July 12, 2017 • Southern Travel, STYLE SCHOOL
Style School: Easy, Breezy Summer Style on Charleston’s Famous Rainbow Row
Locals and visitors alike became all too familiar with sun, sweat, and sitting in front of the air condition during this time of the year.
While Southerners are born and bred to withstand humidity (it makes our hair bigger, after all), sometimes that weather proves to be too much, and we just need to throw on an easy summer outfit. But we still want to look cute and put-together, of course.
Charleston resident and style guru Liz Martin of the Charleston Weekender along with Ashley Brown of Sweet Southern Prep, Caycee of Hanging with the Hewitts, and Kelsey Hill of Chasing Cinderella know exactly what to do in this kind of weather: Throw on a Draper James t-shirt and enjoy the beauty of such a unique, picturesque Southern city.
Enjoy the beauty they did, as they modeled some of our favorite Draper James tees alongside Charleston’s historic Rainbow Row.
Liz, who’s also the co-founder of Cannonborough Collective (where you can find these photogenic balloons), organized and styled this shoot, and we sat down with her to chat easy summer pieces and keeping cool in the Holy City.
Tell us about this shoot.
We all kept our ensembles pretty basic so we could highlight the cuteness of the shirts and the amazing backdrop of Rainbow Row. To add some fun to the shoot, we used DJ balloons from my new shop, Cannonborough Collective, because it’s really hard not to smile when you see balloons!
A couple of people stopped us to ask if we were DJ’s–ha!–but lots of passersby were Draper James fans. A few people yelled from their horse and buggy that they love Draper James!
Why did you choose this particular location?
Whether you’re a local or tourist, Rainbow Row really never gets old! These old homes on East Bay Street are so lovely and picturesque; it’s the perfect place to show off our Charleston Charm.
Do you have any tips on styling Draper James graphic t-shirts?
A t-shirt can easily be transformed into an outfit with the right accessories. Neck scarves and statement earrings are my current favorite items to spruce up basic tees so you can keep it comfy and cute at the same time.
It get so hot in the South during the summer! Any tips on staying cool and dressing comfortably?
I have two secret weapons I try keep in my purse: fans and neck scarves/pocket squares. Having a fan on hand helps make the outdoors manageable! You can also keep it classy while you dab your sweat with a men’s hankie. I love them because they work great as neck scarves or headbands, too.
Stay cool (and stylish), y’all!