The south is known for great food, hospitality, and traditions, but I’ve recently found something else there that has completely charmed me. Southern Proper is a line of ties, bowties, and headbands that have a distinctly southern design with a broad appeal that is not just limited to the southern states. The brand is so uniqueâ€”all of Southern Proper’s beautiful patterns are drawn by hand, and inspired by the southern lifestyle as experienced by co-founders Reagan Hardy and Emmie Henderson Howard. These southern belles met while attending college in Georgia a few years ago and began careers in marketing and PR after graduation. However, they soon found that their true calling was fashion and began developing their lineâ€”combining their entrepreneurial spirit, love of fashion, and of course, their love of southern men to create their tie and bowtie designs.
The Belle Band is the newest Southern Proper product and the first one especially for women. These adorable headbands are currently available in 4 different patterns: Pink Horse & Cup, Navy Magnolia, Red Black Lab, and Blue Black Lab. The Black Lab pattern is a signature of the brand, and one of my personal favorites. I love how versatile Belle Bands are, since they would look great with a summer sundress and sandals as well as with pearls and a button-down shirt for going off to work. These headbands lend a cute, preppy twist to any look.
A Southern Proper Gent (tie) or Beau (bowtie) would make a great gift for the gentleman in your life, southern or not. The tie and bowtie patterns are stylishly appropriate for a day in the office or a night out. For the upcoming season, Reagan and Emmie are launching their Tailgate Collection, featuring designs inspired by the classic colors of major universities in the south. Students and alumni of UGA, UNC, Texas, and Florida, among others, will have an extra charming way of showing school spirit at the next game day.
Southern Proper Belle Bands retail for $25. The ties and bowties retail for $68 and $48, respectively. For more information and a list of retailers, visit southernproper.com.