be boring to be polished (case in point).
Spring is coming, and so is this It skirt.

Next up, nine “boring” basics everyone forgets to buy.

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Bella Hadid Just Endorsed the Controversial Denim Trend People Are Dreading

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Bella Hadid has proven time and again that she can pretty much wear anything and look cool doing it. The same doesn’t really go for all of us, though, which is why certain trends become controversial. One of the most controversial denim trends in the game is low-rise jeans. As you know, they had their heyday in the early 2000s but were later replaced by more flattering styles—i.e., high-waisted jeans. But celebs and the fashion world have been hinting at their return, and although it’s been met with some (well, a lot of) resistance, it hasn’t really hit the mainstream again.

As you know, Bella Hadid’s influence on what the world wears is pretty strong. Time will tell if it’s strong enough to make people embrace jeans that hit below their belly buttons again, but there’s no denying that she wears them well. On a side note, her sweater is a $60 Mango find. That may be an easier pill to swallow.

Keep scrolling to shop Hadid’s “controversial” look.

On Bella Hadid: Mango Tiger Print Sweater ($60)

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Celebs Are All About Little Black Dresses Right Now; 7 Outfits to Prove It

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When it comes to wardrobe staples, the little black dress pretty much ranks number one. In fact, its reign began all the way back in the mid-1920s when it was created by the legendary Coco Chanel for a Vogue feature. Over the decades, the LBD has infiltrated the the closets of just about everyone, celebrities included—and rightfully so, given that it always works and is always in style.

In fact, A-listers have been stepping out in a variety of forward iterations of the timeless dress silhouette. There’s Kendall Jenner, who wore a cool leather LBD during fashion month; Bella Hadid, who stepped out in a simple sleeveless style; and Kate Bosworth, who tested out a longer version in NYC. To highlight further, we’re showcasing how seven fashionable celebrities are wearing their favorite little black dresses now for outfit inspiration.

Next, check out the best affordable spring dresses you can buy.

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Meet Zara's Younger Sister Brand That Everyone Will Shop Today

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Calling all Zara stans, if you shop the retailer just as much as we do (i.e., a lot) then this one’s for you. You may know about Zara’s sister brands like the equally as on-trend and affordable Stradivarius and Bershka since Zara’s parent company, Inditex, owns a handful of cool Spanish brands. However, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of another of its other sister brands, Pull&Bear, since it wasn’t sold in the U.S.—until now, that is.

Pull&Bear just launched its e-commerce in the States, so now we can finally shop the Zara-adjacent brand that our Spanish and European fashion friends already knew about for a while. We’re calling Pull&Bear the little sister to Zara because its offering skews a tad more trendy and youthful than good old Z. Soon you’ll be shopping here for fun-loving pieces like tie-dye tees, bucket hats, and all the chunky-soled shoes your heart could desire. And everything is slightly more affordable than you’d find at Zara, too, so add that to the list of reasons to check out the newest Inditex brand in town.

To get a taste of all the cool things on offer at Pull&Bear, keep reading to shop our edit and then wait patiently because we just know all the fashion girls will be wearing the brand soon enough.

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