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.

Lightweight Sweater

Zara Knit Arm Warmer Sweater ($30)

Leather Blazer

Reformation Veda Bowery Leather Blazer ($398)

This is often the perfect weight for the South.


Everlane The Perform Leggings ($58)

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

Breezy Dress

Ciao Lucia Ischia Babydoll Mini Dress ($305)

When it's 100 degrees, a breezy dress (i.e. allows for airflow) is essential. I love Ciao Lucia's, which always make me feel like I'm on vacation.

It Sneakers

New Balance 990v5 Sneakers ($175)

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

Everyday Gold Ring

Mejuri Bold Chain Ring ($230)

White T-Shirt

Madewell Northside Vintage Tee ($16)

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

Casual Denim

Reformation Hanna Slouch Mid Rise Straight Jeans ($148)

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

Casual Denim

Levi's Ribcage Straight Ankle Jeans ($98)

Everyone loves Levi's Ribcage jeans, including me.

Oversized Blazer

Almina Concept The Oversized Tencel Blazer ($158)

If the fall and spring, I often wear this oversized blazer as a jacket.

Easy Button-Down

Everlane The Silky Cotton Oversized Shirt ($65)

I love wearing this shirt with leggings and sweat shorts to dress them up a bit.

Roomy Bag

Loewe Small Raffia and Leather Basket Bag ($450)

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

Roomy Bag

Staud Tommy Bag ($250)

It's a thing of beauty, really.

House Shoes

Ugg Cozette Genuine Shearling Slippers ($80)

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

Gold Earrings

Completedworks Flow Earrings ($275)

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

Denim Shorts

Agolde Parker Long Loose Vintage Shorts ($128)

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

Non-Denim Shorts

Madewell The Perfect Vintage Military Shorts ($65)

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

Sweat Shorts

Reformation Brooks Classic Sweat Shorts ($58)

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


Le Specs Bandwagon Sunglasses ($70)

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


Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed Slide Sandals ($135)

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

Gucci Socks

Gucci GG Pattern Cotton Blend Socks ($180)

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

Comfortable Pullover

Donni Terry Henley Sweatshirt ($159)

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

Baseball Cap

Museum of Peace & Quiet Green Wordmark Cap ($50)

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

Acne Studios Canada Scarf ($190)

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.)


Gucci Jordaan Leather Loafers ($830)

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

Next up, 25 spring buys for if you have expensive taste but a tight budget.

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