Fall is far and away our favorite season to shop and we’ve heard from local stores around town that it’s their favorite time to sell. Autumn inventory provides more options for fashion — denim, boots, vests, long-sleeve tops, coats, scarves, bags and more. There are more pieces to layer with and, subsequently, more possibilities for showing off your own signature look.

For this month’s “What to Wear” article, we’re excited to partner with the Nashville Fashion Alliance (NFA) to showcase the works of designers and artisans from right here in Nashville. Members of the NFA team selected gorgeous looks and accessories to best highlight as much of the talented NFA community as possible. Our models were the lovely Stephanie Gonis, Nina Thomas, Cara Jackson and Julia Dyer who modeled looks for the NFA’s upcoming weekend of festivities, which include The Reclamation, VIP Preview for The Wardrobe Project and The Wardrobe Project market. Make plans to attend these events, as well as the Nashville Opera’s Don Giovanni at TPAC and the Franklin Wine Festival. It will be a busy month of fun activities and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to show off a few new, locally designed looks!

The Event: NFA Weekend of events

  • Thursday, September 29 – Saturday, October 1, 2016
  • Events include The Reclamation, VIP Preview Party for The Wardrobe Project and The Wardrobe Project market
  • For more information, click here.

The NFA is hosting a bevy of events in the final days of September and first day of October and we plan to attend each and every one. Thursday September 29, you can attend The Reclamation, an evening celebrating all components of Nashville’s creative economy — from food and fashion to music, art and more. You can also attend a VIP Preview Party for The Wardrobe Project (TWP) on September 30, granting you early access to all the goods, as well as a festive evening of cocktails, light bites and a more intimate crowd. TWP, free to attend on Saturday, October 1, is a great place for Nashvillians to engage and buy local.

What to wear: Attire will vary with each event, with The Reclamation being the most formal. Cocktail attire is encouraged, granting you the perfect opportunity to show off a new fall dress and accessories. TWP Preview Party is less formal; we liked Black by Maria Silver’s chic take on traditional office wear. TWP is a marketplace and festival of sorts, so casual weekend attire is of course appropriate but, as this is a Nashville Fashion Alliance event, we encourage you to jazz things up a bit with a trendy hat or fun bag!

The Reclamation Look:

This dress makes us wish we were a mermaid — the color, fabric and cut are simply stunning!

This gorgeous Cavanagh Baker dress reminds us of mermaid attire!

Cavanagh Baker Cara dress, $775; Bone Feather large, black sheepskin fold-over clutch, $325; Judith Bright Van Jolie bar hoops in pyrite, $158, and multi-stone cuff in pyrite, $498

The Wardrobe Project VIP Preview Party Look:

We love this updated take on the traditional plaid pant and blouse office look — so chic!

Black by Maria Silver updates the traditional plaid pant-blouse combo in this StyleBlueprint What to Wear look.

Black by Maria Silver Toyen tapered pant and Florine blouse (contact for pre-order); Debe Dohrer gold sphere earrings, $100, and gold cable link bracelet, $125; Fashionable cognac Tigist clutch, $98; Not pictured: Peter Nappi Carina bootie in Coltello, $525

The Wardrobe Project Marketplace Look:

Though “dapper” is typically a male descriptor, we couldn’t help but think that this ensemble had a casual dapperness to it! We are loving the emergence of male style in everyday women’s wear.

Casually dapper, this look was made and designed entirely in Nashville.

Jamie + The Jones pocket box top in sand, $148; Fanny and June black fedora with copper bow, $150; Imogene + Willie jeans in Elizabeth wash, $195; Nisolo patent leather smoking shoe, $148; PORTmanteau anvil cuff, $98; Patricia Nash Elisa bucket in Berry, $169

A cherry bucket bag is the perfect piece for fall

We couldn’t resist a detail shot of the Patricia Nash bag — the color is even more gorgeous in person!

The Event: Nashville Opera’s Don Giovanni at TPAC

  • Thursday, October 6 – Saturday, October 8, 2016
  • A modern spin on a traditional opera
  • For tickets, click here.

