South of Style came about from a pair of ripped jeans. In the spring of 2016 I fell and ripped my pants on my way to a date and needed some bottoms ASAP. Luckily, Target was five minutes away. After a hurried search through their plus size selection, the only pants available in my size were a pair of ripped jeans–and they were on sale for $10! I bought them, changed my pants in the bathroom, and went on my date. While I didn’t get a man in my life, I got a great pair of jeans and frankly that’s just as good.
I never thought I would buy a pair of ripped jeans, let alone wear them in public. But…they’re comfortable. They make my rear end look amazing. I get tons of compliments on them.
As a long time lover of preppy fashion who even wrote a fashion blog dedicated to plus size preppy fashion, I found my style changing shortly after turning 30. I still love the fair isle sweaters and corduroys, but I’ve also grown fond of the color black (a preppy no-no). I felt like a fraud and it lead me to consider shuttering Prep’d.
One of my long time readers encouraged me to keep blogging, so I rebranded The Plus Size Prep’d into South of Style. I chose the name based on my earliest fashion inspiration and the number one reason came to my blog: Lilly Pulitzer. As much as I like the black and ripped jeans in my closet, I will never turn down a chance to wear Lilly. And yes, ladies, there will still be Lilly-a-likes on South of Style.
I was born and raised in Huntington, WV and studied Printing Management at WVU Tech. I now work in higher education in Iowa and love it (the wind, not so much). I enjoy road trips to explore my new home, reading historical non-fiction, getting halfway through a craft before giving up on it, and extra sharp cheddar cheese. I hate freezing rain. I’m a big WVU fan and even bigger Washington Capitals fan.
Thanks for reading South of Style! I’m glad you’re here.