My Charleston

An­drea Ser­rano

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Shop Cu­ra­tor blog­ger dis­cusses fall-fash­ion trends and lists her fa­vorite spots in the Holy City.

As the Charleston Shop Cu­ra­tor, An­drea Ser­rano au­thors a fash­ion blog and shop­ping guide to show­case the di­ver­sity of styles avail­able in the Holy City along with lo­cal cre­atives, from de­sign­ers to bou­tiques. She left New York for the Low­coun­try York in 2004 and never looked back. Here, she shares fash­ion tips plus her fa­vorite spots around town. —HOPE S. PHILBRICK

What trends do you see for fall fash­ion in the South?

The SoHo beachy trend has been over­lap­ping from sea­son to sea­son and def­i­nitely down here it is laid­back. Girls love get­ting dressed up, but it’s more a laid-back, put-to­gether look with color and print, very fem­i­nine for sure. The guys are laid-back and beachy as well, yet stay more clas­sic with a lit­tle bit of a twist.

Is there a cer­tain style as­so­ci­ated with Charleston?

Yes, I think def­i­nitely there’s a tra­di­tional sen­si­bil­ity here that trans­lates into how peo­ple dress. We def­i­nitely take some more chances than oth­ers, but over­all there’s a sense of tra­di­tion and a clas­sic look that’s pol­ished.

From a style per­spec­tive, what might work in New York but never in Charleston?

Wear­ing all black. We’re def­i­nitely about color.

What’s one thing about Charleston that will sur­prise an out-of-towner?

How friendly we are! We’re known for be­ing friendli­est city and when you take some­one who’s never been here be­fore it’s the first thing they say.

Where are some places ev­ery visi­tor to Charleston should check out?

Def­i­nitely Folly Beach, Sul­li­van’s Is­land, the An­gel Oak tree, Mor­ris Is­land, take a boat out to Shem Creek, plan­ta­tions … there’s so much!

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