Spring’s events bring a joyful energy that can only be met with an equally dopamine-dosing wardrobe. From horse races and bridal showers to galas, graduations, and fundraisers, spring soirées are a colorful celebration of togetherness — and getting dressed is half the fun.
As you plan your looks, remember that no matter the dress code or theme listed on the invite, there is always an opportunity to honor your own personal style. From ethereal fabrics to pops of lime green and lavender, boutiques are brimming with ways to have fun and personalize the season’s most popular trends.
To showcase some of our favorites, we spent a morning playing dress-up at one of Nashville’s newest and chicest event venues, AB. This space is absolutely gorgeous, as you will see!
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- Horse Races
- Dressy-Casual Daytime Events
- Bridal Style
- Girls’ Night Out
- Weddings and Fundraisers
- Formal Galas
A New Take for the Races
You might traditionally think of sweet floral and gingham sundresses for Nashville’s Iroquois Steeplechase and the Kentucky Derby, but this year, color is king. Monochromatic separates and pops of neon and pastel are a fun way to infuse your look with a little extra life.
When the base of your ensemble is a solid color, seize the opportunity to add an unexpected color combination through your hat and accessories. Don’t be afraid to try out a new palette! I love finding new color inspiration from unexpected sources — maybe from a mixed bouquet of flowers or a patterned textile from a favorite pillow.
Rather than perfectly matching the color of your fascinator or hat, don’t be afraid to try out a little color-play. I love how we accessorized with different hues of blue here; it adds much more visual interest!
And, while a versatile dress is worth its weight in gold, keep in mind that sometimes, piecing together separates — like the tank top and shorts shown above — can be easier than finding the perfect dress. Not to mention, you can get a lot more use out of them in the future by styling them separately.
Bonus Tip: If you have a hard time finding the right colors for your hat or fascinator, you can always work with a local florist. Many florists can add fresh blooms to make your headwear sing perfectly.
Patio Season Perfection
Outdoor get-togethers can be dreamy in the springtime but can also come with harsh winds and direct sunlight. From brunches to happy hours, a short-brimmed hat and flowy fabrics will be a girl’s best friend for any daytime affair. Find a hat that flatters your unique face shape. It will add an extra layer to your outfit, and your hair and skin will thank you for it.
Another underrated accessory that can totally transform a silhouette is a great wrap belt. It makes an instant statement, adding interest to a variety of pieces, and it doesn’t rely on holes and buckles to secure, so the fit is customizable.
A Bride’s Shower, In Her Own Style
Wearing all white doesn’t mean your personal style needs to be muted. If a dress doesn’t feel true to you, try the clean lines of a chic jumpsuit. Staying on trend is as simple as adding an ethereal duster and pop-of-green shoe. I love that these pieces come together to create such a striking look, but they can also be worn separately in many other ways. This lightweight, versatile duster could just as easily be dressed down over a tank, a favorite pair of jeans, and flat sandals.
Girls’ Night Out
Whether it’s a celebratory bridal event or a girls’ night out, show off your style in this season’s most on-trend palette. Shades of lime and lavender were spotted on all the runways during fashion month and can now be found all over the retail sales floor. I love the idea of going all in with a monochromatic set or suiting; however, pulling in a pop of color can be more approachable. Try adding contrast with your choice of shoe or bag.
Whether you’re attending a spring wedding, dinner party, or company cocktail hour, remember that every accessory is an opportunity to inject your style. Start with a base that fits you great (like this lovely lavender midi dress), then add layers of interest. I always plan on beating chilly air-conditioning with a third piece, such as a blazer, lightweight jacket, or wrap. Evening affairs call for smaller-sized bags, and I love how the cross-body straps can be easily removed from this feathered J.Lowery purse.
The Star of the Show
Brandon Maxwell is the featured designer at this year’s Nashville Symphony Fashion Show, but his sophisticated yet easy-to-wear designs are ideal for any fabulous fundraising event you have on deck this season.
The billowing fabrication of this silhouette brings such an effortless feel to high-end design. Pale blue is a great base for fun color combinations; who knew that tangerine and lime could be threaded together so well? Polished-yet-relaxed pieces like this one also translate beautifully to weddings, luncheons, graduations, and more.
A Real-Life ‘Holly Golightly’ Moment
Go full-on Breakfast At Tiffany’s-level chic at your next gala or black-tie wedding! We couldn’t help but think of that opening scene and the iconic cinematic moment when looking at the old Hollywood glamour of this gown. I’m personally in favor of long white gloves making a comeback! This timeless silhouette gets a modern makeover in one of spring’s favorite colors: robin’s egg blue. An off-the-shoulder neckline is a perfect canvas to showcase a touch of sparkle with delicate drop earrings.
And a special thanks to AB for hosting us in their beautiful event space!
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