This February, the city is brimming with reasons to fall for the 901, so don’t let prosaic concerns like wondering what to wear keep you from enjoying all the local events and happenings. Wash away your worries, because we have rounded up killer looks for some of the top events in Memphis. Whether sampling an Old World Syrah at Wine for Wishes, savoring a chocolate and craft beer pairing at Whiskey, Wine & Chocolates or swaying to the sounds of the second line at the Military Masquerade, you will look the part thanks to a little outfit enlightenment from our friends at Oak Hall, Southern Muse and The Ivory Closet.

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art was a striking backdrop for our shoot, and allowed us to get up to speed on the exciting exhibits coming up this month. Black Resistance opens on Saturday, February 3, highlighting Ernest C. Withers’ collection of photography from the days surrounding the sanitation workers’ strike and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Opening Saturday, February 24, African-Print Fashion Now! features the lively traditions of African-print fashion and the ways it has flourished across the continent in the 21st century.

For our models, we were excited to pull back the curtain on one of the most beloved Memphis brands, Choose901, and to introduce you to some of the faces behind the operation. Mallory Strawn, Michael Phillips, Shelby Smith, Nina Dowell and Travis Tinnin are some of the movers and shakers working to shine a light on Memphis and all the incredible opportunities to work, teach and serve in the 901. We were grateful for the opportunity to learn a little more about the ways they love and support our community!

Meet some of the faces behind Choose 901! Mallory Strawn, Michael Phillips, Shelby Smith, Nina Dowell and Travis Tinnin are part of the team that encourages folks to move to Memphis and invest their lives and passion in this city.

Meet some of the faces behind Choose901! Mallory Strawn, Michael Phillips, Shelby Smith, Nina Dowell and Travis Tinnin are part of the team that encourages folks to invest their lives and passions in this city.

The Event: Wine for Wishes

  • February 9, 2018
  • Tickets are $55.
  • 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • For more information, visit midsouth.wish.org.

Channel your inner sommelier at this fabulous wine-tasting event to benefit the Mid-South chapter of Make-A-Wish. In addition to the 16 featured wines from Buster’s Liquors, you can spend the evening dancing to live music from Charvey Mac, bidding on fabulous items in the silent auction and snacking on hors d’oeuvres and pastries from Staks Pancakes. Plus, Old Dominick will be featuring a signature cocktail, so you can taste some pure Memphis goodness!

What to Wear? For this young professional soirée, be sure to dress to impress, even if you aren’t required to dress to the nines. Think about a look that could translate from your day job to the tasting — laid-back, but chic!

Michael looks sharp in his get-up from Oak Hall, while Nina, Mallory and Shelby stun in their Southern Muse attire.

Michael looks sharp in his getup from Oak Hall, while Nina, Mallory and Shelby stun in their Southern Muse attire.

Look #1:

On Michael, from Oak Hall: Sport coat, $1,295; Button down, $265; Pants, $225; Tie, ; Pocket square, $60.

On Michael, from Oak Hall: Samuelsohn sport coat, $1,295; button-down shirt, $265; Eton tie, $150; pants, $225; pocket square, $60

Look #2:

On Mallory, from Southern Muse: ECN button down, $168; AS by DF vest, $275; AG jean, $178; Catherine Page Earrings, $95; Catherine Page Necklace, $275.

On Mallory, from Southern Muse: ECN button-down top, $168; AS by DF vest, $275; AG jeans, $178; Catherine Page earrings, $95; Catherine Page necklace, $275

We love the contrast of Mallory's delicate jewelry with her daring, faux-fur vest.

We love the contrast of Mallory’s delicate jewelry with her daring, faux-fur vest.

Look #3:

On Shelby, from Southern Muse: AS by DF velvet cami, $183; AS by DF velvet moto jacket, $376; Ecru leather leggings, $599; Verdier earring, $72; Alex bracelets, $20 each.

On Shelby, from Southern Muse: AS by DF velvet cami, $183; AS by DF velvet moto jacket, $376; Ecru leather leggings, $599; Verdier earring, $72; Alex bracelets, $20 each

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These hoop earrings with elegant details are ravishing from every angle.

These hoop earrings with elegant details are ravishing from every angle.

Look #4:

On Nina, from Southern Muse: She & Sky dress, $72; Sorelli bracelets, $95; Sorelli stud earrings, $45.

On Nina, from Southern Muse: She & Sky dress, $72; Sorelli bracelets, $95; Sorelli stud earrings, $45

The dazzling stone bangles add glitz and glamour to Nina's refined lace number.

The dazzling stone bangles add glitz and glamour to Nina’s classic lace number.

The Event: Whiskey, Wine & Chocolates

  • February 10, 2018
  • Tickets are $40 for Memphis Botanic Garden members and $50 for non-members.
  • 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • For more information, visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

Dazzle your taste buds with the subtle yet complex combinations of designer chocolates and confections from Phillip Ashley, expertly paired with select whiskey, wines and craft beers. After you savor all the flavors, enjoy live music, hand-rolled cigars, a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres at this delicious soirée.

What to Wear? Walk the line of relaxed and fashionable for this consumption-centric event. As you sip and sample, you’ll want to be both chic and comfortable, so wear breathable silhouettes complemented by bold accessories.

Travis looks smart in his Oak Hall attire, while Mallory, Shelby and Nina are all smiles in Ivory Closet.

Travis looks smart in his Oak Hall attire, while Mallory, Shelby and Nina are all smiles in their apparel from The Ivory Closet.

Look #1:

On Nina, from The Ivory Closet: Love Dara sweater, $48; Tina pants, $38; Circle earrings, $15; Beaded necklace, $34; Rosie Clutch, $38.

