Southern Belle Hats - Victorian
I'm not sure if the Southern Belle is a dying breed or not...you don't hear much mention of them anymore. However, I dream of keeping the romance alive that's associated with their style and grace and I love the romance of the Southern Belle hat and that's why I have a selection in my shop. In the "olden" days, to become a southern belle you needed to be presented into society by means of a cotillion or a ball. The most famous southern belle that most of us think of is Scarlett O'Hara from the novel and movie "Gone with the Wind" written by Margaret Mitchell in the 1930's. Scarlett totally defined the word, with her manners and her eloquent speech. Southern belles say Maam and Sir, they never swear and then respect their elders. I believe that when you dress the part, which for certain occasions, includes a Southern Belle hat, you're more likely to impress upon others that you've truly acheived the virtues of the southern belle.
A Southern belle was an ideal example of a young woman of the American South's upper class, known for her gracious hospitality, cultivation of beauty, and flirtatious yet chaste demeanor and neatness. The most significant Southern Belle is the character of Scarlett O'Hara made known to us all as a result of the work of Margaret Mitchell with her book Gone With the Wind published in 1936. It was later turned into a movie/film and is still popular today in the form of DVD's.
The Southern Belle (derived from the French word belle, 'beautiful') is a stock character representing a young woman of the American Deep South's upper socioeconomic class. Source - Wikipedia
In today's world, we all have the option of being a Southern Belle no matter what our socioeconomic background. No matter where you live, we're fortunate enough to have access to information on manners, etiquette and style even if we weren't born in the south. No need for a southern accent like Scarlett in Gone with the Wind, just as long as we embrace the sweetness of nature, such as kindness, generosity and lovingness.