It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Okay, maybe it’s not that most wonderful time of the year, but Memphis in May is basically like Christmas all over again. Music, festivals and parties galore are on the calendar this month, so let us worry about what to wear and let yourself get swept up in all the excitement!

Alexandra Nicole of City Chic Living styled fabulous festival fashion from The Ivory Closet, Heather, Eclectic Eye, Crazy Beautiful and Stock & Belle, modeled by some of the gals of Bluff City Lights — Alexandra herself, (adorably pregnant) Mary of Living LeReve and Megan of Pretty in Pink Megan. This South Main shoot is filled with outfit inspiration for all of your Memphis in May merriment. Whether you are jamming at Beale Street Music Fest, feasting at the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest or celebrating at 901Fest, there is a look here for you. Without further ado, check out our May edition of What to Wear!

Mary of Living LeReve, Alexandra of City Chic Living and Megan of Pretty in Pink Megan were a blast to spend the morning with.

Mary of Living LeReve, Alexandra of City Chic Living and Megan of Pretty in Pink Megan were a blast to spend the morning with.

The Event: Beale Street Music Fest

  • May 4-6, 2018
  • Single-day passes are $55, three-day passes are $165, VIP single-day passes start at $249, and VIP three-day passes start at $595.
  • For more information, visit memphisinmay.org.

We’ve been waiting for this one all year — the Beale Street Music Festival is back and better than ever! With headliners like Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, Erykah Badu, Post Malone, Logic Incubus and more, this weekend-long festival is jam-packed with amazing performances that will kickstart your Memphis in May with a bang!

What to Wear: It’s festival season, so feel free to let your funkiest side shine. Grab a bold necklace or a fun pair of shades and pair it with an edgy jacket or distressed vest. Keep in mind that you will be outside and on your feet, so comfort is crucial.

The girls look ready for a day of music in their fashion-forward festival wear.

The girls look ready for a day of music in their fashion-forward festival wear.

Look #1:

On Mary: Effie floral maxi from Crazy Beautiful, $48; Artume necklace from Crazy Beautiful, $48; Heilos earrings, $42; Bracelet from Stock & Belle, $38.

On Mary from Crazy Beautiful: Effie floral maxi, $48; Artume necklace, $48; Heilos earrings, $42 | From Stock & Belle: Bracelet, $38 | From Eclectic Eye: Lemtosh, TT Special Edition sunglasses, $370

We love Megan's Eclectic Eye sunnies, with crystal acetate frames accented by gold titanium temples and accents with sky blue sun lenses.

We love Megan’s Eclectic Eye sunnies with crystal acetate frames accented by gold titanium temples and details with sky blue sun lenses.

Look #2:

On Megan: Cami crop top from Stock & Belle, $62; Moto jacket from Stock & Belle, $150; Get our kicks for free pant from Crazy Beautiful, $76; Mancora tribal tote from Crazy Beautiful, $78; sunglasses from Eclectic Eye, ; Call of the Nile earrings from Crazy Beautiful, $20; Necklace form Crazy Beautiful, $24.

On Megan from Stock & Belle: Cami crop top, $62; moto jacket, $150 | From Crazy Beautiful: Get Our Kicks for Free pant, $76; Mancora tribal tote, $78; Call of the Nile earrings, $20; necklace, $24 | From Eclectic Eye: Andy Wolf, One Heart sunglasses, $464

Look #3:

On Alexandra, from Ivory Closet: White top, $28; Distressed vest, $38; Jeans, $120; Clutch, $38; Necklace, $98; Earrings, $28; Shoes, $99; sunglasses from Eclectic Eye, .

On Alexandra from The Ivory Closet: White top, $28; distressed vest, $38; jeans, $120; clutch, $38; necklace, $98; earrings, $28; shoes, $99 | From Eclectic Eye: Jacques Marie Mage, Peyote sunglasses, $850

"Denim vests and sleeveless tops are perfect for dressing down a pair of black jeans without taking away the class," says stylist Alexandra. "I love this look for a nice patio evening at my favorite local eatery."

“Denim vests and sleeveless tops are perfect for dressing down a pair of black jeans without taking away the class,” Alexandra says. 

The Event: World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

  • May 16-19, 2018
  • Tickets start at $5.
  • For more information, visit memphisinmay.org.

Head over to Tom Lee Park for America’s most prestigious barbecue competition! For the 41st year, hundreds of teams from around the world will compete for thousands of dollars in prizes and bragging rights. Come see the elaborately decorated areas and some crazy-creative team names. Attendees can sample delicious barbecue options while enjoying the “Ms. Piggie Idol” competition, where grown men dress in tutus and snouts while showing off their vocal talents.

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What to Wear: For a weekend entirely dedicated to eating barbecue, fitted clothing need not apply! Slip into a fun dress with free-flowing silhouette, or layer on bohemian pieces.

