Everyone knows that the most exciting part of going to any event is putting together an ensemble that makes the wearer feel exquisite—and that someone who feels confident shines. It’s almost another event in itself to grab the gals (or the dedicated significant other), prep with brunch and then boutique-hop to look for the ‘it’ spring dress. As I was trying to decide how to describe Evening Under the Oaks’ dress code, I looked around Hartsville and saw so many ways to embody the excitement and colorful optimism of a Spring garden party into an elegant, airy ensemble. Luckily for us, we have an incredible array of choices in town. Whether you’re a romantic spring-pastels-and-lace girl, a bold floral and eccletic gold heels woman, or a chic bohemian flower child, scroll through EUTO & Downtown Hartsville’s colab “Spring Look-Book” to inspire you.
RAISED DOWN SOUTH
For pastel palettes and preppy silhouettes, this shabby chic store is the perfect place to waltz into. Stop here to find a baby blue, lacey cold shoulder dress like this one and accessorize with copper statement earrings and a pair of chunky wedges heels. While you’re at it, grab a goodie from their mini-bakery at the counter. Great first stop!
Looking for a make-over AND an adorable outfit? Head on over to Blush, where they have outfits like this must-have one-shoulder jumpsuit AND the beauty products you need to bring your most gorgeous self to the party. Trust me, you'll feel like a professional after getting advice from these sweet ladies.
BRANDI'S ON COLLEGE
If you also aspire to rock edgy, bohemian chic spring numbers like our queen Brandi does, head over to her eclectic store for bold numbers like these to burst into warm weather with color and “wow” factor. Bonus: she’s open until 8PM every Thursday Concert on College night this spring!
If you haven’t rushed into Minnie’s looking for a last minute hostess gift and walked out with a new flirty dress to wear to brunch (like this black and blue floral asymmetrical midi dress by “Love”, ABOVE) or a show-stopping number for date night (like the deep V geometric maxi from Veronica M., LEFT), are you sure you’ve lived in Hartsville?
One of the newest jewels in town will get you in the summer mood faster than you can say “Mojitos, Sand in My Toes”. Grab your maxi dress that you can easily wear dressed-down under a sun hat after a day at the beach or with shimmery earrings and chunky heels for a summer night on the pier…or say, an evening under the oaks? And keep checking, they have new arrivals daily for spring and summer.
Going with a date to Evening Under the Oaks? You need a classy, upscale take on spring florals, and this beautifully tailored dress from DeVane will outfit you to the nines. Best part about the store? You can grab your date’s elegant tux too so you know he won’t under-dress. DeVane, saving Hartsville couples’ photos every day.
With its airy interior and racks of polished ensembles, our new neighbor Mahala is well poised to meet your springtime wardrobe needs. Try these two looks, both harnessing the power of florals and effortless elegance: a mini dress with a round neckline and a scoop back, paired with a Gigi New York ivory cross body (LEFT) or a flattering baby blue floral dress by Tyler Boe, paired with a long pearl necklace and Swarovski-and-crystal bracelet (RIGHT).
Inspired yet? We haven’t even listed all your options, but we’ll let the store windows do the talking. Grab your comfortable wedges and your favorite shopping pals, make brunch plans, and enjoy the sunshine while you shop for the perfect Evening Under the Oaks outfit. We’ll see you at our photographer booth on April 29th, and we can’t wait to see your creations!