Fall is here! Yay!! And this month for “What to Wear,” we’re not only celebrating the change of season and cooler temperatures, we’re featuring three fantastic outdoor events that need to get on your calendar ASAP. We’re also adding something more to this monthly feature, highlighting the volunteers who are making Memphis a better place, one charity function at a time. Today, three volunteers from Art on Fire, the grand gathering at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, are modeling clothes from 20Twelve, Kittie Kyle and Sorelle.

Art on Fire co-chair Melinda Liles and committee members Mary Conley and Ellie Norris are our models this month. Each of the women is showcasing a great look for their own event plus looks for the inaugural Memphis Food & Wine Festival at the Memphis Botanic Garden and the Moon River Music Festival at the Levitt Shell. Take a look at what to wear to some great October events in Memphis!

Our models this month are Art on Fire committee members (L-R) Ellie Norris and Mary Conley and co-chiar Melinda Liles.

Our models this month are (L-R) Art on Fire committee members Ellie Norris and Mary Conley and co-chair Melinda Liles.

The Event: Art on Fire at the Dixon Gallery & Gardens

  • October 22, 2016; 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • $60 for members; $75 day-of and for non-members; ticket includes admission, beer, wine and food tastings.
  • 21 and up only
  • Purchase tickets and learn more here.

What to wear? Held on the South Lawn of the Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Art on Fire includes live entertainment, fire-themed performers, a huge bonfire and more than 30 participating restaurants. It’s a fun and fiery event where jeans, sweaters, suede and boots are all in fashion! Your shoes need to be comfortable enough to walk and stand in for a few hours, so leave the pointy heels at home.

Look #1:

From Sorelle: Poncho by LaMade $92; Ripped Jeans by Principle Denim $118; Necklace by Gold+Stone $118; Shoes by Cordani $194 WTW_MEM_OCT_09_16-24.jpg

From Sorelle Boutique: Melinda wears a poncho by LAmade, $92; ripped jeans by Principle Denim, $118; necklace by Gold+Stone, $118; and shoes by Cordani, $194.

Poncho by LaMade $92; and n ecklace by Gold+Stone $118 from Sorelle.

Here’s a closer look at the poncho by LAmade and Gold+Stone necklace, both from Sorelle Boutique.

Look #2:

From 20Twelve, Mary wears an R13 dress, $495, and sweater $395; Mother denim jeans, $209; Jerome Dreyfuss handbag, $663; Charlotte Chesnais earrings, $395 and Aurelie Bidermann bracelet, $550.

From 20Twelve: Mary — who blogs about fashion and more at Living LeReve — wears an R13 dress, $495; sweater, $395; Mother denim jeans, $209; Jerome Dreyfuss handbag, $663; Charlotte Chesnais earrings, $395; and Aurelie Bidermann bracelet, $550.

Mary's carrying a Jerome Dreyfuss handbag, $663 and wearing an Aurelie Bidermann bracelet, $550.

Mary is carrying a Jerome Dreyfuss handbag, $663, and wearing an Aurelie Bidermann bracelet, $550.

Look #3:

From Kittie Kyle, black ankle-zip pants, $298; loose brown suede tank, $245; sheepskin vest, $428.

Ellie wears black ankle-zip pants, $298; loose brown suede tank, $245; and a sheepskin vest with pockets, $428 from Kittie Kyle.

Saundra Messinger black garnet necklace, $670 and rings necklace, $615, from Kittie Kyle.

Saundra Messinger black garnet necklace, $670; and rings necklace, $615 from Kittie Kyle

The Event: Memphis Food & Wine Festival at the Memphis Botanic Garden

  • October 15, 2016, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Tickets are $200 each or $2,000 for a reserved table of eight
  • See the chefs and participating wineries and buy tickets here.

