In addition to mastering bourbon and BBQ, the south has made its mark with men’s style. From seersucker suits and bow ties to stately haberdashery, the south does dapper right. Here's how to dress like a southern man in nine easy steps.
1. The Oxford Shirt
A crisp oxford button-down is a Southern man's mainstay and the base for the rest of his look. Opt for a tailored fit to avoid bagginess and don't be afraid of implementing color into your style.
2. The Bow Tie
An iconic accessory, the bow tie is a classy finishing touch when you need to step it up (or prep it up) a notch. Prints and patterns add instant character and compliment the rest of your look when done well.
3. The Blazer
A handsome blazer streamlines your look, letting accessories and pops of color get the attention they deserve. Check out the Kinowear Bible for fit and fabric tips and focus on solid colors for a polished appearance.
A pair of tailored trousers is essential and will keep your look neat and trim. Whether you prefer a flat front or pleats, let the cuff rest on the top of your shoe but not much more than that to keep you sleek.
5. The Belt
Your belt is another opportunity to showcase your style identity. In this case, a splash of color mixed with rich leather and antique brass hardware transforms a functional piece to one that's handsome and smart.
Suspenders keep your pants up and they look damn sharp doing so. Traditional suspenders are crafted of boxcloth, a felt-like fabric, and can be worn in fall and winter whereas lighter materials like barathea are best in warmer weather.
A pair of leather wingtips or well made canvas oxfords can drive great style home. Regardless, invest in quality shoes with masculine style to point you in the right direction.
8. The Pocket Square
The art of the pocket square. It's timeless. It's smart. It can take you from dapper to debonair. Play with color and texture when choosing yours and consider tying it in with your shirt or bow-tie.
9. The Hat
Top things off with an understated yet handsome hat like a classic fedora or channel your Southern style with the classic straw boater. Feeling dandy yet? Bring on the magnolias and mint juleps.
Build Your Wardrobe with Berle
If you want to dress like a southern man, it's important to start with the right clothing. Headquartered in Charleston, SC, Berle offers the finest trousers filled with southern charm and class. Shop our casual trousers and tailored options to build your wardrobe today.