The air is crisp, the leaves are changing and local boutiques are packing their shelves with fresh denim, new boots and polished accessories. Put the last of your summer wear in storage and make room for this season’s most coveted trends like wide leg jeans, chunky knits, statement earrings and even carwash pleats (a.k.a dialed-back fringe)! October in Nashville is packed with great outdoor events that are the perfect opportunity to don a new look that’s edgy and comfortable. Take a look at what we’ve pulled together from K. McCarthy, E. Allen, and SOCA.

The Event: Fall Harvest Dinner

  • Sunday, October 4, 2015
  • 6:00 p.m.
  • Tickets are $150/per person.
  • To purchase tickets or for more information, click here.

Benefitting the Horticulture Society of Middle Tennessee, The Fall Harvest Dinner is hosted at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in the Robert Ellison Color Garden amongst the breathtaking sculptures by artist James Plensa. The evening includes fabulous cocktails and bourbon tastings, live bluegrass music and a delicious seasonally-inspired dinner.

What to wear? It’s recommended that you dress for al fresco dining, and while this is not a formal event, it’s a chance to have fun with fall’s latest fashions. Take a look at these ideas from SOCA.

Look #1

Add a fringe jacket to a simple black dress for a rustic flair. From "What to Wear - Nashville Events"

From SOCA: C. Luce black dress $59.50, Marlarello suede-like fringe jacket $78 (Yes, just $78!! It’s a complete steal.), fashion necklace $28.50, Botkier black leather purse $228. If it’s cold, add opaque tights and boots.

Look #2

A sleeved draped blouse is a great option for fall outdoor events! From "What to Wear - Nashville Events"

From SOCA: AG black jeans $178, Knot Sisters green and black blouse $121, fashion necklace $108, Botkier handbag $198. If the temperature drops, add a scarf or jacket.

Look #3

A vest and necklace add interested layers to a basic silk top. From "What to Wear - Nashville Events"

From SOCA: AG Jeans $178, Naked Zebra burgundy top $48, Jack faux fur vest $68, layered fashion necklace $34.50. We think some booties would make the perfect finishing touch!

The Event: YWCA Academy for Women of Achievement Dinner and Induction

  • Thursday, October 15, 2015
  • 5:15 p.m.
  • Tickets are $200/per person
  • To purchase tickets, click here.

Each year the YWCA of Nashville honors women of outstanding character, leadership and community activism at their Academy for Women of Achievement Dinner and Induction. They also honor an outstanding organization that has demonstrated commitment to its female employees. This year’s dinner takes place in the gorgeous Omni Hotel.

What to wear? Dress for this event is business casual. Try a sophisticated pant and top, or perhaps a sleeved dress. Get inspiration from these outfits at K. McCarthy, which newly hopped from a mobile truck to a bricks and mortar location, right upstairs from Sugar Dive!

Look #1

This super-soft gray knit is great for fall events! From "What to Wear - Nashville Events"

From K. McCarthy: Gray felt dress, $218; antler, bead and stone pendant necklace, $328 (Yes, we’re drooling over this with you!)

Look #2

Add edge to a sophisticated top with a dynamic necklace. From "What to Wear - Nashville Events"

From K. McCarthy: Faux leather pants $128, soft pink sleeved blouse $238, fringe tassel necklace $48

Look #3

Try a red and white pattern, as seen on this dress, for a wardrobe punch! From "What to Wear: Nashville Events"

From K. McCarthy: Red patchwork dress $248, grey beaded necklace $98

The Event: Artclectic

  • Thursday – Saturday, October 22-24, 2015
  • Thursday night Patrons Party: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; tickets $125/ per person
    Friday night ArtBash: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; tickets $10/ per person
    Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; free admission and open to the public
  • To purchase tickets and more information, click here

Hosted annually by the University School of Nashville, Artclectic is a fantastic art event that showcases local, regional and emerging talent in a festive gallery setting. You can purchase a ticket to the Patrons Party on Thursday night (which guarantees admission to Friday night’s ArtBash) or purchase a ticket to the Friday ArtBash which includes a gallery party, light fare and a cash bar. Saturday is open to the public and includes POPclectic, a special market which puts lots of affordable, handmade items at your fingertips!

What to wear? This is a time to release you inner creative and wear something edgy or colorful. Try one of these sharp looks from e. Allen, located in the Gulch.

Look #1

A plaid pant adds a punch to a fall ensemble.

From e. Allen: French Connection textured sweater $148, Sanctuary plaid pants $89, e. Allen purse $62 (Imagine this outfit with a black blazer also … yep, these pieces are super flexible for work, weekend and work-casual!)

Look #2

Adding a suede vest to a basic dress can really dial up your look! From "What to Wear: Nashville Events"

From e. Allen: Matison stone dress $198, Kut from the Kloth vest, geode necklace $72, Matisse clogs $118

Look #3

This vintage-inspired floral top has such a forgiving shape. From "What to Wear: Nashville Events"

From e. Allen: J. Brand flare jeans $228, Mumu floral top $150, Kris Nations silver necklace $80


A final thought …

Love to shop and save money AND support Nashville’s non-profits? Of course you do! As you plan for fall shopping, after reading through great events like the ones highlighted today, don’t forget about the Shop, Save, Support card! The Junior League of Nashville is selling this shopping card which allows you to save 20% on your purchases at all 80+ local participating retailers–many of our favorite retailers are participating! Better yet, while the price is $40 after October 21, these cards are just $35 right now online! Click here to purchase.


Check out our Happenings page to see more events happening this month! Or, you could just pull up our handy dandy SB app and have those happenings, and all of the best local stores, restaurants and more, right at your fingertips! Truly, having it all in one place is just another reason to smile … Download the free SB app here.