What to Wear? The inaugural Memphis Food & Wine Festival is the brainchild of a group of Memphis foodies, including Jose Gutierrez of River Oaks Restaurant, and features 29 chefs from around the South and across the country, including a who’s who of Memphis chefs and culinary superstar and global restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Thirty-six wineries will pour more than 100 wines and champagnes and the evening benefits the FedExFamilyHouse at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital. Think wine country chic for this event, pairing lush suede, chunky sweaters, designer jeans and fun prints or plaids with statement jewelry.

Look #1:

From 20Twelve, Mary wears a Rosie Assoulin top, $193; jeans by R13, $444; Jerome Dreyfuss handbag, $578; Charlotte Chesnais earrings, $505 and bracelet, $665.

From 20Twelve: Mary wears a Rosie Assoulin top, $1936; jeans by R13, $444; Jerome Dreyfuss handbag, $578; Charlotte Chesnais earrings, $505; and bracelet, $665.

We LOVE this bracelet!!

We LOVE this bracelet!!

Look #2:

Ellie wears a print zipper vest, $500; black sheer blouse, $305; black leather pants, $245, and a Saundra Messinger necklace $225, and earrings

Ellie wears a print zipper vest, $500; black sheer blouse, $305; black leather pants, $245; Saundra Messinger necklace $225; and diamond earrings, $560, from Kittie Kyle.

We love these earrings and necklace!

Saundra Messinger necklace, $225; and diamond earrings, $560 from Kittie Kyle.

Look #3:

Melinda wears a short sleeve olive dress by KLD Signature, $74; necklace by local designer Gold+Stone. $190 and wedges by Antelope, $180, from Sorelle.

Melinda wears a short-sleeve olive dress by KLD Signature, $74; necklace by local designer Gold+Stone, $190; wedges by Antelope, $180 from Sorelle Boutique.

The Event: The Moon River Music Festival at the Levitt Shell

  • October 7 – 9, 2016
  • Individual tickets are $45 for a single day; $70 for two-day general admission; $250 for a three-day VIP experience
  • See the schedule of events and buy tickets here.

What to Wear? Memphian and country music star Drew Holcomb is bringing his friends to the Levitt Shell for two full days (and a special VIP evening on Friday) of music and merriment. Drew will perform with his band The Neighbors, as well as wife Ellie. Additional performers include Kris Allen, The Oh Hellos, Castro, Jill Andrews and others. Think casual, comfortable and cutting-edge for a weekend full of music and socializing.

Look #1:

Ellie wears a plaid dress with contrasting check lining, $218, and a Myrna Halpern Necklace, $290, from Kittie Kyle

Ellie wears a plaid dress with contrasting check lining, $218; and a Myrna Halpern necklace, $290 from Kittie Kyle.

Detail of the Myrna Halpern Necklace, $290, from Kittie Kyle.

Detail of the Myrna Halpern Necklace, $290 from Kittie Kyle

Look #2:

From 20Twelve, Mary wears a Marissa Webb blouse, $345; IRO leather jacket, $1265; Mother denim jeans, $209; Charlotte Chesnais earrings, $505 and $395, and bracelet, $1655.

From 20Twelve: Mary wears a Marissa Webb blouse, $345; IRO leather jacket, $1,265; Mother denim jeans, $209; Charlotte Chesnais earrings, $505 and $395; and bracelet, $1,655.

Charlotte Chesnais bracelet, $1655, from 20Twelve.

Charlotte Chesnais bracelet, $1,655 from 20Twelve

Look #3:

From Sorelle, Melinda wears a dress by LaMade $84; necklaces by Rhonda Smith, $115 and $140, and tennis shoes by Dolce Vita, $104.

From Sorelle Boutique: Melinda wears a dress by LAmade, $84; necklaces by Rhonda Smith, $115 and $140; and tennis shoes by Dolce Vita, $104.

Casually chic tennies by Dolce Vita, $104, from Sorelle.

Casually chic tennies by Dolce Vita, $104 from Sorelle Boutique

Thanks to our wonderful models, Ellie, Mary and Melinda and to the Dixon Gardens & Gallery for providing a beautiful backdrop for our photo shoot!

Thanks, too, to Micki Martin for her fab photos!

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