There is a great Southern rule that we have followed in my house since the Grissom’s (my mother’s family) moved down South generations and generations ago: absolutely no white before Memorial Day (or after Labor Day for that matter).
While this seems like a funny one to note it does mean that white for me has synonymously become associated not with wedding bells and marriage vows, but with the saintly hot and humid summers here in the Lowcountry.
So while the rest of the world may celebrate the changing of the seasons with bursts of rainbow colors, here in the Dirty South we take out our crispest, cleanest white tees for all to see—and we dare you to stash your neons to sport the minimalist, chic color of the season as well.
Men’s short sleeve collared shirt, $49.95, Gap. Vintage red scarf, stylist’s own. Mod glasses, Forever 21.
“White…is not a mere absence of colour; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black.” G. K. Chesterson
Stripe dobby shirt, $24.99, Gap. Rome scarf, stylist’s own.
“The first of all single colors is white … We shall set down white for the representative of light, without which no color can be seen.” – Leonardo Da Vinci
Tailored shirt, 49.95, Gap. Pink carrousel tie, stylist’s own.
“Black and white are absolute…expressing the most delicate vibration, the most profound tranquility, and unlimited profundity.” — Shiko Munakat
Sleeveless denim vest, $69.95, Gap. Yellow dotted scarf, stylist’s own.
Eyelet top, $54.95, Gap. Vintage sailing scarf, stylist’s own.