The Thanksgiving Look You’ll Want To Steal: Back Down South

November 19, 2012 | By | Comments (7)

southernliving The Thanksgiving Look Youll Want To Steal: Back Down South

We’re always on the lookout for new blogs to follow, and one at the top of our reader lately is Back Down South. Founded by Caroline Fontenot, a Georgia-based wedding photographer, the site celebrates Southern taste makers — a subject that we find endlessly fascinating.

Caroline and her husband Mark are no slouches themselves in this style department. We caught up with them to chat about their influences. Also: what they are wearing to Thanksgiving dinner and beyond — and how you can get the look. 

Hometowns: The ‘burbs of Houston: Mark is from Tomball, Texas and Caroline, Spring, Texas.

Home Now: Jasper, Georgia (about an hour north of Atlanta)

Why Back Down South? “I set out a little over a year ago to create a blog I wanted to read,” Caroline says.  “I wanted to combine three things that I love: street style photography, fashion blogs, and all things Southern. Being a full-time wedding photographer, I saw my flexibility and travel schedule as an opportunity to capture ‘good looks below the Mason Dixon line’ on both strangers and friends. I also wanted an outlet to share great Southern music and companies. Mark is the male voice on the blog.”

How will you spend your Thanksgiving?
“We’re driving to Texas, with a stop in Baton Rouge, where we went to the LSU/Ole Miss game (Geaux Tigers!),” Caroline says.  “Both sides of Mark’s family are from Rayne, Louisiana, and we’ll be spending Thanksgiving with Mark’s family. Not only will we be enjoying plenty of football, food, and laughter, but Mark’s younger brother is getting married, so the celebrating will continue throughout the weekend.”

What are you wearing for Thanksgiving?


How would you describe your personal style?
Caroline: 2 parts Tomboy, 1 part Texan, 1/2 part ruffles…with a twist of lime.
Mark: Classic Americana … shaken, not stirred.

Favorite Southern designer and why?
Caroline: Ann Mashburn because she encourages style over fashion and confidence over beauty.
Mark: Billy Reid because his collections are the perfect combination of sophisticated and rugged. With his Cajun roots, he’s a man after my own heart.

Who/what are your style influences?
Caroline: The men’s department, 80′s prep, The Kennedys, and Robin Scherbatsky from How I Met Your Mother.
Mark: Ralph Lauren, JFK, and Brad Pitt as Paul Maclean in “A River Runs Through It.”

Currently coveting:
Both are on the hunt for used leather jackets with lot of personality. “We’re looking for imperfect and unpretentious,” Caroline says.

Would never wear:
Caroline: UGGS
Mark: UGGS

What are your predictions for Southern-influenced fashion in 2013?
“Our favorite thing about southern fashion is that you can live here and never have to be trendy. The classics endure,” Caroline says. “I love that I can wear pearls, flannel, or raw denim today or in ten years and still fit right in. My cowboy boots and Mark’s bow ties aren’t going anywhere.”

Final Thought. Southern Style is?

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  1. Steal This Holiday Party Look – The Daily South | Your Hub for Southern Culture

    […] introduced you to our friends Back Down South last month, and are thrilled to partner with them to bring you some inspiring holiday looks. […]

    December 13, 2012 at 3:00 pm
  2. Victoria

    I love Back Down South. Caroline and Mark truly are Southern Style.

    November 28, 2012 at 10:13 am
  3. Joanne Snow

    One of my best Christmas gifts ever was a bike. . . I think when I was growing up in the fifties, a bike was a dream come true if found under the tree. What made my bike even better was that my best friend, Mary Jane, got a matching bike, too. You can imagine how cool we felt to be able to go places on our matching bikes! In those days, it was freedom!
    Parents had pretty vague guidelines for us then. We were restricted by our ability to peddle. Our bikes were white with blue and turquoise stripes, they were so different from all the red and navy bikes that most kids had. I wonder if kids today love their bikes like I did mine?

    November 20, 2012 at 1:36 pm
  4. RSL

    mast-mcbride’s ties are wonderfully made and they are a pleasure to work with! everyone should be sure to check out their site; great gifts for your man!

    November 20, 2012 at 11:48 am
  5. kayce hughes

    Such a treat to see you in our dress!

    November 20, 2012 at 10:59 am
  6. Kathie

    My comment is to enter in the holiday dinnerware giveaway. If I won the dinnerware I would make chargers for the dinnerware by spray painting magnolia leave red. I would glue them to old round placemats. thie would make the plates just pop right off the table. There is still more to come. My chandelier would become the next focal point. Decorating it with pine and a few of the red leaves. Hanging from beautiful gold and red ribbon would be my most prized ornaments by Patience Brewster. Her ornaments are such conversation starters. My table would be beautiful, fun and would get all of my family talking .

    November 20, 2012 at 9:26 am
  7. Buffalo Jackson™ (@Buffalo_Jackson)

    Great Blog. And great people. This is what style should be about… combining authenticity and character of people with their clothes.

    November 20, 2012 at 8:01 am

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