It happens to us all. An invitation to a charity event arrives in the mail, and we begin asking ourselves that eternal question: what to wear, what to wear? And sometimes we decline, simply because we can’t figure that out. With this seasonal conundrum in mind, we charged local stylist Sukey Johnson with task of finding the perfect outfits for three of September’s Happenings in Nashville.
All of the photographs today are from the talented Wiff Harmer.
As much as I could drag my feet resisting the faster pace that the fall season brings, it’s impossible. There are too many fabulous things going on in this town that are not to be missed. Nashville is a blessed community, capable of supporting a plethora of worthy causes. Today we will showcase only three of the many great ones occurring in September and what to wear to each! As an extra bonus, I just checked out these stores again this week, and many of these featured items are on sale.
This fun event allows you to see the Nashville Zoo at night. The Sunset Safari offers tastings from some of Nashville’s most popular restaurants. With open bars and special drink concoctions, you can stroll by some of the zoo exhibits while sampling a variety of food and enjoying a cocktail. Entertainment will be scattered throughout the zoo and will include belly dancers, juggling, up close access to zoo residents and more. And a fabulous band, Shake Shake Shake, will be performing in front of the Unseen World. Patrons will have access to a VIP area during the entire party. There, you will have special photo ops with select zoo residents, as well as access to celebrity chef Chuck White, Sheryl Crow’s personal chef and cookbook author. (He will provide some of his recipes for party patrons, too.) The VIP area has a private courtyard and bar and sits right above where the band will be playing. A real VIP experience. www.nashvillezoo.org
What to wear? For an outdoor event at the zoo, I would lean towards a dress to stay cool as the hot sun sets. For a fabulous collection of dresses we started our hunt at J. McLaughin. These dresses are versatile from day to evening and are made of a material that breathes called Catalina fabric. As lots of women are coming straight from work for this Thursday night affair, each selection can been worn all day and still look great that night. You might shy away from animal prints, but these were subtle and seemed perfect for a twilight event at the zoo.
There may appear to be too many accessory options, but we couldn’t resist as we loved them all, especially the purses.
Since you’ll be strolling the zoo at night you will need one of these gorgeous wraps. J. McLaughlin keeps them well-stocked year round.
Chukkers for Charity
Chukkers for Charity benefits the Rochelle Center and Saddle Up! Your entire family will enjoy the action of polo, the golden oldies classic car parade, convivial cabana competitors, a petting zoo for the kids, and fine dining and dancing in the patrons’ tent. John Walsh of TV’s “America’s Most Wanted” also returns to compete in the polo match. The location is simply gorgeous at Riverview Farm. www.chukkersforcharity.net
What to wear? After choosing Vineyard Vines to pair with this event, I learned that they are a sponsor Chukkers for Charity! I found great casual dresses here, as well as lots on sale right now for men, women and children. FYI: Chukker’s is full of families. When thinking about what to wear, think of a more casual Steeplechase.
Vineyard Vines also has a variety of different sized totes and coolers. When it’s in your budget, don’t you love to be THAT girl with the matching tote, hat and dress? Oh, and that’s my date carrying our matching cooler! Come on, just swear it was a coincidence.
Music and Masterpieces for Thisbe and Noah Scott Foundation
This event includes an art auction from an eclectic group. Be daring and accessorize. Kendal has amazing options for jewelry at many price points to go with everything.
Truly all of today’s outfits are flexible for each of our three events and offer great transitional fall pieces for our southern heat.
Remember ladies, you can throw the rules out the window when you wear your clothes with confidence. Choose something that makes you feel smart and looks good.
Stay charitable, Nashville. You look fabulous doing it!
A big thanks to my friend, and StyleBlueprint’s friend, Wiff Harmer, for all of these beautiful shots! Her exquisite family photos are emotionally so rich and her commercial photography is amazing. You just have to check out her portfolio here: www.wiffharmer.com!
Thanks, Sukey! Everyone, have a great weekend!
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