A Hint of Southern Sophistication with Lauren Cermak, Author of Going For Grace

Whether you’re a self proclaimed southern belle or a fan of feminine style, we can all agree that there’s something so charming about the classic nuances of southern dressing. To lean into our love for all things timeless, we teamed up with southern lifestyle expert and author of Going For Grace, Lauren Cermak.

Read along as Lauren shows you four ways to add a hint of southern sophistication to your wardrobe, starting with her personal pick for the 2019 Kentucky Derby. Charmed, we’re sure!

Delicate Lace

“I can’t say no to a lace dress! This elegant navy number is a lovely choice for a more formal occasion. The flounce hem and petal sleeves make the Lin dress especially flattering.”

Gingham Wrap

“Another flattering fit is the faux wrap. This playful gingham wrap dress lends a more casual and flirty look for any occasion.”

“You can never go wrong with a wrap dress! They are one of the most flattering silhouettes for any body shape and I love the ladylike look that they give. The Nina dress is one of the most comfortable that I have worn. With it being a faux wrap, you don’t have to worry about getting the tie just right or the wind blowing open your dress. While I adore the ruffled detailing on this dress, what stood out to me the most was the fabric. The soft gingham fabric is slightly textured so it wears beautifully throughout a long day and can easily be dressed up as well as down. Plus, being cotton it will be great for the warm days ahead!”


“Currently wearing it at work with flats, would be perfect with a heel for Sunday church, and would look lovely at a casual bridal shower or outdoor wedding.”

Blue & White

“My favorite color – French blue! With its thin blue and white stripe underneath the most delicate of floral patterns, this dress is perfectly timeless and feminine. Not to mention, one that I will be reaching for it time after time this season!”

Flattering Fit

“I have been all about the jumpsuit this season. After many a try on, I quickly learned that pattern and waistline placement are key to a flattering fit. This striped number has it all! I love how the stripes differ from top to bottom and when combined with the belted waist makes for such a flattering fit.”

“Don’t even get me started on the stunning keyhole back! I can already tell that this effortless piece will be getting plenty of use in the coming months.”


“With a block heel for weekend brunch, shopping, running errands with a cute sandal, and would be perfect for a Spring beach trip! ”

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