The holidays are quickly approaching, along with events galore. Whether you’re in need of an outfit for a family gathering, dinner with friends or a charity event during this season of giving, we have you covered. We have fabulous style solutions for three awesome upcoming events: Downtown Dining WeekRed Boa Ball at Memphis Botanic Garden and Taste of Hope at the Children’s Museum.

November’s edition of What to Wear features the staff of Memphis Botanic Garden at their beautiful facility, where fabulous fall colors, fountains and greenery perfectly framed these fall looks. Our models rocked gorgeous garments from Dazzle, Coming Attractions, Mednikow, Oak Hall and Mozelle Boutique.

The staff of Memphis Botanic Garden is ready for a night out in their cocktail attire.

Meet the Memphis Botanic Garden staff (from left to right): Bo Kelley, Taylor Herndon, Katie Lipscomb, India Woodson and Carson Ellis (Gina Harris not pictured)

The Event: Downtown Dining Week

  • November 5-11, 2018
  • $20.18 for three-course dinners and special menus; $10.18 for two-for-one lunches and special lunch menus
  • For more information visit, downtowndiningweek.com.

Save your appetites for Downtown Dining Week, a week-long event packed with special menus, extra courses, two-for-one deals and so much more. With more than 40 restaurants participating, this is a great way to taste new flavors of Memphis. Reservations are recommended for many of the participating locations, so get on it!

What to wear: This is more of a casual occasion, so we say throw on your favorite pair of jeans, pick out some boots along with a fun, chunky sweater, and you are ready to roll!

India, Gina, and Carson are ready to roll in their comfy and casual outfits for Downtown Dining Week!

India Woodson, Gina Harris and Carson Ellis look ready for some primo downtown dining.

Look #1:

Carson is casual, yet chic in this outfit for Downtown Dining week.

On Carson from Mozelle Boutique: Chunky sweater, $70; jeans, $84 | From Dazzle: Margo Rebecca necklace, $180; VASH bag, $150

Look #2: 

Bo is ready head to toe with this Oak Hall casual look.

On Bo from Oak Hall: Brax Cooper khakis, $188; Road and Gunn jacket, $448; Peter Millar sweater, $198

Look #3:

Katie is ready to hit the town with her fun, cheetah sweater and black jeans.

On Katie from Mozelle Boutique: Jeans, $84; sweater, $52 | From Dazzle: Earrings, $19.50; Daniella Lehavi bag, $375 | From Coming Attractions: Necklace, $78

Look #4:

Gina is comfy and casual in her chunky sweater and fun pants.

On Gina from Mozelle Boutique: Patterned pants, $50; chunky sweater, $79 | From Dazzle: Earrings, $26.50; Daniella Lehavi bag, $240; necklace, $42.50

Look #5:

India's look is casual, yet sleek with the light pants and patterned vest.

On India from Oak Hall: Faherty vest, $198; jeans, $395 | From Dazzle: Mark Edge earrings, $96; Margo Rebecca necklace, $66

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The Event: Red Boa Ball at Memphis Botanic Garden

  • November 17, 2018
  • 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m
  • Individual tickets are $150, couple tickets are $275, and a table is $1,500.
  • Memphis Botanic Garden
  • For more information visit, redcross.org.

The ninth annual Red Boa Ball at the Memphis Botanic Garden is an event that features a cocktail reception, seated dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions and a jewelry pull provided by James Gattas Jewelers. To top it all off, this event also supports services provided by your American Red Cross of the Mid-South. So grab your dancing heels and throw on your best dress for a night of fun!

What to wear: This is a dressy occasion, so we recommend wearing your favorite LBD or cocktail gown. Men can either dress in a black suit, slacks or even a nice sports coat. Don’t forget your red boa!

Look #1: 

We approve of Katie's little black dress and the perfect accessories that go with!

On Katie from Oak Hall: Dress, $440 | From Mednikow (call for pricing): Wide 5-row diamond ring in platinum, 18-karat white-gold diamond earrings, 18-karat white-gold diamond bangle bracelet

Look #2:

Sassy in her velvet, Taylor's dress is the perfect fall color and texture.

On Taylor from Oak Hall: Loveshack Fancy dress, $398 | From Dazzle: St. Xavier clutch, $84.50 | From Mednikow (call for pricing): 19-karat yellow-gold Elizabeth Locke necklace; 19-karat yellow-gold aqua Venetian glass intaglio and pearl elephant pendant; diamond clasp reversible John Hardy 14-karat yellow-gold and sterling silver bracelet

Look #3: 

Bo is looking dapper in his custom suit and red bow tie to complement.

On Bo from Oak Hall: Eton white collared shirt, $265; custom suit, $1,395; bow tie, $65

Look #4: 

Carson's outfit is little black dress approved!

On Carson from Oak Hall: Vince dress, $365 | From Dazzle: Sondra Roberts clutch, $120 | From Mednikow (call for pricing): Solari earrings with diamonds and 18-karat yellow-gold by David Yurman; Solari necklace with diamonds and 18-karat yellow gold by David Yurman;
Solari necklace and pendant with diamonds and 18-karat yellow gold by David Yurman; Solari bracelets with 18-karat yellow gold by David Yurman; Solari cluster ring with diamonds and 18-karat yellow gold by David Yurman

Look #5:

Dressed to impress, India's outfit is ready for a night out on the town.

On India from Oak Hall: Ballin slacks, $210; Eton white collared shirt, $265; Brackish North Wind bow tie, $195

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The Event: Taste of Hope at The Children’s Museum 

  • November 30, 2018
  • 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Individual tickets are $65. Table tickets are also available.
  • The Children’s Museum of Memphis
  • For more information visit, acsmemphis.ejoinme.org.

Taste of Hope is the American Cancer Society’s signature culinary, wine and spirits event, featuring some of Memphis’s most popular restaurants and beverage vendors. Guests can enjoy a walkabout, tasting signature bites and sips, while also enjoying an exciting silent auction and other entertainment. Celebrate the evening at The Children’s Museum while supporting a great cause.

What to wear: This event is slightly more laid-back than little black dress attire. Let’s call it creative cocktail. We would recommend a dress with a pair of wedges or booties, and maybe even some statement jewelry.

These looks from Coming Attractions are tasteful, yet full of color and fun accessories.

Looks from Coming Attractions (left to right) — On Gina: Dress, $288; necklace, $88; beaded bag, $143 | On Katie: Leggings, $40; suede purse, $89; bangle, $69; blouse, $144 | On Taylor: Dress, $322; necklace, $78; black bag, $150

Look #1: 

A beaded, patterned bag with a solid dress is the perfect mix.

Gina carries a head-turning beaded bag, $143, and gold bracelet, $69, both from Coming Attractions.

Look #2: 

A grey blouse with a pop of pink adds color to Katie's outfit.

Beads and textiles mix in Katie’s striking necklace, $82, from Coming Attractions.

Look #3: 

Detailed perfection! The suede with patterns makes for a fun, yet chic outfit.

Taylor’s stunning earrings, $98 from Coming Attractions, definitely capture that creative cocktail look.

Thank you to our models from Memphis Botanic Garden; the ever-fabulous Alexandra Nicole from City Chic Living for serving as our stylist and to Memphis Botanic Garden for being such fabulous hosts.

Also, thank you to the wonderful Laura Armstrong of NLA Projects for the beautiful photography!

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