Spring is in the air, and we just love the way the city starts buzzing when the weather starts to warm up! With the change of the seasons, events in Memphis are happening left and right, and we don’t want you to miss a thing. With help from stylist Alexandra Scharff of City Chic Living, we are bringing you looks and trends that will have you looking fabulous for all of your social engagements this month. Oak Hall, Mednikow, Betty Hays Boutique and Coming Attractions have your back when it comes to looking and feeling très chic.

For our March edition of “What to Wear,” we are excited to feature iconic women who have made their mark on Memphis in their respective fields. Judy McLellan, Brittany Spence and Babbie Lovett are names that immediately sprung to mind.

For 19 years, Judy McLellan was named Crye-Leike’s #1 Agent until she was gifted the lifetime achievement award. Judy is a lifelong Memphian and has forged a path for herself as a force to be reckoned with in the real estate world. Brittany Spence is the founder and executive director of The Forrest Spence Fund, a nonprofit that, in memory of her own son Forrest, provides non-medical support and needs to critically or chronically ill children and their families. Over the past six decades, Babbie Lovett has built a rich and fascinating career in theater, fashion and modeling and continues to share her love of and passion for fashion through producing and hosting countless fashion shows across the Mid-South.

Spending the day with these luminaries at the always-stunning Pink Palace Museum was our treat, and we are grateful that they were willing to model for us!

These powerhouse women look ready to take on this city in their looks from Oak Hall, Betty Hays, Coming Attractions.

These three powerhouse women look ready to take on this city in their looks from Oak Hall, Betty Hays Boutique and Coming Attractions with jewelry from Mednikow.

The Event: Cognac, Cars & Cigars at Pink Palace Museum

Cognac, Cars, & Cigars is an all-inclusive cigar and cognac tasting event where attendees can relax with cognac samples from Martell and a premium cigar from BeLeaf Cigars while admiring some of the hottest cars on the market. Take a break from everything and enjoy this fun event – complete with live music from local performers.

What to Wear? This event is a laid-back, luxurious evening of enjoying the finer things in life. Look smart and sophisticated, but also be comfortable!

Look #1:

On Brittany, from Betty Hays Boutique: off-the-shoulder top, $189; statement necklace, $179; earrings, $69; straight-leg pant, $109.

On Brittany, from Betty Hays Boutique: off-the-shoulder top, $189; statement necklace, $179; earrings, $69; straight-leg pant, $109

"If you like neutral colors," says stylist Alexandra, "spice them up with interesting textures and bold jewelry to make a statement!"

“If you like neutral colors,” says stylist Alexandra of City Chic Living, “spice them up with interesting textures and bold jewelry to make a statement!”

Look #2:

On Judy: outfit from Oak Hall; earrings from Mednikow, $450; cuff bracelet from Mednikow, $1750.

On Judy: Outfit from Oak Hall | From Mednikow: earrings, $450; cuff bracelet, $1,750

"Period jewelry like this Egyptian-inspired jewelry add an element of bling to a more classic look," says stylist Alexandra of City Chic Living.

“Period jewelry like this Egyptian-inspired cuff adds an element of bling to a more classic look,” says Alexandra.

Look #3:

On Brittany: jacket from Oak Hall, $798; camisole from Oak Hall, $178; beaded collar from Oak Hall $725; earrings from Mednikow, $4,170; bracelet from Mednikow, $1,900.

On Brittany, from Oak Hall: jacket, $798; camisole, $178; beaded collar, $725 | From Mednikow: earrings, $4,170; bracelet, $1,900

We love the way that the golds, blacks and silvers of this one-of-a-kind collar necklace play off the similar color scheme in the jacket. Absolute perfection!

We love the way that the golds, blacks and silvers of this one-of-a-kind collar necklace play off the similar color scheme in the jacket. Absolute perfection!

The Event: GreenShoe Gala

  • March 17, 2018
  • Tickets are $200.
  • Event begins at 7 p.m.
  • For more information, visit shelbyfarmspark.org.

Green shoes are welcome and “green-tie” is optional for this fun and whimsical event. Ron Childers and Joyce Peterson are your hosts for a night of dinner and dancing, plus a wine pull and a chance to win $30,000 at the Sham-Rock-N-Roll. Proceeds from the evening help keep Shelby Farms Park and Shelby Farms Greenline clean, safe and green.