On Nina, from The Ivory Closet: Love Dara sweater, $48; Tina pants, $38; circle earrings, $15; beaded necklace, $34; Rosie clutch, $38

For a bit of polish, add some bold accessories to your look. This sparkle-laden clutch, geometric dangle earrings, and beaded statement necklace effortlessly elevate this outfit from daytime to nighttime.

For a bit of polish, add some bold accessories to your look. This sparkle-laden clutch, geometric dangle earrings and beaded statement necklace effortlessly elevate this outfit from daytime to night.

Look #2:

On Shelby, from Southern Muse: Braylin dress, $45; Stone necklace, $32; Tassle earrings, $15.

On Shelby, from The Ivory Closet: Braylin dress, $45; stone necklace, $32; tassel earrings, $15

Be bold! This combination of tassel earrings with a stone chocker is surprisingly chic.

Be bold! This combination of tassel earrings with a stone choker is surprisingly chic.

Look #3:

On Travis, from Oak Hall: Eleventy men's jacket, $1,295; Eleventy button down, $396; Hiltl men's jean, $225.

On Travis, from Oak Hall: Eleventy men’s jacket, $1,295; Eleventy button-down shirt, $396; Hiltl men’s jeans, $225

Look #4:

On Mallory, from Southern Muse: Julia jumpsuit, $72; Nina necklace, $28; Dyanna bag, $42; Triple Play gold earrings, $26.

On Mallory, from The Ivory Closet: Julia jumpsuit, $72; Nina necklace, $28; Dyanna bag, $42; Triple Play gold earrings, $26

Add some bold, gold jewelry to your little black dress (or jumper) for some serious cool-girl appeal!

Add some bold, gold jewelry to your little black dress (or jumper) for some serious cool-girl appeal!

The Event: 2nd Annual Military Masquerade

Slip on a mask, and get ready to celebrate Mardi Gras-style at the 2nd Annual Military Masquerade at the Cadre Building! To set the tone for the evening, the 2nd Annual Military Masquerade kicks off with a second line led by Mighty Souls Brass Bands, and the party rolls on with a silent auction, wine and beer, Erling Jensen eats, more live music and local celebrity guests like Mayor Jim Strickland. You’ll relish this evening even more knowing that it benefits Alpha Omega Veterans in their work to support homeless and disabled military veterans.

What to Wear? First things first — a mask is a must! And don’t be afraid to go bold, with sparkles and feathers and plenty of color. On the casually dressy to formal spectrum, this event leans as close to black tie as you can get without actually requiring black-tie attire. When choosing your cocktail attire, the more formal the better. Long dresses are welcomed, and fellas, be sure to bring out that best suit for the occasion!

These cool cats look ready to, as the saying goes, "laissez les bons temps rouler" in ensembles from Oak Hall.

These cool cats look ready to, as the saying goes, “Laissez les bons temps rouler” in ensembles from Oak Hall.

Look #1:

On Shelby, from Oak Hall: Nili velvet cami dress, $595; Mignonne Gavigan Dakota necklace, $425; Mignonne Gavigan Luna bracelet, $275.

On Shelby, from Oak Hall: Nili velvet cami dress, $595; Mignonne Gavigan Dakota necklace, $425; Mignonne Gavigan Luna bracelet, $275

When rocking a LBD, there is always room to showcase your individuality! We love the way Shelby's mask adds a pop of color while tying in the golds of her eye-catching accessories.

When rocking an LBD, there is always room to showcase your individuality! We love the way Shelby’s mask adds a pop of color while tying in the gold tones of her eye-catching accessories.

Look #2:

On Michael, from Oak Hall: Samuelsohn suit, ; Button down, $145; Ermenegildo Zegna tie, ; Pocket square, $65

On Michael, from Oak Hall: Samuelsohn suit, $1,295; button-down shirt, $145; Ermenegildo Zegna tie, $195; pocket square, $65

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Don't shy away from patterns and colors! The uniqueness of Michael's tie and pocket square handsomely complement each other.

Don’t shy away from patterns and colors! The uniqueness of Michael’s tie and pocket square handsomely complement each other.

Look #3:

On Nina, from Oak Hall: Jason Wu satin drape dress, $1,895.

On Nina, from Oak Hall: Jason Wu satin drape dress, $1,895

The detailed ruching on this Jason Wu dress is absolutely breathtaking.

The detailed ruching on this Jason Wu dress is absolutely breathtaking.

Look #4:

On Travis, from Oak Hall: Suit, $1,295; Button down, $145; Tie, ; Pocket square, $60.

On Travis, from Oak Hall: Samuelsohn suit, $1,295; button-down shirt, $145; Ermeneglio Zegna tie, $195; pocket square, $60

The combinations of dark and light blues round out this suave ensemble.

The combination of dark and light shades of blue round out this suave ensemble.

Look #5:

On Mallory, from Oak Hall: Aviana Jumpsuit, $328; EF Collection Diamond Bullseye Necklace, $1325.

On Mallory, from Oak Hall: Aviana jumpsuit, $328; EF Collection diamond bullseye necklace, $1,325

Dainty jewelry adds a subtle feminine flair to this jumpsuit.

Dainty jewelry adds a subtle feminine flair to this jumpsuit.

Thanks to our models from Choose901 — Mallory Strawn, Michael Phillips, Shelby Smith, Nina Dowell and Travis Tinnin — for so graciously spending an afternoon with us.

Thanks to Oak Hall, Southern Muse and The Ivory Closet for styling these picture-perfect looks.

Thanks to Mary Kate Steele for her gorgeous photography.

And thanks to Memphis Brooks Museum of Art for their wonderful hospitality and for providing the beautiful backdrop for this What to Wear!

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