Reel Style: Southern Belle Style Inspired By “The Help”

This weekend's release of "The Help" gives us an opportunity to examine the cheerful "southern belle" looks on fall runways.

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Out this Friday, this screen adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's "The Help" tells the story of Skeeter (Emma Stone), who throws her small town into upheaval when she decides to interview black women who spent their lives looking after rich southern families
Set in the 1960's, the fashion in the film is classic "southern belle," with lively colors and matching hats and gloves.
Common style accents in the film include strings of pearls, nipped-in waists, and vibrant floral motifs.
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Alberta Ferretti mined the '60s for inspiration this season, and her floral embellished sundresses -- particularly this one in soft peach -- feel especially appropriate for a southern dame.
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Blumarine's retro lace two-sets were matched to clutches and kitten heel pumps.
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Full skirted sun dresses like this one from Rodarte were in vogue during the transition from the conservative '50s to the swinging '60s.
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A shrunken jacket and full striped skirt at Christian Dior exuded plenty of cheeky '60s charm.
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Teased up-do's and prim Mary Jane heels were perfect accents for Bottega Veneta's proper pencil skirts and embellished blouses.
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Jean Paul Gaultier paired a tie-front blouse with quirky jewel tone pants for a look that channeled the movie's playful color palette.
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Fendi paired opaque colored tights with knee-length skirts for a cute-yet-conservative fall look.
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Nothing channels "southern belle" style like a big colorful scarf like this one from Gucci tied about the neck.
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Lanvin's sophisticated floral silk dresses wouldn't be out of place among "The Help"'s flowery prints and patterns.
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A more buttoned-up retro look from Marc Jacobs, which paired a sculpted check pencil skirt with a matching skirted jacket.
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Milly's cozy tweeds and summery pops of color were right in step with the film's cheerful ensembles.
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When we think "southern belle," we can't help but be reminded of garden parties and fresh-squeezed lemonade. This cheery checked sundress from Philosophy would be perfect for a stylish picnic on the lawn.
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