Fall in Memphis is one of the best seasons for fabulous events. Whether it’s pumpkin picking, concerts at the Levitt Shell or fancy galas, October is full of events to put your best “boot” forward. And we’ve got you covered with on-trend looks for three awesome upcoming events: the RiverArtsFest in Downtown MemphisThe Science of Wine at The Pink Palace Museum and Unwind for Hope at Hope House.

This edition features boutique owners rocking clothes from their own stores. Stylist Alexandra Nicole of City Chic Living modeled looks from her boutique, The Ivory Closet, while Betty Hays of Betty Hays Boutique, Lori James from Lori James Contemporary Boutique, Anna Brugge from Sachi and staff members Hardin Powell and Will Vestal of Oak Hall each modeled fabulous looks from their respective shops.

This shoot at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is full of greenery and beautiful scenery, perfect for October. We hope you enjoy and get some fall fashion inspiration!

These boutique owners styled their own clothing for this shoot, and we think they rocked it.

From left to right: Betty Hays of Betty Hays Boutique, Will Vestal and Hardin Powell of Oak Hall, Lori James of Lori James Contemporary Boutique, Anna Brugge from Sachi and Alexandra Nicole of The Ivory Closet were our models for this month’s What to Wear!

The Event: The Science of Wine at The Pink Palace Museum

  • October 12, 2018
  • 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Tickets are $65 for non-members, $60 for members; VIP tickets are $85 for non-members, $80 for members. Tickets are $35 for designated drivers.
  • For more information visit, memphismuseums.org.

The Science of Wine at The Pink Palace Museum will feature complex vino varietals from all over the globe along with the perfect food pairings. Bounty on Broad, Ecco and Erling Jensen are just a few of the many acclaimed participating restaurants. With VIP Access, you even get to take one of the souvenir cups from the tasting with you. So get ready to try some wine and eat delicious food at the beloved Pink Palace Museum.

What to wear: This is more of a dressy occasion, so we’ll say “laid-back cocktail.” You can wear pants with heels or even a dress and booties. There are few limitations when it comes to business casual or “creative cocktail.”

Look #1: 

Sophisticated and chic, Alex is wearing a two-toned dress with tall booties to complement her outfit.

On Alex from The Ivory Closet: Colorblock dress, $69; black over-the-knee boots, $99; statement necklace, $68; hat, $30

Look #2:

Betty is pinked out and ready for Science of Wine at the Pink Palace.

On Betty from Betty Hays Boutique: Tweed jacket, $198; silver bag, $189; tank, $69; side-stripe jeans, $179; earrings, $169

Look #3:

Lori's maroon dress paired with a furry vest is great for the fall season.

On Lori from Lori James Contemporary Boutique: Wine-colored dress, $198; fur vest, $328; long necklace, $275; short necklace, $375

Look #4:

Will and Hardin are ready for the Pink Palace Event in their Oak Hall attire.

On Hardin from Oak Hall: Sleeveless leather top, $1,295; pants, $995; black heels, $170; jewelry, starting at $995 | On Will from Oak Hall: L.B.M. 1911 soft jacket, $875; Eton chambray sport shirt, $195; AG jeans, $225

Look #5:

Anna's yellow sweater with a patterned jacket is a great way to incorporate fall colors.

On Anna from Sachi: Karlie sweater, $66; Joy jacket, $98; KP bracelet, $45; Ellie Vail earrings, $40; Botkier bag, $228; UGG sneakers, $100

The Event: Unwind for Hope Benefitting Hope House

  • October 18, 2018
  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Tickets are $25.
  • For more information visit, hopehousememphis.org.

Take a break and “un-wined” at Unwind for Hope, an event benefitting Hope House. This nonprofit serves women and children affected by HIV and poverty in the Memphis area. Sip on wine, snack on hors d’oeuvres and browse the art show, featuring the work of local female artists.

