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    Ah, Nashville! Nestled between country roots and a modern vibe, Nashville has an aura that demands a certain flair when it comes to dressing up. And if you’re gearing up for your first visit, you might be wondering, “What should I pack?”

    Well, the thing about Nashville is that… it isn’t just about cowboy boots and stetson hats (though they’re undeniably cool). The city is a blend of traditional Southern charm and a bustling urban atmosphere, and your outfits should resonate with this unique mix. 

    As you flit between honky-tonks on Broadway, upscale eateries in The Gulch, or indie boutiques in East Nashville, your attire can set the tone for your experience. Moreover, in a city where a casual stroll might land you in a surprise live music performance — it’s always a good idea to be photo-ready!

    So, before you zip up that suitcase and embark on your Music City adventure, check out these tips that’ll help you pay homage to Nashville’s iconic country roots while staying modern and versatile — and, most importantly, comfortably yourself.

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    Your Guide to Dressing in Nashville

    Whether you’re hitting the honky-tonks on Broadway, wandering the historic streets, or just enjoying a lazy brunch, the right attire can make all the difference while in Nashville.

    Let’s check out some outfit inspirations tailored to fit Nashville’s iconic spots — all to ensure that you’re not just dressed for the occasion, but also feeling the very essence of Music City in everything you wear.

    1. Downtown Daytime Duds

    Exploring downtown Nashville during the day requires a mix of comfort and style. Think flowy dresses paired with comfy sandals or chic sneakers, paired with a cute pair of sunnies or a fun hat.

    If you’re on the hunt for the perfect ensemble, Draper James in Nashville’s 12 South neighborhood offers a mix of classic Southern style with a modern twist that’s ideal for your Nashville daytime adventures.

    We really love these two picks from PRETTYGARDEN and Floerns, especially the chic boho off-shoulder dress and this sleeveless halter flowy ruffle hem dress.

    2. Broadway Nightlife Attire

    Broadway comes alive at night, and it’s essential to have an outfit that stands out. Typically, the ladies opt for a sequined top paired with skinny jeans and booties (or cowboy boots, for a touch of Southern charm). On the other hand, gents should reach for a fitted shirt and cowboy boots from Boot Country to make a bold statement.

    If you need to grab a trendy pair of boots for your trip in a hurry, check out these rhinestone boots from Pasuot for women. And for the guys, you can’t go wrong with a stylish pair of Ariat’s.

    And for those Nashville bachelorette parties that Broadway is famous for? A fun and coordinated color scheme with your squad makes for memorable photos! (Pro tip: go extra wild with some fun color-coordinated wigs — Amazon has great options!)

    3. Casual Comfort for East Nashville Exploration

    East Nashville has an artsy vibe. That said, if you’re hitting up Five Points or checking out the latest mural installations, graphic tees — paired with jeans and a lightweight jacket — fit the bill. 

    Local boutiques like The Hip Zipper have a range of vintage finds that can help give you an authentic East Nashville look. Check out this cool denim jacket by Lumister – it’s just the vibe you need for those East Nashville coffee shops

    4. Grand Ole Opry Glam

    A visit to the Opry calls for some glam. Ladies should consider a mid-length lace dress and heels (our favorites) or wedges, while the men can go for a sharp blazer and dress shoes. 

    The Opry Mills Mall nearby has plenty of stores for a quick shopping spree before the show.

    5. The Gulch, Where Modern Meets Southern Belle

    The Gulch combines modernity with a Southern touch. Women can explore stores like Blush Boutique or Kittenish for contemporary outfits with a Southern twist. 

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    Think rompers or a fabulous jumpsuit with cowboy boots or a denim jacket over a lacy dress!

    6. Riverside Relaxation by Cumberland River

    For a day by the river, comfort is key. Lightweight shorts, a breezy top, and comfortable shoes are ideal if you’re hitting up the riverside for some active exploring (paired with a mini backpack purse to carry the essentials).

    And for those planning a riverside bachelorette picnic, coordinating hats or accessories can be a fun touch that’ll add a little something extra to the occasion.

    7. Vintage Vibes for Nashville’s Historic Spots

    Exploring historic sites in vintage-inspired clothing can enhance the experience. High-waisted skirts (our favorite), bow blouses, or suspenders and newsboy caps for the gents, can be found at local vintage stores like Anaconda Vintage.

    8. Festive Fits for Music Festivals

    When it comes to enjoying music festivals, the aim is a blend of comfort, functionality, and style. Flowy skirts, tank tops (a must-buy), and cowboy boots are a Nashville classic. 

    And for bachelorette groups hitting the festivals? Custom tees or coordinated bedazzled bandanas can set your group apart.

    9. Brunch Outfits for Foodie Adventures

    Nashville’s brunch scene is thriving. A relaxed jumpsuit or a maxi dress like this one from Simplee paired with wedges is ideal. 

