Friday, February 25, 2011

Nashville Street Style: Good Enough for Refinery 29

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 9:30 AM

  • Photo: Heidi Jewell
When most people think of Nashville fashion, they might imagine Carrie Underwood, prairie skirts and Wranglers. And, let’s be honest: They aren’t totally wrong. The enormity of the commercial country industry and all its trappings have a way of overshadowing the rest of Nashville, leaving much of our music, politics — and yes, fashion — in the proverbial dust.

Most people don't just automatically know how to be stylish — they have to know where to look. Refinery 29 is one of those places, a style blog aimed at editors, stylists, and fashion-forward individuals who love smart, progressive design. They recently picked up on Heidi Jewell’s blog Under the Guise, and posted a slideshow of her Nashville street fashion photos, proving what we’ve known all along — that Nashvillians can be just as stylish as our big-city counterparts. Nashville is a Southern oasis of culture, buying vintage is actually affordable here, and some of the most uniquely stylish people I’ve ever met call Nashville home. Jewell tells Pith that she's also been tapped as a Nashville correspondent for Elle, and will have a spread on Nashville fashion launching on in the next week or so.

Jewell’s shots show that Nashville not only can contend with New York and L.A., but surpass them. After all, who wears plaid button-ups, breaks in cowboy boots, or gets old-fashioned glamour better than we do? These girls look cool without trying too hard, layering vintage dresses with boyish accessories, Pendleton patterns with glamorous coats, and skirts and red lipstick with combat boots. New Yorkers, take note.

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