We’re thrilled to welcome Nashville stylist Milton White of The Fashion Office to StyleBlueprint today. He hand selected 12 stunning outfits for the 2015 Fall Fashion Calendar, featured today. Welcome, Milton!
I have been called many things over the years—Style Doctor, Fashion Therapist, Fashion Guru, Style Warrior, Fashion Whisperer … others’ descriptions of me, not my own. I like to think of myself as a guide and curator, and I’m happy to share the fashion and style discoveries I uncover along the way, which is what I’m excited to be doing today … helping you map out your fall fashion selections for the season’s top events!
As we prepare to enter the autumn months, calendars quickly fill up with fall’s best offerings. And the closer we get to the holidays, things only get crazier. So to stay ahead of the curve, I’ve selected some looks that are perfect to wear to some of Middle Tennessee’s most noteworthy happenings. And whether you go with these looks or branch out on your own, here are some quick pointers to help guide your selections:
- For September, also known as the January of fashion, marsala is the color—days of wine and roses.
- For October, update classic black-and-white by pairing it with splashes and accents of color.
- In November, shades of gray (50 or more!) combined with navy is just perfect.
Now, get out your calendar, mark down the dates of these great doings, purchase your tickets if need be and head to your favorite local boutiques to lock in your looks. And I look forward to sharing more useful style suggestions with you in the months to come! Bring on fall!
First Saturday Art Crawl — Saturday, September 5
The First Saturday Art Crawl is a fantastically fun time when folks peruse the art galleries in downtown Nashville, all of which feature beautiful art of varying genres. The evening’s events take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with free shuttles running from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and stopping at the more than 25 gallery locations on the crawl map. Gallery exhibits are ever-changing, making it a great event to attend each month. Admission is free, and here’s the perfect option for your night out:
Wine On The River — Saturday, September 12
Travel the world vicariously through a menu that explores 10 different regions from around the globe. This flavorful evening, which benefits Hands On Nashville, takes place on the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge with the stunning Nashville skyline as the backdrop. Tickets are $55 per person and $75 for VIPs and can be purchased at wineontheriver.com. And a worldly evening calls for an exotic selection such as this:
Heritage Ball — Saturday, September 19
This annual, black-tie affair is one of Williamson County’s most treasured events. This year’s theme, Rhapsody in Blue, features cocktails followed by dinner and dancing. Guests can also enjoy a silent auction and live music, all in support of the historic preservation of Franklin. It is a can’t-miss event! As such, make sure you’re dressed just as unforgettably.
Americana Music Festival — September 15-20
Whether you’re attending just one performance or as many as possible over the four-night event, the Americana Music Festival is a fantastic opportunity to take in as much great music as possible in the nine participating venues. With more than 165 live performances on the roster, there are more than enough opportunities to do just that. For more information about tickets, the lineup and more, visit americanamusic.org. And here’s the perfect outfit to get you through at least one full festival day:
Pearls & Pinstripes — Friday, October 2
Enjoy an evening of cocktails followed by dinner, as well as live music, live and silent auctions, and more, all to benefit the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence. The evening takes place at the Nissan Stadium; tickets are $100 each and must be purchased by September 30. Click here for details. Here’s the perfect selection for what to wear:
Once in a Blue Moon — Saturday, October 10
Once in a Blue Moon is an annual event held at Glen Leven Farm, and it benefits The Land Trust for Tennessee, which works to protect our land and cultural heritage. The evening includes a festive atmosphere, complete with live music, dancing and so much more. Tickets are $250 and must be purchased by October 2. Click here to purchase. And sure, the heels may not be practical as the party is on grass, but they’re too cute not to at least show them. If you’d prefer a bootie or even a wedge, that’s up to you!
Franklin Wine Festival — Friday, October 16
Get your palate ready, because this is one of the tastiest events all year! More than 300 wines from around the world will be available for sampling, and food from 30 of Middle Tennessee’s top restaurants can soak it all up! The fun takes place at The Factory at Franklin, and proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. For tickets and to learn more, visit FranklinWineFestival.com. Here’s a tasteful selection for what to wear:
Farm to Fork Dinner — Thursday, October 29
This fourth annual event benefiting the Cumberland River Compact takes place at Green Door Gourmet‘s Grand Barn. Guests can enjoy a delicious, five-course meal, with each course prepared by local chefs and created with locally sourced ingredients. Wine and beer, plus live music by candlelight, equals a truly elegant Nashville affair. Tickets are $125 each and can be purchased here. Now, on to your wardrobe selection!
Music In The Vines — Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through November
From May to November, folks can venture out to the beautiful Arrington Vineyards for an evening of live jazz and amazing wines. A great option for a girls’ night out, date night or even a family outing, guests can bring a picnic, explore the vineyard grounds and soak up a fantastic evening that only Middle Tennessee can provide. Music in the Vines is free, as is parking. Learn more at arringtonvineyards.com. Here’s a suggestion of a perfect outfit for the musical outing.
Conservancy Gala — Saturday, November 7
This sixth annual event is an amazing and magical affair. This year’s theme, Designs to Intrigue, will definitely be a night to remember. Tickets are $500 per person, and the evening, which takes place at the Parthenon in Centennial Park, benefits the preservation of both Centennial Park and the Parthenon. Click here for ticket information and to learn more. And now, let’s look at what to wear.
Library Gala — Saturday, November 14
The 2015 Nashville Public Library Literary Award will be presented to Jon Meacham, and the evening promises to be a night to remember. Taking place at the Nashville Public Library downtown, the black-tie affair includes cocktails, followed by dinner and remarks from Meacham. Tickets are $600, and benefit library programs and outreach efforts. Click here for ticketing information. And behold this gown that will undoubtedly turn heads!
Chair-ish the Night With Vince Gill & Friends — Friday, November 20
Vince Gill knows how to draw a crowd, and this night is guaranteed to be no different! Enjoy an evening of cocktails and live music by Gill and his special guests, and bid on an auction item or two. The event, benefiting Stars Nashville, takes place at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (fitting, right?), and tickets start at $175. Click here to learn more. And keep scrolling for what to wear…
Fashion editor: Milton White, The Fashion Office
Photographer: Sebastian Smith
Photo editor: Leila Grossman of Grannis Photography
Lead Hair stylist/makeup artist: Betsy Briggs Cathcart, Studio BBC Salon
Hair/make-up assistant: Gina Putman, Studio BBC Salon
Models: Adaya Brookins, Alyssa Tankersley, Emma Sloan and Findlay Black of EYE Model Management