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!
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!
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.
The Event: 2nd Annual Military Masquerade
- February 17, 2018
- Tickets are $100.
- 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
- For more information, visit alphaomegaveterans.org.
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!
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 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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