What to Wear: April Events

Lots of fashion-related needs in Nashville this month. We are in the midst of Nashville Fashion Week (NFW), and we have charity events, luncheons and nights out jam-packed on the calendar. So, what’s a gal to wear? Here are a few events and some helpful hints to solve just this kind of dilemma:

Dresses today start at $137 and go all the way up to $2990. So, a big price range! And remember, to each and every one of these events, a navy, white or black sheath dress, accessorized for the event, will work. So, in the end, don’t stress! But, these are all fun options to consider if you are looking for something new.




Nashville Symphony Spring Fashion Show

This is one grand event. Seeing a fashion show set to the music of the Symphony, with the beautiful Schermerhorn providing the backdrop for the runway, is a “pinch me” moment for Nashvillians and a sensory overload in a good way–the fashions are gorgeous and the execution is flawless. Karen Elson and LEAGUES will perform.

Gus Mayer, who happens to be presenting the event, along with LEXUS, is known as the place to find that perfect dress, no matter the occasion. So, we headed there to find 3 distinct looks that would be ideal for anyone attending the fashion show.

When: Tuesday April 9, 2013

Tickets are available: click here.

What to wear: Though a solid color dress with great accessories is always a great option, we are really tired of grey skies and we wanted to see some pattern and color, so that is what we have today. Many women take the “what to wear” part of this event very seriously. But, just so you know, there are women who show up after work in their black pants suit as well, and that’s just fine; it is a Tuesday night after all!

Monique Lhuillier: As the featured designer, you are sure to see some Monique Lhuillier on display in the audience while her Fall 2013 collection rocks the runway on Tuesday night. We were drawn to this dress and the amazing texture and feel of its fabric. The color play is so fresh and flattering. This is an investment piece, but the classic silhouette and perfect length will allow you to wear this dress many times over the next 5+ years. $2990.



Lela Rose: This dress, with its inverted box pleat and painterly flowers on a bright an happy pink background is just fabulous. Again, a classic shape with detailed tailoring make this a great pick. $1295.



ML by Monique Lhuillier: This is the designer’s secondary line, offered at a more accessible price point. For all of you wanting to wear that dress that shows of a little more of you, this dress may be the one. It’s short, but not too short (on most) and has a deep V with wide straps. The tiny pleating is flattering and concealing, as is the pattern. This is a patterned dress for the gal who doesn’t like pattens, as the pleats tone it down. I’m thinking great earrings and a cuff complete the outfit. $598




Power of the Purse Luncheon

As a charitable fundraiser for The Women’s Fund, this luncheon is much embraced and offers a refreshing take on the power of what our collective dollars can do to help women in our community. If you are looking for a great handbag, there are plenty on hand to bid on at this event, as the silent auction features a wide assortment of bags.

This year’s featured speaker is Kathy Ireland, a true renaissance woman. After a modeling career, she has balanced motherhood, a thriving business career and many philanthropic endeavors.

When: April 15, 2013

Tickets are available: click here

What to wear: A day dress is best, especially one that says you are happy it’s spring. Interestingly, where suits used to be de rigueur for luncheons like this, dresses have taken over as the attire of choice for many women.

Springtime Poppies by DVF: This DVF dress from Emmaline is just so pretty. Pair with some nude pumps and a clutch and let the dress be the visual feast it is. $485.


DVF dress from Emmaline


“Sage” Dress at J. McLaughlin: This ruched pink and white dress from www.jmclaughlin.com works on a variety of figures and is made of that fabulous Catalina material J. McLaughlin is so famous for. Packable, breathable and great for a luncheon. The sleeves provide protection from an overzealous air conditioner, as well! $195.


This dress comes in several patterns and is a customer favorite. The necklace is from Hemline, located just a few shops down at The Hill Center.

The Classic Sheath: This sheath dress, available at Gus Mayer, showcases the wide range of prince points available here. At just $265, this Donna Degnan dress is one that can see you through many events and can be dressed up or down with ease.


Donna Degnan dress from Gus Mayer



Locally made, this necklace is $448 and available exclusively at Gus Mayer.

Watkins pARTy 

This event is really so fun. It’s a great way to see not only the fabulous art work being created here, but to see what a jewel Watkins is in the Nashville community. This residential art school is a completely amazing place in our fair city and one that deserves a champagne toast. Make plans to attend and to be wowed.

When: April 27, 2013 and at the fabulous OZ Nashville.

Tickets are available: click here

What to wear: This event will showcase a variety of fashions. You’ll see everything from white jeans with fun tops to lower-key cocktail. This is an event you can have fun with and throw on the extra accessories and a bold print.

Tart Dress: This jersey dress from Boutique Bella is flattering and fun. The sleeves have cut-outs from shoulder to elbow. Wear it to this event and then grab it throughout the summer months! Dress: Tart, $137. Necklace: Robin Haley, $137.


Tart  dress from Boutique Bella

A conservative dress, like the one pictured below from www.jmclaughlin.com, can be made a little funky and fun with a big necklace. Dresses like this are must-haves, as they provide the perfect canvas for accessories. Dress: $185 and available in 4 colors. Necklace is from Hemline, $102.


J. McLaughlin

This dress from Hemline is artsy, fun and short. It’s also from Tracy Reese, who’s collection was just shown last night (April 2) at Nashville Fashion Week, so we thought it would be fun to include one of her dresses today! Make sure you like your legs and are (I hate to say it) of the proper age to wear this dress! It really is gorgeous on. Get a spray tan, rock this dress and you will be perfectly styled to take in all the fabulous artwork on display at Watkins! $350.


Tracy Reece dress from Hemline


Enjoy April!