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?
- Turquoise necklace from The Green Bull in Boerne, TX
- Kayce Hughes corduroy dress
- Luccheese boots, purchased at Allen’s Boots in Austin, TX
- Navy tights
- Country Gentleman hat
- Charles Tywrhitt shirt
- Mast-McBride pointer tie
- Martin Dingman belt
- Lands End Canvas pants
- Sperry Top Sider wingtip casual oxfords – swapped red laces.
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.”
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:
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?