Southern Proper: Classic Style Above and Below the Mason-Dixon

By Rebecca Macatee

Nothing says summer like a man in a crisp, collared polo. Right now, I’m loving the “Proper Polo” collection by Southern Proper. Their simple, distinct shirts come in a variety of bright and pastel colors, and at $59.50 each you can probably pick up a few!

For your fancier summer nights, Southern Proper offers a variety of ties and bowties reminiscent of the ones you know and love from Vineyard Vines. The line also includes hats, button downs, boxers and belts. In true old-school, southern fashion, they even make unique, “proper pocket squares.”

Coming from North Carolina, I’ve seen my fair share of prep lines from below the Mason-Dixon. A lot of southern fashions go too far towards tacky and miss the mark on the crisp, preppy vibe they undoubtedly set out to achieve. But I can say on good authority as a southern girl myself, there’s something in this collection for the scruffy frat boy to the refined, classy gentleman. (If we’re getting technical, I suppose a scruffy frat boy could also be a refined, classy gentleman. Then again, know what those frat parties are like.)

A signature cotton button down or emblematic belt would add just the right amount of preppy flair to any man's classic summer wardrobe. And whether you’re a southern gent or a New Englander with style, it’s worth taking a look at their collection on

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