What to Wear? “Green-tie optional” may be a play on words, but the green shoes are no joke! If possible, find a green heel to wear to this fun and festive event. Also, don’t feel tied to dresses for cocktail hour. If dresses aren’t your thing, there are plenty of ways to make a pantsuit feel formal.

These darling ladies look ready for a night on the town! If a dress isn't your thing, a fabulous pant suit or the right structured jacket can easily function as evening wear!

These sophisticated ladies look ready for a night on the town!

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Look #1:

On Babbie: suit jacket from Oak Hall, $698; suit pants from Oak Hal, $398; black blouse from Oak Hall, $285; scarf from Oak Hall, $390; clutch from Oak Hall, $250; earrings from Mednikow, $13,000; ring from Mednikow, $58,000; bracelet from Mednikow, $21,600.

On Babbie, from Oak Hall: suit jacket, $698; suit pants, $398; black blouse, $285 | From Mednikow: earrings, $13,000; ring, $58,000; bracelet, $21,600

That stunning ring from Mednikow has us absolutely speechless.

This stunning ring from Mednikow has us absolutely speechless. From Oak Hall: scarf, $390; clutch, $250

Look #2:

On Brittany: black dress from Coming Attractions, $98; hot pink bell-sleeved jacket from Coming Attractions, $278; earrings from Coming Attractions, $48; necklace from Coming Attractions, $72; clutch from Oak Hall, $195.

On Brittany, from Coming Attractions: black dress, $98; hot pink bell-sleeved jacket, $278; earrings, $48; necklace, $72 | From Oak Hall: clutch, $195

Look #3:

On Judy: outfit from Oak Hall.

On Judy: outfit from Oak Hall

The Event: Memphis Women’s Summit

At the Junior League of Memphis‘ 3rd Annual Memphis Women’s Summit, there will be a full day of engaging with and learning from dynamic women at this community-focused leadership conference. Enjoy keynote speaker Erin Brockovich, breakout sessions with local leaders, vendor booths focused on women’s issues and interests, and a dynamic luncheon discussion about the MLK50 celebration.

What to Wear? Business casual does not mean boring! You always want to let your personal style shine through. Add a fun necklace, go with a bright pattern or top off a clean look with a bold leather jacket.

These looks are the perfect example an elevated take on business casual.

These looks are the perfect examples of an elevated, fashion-forward take on business casual.

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Look #1:

On Babbie: blouse from Coming Attractions, $145; white pants from Coming Attractions, $124; vest from Coming Attractions; necklace from Coming Attractions, $114; bracelet from Mednikow, $5,950.

On Babbie, from Coming Attractions: blouse, $145; white pants, $124; vest, $147; necklace, $114 | From Mednikow: bracelet, $5,950

"Accessorize with geometric shapes this Spring," says stylist Alexandra of City Chic Living. "It's the perfect way to incorporate different hues and colors."

“Accessorize with geometric shapes this spring,” says Alexandra of City Chic Living. “It’s the perfect way to incorporate different hues and colors.”

Look #2:

On Brittany, from Betty Hays Boutique: floral jacket, $239; white blouse, $109; white tank, $69; white pants, $98; gold earrings, $39; gold wrap necklace, $189.

“Front ruching on shirts and jackets is a huge trend this spring,” says Alexandra. On Brittany, from Betty Hays Boutique: floral jacket, $239; white blouse, $109; white tank, $69; white pants, $98; gold earrings, $39; gold wrap necklace, $189

Look #3:

On Judy: outfit from Oak Hall.

On Judy: outfit from Oak Hall

A look behind the scenes…

Alexandra Scharff of City Chic Living brought her flair for fashion and styling expertise to this edition of What to Wear.

Alexandra Scharff of City Chic Living brought her flair for fashion and styling expertise to this edition of “What to Wear.”

A huge thank you to Judy McLellan, Babbie Lovett and Brittany Spence for spending the day with us.

Thanks to Alexandra Scharff of City Chic Living for styling the shoot and to Oak Hall, Mednikow, Betty Hays Boutique and Coming Attractions for providing the looks.

Thanks to Pink Palace Museum for providing a lovely backdrop.

Lastly, thanks to Laura Leavell of NLA Projects for the amazing photographs.

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