    Vinnie Louise, in East Nashville, offers a great selection for brunch-appropriate attire that’ll keep you looking effortlessly stylish and ready for a foodie adventure.

    Nashville couple enjoying a picnic

    10. Countryside Charm for Outskirts Exploration

    When it comes time to explore outside the city, opt for relaxed jeans, plaid shirts, and sturdy boots. Remember: you want to be comfortable for those long walks and spontaneous stops.

    For an added Nashville touch, French’s Shoes & Boots offers a range of footwear perfect for the countryside.

    Local Shopping for Your Nashville Outfit Ideas

    Putting together the perfect Nashville look isn’t just about following trends — it’s also about embracing local fashion hotspots that encapsulate the city’s unique style. 

    If you’re on the hunt to shop local and immerse yourself in authentic Nashville fashion — and in addition to the stores we mentioned above — here are some must-visit spots where you’re sure to find that special piece to remind you of your Nashville visit forever:

    1. Imogene + Willie

    Address: 2601 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204

    Located in the 12 South district, Imogene + Willie has made a name for itself with its bespoke denim and buttery soft flannels. The brand emphasizes quality, creating jeans that are both durable and stylish.

    2. ABLE

    Address: 5022 Centennial Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209

    A socially conscious brand, ABLE offers everything from clothing to accessories and jewelry. Their mission revolves around ending generational poverty by providing jobs for women, which means shopping here also means you’re reaching for ethically-made fashion pieces.

    3. Nisolo

    Address: 1803 9th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208

    If you’re looking for footwear that’s both elegant and ethically produced, Nisolo is your go-to. Their high-quality leather shoes — with a mission to push the fashion industry in a more sustainable direction — means you can step out in style while supporting responsible craftsmanship.

    4. Wildflower Boutique

    Address: Two locations

    A family-run store, Wildflower Boutique provides trendy clothing options for women of all ages. It’s also a great place to find those unique pieces and accessories that add flair to any outfit.

    5. Savant Vintage

    Address: 2302 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204

    For those who love to mix old with new, Savant Vintage offers an incredible range of vintage and pre-loved pieces that radiate timeless charm. Each item is handpicked, which means you get a piece of history with style no matter what you pick out.

    Whether you’re looking for a statement piece or wardrobe staples, these local stores in Nashville promise a shopping experience that’s both memorable and distinctly “Nashville.” 

    Bachelorette Parties With an Extra Nashville “Oomph!”

    Nashville, fondly dubbed as the ‘Bachelorette Capital,’ is teeming with brides-to-be and their squads every weekend. With its lively music scene, eclectic bars, and rich cultural backdrop, the city has rapidly become the go-to destination for bachelorette celebrations and bachelor parties looking to immerse in the euphoria of pre-wedding festivities.

    And although no two parties are created equal, there are a few elements in common that can help make your Nashville bachelorette experience all the more memorable and stylish.

    First, there’s the iconic boots. There’s nothing that shouts Nashville more than a pair of cowboy boots. Versatile and timeless, these boots can be paired with almost anything: from denim shorts, flowy sundresses to more formal evening wear. 

    Then, thematic tees and accessories can add a signature look to your party vibes. With phrases like “Nash Bash” or “Boots & Bridesmaids” printed on tees, these can unify your group as you explore the town. And, once you’ve found your tees, you can complement these with accessories like Southern-inspired jewelry or bandanas for that added touch.

    For embracing the city’s heart and soul, it’s pretty much a given that Nashville and denim go hand in hand. Be it denim jackets, shorts, or even jumpsuits, embracing high-quality denim pieces ensures that you’ll blend right into the local style. Plus, embroidered or patchwork denim can give a more personalized feel, perfect for bachelorette groups.

    Close up of bachelorette party accessories

    Furthermore, country-inspired dresses — like gingham prints, ruffle designs, or lace patterns — are also a fantastic choice for a southern-themed dinner occasion. 

    Oh, and don’t forget to top it off with a touch of Nashville tradition! After all, the charm of a stetson or cowboy hat can’t be overlooked. And when the night calls for an extra dose of glam, outfits featuring fringes or tassels are the way to go. These details not only stand out but also add a dynamic touch, especially on the dance floor.

    Looking and Feeling Your Best With These Nashville Outfit Ideas

    In essence, dressing for Nashville is all about embracing the city’s unique blend of Southern charm, musical heritage, and modern flair. Whether you’re strolling through the historic districts, attending a music festival, or simply enjoying the city’s vibrant nightlife, the right outfit can enhance your experience. Remember, it’s not just about fitting in, but about adding to the city’s colorful tapestry with your style.

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    We are Kush & Ana Ratwani. We moved to Nashville in 2020 for Kush’s fellowship at Vanderbilt. When we moved here, the once vibrant music city, full of aspiring songwriters trying to be the next Carrie Underwood and pedal taverns full of brides to be was in a state of hibernation due to COVID. However, that was short-lived, and Nashville is now back to full speed! 

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