Ahh, February. The month of love and the start of special events, galas and parties around the Memphis area. From chocolate tastings to fancy soirees, we’ve got a style solution for everyone. Get ready to rock your look for these three awesome events: Wine for Wishes at The Cadre Building, The West Institute Gala at Graceland and Whiskey, Wine and Chocolates at Memphis Botanic Gardens.

February’s edition of What to Wear features the staff of The Cadre Building and Bon Ton Events at their beautiful facility, where fabulous gold structures meet classic and timeless feel. Our models rocked gorgeous garments from Coming Attractions, Lori James Contemporary BoutiqueMednikow, James Gattas, Dazzle and The Frock — all styled by the fabulous Caitlin McGill of CRMstyles.

The Event: Wine for Wishes at The Cadre Building

  • February 8, 2019
  • 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • $60 per ticket
  • For more information visit, midsouth.wish.org.

With a wine and diamond pull, yummy appetizers from famous Memphis chef Kelly English, dancing and drinks, this event, hosted by Make-A-Wish Mid-South, will be an evening to remember, and all proceeds directly benefit the organization.

What to wear: This is what we like to call a creative cocktail look. It means something different for everyone, but we recommend a fun dress with a pair of heels and some bold jewelry to make a statement.

These fabulous ladies work with The Cadre!

Wine for Wishes, here we come! Meet the models, from left to right: Kelsey McMillon, Betty McKay and Sarah Wright

Look #1:

Kelsey is sporting her red hot bag with a stunning black dress!

Kelsey’s look: Black jacket from Coming Attractions, $80; tortoise Margo Rebecca earrings from Dazzle, $30; red bag from Dazzle, $126; fuzzy black jacket from The Frock, $48

We love a red bag!

It’s all in the details! We are loving this red hot bag from Dazzle.

Tortoise is the look for 2019!

These Margo Rebecca tortoise earrings from Dazzle are totally in season for 2019.

Look #2:

On Betsy from Coming Attractions: Blue blazer, $248; black pants, $88 | From Dazzle: Jenny Bird gold earrings, $115

Good as gold!

Good as gold! These Jenny Bird statement earrings from Dazzle will match almost everything in your closet.

Look #3:

Sarah’s look from Coming Attractions: Jacket, $80; black jeans, $88 | From Mednikow: Necklace, $595; bangles, $250 each

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Good as gold!

It’s all about the statement pieces! In this case, Mednikow jewelry.

The Event: The West Institute Gala at Graceland

  • February 9, 2019
  • 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • $500 per ticket; $5,000 for table of 10
  • For more information visit, westinstitutegala.org.

Head on over to The Guest House at Graceland to benefit the UT West Institute for Cancer Research. This intimate evening with fine dining and a private concert by Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth.

What to wear: We recommend dressing like royalty for the night with a beautiful ballgown or fancy cocktail dress.

Fancy dress, fancy event! Get all dolled up with these dresses.

Sometimes, it’s okay to dress a bit fancy. These ladies are ready to dance the night away at The West Institute Gala!

Look #1:

Kelsey is looking stunning for The West Institute Gala event!

Kelsey’s look from The Frock: Blush dress, $435 | From James Gattas: 14-karat white gold diamond cluster stud earrings, $3,190; 14-karat white gold oval diamond cluster pendant $2,650

Kelsey's stunning jewelry from James Gattas.

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend!

Look #2:

Red is always in season!

Sarah’s look from The Frock: Red dress, $213

Look #3:

Shine bright with this beautiful gown!

Betsy’s look from The Frock: Champagne sparkle dress, $275 | From James Gattas: 18-karat white gold diamond drop earnings , $5,500

The Event: Whiskey, Wine and Chocolates at Memphis Botanic Garden

  • February 9, 2019
  • 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • $40 for members; $50 for non-members
  • For more information visit, memphisbotanicgarden.com

Up your Valentine’s chocolates this year with perfect pairings from Philip Ashley chocolates with select whiskeys, wines and craft beer. Hors d’oeuvres from Strano by Chef Josh and A Moveable Feast, along with a cigar and fireside cocktail lounge, will be featured.

What to wear: This event is more on the casual side, so we say either a casual dress paired with a fun handbag, or a pair of jeans with some statement jewelry and a comfy sweater!

These gals are ready to hit the town!

These girls are ready for the Memphis Botanic Garden event from Whiskey, Wine and Chocolates!

Look #1:

Cheetah is always the answer to a fun and super hip outfit!

Betsy’s look from Lori James Contemporary Boutique: Cheetah blazer, $125; leather jeans, $225 | From Mednikow: Necklace, $595

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Look #2:

Dress it up, dress it down. This bell-sleeve dress is cute for any occasion!

Sarah’s look from Lori James Contemporary Boutique: Bell-sleeve blue dress, $152  | From Dazzle: Black Thacker handbag, $198

Look #3: 

You can always throw on a sweater with jeans and spice it up with fun tote!

Kelsey’s look from Lori James Contemporary Boutique: Olive sweater, $98; jeans, $168 | From Dazzle: ABLE tote, $238; Margo Rebecca tortoise earrings, $32

Tortoise is totally on trend this season.

We are absolutely in love with these trendy tortoise earrings from Dazzle!

Thank you to our models and fabulous hosts from The Cadre Building and to the ever-fabulous Caitlin McGill for serving as our stylist. The beautiful flowers were provided by Le Fleur and the furniture was provided by White Door Events

Also, thank you to the wonderful Elizabeth Looney for the beautiful photography and the amazing makeup artist, Rachel Douglass with Glo Memphis

The Cadre Building - Elizabeth Looney Photography

This edition of What To Wear was taken at the beautiful Cadre Building in Downtown Memphis.


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