Connie Cathcart-Richardson, co-founder of Nashville Fashion Week, joins us for this month’s “What to Wear” to showcase the most stylish looks of the season. From sequined suits and high-end gowns to patchwork denim and pencil skirts, each stunning piece was chosen by Connie from local shops and designers. Each outfit is paired with a local event to help you navigate what to wear this month in Nashville. Everyone stopped to stare as seasoned models strolled through Printers Alley to the new Noelle hotel. See why!

This month’s top events include Nashville Fashion Week, Symphony Fashion Show and Bug Ball — all calling for different attire. Don’t fret over what to wear, though. Connie’s picks from Jamie, Posh and local designers Ona Rex, Black by Maria Silver and Julianna Bass promise to be showstoppers at Nashville Fashion Week. Another fashion-forward event, the Symphony Fashion Show is an excuse to go glam this month — and Gus Mayer has you covered. Showcase spring trends at the Bug Ball, which is the most casual event of the three.

Nashville’s new hotel Noelle was the perfect backdrop to showcase these nine refined looks.

What to Wear: April 2018 Events in Nashville LUXE Edition (for splurge items to a few steals that will make you feel luxe as well!)

The Event: Nashville Fashion Week

  • April 3-7, 2018
  • Elevated casual attire
  • 100 events in five days — all about fashion!
  • For a schedule of events, tickets and more information, click here.

What to Wear: With over 100 events in five days, there are more than plenty of opportunities to show your unique style. You can feel safe knowing that it’s not only okay to go all out and make a statement, but it’s welcomed. Go bold with a pantsuit or bright florals, but always go with what makes you feel the most confident!

Look 1:

What to Wear: April 2018 Events in Nashville

From Julianna Bass: Fredericka blouse, $695. From Jamie: Powder blue Priscilla skirt, $1,250

Look 2:

What to Wear: April 2018 Events in Nashville

From Jamie: Theory floral riding jacket, $595. From Black by Maria Silver: Recycled patchwork jean, $210.

Look 3:

What to Wear: April 2018 Events in Nashville

From Jamie: Rachel Zoe white sequin jacket, $595; white sequin pant, $395. From Gus Mayer: White + Warren gold blush tank sweater, $155. From Posh: Clear ring handle bag, $35

What to Wear: April 2018 Events in Nashville

Blazers are a must-have for spring!

The Event: Symphony Fashion Show

  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018
  • Black-tie or formal attire
  • An elegant evening of fashion featuring the Fall 2018 Collection of Jason Wu.
  • For more information, click here.

What to Wear: The Symphony Fashion Show is one of our favorites because it gives us an excuse to throw on a look straight from the designer runways in the middle of the week! This event is unlike any other here in Nashville. You’ll find many dressed to the nines in red carpet-worthy pieces, and you’ll find all in good spirits!

RELATED: Keep Shop at Noelle is Not Your Typical Hotel Gift Shop

All Looks:

What to Wear: April 2018 Events in Nashville

On Christina (left) from Gus Mayer: Jason Wu black and chalk dot dress, $2,850; On Chelsea (middle) from Gus Mayer: Jason Wu silk watermelon dress, $1,895; On Larissa (right) from Gus Mayer: Jason Wu black ruched dress, $1,475 

What to Wear: April 2018 Events in Nashville

For this event’s shoot, our models donned the designs of featured designer Jason Wu.

The Event: Bug Ball

  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018
  • Elevated casual attire
  • The Theater Bug’s annual fundraiser at the Noah Liff Opera Center
  • All tickets and tables are currently sold out. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist for tickets or tables, email [email protected]. For more information, click here.

What to Wear: An evening of cocktails, dinner, music and performances to benefit a Nashville-based children’s theater company, Bug Ball calls for cocktail attire. For this event, experiment with this season’s trends: florals, sequins and pops of color!

Looks 1 & 2:

What to Wear: April 2018 Events in Nashville

On Christina (left) from Posh: Free People Juniper floral dress, $168; On Chelsea (right) from Posh: Copper Faro sequin tee dress, $189

Look 3:

What to Wear: April 2018 Events in Nashville

From Ona Rex: Pull-on palazzo pant in white twill, $275; red cape top, $225. From Gus Mayer: Fairchild Baldwin antique white bead choker, $450; Thacker NYC oil slick bag, $98

Special thanks to our AMAX models Chelsea Backman, Christina Deaux and Larissa Constantine, to Connie Cathcart-Richardson for styling the shoot, to The Callaway for coordinating the Noelle location and to Cosmetic Market for the beauty. And a special thank you to Leila Grossman of Grannis Photography for the beautiful photos!

A peek behind the scenes …

What to Wear: April 2018 Events in Nashville

Connie Cathcart-Richardson perfecting the look.

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