Fall in Birmingham means a drop in temperature, the return of cozy fashions and lots of fun outdoor activities. To celebrate the start of a brand new season, we’re featuring style suggestions from local boutiques Ryan Reeve, Cradle + Bee and Minette for three of Birmingham’s most anticipated upcoming events: Antiques at The Gardens, Harvest of Hope and Breakin’ Bread.

Set at dreamy Windwood Equestrian, today’s models are three of the amazing women of Mayer Lighting: Elene Weaver, Caroline Livingston and Lauren Kassouf, each of whom were amazing to work with.

Let’s get to styling! Here’s what to wear this October.

October What to Wear

Lauren, Caroline and Elene of Mayer Lighting look fabulous in outfits from three local boutiques for this month’s What to Wear.

The Event: Antiques at The Gardens

  • October 3-6, 2019
  • 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday
  • 11 a.m. until 4 p.m on Sunday
  • General admission is $15 per day.
  • For more information, visit bbgardens.org.

The biggest annual event at the beautiful Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Antiques at The Gardens is back for its 14th year! This four-day event hosts nationally known interior designers, architects and dealers for panel discussions, workshops, book signings, a black-tie gala, brunch, cocktail hours and shopping for antiques, furniture, porcelain, fine art, silver, jewelry, home accessories and more. All proceeds benefit the educational programs at The Gardens.

What to wear: Antiques at The Gardens is your time to truly embrace the fall season. General admission attendees of this stylish event can dress up or down, depending on their preference. This is true for any additional ticketed Antiques at The Gardens event they might be attending. With that in mind, we’ve pulled together three looks that are laidback, trendy and comfortable. We suggest layering your outfit for an afternoon at the Gardens, as it may get chilly in the evening hours!

Look #1: 

October What to Wear

On Caroline, from Ryan Reeve: Asymmetrical jacket, $289; black top, $96; velvet striped pants, $164

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October What to Wear

On Caroline, from Ryan Reeve: Gold hoop earrings, $24

October What to Wear

On Caroline, from Ryan Reeve: Velvet striped pants, $164; Metallic wedges, $135

Look #2:

October What to Wear

On Caroline, from Ryan Reeve: Fur jacket, $58; satin top, $152; dark flare jeans, $253; black Pplatform sandals, $124

October What to Wear

On Caroline, from Ryan Reeve: Knot hoop earrings, $24

Look #3:

October What to Wear

On Caroline, from Ryan Reeve: Sweater, $146; suede pants, $99; wedge booties, $198

October What to Wear

On Caroline, from Ryan Reeve: Navy circle bag, $186

October What to Wear

On Caroline, from Ryan Reeve: Rattan hoop earrings, $16

The Event: Harvest of Hope

  • October 18, 2019
  • The evening begins at 6 p.m.
  • Tickets are $150
  • Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
  • For more information, visit csalabama.org.

Join the Cornerstone Schools of Alabama, as the Women’s Service Board hosts its 16th annual Harvest of Hope gala at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. Guests can enjoy live music by Eric Essix, a special wine tasting, live and silent auctions, and cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres. They will also recognize the 2019 Harvest of Hope honoree, Mr. Jim Proctor, and the Volunteer of the Year, Mrs. Julie Blumenthal. As always, 100% of the proceeds will directly benefit the 590 students at Cornerstone Schools of Alabama. This is the perfect event for those wanting to support a wonderful Birmingham-based organization on a gorgeous autumn evening!

What to wear: Harvest of Hope is your opportunity to get all dolled up for a great cause. Sport a flowing maxi dress, a fashionable high-low dress or a fun velvet dress that gives a nod to the changing weather. Whichever style you prefer, don’t be afraid to partake in fall’s biggest trend: animal print!

Look #1:

October What to Wear

On Elene, from Cradle + Bee: Maxi dress, $69

October What to Wear

On Elene, from Cradle + Bee: Blue beaded earrings, $18

Look #2:

October What to Wear

On Elene, from Cradle + Bee: Snakeskin-patterned dress, $109

October What to Wear

On Elene, from Cradle + Bee: Black beaded earrings, $15; gray beaded necklace, $15

Look #3:

October What to Wear

On Elene, from Cradle + Bee: Animal print velvet dress, $109

October What to Wear

On Elene, from Cradle + Bee: Black and gold beaded necklace, $20

The Event: Breakin’ Bread at Pepper Place

  • October 20, 2019
  • The event runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tickets range from $30 ($35 after October 6) to $90 ($110 after October 6)
  • Pepper Place
  • For more information, visit breakinbreadbham.com.

Birmingham Originals will host their annual Breakin’ Bread food and drink festival at Pepper Place this October 20. Attendees can enjoy food samplings from local chefs, craft beer, wine and the Makers’ Market comprised of Southern craftsmen, a kids’ zone, live music and more. The event takes place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. General admission tickets include unlimited food tastings and two drink tickets, and VIP tickets include unlimited food tastings and beverages, access to a VIP lounge and early event access at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit Birmingham Originals’ Grant Program.

What to wear: For this event, try your hand at looking effortlessly chic. Go for a trendy crop jacket, add a heeled mule shoe or accessorize with a bold pair of earrings. This outdoor event is a celebration of the best food and wine the South has to offer, so be sure to stay comfortable — you’ll be doing plenty of walking around Pepper Place!

Look #1:

October What to Wear

On Lauren, from Minette: Snakeskin jacket, $74; Drop earrings, $84; Black jeans, $78

October What to Wear

Animal prints are having a moment and we are here for it!

Look #2:

October What to Wear

On Lauren, from Minette: Floral print dress, $88

October What to Wear

On Lauren, from Minette: Gold drop earrings, $52

October What to Wear

On Lauren, from Minette: Black mules, $88

Look #3:

October What to Wear

On Lauren, from Minette: Red tie top, $66

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October What to Wear

On Lauren, from Minette: Floral drop earrings, $56

October What to Wear

On Lauren, from Minette: Snakeskin boots, $88

Have a fun and stylish October!

Thank you to Elene, Caroline, and Lauren from Mayer Lighting for modeling today’s looks, and to Cradle + Bee, Minette, and Ryan Reeve for providing the gorgeous clothing, accessories and shoes.

And thank you to Eric & Jamie Gay of Eric & Jamie Photography for the fabulous photos set at beautiful Windwood Equestrian.

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Find out what’s going on in Birmingham this month — visit our Happenings page. And for more on the boutiques that provided these style suggestions, visit our SB Guide or download our FREE SB App.