September can be a hard month when it comes to dressing for any type of event. It’s still hot, but our nights do cool off a bit, especially as the month marches toward the official start of fall.
With the change of the calendar, we are bringing back our popular “What to Wear” posts where we pair outfit suggestions with monthly events. We know that one of the biggest reasons people say no to events is simply the angst of what to actually wear (and those other things … time, money … sigh.)! Each month, we will feature 3 events and we will also link to our new monthly reference guide for What to Wear to Nashville Events, featuring all the events, by month, that we’ve featured this way over the past couple years.
We also try, purposefully, to include three events that showcase different wardrobe options (casual, semi-dressy, dressy) and partner a local boutique with each event, as well. This way, even if you aren’t going to any of the events listed, you’ll get ideas about what is currently in stock at our fabulous local stores.
September 5, 2014: Mad Hatter
Benefiting Sexual Assault Center for over 20 years, The Mad Hatter is one of Nashville’s premier social events and is one that attracts a large crowd, as everyone is eager to purchase a ticket and help raise awareness and funds for counseling and educational services. This year’s event will take place at The Hutton Hotel. $175/ticket. www.sacenter.org
What to Wear: Cocktail attire that is not overly flashy. While some sparkles show up, it’s overall a more subdued take on the cocktail dress. But, if you’re a sparkly gal, you won’t be the only one there reflecting some light! We’ve partnered for these cocktail looks with Gus Mayer. Have you been in lately? Their collection of dresses is stunning and they have so many shapes, sizes and price points. Found near Panera at The Mall of Green Hills outside entrance. (Jewelry is all Lisa Aranow Atelier)
September 13, 2014: Wine on the River
Take a trip around the world with samples of wine, beer and spirits specific to 10 different regions across the globe, all while overlooking downtown Nashville from the Shelby Pedestrian Bridge. These tastings will be matched with a culturally-themed menu and accompanied by some live, smooth jazz tunes. This is Wine on the River’s 12th annual event and is one that you will not want to miss! Tickets start at $55 and can be found here: www.wineontheriver.com.
What to Wear: It may be hot, as this is a late afternoon/early evening event in the outdoors, but it’s wine and September and we know this combo means you are tempted to pull out your fall clothes. Here are a few fun items that simultaneously let you endure a hot day but leave you looking seasonally perfect. All outfits from Posh, with three local locations: Hillsboro Village, Cool Springs and The Hill Center Green Hills. Remember that Posh has men’s clothes, too!
September 16-21, 2014: Americana Music Festival
We all might shed a tear when Live on the Green comes to an end, but onto the next music series! For four nights, September 17-20, you can jam to 165 live performances scattered around different music venues downtown. Go big and purchase a wristband to experience every exciting moment of the festival or purchase a tickets for individual showcases for $20. On Saturday, September 20, The Avett Brothers will headline a riverfront concert in Nashville as part of the festival (tickets are $52.50). americanamusic.org
What to wear: Think music-festival-chic and embrace your “Americana” spirit! We’re thinking felt hats, fringe, denim and if cool enough, boots. All outfits from Stacey Rhodes Boutique, known for everything from clothes, jewelry, shoes, bags (including local fave Ceri Hoover) and more! Think Brentwood is all big box stores? Well, then you haven’t been shopping 65 South in a while — and this locally owned boutique is leading the way. Found just south of the Franklin Rd/Old Hickory Blvd intersection.
For more September events that we’ve highlighted with what to wear options from years past (but are still current events you’ll want to attend), like Art Crawl, Sunset Safari, Chukkers for Charity, Chic A’wear’ness, The Girl Scout Luncheon, Music & Masterpieces and Music City Eats, click here.