What to wear: Cocktail attire is the dress code for this special fundraising event for Hope House. This is the perfect time to wear your favorite LBD and heels! Not feeling that fancy? A dressy top, some slacks and a patterned clutch would be a great fit as well.

Look #1: 

Little black dress approved for Unwind for Hope

On Alex from The Ivory Closet: High-low dress, $98

Look #2:

Betty is glamorous in her Joseph Ribkoff signature outfit.

Betty’s entire Joseph Ribkoff look from Betty Hays Boutique: Jacket, $219; bag, $198; tank, $139; skirt, $119; earrings, $198

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Look #3:

Beautiful in blue, Lori's outfit is dressy yet sophisticated.

On Lori from Lori James Contemporary Boutique: Blue dress, $242; Chanel beaded necklace, $350; earrings, $55

Look #4:

Dressy and chic, Will and Hardin look classy in their outfits from Oak Hall.

On Hardin from Oak Hall: Dress, $395; shoes, $395; jewelry, starting at $750 | On Will from Oak Hall: Atelier Munro custom suit, $998; Eton dress shirt, $225

Look #5:

This dressy top with black jeans and a signature clutch are great for a night out.

On Anna from Sachi: Moon River top, $72; velvet jeans, $189; Sam Edelman heels, $150; Nakamol earrings, $28; belt, $138; St. Xavier clutch, $120

The Event: RiverArtsFest in Downtown Memphis

  • October 27-28, 2018
  • Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tickets are $5 per day. Children 10 and under are admitted free of charge. On Saturday, admission after 5 p.m. is free.
  • For more information, visit riverartsfest.com.

One of the most anticipated events of the season is RiverArtsFest in Downtown Memphis! With live music, art, food trucks and more, this event will be a fan favorite all while spending the day at the riverside. There will be artist demonstrations as well as hands-on art activities for all ages. More than 180 artists from around the country will be in the heart of Downtown Memphis, so come enjoy food, fun and local art while supporting the city.

What to wear: It’s fall, so pull out those booties and jackets, and get ready to roll. Grab a sweater, and maybe even a fun hat, to go along with your preferred style. Whatever your attire, you will be outside so comfort is key!

All three ladies are comfortable yet stylish while they prepare for the RIverArtsFest.

Betty, Alex and Lori show off their outfits for the RiverArtsFest in the fun and casual bistro at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

Look #1: 

We are loving Betty's snakeskin pants!

On Betty from Betty Hays Boutique: Snakeskin pants, $129; cream sweater, $139; clutch, $189; earrings, $169

Look #2:

Alex is looking chic yet comfortable in this outfit for RiverArtsFest.

On Alex from The Ivory Closet: Fuzzy sweater, $52; earrings, $28; black pants, $84; necklace, $25; heels, $69

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Look #3: 

Lori James is ready to rock in her outfit at RiverArtsFest.

On Lori from Lori James Contemporary Boutique: Animal print jacket, $298; top, $97; pants, $148; earrings, $75


Will, Hardin and Anna are ready for some local live music and food at the RIverArtFest.

Will, Hardin and Anna are on trend with their chic looks.

Look #4:

Anna is ready head-to-toe with this fun outfit.

On Anna from Sachi: Houndstooth blazer, $128; “Be Kind” Gentle Fawn tee, $34; jeans, $148; Lucky Brand shoes, $148; Nakamol necklace, $75; KP Watch, $48; Quay glasses, $50; hat $62

Look #5:

Will and Hardin sport their RiverArtsFest attire.

On Will from Oak Hall: Belstaff lightweight jacket, $350; Vince hoodie, $265; Citizens of Humanity jeans $225 | On Hardin from Oak Hall: Sweater, $325; leather jacket, $995; jeans, $238; booties, $350

Thank you to our boutique owners for their stylish and super fun outfits for these events, Alex from City Chic Living for serving as our stylist, and to The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art for being such fabulous hosts.

And as always, thank you to the wonderful Mary Kate Steele for the beautiful photography!


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