Two Summer Items Every Southern Girl Must Have

Two of my all-time favorite pieces for summer are a great pair of daisy duke shorts and a cute, tied-up top. Not that my midsection or legs are anything to write home about, but dukes and tied tops just make a girl feel…well…cute : )

Plus, I know I probably won’t always be able to get away with wearing this stuff. And I don’t want to be one of those women that has no clue that she dresses like a teeny-bopper.

Lordy be. I just said teeny-bopper. I have officially become my momma.

So while I’m 27, I plan to indulge in wearing form fitting, leg-baring, semi-tummy-showing clothing. Here’s how we rock these pieces down here in the south, where the daisy dukes and tied-up shirt trends were born.


It’s all about the cut. Repeat it out loud, girls: “IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CUT.” I wouldn’t really suggest trying to make a pair unless you’re really good at wielding a pair of fabric scissors. Instead, look for a pair in stores where the legs are cut in a diagonal angle, coming up higher on the sides.

 Also, to properly rock a pair of dukes, you’ll need to make sure they cover your whole booty. They should skim 2-3 inches below your “cheeks”.

                                                                  Source: songofstyle.blogspot.com.au via Melissa on Pinterest

It may seem short, but …well…it is. That’s the point.

Also, fraying on the hems give it a cool, lived-in look. And you definitely want that.

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Tied-Up Tops

This is really one of those items that can be worn at almost any age. You can tie it up to reveal tummy or not – it’s up to you and what you feel comfortable with. I like to show about an inch of my midsection for a subtle, sexy look.

By tying your shirt in a knot at the bottom of the tail, you’ll create a custom fitted look, like you see on the mannequins at the store.

Look for chambray...it's great material that's durable enough to withstand a thousand washes. 

                                                                               Source: lucylaucht.com via SaraKate on Pinterest

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Tell me, Blonde Ambitioners, what are your favorite summer looks? Anything specific to your region of the country?

Be blessed, lovelies-


  1. Something every girl should have southern or not! :)

  2. You look adorable! My summer go-to (as a Southern lady) is the perfect shade of red nail polish...


  3. Leslie !! you are gorgeous :) !! I esp love the white pants, denim top, and necklace.

  4. You look so cute! I love the outfit with the top tied and your white jeans. I'm all about denim cut-offs and tied tops right now. :)

  5. Texas girls needs great flip flops and wedges! We also tend to rock the cut-offs w/ boots... but at almost 30 I tend to shy away from that look.... but loving the tied up chambray with a maxi!

  6. The one thing I've learned about living in the South {as a former East Coaster} is that you have to dress stylishly for comfort. If that makes sense. Maxi dresses and skirts are king in the Southern Heat if you can't wear shorts.

    I can't see myself sporting Daisy's BUT I'd love to. Maybe next year after my overhaul with fitness. But a comfortable pair of khaki shorts in any color work great too just make sure they aren't all rumpled.

    I love your looks girl!!! And I agree there is something so cute about a tied shirt and short shorts on the right body.

    P.S. My uniform for summer will be the exploration of the maxi's and probably other skirts... and lots of tanks w/ nike shorts on the creek {those nike shorts dry SO well after a big splash while kayaking and as much as the inner "undies" drive me nuts they are a gem for keeping your swim suit in place while you paddle. TMI... sorry ;)

  7. completely agree about the daisy dukes + the chambray! just got my first chambray and I can't wait for the warmer weather to come so I can wear it with white jeans. great outfits!



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