An Italian opera that blends comedy, drama and the supernatural, Don Giovanni is a classic tale of conquest and consequence. See the Nashville Opera’s modern take on the tale at Andrew Jackson Hall in the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

What to wear: Events at TPAC can vary in their formality and there is no hard and fast rule but opera attire is generally considered to be polished. Take advantage of the opportunity to change out of your work clothes and slip into something more formal and fun. Dressy casual can have so many different meanings but we think dressy casual (note the emphasis on dressy!) is a safe bet for a night at the opera!

Look #1:

Nina looks lovely in her LBD. This is one of those enviable dress-up, dress-down pieces as the fabric is jersey but the cut is formal enough to wear to the Opera.

A jersey dress that can truly be dressed up or down!

Ola Mai disco dress, $110; Margaret Ellis Nic cuff, $500, narrow bangles, $445, multi-stone fancy band ring, $1,875, and Apollo earring, $790; Ceri Hoover Waller clutch in multi-python, $195; Not pictured: Nisolo Austin smoke shoe, $214

Look #2:

How cute is Cara in this vogue look? Palazzo pants paired with a cropped fringe top scream chic without compromising comfort.

This vogue look is everything we want in chic comfort!

Ona Rex Meridian fringe tank, $210, and palazzo pant, $315; Seraphine Design Seraphine bracelet, $195; Ceri Hoover Currey cross-body in cheetah, $255; Nisolo Austin noir, $214

A closeup of the fringe on one of Nashville designer Ona Rex's tops.

A closeup of the fringe because, WOW!

Look #3: 

Nina is an absolute vision in this mustard skirt and white blouse. The slit in the skirt allowed her to show off sky-high heels that are what dreams are made of!

We love everything about this Cavanagh Baker look, but especially the skirt!

Cavanagh Baker Libby skirt, $475, and Andrea blouse, $330; Alizah Greenberg jewelry, contact for pricing; Fashionable Tigist clutch in black, $98; Emerson Grace Schutz Miley heel, $200

The Event: Franklin Wine Festival

  • Friday, October 21, 2016
  • An evening of wine and food tastings, complete with silent auction and live music
  • Tickets are $89 in advance; $100 at the door
  • For more information, click here.

Sample wines from around the world — paired with food from some of the region’s best restaurants — at the 2016 Franklin Wine Festival. Meander around The Factory at Franklin bidding on silent auction items and listening to fantastic live music at this event, which is both festive and fun! Proceeds from the evening benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee.

What to wear: Fall provides ample opportunities to throw on jeans and a sweater, so why not kick it up a notch and add a comfy dress and cool shoes to your rotation? While Franklin’s Wine Festival may be an informal event, we can’t say no to a chance to show off a little style! Try some of these casual options or add a new pair of shoes to your closet to keep things fresh for fall.

Look #1:

Julia keeps things cool in this shift dress and matching duster jacket, a perfect fall look for a crisp evening in Franklin.

Julia keeps things fresh and cool in this shift dress and matching duster jacket.

Isabel SK Gone Country Collection dress and jacket, contact for pre-order; Amelie Guthrie Teensy Tree necklace, $50, and Bare Branch earrings, $120; Ceri Hoover Mini Challon in Feu, $325; Not pictured: Peter Nappi Romeo sneaker in Bianco, $450

Look #2:

Cara rocks one of our favorite fall transition looks — a shirt dress and peep-toe booties.

Shirt dresses and booties are the perfect look for fall transition weather.

Emily Phillips Girlfriend dress, $195; Mary Mooney Pendant, $110-$130; Fashionable Tigist cross-body in cognac, $138; Peter Nappi Celia slingback bootie in Fumare, $149

Look #3:

Nina rocks an all-black look we envy — it’s casual but totally elegant and can transition from work to wine fest with the greatest of ease.

An all black look is warmed by neutral accessories.

Elizabeth Suzann artist smock, $185, Florence pant, $235, and Limestone mule, $360; Bone Feather large sheepskin fold-over clutch in caramel, $325; Consider the Wldflwrs Gold Girl cuff, $68, bare gold stacker rings, $15, and clover necklace, $75

We hope you get out and enjoy the best of October’s events. And when deciding what to wear? Look right here in our own backyard for local designers’ top looks. #supportlocal

Shot on location at Peter Nappi’s gorgeous Germantown studio; the beautiful photos were taken by Leila Grossman of Grannis Photography.

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