These looks are both beautiful and breathable--perfect for Barbecue Fest!

All of these looks are both beautiful and breathable — perfect for the World Championship Barbecue Contest!

Look #1:

On Mary: Blush tunic sweater from Heather, $; Aphrodite top from Stock & Belle, $68; Leather wrap bracelet from Crazy Beautiful, $32; Phoenix Earrings from Crazy Beautiful, $14.

On Mary from Heather: Blush tunic sweater, $116 | From Stock & Belle: Aphrodite top, $68 | From Crazy Beautiful: Leather wrap bracelet, $32; Phoenix earrings, $14

"If you are normally an all black or a neutral kind of gal, choose a pastel duster this spring to add color into your seasonal wardrobe," says stylist Alexandra.

“If you are normally an all black or a neutral kind of gal, choose a pastel duster this spring to add color into your seasonal wardrobe,” says stylist Alexandra.

Look #2:

On Megan, from Ivory Closet: Mary dress, $88; Charlotte fedora, $36; Hannabelle bag, $52.

On Megan from The Ivory Closet: Mary dress, $88; Hannabelle bag, $52; earrings, $15; ring, $18 | From Crazy Beautiful: Charlotte fedora, $36

Look #3:

On Alexandra, from Crazy Beautiful: Feel my love duster, $42; Bracelet, $28.

On Alexandra from Crazy Beautiful: Feel my Love duster, $42; druzy arrowhead necklace, $25; magic ring neckerchief, $15; bracelet, $28

"Full frontal button up dresses are super versatile as you can wear them as a dress or open with a pair of skinnies as a long duster," notes stylist Alexandra.

“Full frontal button up dresses are super versatile as you can wear them as a dress or open with a pair of skinnies as a long duster,” notes Alexandra.

The Event: 901Fest

  • May 26, 2018
  • Tickets start at $9.
  • For more information, visit memphisinmay.org.

The fun isn’t over yet! Keep enjoying energetic sounds and beautiful weather at the 901Fest. Serving as the celebratory “feather in the cap” in the city’s most festive month, the 901Fest will feature wonderful food, music, merchandise and artists. There will even be an air show and a 901-themed fireworks finale!

What to Wear: It’s festival season’s last hurrah, so bring out the boldness! Go for a bright or patterned pant, opt for fun jewelry and bags and, as always, be sure to keep comfort in mind.

Stock & Belle is such a striking, modern space that it perfectly complements the Bluff City Lights girls.

Stock & Belle is such a striking, modern space that it perfectly complements the Bluff City Lights girls and their 901Fest looks.

Look #1:

On Mary from Ivory Closet: Jessica tunic, $58; Chloe bag, $72.

On Mary from The Ivory Closet: Jessica tunic, $58; Chloe bag, $72; necklace, $34; earrings, $24

"If you are carrying a little bundle of joy this spring but want to keep with the cropped top trend, try tying up a tunic top right below the bump." We love Alexandra's practical fashion advice.

“If you are carrying a little bundle of joy this spring, but want to keep with the cropped top trend, try tying up a tunic top right below the bump,” Alexandra advises.

Look #2:

On Megan: Avery blouse from Ivory Closet, $68; Hoxton teal ankle jean from Heather, $190. Johnny Was bag from Heather, $278.

On Megan from The Ivory Closet: Avery blouse, $68 | From Heather: Hoxton teal ankle jean, $190; Johnny Was bag, $278

"Ditch the jewelry and make your bag the statement. Spring and summer are the seasons for beach bags and travel totes," says Alexandra. "Use your bag to bring back a pop to your look."

“Ditch the jewelry, and make your bag the statement. Spring and summer are the seasons for beach bags and travel totes,” says Alexandra. “Use your bag to bring back a pop to your look.”

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Look #3:

On Alexandra: Black tank top from Heather, $; Black and white striped pant from Heather, $; Necklace from Ivory Closet, $25; Earrings from Ivory Closet, $15; Bracelet from Ivory Closet, $18.

On Alexandra from Heather: Black tank top, $79; black and white striped pant, $169 | From The Ivory Closet: Necklace, $25; earrings, $15; bracelet, $18

Tying up a tank top adds a youthful vibe to a more sophisticated look.

Tying up a tank top adds a youthful vibe to a more sophisticated look.

Thanks to Alexandra Nicole of City Chic Living for styling the looks and to Stock & Belle, Crazy Beautiful, HeatherEclectic Eye and The Ivory Closet for providing the clothes and accessories.

Thanks to the folks at Stock & Belle for being such gracious hosts and to Alexandra, Mary of Living LeReve and Megan of Pretty in Pink Megan for being such fabulous models.

And lastly, thanks to Mary Kate Steele for her stunning photography.

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