Southern Belle in Training

Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle Blog || Est. 2012 || Virginia Beach, VA

June 25, 2018

Southern Belle Garden Party Outfit.

     "Southern Belle in Training" is the name of my blog, but I feel like it's been a little while since I've posted what I think is a true Southern Belle type outfit. I think today's look definitely fits the bill, and I'm excited to share this beautiful dress in today's blog post. There's also a Nordstrom gift card giveaway with some other bloggers further in the post- Early Access for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is on the way soon!

Garden Party Outfit

Tea Party Outfit

Southern Belle Style

Southern Belle Dress - Feminine Fashion

Southern Belle Outfit

Photography by Deeana Kourtney 

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Dress c/o // Heels // Necklace c/o {sold out, similar linked} // Bracelets c/o // Sunglasses c/o // Purse {old, similar here} // Lipstick // 

      What is a Southern Belle? According to Wikipedia (my favorite reference source), a Southern Belle is a "stock character representing a young woman of the American South's upper socioeconomic class." This description brings to mind pictures of 1800s Southern women in hoop skirts... I think we're way past that in terms of Southern Belles! To me, the modern Southern Belle is a woman who is put together, poised, and confident. Her fashion sense is feminine, bright, and classic. On a deeper level than fashion, the modern Southern Belle knows how to stick up for herself and is strong and independent, but also loving and nurturing. Her faith is the center of her life, and that plays out into how she loves and interacts with her family, friends and significant other. And most importantly... she LOVES living in the South and loves Southern culture! These are the attributes I think of in 2018 when I hear the words "Southern Belle," and I try and live them out myself through both my blog and my real life. 😊

     Now- onto the outfit! This dress from Chicwish makes me think "Southern Belle" every time that I see it! The bold red and pink flowers are so eye-catching and beautiful. It's made of a light enough material that you wouldn't sweat too much wearing it outside on a hot Southern day (it was about 90 when Deeana and I shot these photos!). It makes me think of all sorts of fun summer occasions like garden parties and tea parties. I paired the dress with classic pointed-toe nude pumps, a bold pink lipstick, and a coordinating necklace

      Switching gears now- did you know that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is just a few weeks away? If you've followed me or other fashion bloggers for a few years, you know that this is one of the biggest sales of the year, especially here in the blogging world! I make a conscious effort each July not to *over* promote it, but with that said it is a great sale, and I am excited for it this year! To get excited for the NSale, I've teamed up with a group of other bloggers to give one lucky person a $1,000 Nordstrom gift card to shop the sale!! Giveaway details are below: 

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       God Bless,

       xoxo Annaliese 


  1. Yes yes yes. You nailed the southern belle outfit! I love the pattern of this dress and the style!

  2. I love this dress! Such a great outfit!

  3. you are SO BEAUTIFUL, and you look so happy and smiley here - you are GLOWING girl!!!! This is very southern and so well put together! I love your look and your blog, I can't wait to follow you!!!

  4. This dress is beautiful and really captures your definition of a "southern belle"! I love the colors, the print, and the sheer paneling!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  5. Love this outfit on you, Annaliese! It looks perfect against that background and would be such a fun wedding guest outfit!


  6. I just love your dress, Annaliese!!!! It's just gorgeous - perfect garden party wear! What a great giveaway - thanks for sharing!!!!

  7. This dress is gorgeous on you! You couldn’t of picked a better location to take these photos!

  8. What a stunning look! It's perfect for a garden party.

  9. Girl you look incredible! This dress is gorgeous!

    The Classic Brunette

  10. I love this dress on you! And that clutch is the perfect accessory!

  11. your dress collection is absolutely gorgeous! it's so crazy how many different dresses you have haha

  12. this print is amazing! so pretty and flowy!

  13. What a beautiful dress! Love the pattern and it looks so pretty on you!

  14. Such a beautiful dress! And great giveaway!


  15. LOVE this dress on you! The color is so pretty! Also getting a little too excited for the Nordstrom Sale over here!!

  16. such a cute dress! I love how happy it makes you in these pics!

  17. That dress is the prettiest thing ever!!

  18. Absolutely beautiful! I love that dress on you, so stunning!!

  19. This dress is so pretty-it's giving me Goop X Lilly Pulitzer vibes, if you've seen that new collection!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style


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