It seems like we blinked and February happened. Indeed, a new month is here, spring is finally coming, and it’s time to figure out what to wear to some of Nashville’s most notable events. Though the weather is still unpredictable in March, the month’s exciting calendar is always reliable. Between The Bloody Mary Festival, Frist Fridays and MAD Bash, we’ll be dressing for events involving the whole family, the outdoors, the wonderful world of science and, of course, brunch.

There’s no way to prep for a new month of shopping in Nashville like gathering an expert crew to help. We enlisted our trusted friend and fashionista Cynthia Kelley to create some seasonal and stylish looks with pieces from Hemline, ABLE and Stacey Rhodes Boutique. We were so excited to have some more lovely friends — MacKinnon Morrissey, Tracy Smith and Margaret Thompson — serve as our models for the shoot, while the talented Leslie Moore of Private Edition created striking makeup looks to fit each occasion. In the midst of awards season, it felt extremely fitting to head to the opulent Sinema, housed in the historic Melrose Theatre, for the photoshoot. The Old Hollywood-inspired design and wall decor featuring some of the biggest stars had us feeling appropriately glam. We weren’t exactly dressing for the red carpet, but this scene, these ladies and these events are making March look exceptionally bright!

The Event: The Bloody Mary Festival

  • March 9, 2019
  • Casual attire
  • Track One
  • Noon to 3:30 p.m.
  • Tickets start at $45. Get yours here.

If you’ve ever longed for your chance to truly identify the best of the best in Nashville Bloody Marys, this is your chance. Put your brunch libation expertise to the test as you enjoy all the glory of The Bloody Mary Festival on March 9. Your ticket purchase includes an entire afternoon of local Bloody Mary samples, tasty bites from your favorite local spots, fun games and more. The festival benefits Fannie Battle‘s efforts to provide high-quality childcare for at-risk children in Nashville. Prepare to walk away with a breadth of Bloody Mary knowledge!

What to Wear: We like to think of The Bloody Mary Festival as brunch … with a little extra lift. We love any chance to wear a comfortable graphic tee or cozy top. Pair either one with a light jacket or blazer to dress up the look. Don’t be afraid to whip out the white jeans, but we will advise you to deeply consider your tendency for spills before you do. Above all, opt for casual and comfortable because the afternoon will surely be a busy one!

Look #1:

March 2019 in Nashville: Here's What to Wear

On Margaret, from Stacey Rhodes Boutique: Grey top, $154; white jeans, $198

Look #2:

March 2019 in Nashville: Here's What to Wear

On MacKinnon, from Hemline: Striped blazer, $550; grey graphic tee, $97 | From ABLE: White jeans, $128; Piazza earrings, $64

March 2019 in Nashville: Here's What to Wear

On MacKinnon, from ABLE: Mary sandal, $128 | On Margaret, from Hemline: Set of beaded bracelets, $40 | Stacey Rhodes Boutique: White booties, $230

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Look #3:

March 2019 in Nashville: Here's What to Wear

On Tracy, from Stacey Rhodes Boutique: Black tee, $55; black pants, $125; platform shoes, $169 | From ABLE: Yuli jacket, $148; Chaltu wallet crossbody in lilac suede, $138

The Event: Frist Friday: Across the Pond

  • March 29, 2019
  • Casual attire
  • Frist Art Museum
  • 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Admission is free for members and those under the age of 18. General admission is $20 for not-yet-members and $15 for college students. Tickets can be purchased in advance starting March 5. Get yours here.

You might think you know “when” and “where” details from the name, but the treat that is Frist Friday boasts even more than just an evening at the beloved art museum. For the March edition of the monthly event, themed “Across the Pond,” head to the Frist to experience incredible and interactive art from the exhibitions A Sporting Vision: The Paul Mellon Collection of British Sporting Art and Van Gogh, Monet, Degas and Their Times: The Mellon Collection of French Art. Catch a number of live performances, hear gallery talks, check out the mini-tours and enjoy bites and brews from a number of local vendors. Mark your calendar and don’t miss Frist Friday this March!

