Sunday, October 31, 2010

More Etiquette Answers!

Transition! Transition! Transition!

After posting Southern Etiquette Rules I was bombarded with questions about transitional dress. If you live in the South you know the weather is warm sometimes through December. It is not rare to see walking-shorts being worn the week of Christmas. (however, may I remind you that last year we had snow in Dallas Christmas Day (first time in a very long time)
All Things Refined: Q and A -

  • Being a southern girl as you, I loved reading your Southern Rules of Etiquette!
 if you live in Florida where it is steaming hot up until November?! 
Do the rules for clothing change if you live in Florida? Thanks. HP Dear HP - I live in Dallas and I feel your pain. Just stay clear of linen and white clothes, bags and shoes and try to follow the traditional rules as best you can. Of course, just because it is fall - does not mean I'm going to start wearing suede and wool. It's just to hot! In a few months - the weather will change and southern ladies will enjoy our winter clothes. All my best, Joy

Joy, I am also a Southern girl and was just talking with women clients of mine about the rules we were taught on what to wear after Labor Day. I want you to know that I too was taught EVERY rule you have listed below.  I have two girls that I have tried to pass these rules too, however, they have only incorporated about 80% of them….something about the Texas heat. Signed, CB   
Dear CB - I agree, the rules can be confusing in the south because the weather is not consistent - alot of heat, and our cold weather sometime comes later in the season. Keep setting an example for them and it will become part of your legacy - a true southern woman! All my best, Joy

Hi Joy, What about a nice khaki suit in the South as late as October or early as Easter?  After all, it can still be warm and sunny down South. CDG
Dear CDG, Yes sir! It can be down right steamy in the south. It all depends on the color of the khaki, the weight of the fabric and the event you are attending. Do not wear it at night or to an important meeting - stick to a dark color. After Easter - you are good to go! All my best, Joy

Joy, My Southern mama says all your southern rules and two more. 1) Regarding trends that come back around, “If you are old enough to remember it, you are too old to wear it.” 2) About those bold prints like a leopard dress, wear it sparingly, VERY sparingly since it’s so noticeable – and memorable. Otherwise, people will say, “Oh, that again.” R
Dear R - I like your mama! She has excellent words of wisdom - I will be incorporating her tips in my Socially Savvy Dress for Success sessions. Give her my thanks and to you ... All my best, Joy

The weather is starting to change, but we are still going through transitional dress in Texas. The mornings can be cool, and the afternoons really HOT. This calls for layering. Great pieces for layering:
Light sweaters over shirts, scarves, vests, and leggings. Remember: it is all about the weight of the fabric! You can get away with wearing a light weight sweater dress. You can also wear a leather jacket if it is a light weight leather. Heavy wool  - not yet! Winter is coming and we will have time to wear our winter wardrobe.

Here's hoping you have had a super lovely weekend and to the best week ahead - ever!


Beth Dunn said...

that is the worst when it goes from cold to hot. Great tips!

Splenderosa said...

Oh you are so right. I alsolutely cannot do without my pashminas & shawls in Fall & Winter. They add color to black, warmth when you need it, and look so polished. xx's

Debbie said...

What great tips!