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Southern-Chic is here to stay, at least for now

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Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that the Southern-Chic look is ruling the fashion world. Even the fashion savvy Ralph Lauren included Southern and Western-inspired pieces in his Spring 2011 collection. With movies like Country Strong and country beauties like Carrie Underwood, it's no wonder this style has made it into mainstream.

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Cowboy boots and even cowboy hats are all on-trend, along with fringe detailed jackets and tops. The Southern look is very casual, but there's no rule saying that you can't dress it up with floral print dresses with exquisite, or non-existing, back detailing.

Sure, you can find all of these styles in collections like Lauren's or other high-end designers, but why spend a fortune for a style that will probably be "out" come fall?

Less-expensive fashion havens like Forever21 and Charlotte Russe have embraced this trend with full force. Lots of floral prints, tiers and ruffles are making these items become must-haves for the season.

Forever21 has the Plaid Crinkled Cotton Shirt at a whopping $6, along with the Western Inspired Fall Dress at just $11. If you're looking for a floral print, then F21 has all you've dreamed of. The Strapless Sweetheart Flower Dress, at under $18, can be worn with your favorite cowboy boots, or even with fuscia wedged heels. The Denim Overall Cutoffs are an adorable way to reminisce our younger years while still looking fabulous, especially at under $30. The Denim Cutoffs with Suspenders is also a great look if you want an overall feel but aren't ready for a full commitment, especially at under $20. Most of the tops have a Western feel with a bit of lace added for a feminine touch.

Charlotte Russe is taking a more ruffled approach to the trend. Its Floral Ruffle Tiered Dress at $30 will make you feel like a true Southern Belle. The Tiered Denim Skirt at under $15 is perfect for a casual outing to the country side.

All of these looks, plus others you may find, will work for the spring season and you can hang on to them into the summer sun. Whether you're going for the Carrie Underwood glam look, or a country-side feel, don't forget to feel confident in what you wear.

You can purchase any of these looks at the Glendale Galleria.

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