What to Wear: Whether you’re gathering your whole clan or heading out for date night, Frist Friday presents an opportunity for a variety of wardrobe choices. We love any event that gives us an excuse to wear a great pair of jeans, and this is the perfect opportunity to spice them up with a springy blouse or fun pair of shoes (maybe even peep those open toes for the first time this season).  For casual yet stylish comfort, go for a jumpsuit that can be dressed up with heels or down with a great pair of kicks. We’re also loving the way these looks can transition well with Nashville’s fickle weather!

Look #1:

March 2019 in Nashville: Here's What to Wear

On Margaret, from ABLE: Black jumpsuit, $198; Mare pocket tote, $198

March 2019 in Nashville: Here's What to Wear

On Margaret, from ABLE: Primary hoops, $48

Look #2:

March 2019 in Nashville: Here's What to Wear

On MacKinnon, from ABLE: The Aracelly skinny jean, $128; Mary sandal, $128, Positano earrings, $54 | From Hemline: Black top, $120

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Look #3:

March 2019 in Nashville: Here's What to Wear

On Tracy, from Hemline: Pink blouse, $238; flared jeans, $217

March 2019 in Nashville: Here's What to Wear

We’re looking at March with the biggest smiles!

March 2019 in Nashville: Here's What to Wear

Proof that these looks are comfortable and lounge-worthy!

The Event: MAD Bash

  • March 30, 2019
  • Snappy casual attire
  • Adventure Science Center
  • 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Tickets start at $100. Get yours here.

Flash back to your favorite days of learning and experimenting in science class when you head to MAD Bash! The Adventure Science Center’s annual fundraiser returns on March 30 for an evening to engage and interact with the exhibits as you enjoy delicious bites and a wide selection of brews and crafts. Explore, learn, hit the dance floor and enjoy the Adventure Science Center like you never have before!

What to Wear: “Snappy casual” presents a number of routes for your MAD Bash wardrobe. With the hopes that March 20 will bring true spring weather, we love the idea of breaking out your first romper of the season with a fun leather jacket or some brighter colors and patterns that you haven’t seen in a while. If the temperature is lower than preferred, opt for a midi dress that can keep your legs covered while also satisfying some of the spring dress earnings!

Look #1:

March 2019 in Nashville: Here's What to Wear

On Tracy, from Hemline: Snakeskin dress, $180 | From ABLE: The Naibi cropped jacket, $148

March 2019 in Nashville: Here's What to Wear

A great denim jacket is the key to mastering the spring trends (and temps)!

Look #2:

March 2019 in Nashville: Here's What to Wear

On Margaret, from Stacey Rhodes Boutique: Printed floral dress, $297 | From ABLE: Iris hoops, $24

Look #3:

March 2019 in Nashville: Here's What to Wear

On MacKinnon, from Stacey Rhodes Boutique: Deep orange romper, $150; ivory leather jacket, $298; black stud platforms, $159 | From ABLE: Emnet mini-crossbody, $118

March 2019 in Nashville: Here's What to Wear

On MacKinnon, from ABLE: Galaxy earrings, $44

March 2019 in Nashville: Here's What to Wear

BONUS! You can even snag some of these looks before you head out on your spring break travels!

Take a look behind the scenes …

March 2019 in Nashville: Here's What to Wear

Some makeup glam courtesy of Leslie with Private Edition was the perfect brightener to kick off the shoot.

March 2019 in Nashville: Here's What to Wear

We simply couldn’t get enough of those Sinema doors!

March 2019 in Nashville: Here's What to Wear

You’re going to want to get on Cynthia‘s calendar to enlist her help in updating that spring wardrobe. She’s ready to consult with personal styling, closet edits and a custom look book!

March 2019 in Nashville: Here's What to Wear

The rain held off and the wind picked up … here’s to a fabulous and stylish March!

A huge thank you to:

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