Southern Style with Reese Witherspoon

A visit back home to Nashville, interviews with Jenna Bush Hager and introducing the lovely Draper James

The South is a very lively, stylish place. There is always a backyard party, a luncheon, or a family celebration that calls for getting dressed up! Southern girls also love treasured family heirlooms. For instance, my mother gave me her own pearl earrings and I cherish them. There is no replacement for something that reminds you of your upbringing.” - Reese Witherspoon

Don't you just adore Reese Witherspoon? The academy award winning actress recently came back home to Nashville and caught up with Jenna Bush Hager here at Riverwood Mansion for an interview on the Today Show, along with a photoshoot for the cover of Southern Living Magazine's September issue. It was lovely hosting these two smart, successful, and stylish Southern belles. Both women were very sweet and extremely kind to everyone at Riverwood. They even took the time to let us snap some photos together! 

The two widely accomplished women bonded over their southern roots, and Reese dished about the launch of her new southern inspired lifestyle brand, Draper James Girl.

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The Draper James Girl brand is really authentic to Reese's style, personality and upbringing in Nashville. She is very passionate about the entire process and the products seem to come directly from her own heart. In perfect southern fashion, Witherspoon pays homage to her family with the name of the clothing and accessory line rooting from her grandmother Dorothea Draper and grandfather William James Witherspoon.

"My grandparents taught me everything I know about gracious Southern living. From them I learned to dress and act like a lady, to take pride in my home, to reach out to help a neighbor, and to always invite everyone in for a visit." -Reese Witherspoon

The Draper James collection will consist of classic prints including gingham and stripes, and more fashionable pieces with lace and floral. It also includes home decor, stationery, cocktail napkins, and bedding, all consisting of the southern charm we hold dear to our heart. The clothing line is effortlessly chic, but we would not expect anything less from the actress that played Elle Woods in Legally Blonde. 

Having grown up here, Nashville is know to be Reese's favorite Southern city so it's no surprise that she incorporated this into her clothing. You'll notice a little bit of Nashville throughout the clothing line with names like "Green Hills top", "Belle Meade Dress", etc.

Women in the South love to dress up. They love color and prints and generally love to look put together. -Reese Witherspoon

Draper James will be opening their first store this fall in Nashville, Tennessee. Until then, you can get all the southern charm and grace you need to fill your closet and your home from their website!

The Today Show interview aired last month (watch it here), and the September issue of Southern Living Magazine is out now. Reese not only stars as Southern Living ’s September cover girl, but she also discusses family, fashion, and her future. Take a behind the scenes look at the shoot and interview with Southern Living on their blog.

Written by Casey Todd + Jacey Cook