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‘Tis the season to be jolly and dressed to the nines! We love any excuse to reach for our favorite party dress and rock a bold lip with high heels, and this time of year, it seems like every other night offers an opportunity to do so. So if you, too, are finding your schedule full of holiday parties and formal family gatherings, winter weddings and NYE soirées, read on!

Wardrobe consultant Rebecca Thompson selected stunning dresses and glam ensembles for ladies as well as dynamite duds for men. Whether you’re headed to the Symphony Ball, the Nashville Ballet’s Nutcracker or something in between, we’ve got your calendar — and closet — covered!

We shot on location at the new Thompson Hotel in the Gulch. Mollie Sansone and Jon Upleger of the Nashville Ballet modeled today’s gorgeous looks from Jamie, Oak Hall, Stacey Rhodes, The Oxford Shop and Two Old Hippies.

The Event: Symphony Ball

  • Saturday December 10, 2016
  • Fundraising event for Nashville Symphony and highlight of Nashville’s holiday social calendar
  • Theme is black-and-white, in tribute to the 50th Anniversary of Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball at the Plaza Hotel.
  • Co-chairs: Melissa Mahanes and Elizabeth Papel
  • For more information, click here.

What to wear: A favorite Nashville social event, the Symphony Ball is the premier fundraising effort of the Nashville Symphony and your chance to get all dolled up this holiday season! Attire is white tie, (again, with an emphasis this year on black and white), so now is your chance to look extra sharp in a fantastic new gown. Men, we’re showing black tie here, for creative license (white tie doesn’t have the same fun options as black tie for men and we’ve gotten so many requests for updated tux options for weddings, New Year’s and such … so we wanted to use this segment to highlight both … knowing that, men, you know what white tie looks like!), please note thatJamie and Oak Hall have the selection you need to update your favorite formal ensemble!

Look #1:

Get holiday glam in looks from Jamie and Oak Hall.

On Jon (from Oak Hall): Z Zegna Tuxedo, $1,395; Eton white tux shirt, $260; Eton velvet navy bowtie, $94 | On Mollie (from Jamie): Elizabeth and James white gown, $645 (Attire is white tie, but with so many black tie events during the holidays, including weddings, we wanted to show off fabulous tuxedos! So, please note, white tie for men at The Symphony Ball.)

A velvet bowtie is a great way to update your standard tuxedo.

Take a closer look at Jon’s stunning navy velvet tie! (And now you see why we wanted that creative license here!)

Look #2: 

We loved this look from Jamie - the movement in the dress is simply stunning!

On Mollie (from Jamie): Chloe gown, $4,295

Look #3: 

We are seeing a lot more navy tuxedos make their way into black tie affairs and we are rather taken with them.

On Jon (from Oak Hall): Armani Collezioni navy tuxedo, $1,895; Eton white tux shirt, $260; Eton velvet wine bowtie, $94; G. Inglese pocket square, $65 GORGEOUS! (Again, for The Symphony Ball, it’s white tie, but we’re trying to give examples for other events here as well.)

Look #4: 

A bold red lip is the perfect finishing touch to any festive ensemble!

On Mollie (from Jamie): Theia beaded gown, $1,198

The Event: Nashville Ballet’s Nutcracker

  • December 3-23, 2016
  • An unforgettable performance filled with Christmas magic
  • For tickets and more information, click here.

What to wear: Standard attire at Nashville Ballet performances is business casual, though you will often see couples and families making an evening of the occasion and dressed more formally. With the holiday spirit in mind, we encourage you to take things up a notch and go for more of a cocktail ensemble. We love these contemporary pieces from Two Old Hippies and Oak Hall that offer a look that is relaxed, yet chic.

Look #1:

Hook eye closures add edge to this simple LBD.

On Jon (from Oak Hall): Eton printed shirt, $275; Z Zegna suit, $1,395. On Mollie (from Two Old Hippies): Lisa and Lucy Mockneck bodycon dress, $163; Natalie B Bracelet – Victorian Shoe Buckle, $330

Look #2: 

Velvet leggings, leather top, and a fur?? What's not to love!

On Mollie (from Two Old Hippies): Lavender Brown vegan leather grommet top, $148; Sanctuary velvet legging, $79; Linda Richards green lamb jacket, $538; Andrea Barnett CZ cross, $245

Look #3: 

Velvet is the season's hottest trend and available in stores all over town!

On Mollie (from Two Old Hippies): Lisa and Lucy high-neck velvet flare dress, $170 | On Jon (from Oak Hall): Byron velvet blazer, $495; Culturata two-tone blue shirt, $195; J Brand black jeans, $298

A velvet blazer moves with you, whether you're a professional dancer or not!

A velvet blazer moves with you, whether you’re a professional dancer or not!

The Event: Holiday Parties

  • December & January
  • Office parties, formal family gatherings, winter weddings or NYE with your beau!
  • For more ideas on what to do this holiday season, click here.

What to wear: Whatever the called-for attire, December and January are your chance to get dolled up. Every occasion calls for luxe textures (we’ve seen velvet on the runways and across town!), sparkles and your favorite dancing shoes. Stacey Rhodes and The Oxford Shop are bursting at the seams with incredible apparel and accessories to have you feeling fabulous at every holiday event!

Look #1: 

Make this NYE one to remember - strike a pose in a sparkly dress on a swanky rooftop!

On Mollie (from Stacey Rhodes): New Friends Colony beaded slip dress, $196; New Friends Colony beaded choker, $36 | On Jon (from The Oxford Shop): Robert Talbott Estate Swiss dot shirt, $298; Peter Millar charcoal dress pants, $195; Breur striped blue tie, $145; Robert Talbott blue sweater blazer, $598

Look #2:

Leather leggings are the key to winter ensembles, be they with a sparkly NYE top or a chunky knit sweater on New Year's Day!

On Mollie (from Stacey Rhodes): Tina/Jo blue satin top, $198; Joe’s coated denim, $179; Virgin Saints and Angels necklace, $151 | On Jon (from The Oxford Shop): Peter Millar blue shirt, $145; Peter Millar khakis, $145; R Hanauer bow tie, $65; Robert Talbott blue sweater blazer, $598.

Look #3: 

A glam look inside Thompson Hotel's exquisite rooftop bar, L.A. Jackson!

On Mollie (from Stacey Rhodes): Sky blush lace dress, $174; Robin Haley necklace, $174 | On Jon (from The Oxford Shop): Peter Millar check shirt, $145; Joe’s Jeans classic fit, $175; Peter Millar black blazer, $495

Happy Holidays, Nashville!


Special thanks to Nashville Ballet’s Mollie Sansone and Jon Upleger for being our models and to Rebecca Thompson for styling the shoot. And thank you to Leila Grossman of Grannis Photography for the beautiful photos!

If you have friends or family coming into town, as you can tell from today’s photos, Thompson Hotel is a gorgeous, luxurious place to stay. With floor to ceiling windows in each guest room, three John Besh restaurants, and a convenient location in the Gulch, it’s really a fabulous addition to a trip to Nashville (or a staycation!).



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