The rising temperatures prove that summer is officially upon us, but that won’t keep us cooped up inside! July in Memphis brings some fantastic outdoor events you won’t want to miss. From celebrating the Fourth of July at one of the area’s many fireworks displays, to sampling bites from local chefs at the Memphis Eats Food Festival, to soaking up the sweet sounds of BOSTON Live At The Garden, there is plenty of fun to be had! Dressing for the heat can be intimidating, but we have the style solutions for your social agenda. These looks from Southern Muse, Sorelle and Lori James will keep you feeling cool, but looking hot, hot, hot.
Our models for this month’s edition of What to Wear are three actresses from Hattiloo Theatre — Jasmine Settles, Nyasha Hill and Alicia Ester. You can catch these lovely ladies on stage soon, as Hattiloo’s 12th season premieres on August 11 with the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined. These drama queens made the Broad Avenue Arts District their stage, with show-stopping scenes at Bounty on Broad, Falling Into Place and T Clifton Art Gallery.
The Event: BOSTON Live At The Garden
- Saturday, July 1, 2017
- The show begins at 8 p.m.
- Tickets start at $41.
- For more information, visit liveatthegarden.com.
Memphis Botanic Gardens’ Live At The Garden series is one of our all-time favorite Memphis traditions. What could be better than being outside at sunset, surrounded by natural beauty, listening to some of the world’s best artists? Not much! And this summer, the tradition continues with BOSTON. Take this opportunity to dig the lawn chairs out of the garage, grab a bottle of rosé, order some take out and dance to the music at this can’t-miss concert. It’s sure to be a night to remember! And that’s “More than a Feeling” — it’s fact! (Sorry, had to.)
What to Wear: Temperatures may drop when the sun goes down, but warm summer nights call for light, breathable fabrics. These bright colors and flowy silhouettes look effortlessly hip and casually cool! Add bold beaded accessories to give the look a little rock ‘n’ roll edge. The fashion gurus at Southern Muse styled these three flawless looks for the occasion!
The Event: Fourth of July
- Monday, July 3, 2017
- Bartlett Star Spangled Fireworks Extravaganza — Live music and activities begin on the lawn of the Bartlett Performing Arts & Conference Center and Appling Middle School at 6 p.m., and fireworks display begins at 9:15 p.m.
- Collierville Independence Day Celebration — The celebration at W.C. Cox Park begins at 6 p.m. with fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, July 4, 2017
- Germantown Fireworks Extravaganza — The celebration at Municipal Park begins at 5 p.m., leading up the fireworks display grand finale at 10 p.m.
- Mud Island Independence Day Spectacular — Mud Island River Park opens at 10 a.m., the celebratory activities begin at 6 p.m., and the fireworks display begins at 9:15 p.m.
If you’re looking for a way to celebrate the Fourth of July, you won’t be short of options in Memphis! There are parades, parties, races and fireworks spectaculars all across the city. Kick off the weekend with the laser show at Shelby Farms Park, then take your pick of fireworks viewing parties on July 3rd and 4th. Festivities will be happening on every corner of Shelby County, from Bartlett and Collierville, to Germantown and Mud Island, to the rooftop of the Peabody!
What to Wear: These Independence Day looks from Sorelle have us seeing fireworks! You don’t have to sacrifice style to look patriotic on the Fourth of July. Sport a breezy sundress in a white or a blue, then finish your look with red accents, whether that be a red lip, a red heel or red earrings. Denim is a staple of American fashion, so don’t shy away from a chambray dress or top! Just be sure the fabric breathes so you won’t get overheated.
The Event: Memphis Eats Food Festival
- Saturday and Sunday, July 15 & 16, 2017
- The event begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday and concludes at 8 p.m. on Sunday.
- Tickets run from $10 to $40.
- For more information, visit eventbrite.com.
Who doesn’t love an entire day dedicated to eating and drinking? All of us love great food, so why not make a whole weekend of it!? Head on down to Robert R. Church Park for the Memphis Eats Food Festival and sample bites from the talented local chefs of Memphis. Beyond all the snacking and sipping, this two-day festival will feature Memphis musicians, cooking demonstrations, a kids’ zone and much more.
What to Wear: First rule for food festival attire is comfort. Clothes that don’t restrict your movement or cling to your figure will free you to eat and drink with abandon! So, lean into that boho-chic style and go with the flow. We love these bright colors and youthful patterns from Lori James Contemporary Boutique. How effortlessly stylish these looks are!
Thanks to Nyasha, Jasmine, and Alicia for taking time out of their busy rehearsal schedules to model for us. They are as gracious and kind as they are immensely talented, and we can’t wait to see them on stage at the Hattiloo Theatre this fall!
Lastly, thanks to Abbey Bratcher of Knack Photo, our talented photographer, for bringing these styles to life!