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Huntsville's Most Stylish

Style is eternal and Artist Morgan Johnston paints these fashionable Huntsville women

Article by Amy Bailey

Photography by Nadia Kidd, Illustrations By Morgan Johnston

Originally published in Huntsville City Lifestyle

It is a universal truth that Southern women are more 'put together.' As women in other parts may wear mainly black with little makeup, the Southern woman is known for her love of wearing color, distinctively knowing her shades of lip color, and creating a life-long friendship with her hair stylist. She has a certain je ne sais quoi about her that can typically be distinguished upon walking into a room. Each of these Huntsville women own their style and wear it well. From head to toe you will find them embracing the looks that make them feel confident and comfortable in their own skin. Alabama artist Morgan Johnston eternalizes their grace and style in these portraitures.

Brooke Ray, Owner, Locust Lane Rugs

Biggest style influence: Gayle Perry from @gaylestyle

Most loved item of clothing: Jeans!

Wardrobe essentials: Jeans, cashmere sweater, stack of gold bracelets

Favorite brands: ME+EM, Mother jeans, Gucci

Favorite stores: Monkee's of Huntsville, Willow Park boutique out of Atlanta, Boden for sweaters

Heirloom piece: My grandmother Emogene's diamond ring

Favorite piece of jewelry: My diamond necklace with each of my kid's first initials

Wearing: Dress from Tuckernuck and Gucci heels 

Katiya McKinney, Marketing and Business Development for Maynard Nexsen

Biggest Style Influence: My mother

Most loved item of clothing: My Betsey Johnson lime green polka dot peplum dress that screams "let's go brunch in Miami!"

Most loved accessory: YSL natural color quilted leather handbag or Chanel pearl earrings

Wardrobe essentials: Black sleeveless sheath dress, camel wrap wool coat, nude platform heels

Favorite brands: ASTR, Dress the Population, J.Crew

Favorite stores: Nordstrom, Elitaire, Uniqlo

Favorite heirloom piece of jewelry: My grandmother's diamond band

Wearing: Eliza J from Nordstrom

Beverly Farrington, Interior Designer and Owner, Accents Of The South

Biggest style influence: Christian Dior

Most loved item of clothing: Collared button down blouse 

Most loved accessory: Turquoise and gold bangle bracelets 

Wardrobe essentials: Gucci belt, Hermes scarves, diamond stud earrings 

Favorite brands: Alice & Olivia, Oscar de la Renta, Veronica Beard

Favorite stores: Carriage House in Decatur, Bergdorfs, the Finicky Filly in Charleston 

Favorite heirloom piece: Mother-in-law’s gold chain link bracelet 

Favorite piece of jewelry: wedding ring inspired by Buccellati  

Wearing: Silk blue two-piece set by Frame 

Kaylah Joseph, CEO, LAID Hair Care & LAID Beauty Bar

Style influences: Kahlana Barfield & Victoria Beckham 

Most loved item of clothing: Oversized cargo pants, Telfar purse and gold earrings

Wardrobe essentials: An array of little black dresses, a good push-up bra, and bold shoes

Favorite stores: The Attico, Zara, Kendry's Boutique 

Favorite heirloom: Authentic Guyana gold bangles 

Wearing: Dress & jewelry from Express 

LeeLee Ray, Cooking enthusiast, community volunteer, homemaker

Biggest style influence: Lee Radziwill

Most loved item of clothing: Lela Rose cocktail dress or my LAKE pajamas

Most loved accessory: Hermes scarf stolen from my mama's closet

Wardrobe essentials: Pointy flats, black turtlenecks, statement headbands

Favorite brands: Tuckernuck, Sue Sartor, BURU

Favorite stores: Personal Couture, Tuckernuck, Mary Marshmallow

Favorite heirloom: My grandmother Suggie's tea length Oscar de la Renta black wool coat with mink collar

Wearing: Kelly green Tuckernuck dress, Suggie's everyday right hand ring, gold earrings with initials G.N. that my mama had made from my grandfather Guy Newcomb's cufflinks, and bare feet - "that's how I usually entertain."

Anusha Davis, Vice President of Retail, Crunkleton Commercial Real Estate

Biggest Style Influence: Kate Middleton 

Most loved item of clothing: Currently, black linen Brunello Cucinelli blazer

Favorite accessory: Tudor watch

Wardrobe essentials: Little black dress, structured blazer, leather bag that can go back and forth between a laptop bag and diaper bag!

Favorite Brands: Rails, L’Agence, Vince

Favorite Stores: Carriage House, Monkee’s, Elitaire

Favorite Heirloom: My great grandmother's emerald necklace from India

Wearing: Peter Cohen Yard Dress from Carriage House, Schutz Shoes (Saks), Tudor Watch (Loring & Co.), Kendra Scott earrings