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Nashville Style Guide

Here's what to do (and wear) in Music City.

Music Row in Nashville

Nashville encompasses all the southern charm without sacrificing style. There's an incredible music, food, design, and shopping scene hidden within the various neighborhoods of this growing city, making it one of the most vibrant places in the South.

Wondering what to pack? We've got you covered. Read on for our Nashville Style Guide.

Nashville packing basics

3 things to know when packing

1. Don't interpret Nashville's style too literally.

Nashville may have a reputation for being the capital of country music, and it might be tempting to pull style references from that. But while cowboy boots and Stetson hats can be cute, they can also feel a little out of place when compared to how the locals actually dress.

2. Casual is better.

Compared to many other cities around the United States, especially New York style, the residents of Nashville dress more on the casual side. Think: lots of denim, nice sweaters during the cooler season, and shorts versus fancy dresses and skirts.

3. Dress for the season.

Nashville has two main weather seasons and both can be fairly extreme. The summer is very humid, muggy and hot (June to September), while the winters are often cold and quite wet (November to March). Make sure to consider the extras, like rain boots or sunglasses, when packing for either of these seasons.

nashville skyline

Nashville outfits for spring

Spring in Nashville is when temperatures finally start to warm up and everybody is out enjoying it. Some of the city's best outdoor dining options open up for the season, and the wonderful outdoor concerts that Nashville is renowned for also kick off. Temperatures during this time range from 60–70 degrees, but can get even warmer. Here's what you'll need:

  • 3 pairs of lightweight pants (cotton, linen, silk)
  • 1 pair of shorts (think: bike shorts or structured paperbag waists)
  • 1 lightweight dress
  • 4 tops (in similar fabrics to the pants)
  • 1 pair of shoes (mix and match sneakers, flats, heels or booties based on preference)
  • 1 pair of rain boots
  • 1 denim jacket or lightweight jacket
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • Your favorite handbag and accessories

Nashville outfits for summer

Nashville thrives in the summer, as music fills the streets and festivals and parties seem to pop up everywhere you look. This is also one of the most extreme times, weatherwise, to visit the city. It's not unusual for every day to reach upwards of 80–90 degrees, and the humidity is intense, so you'll want to pack accordingly.

  • 2 pair of shorts (cotton, linen, silk—you can really experiment here)
  • 3 lightweight dresses
  • 2 tops (in similar fabrics as the shorts)
  • 1 pair of rain boots
  • 1 pair of sandals
  • 1 pair of walking shoes (mix and match sneakers, flats or booties based on preference)
  • 1 sun hat
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • Your favorite handbag and accessories
nashville skyline

Nashville outfits for fall

Some say fall is one of the best times to visit Nashville because the temperatures are among the most moderate of the year—and nothing beats the backdrop of the beautiful changing leaves. Days are often between 60 and 70 degrees, but it's not totally abnormal to have a few days of 80-degree weather. Add a few pieces to your packing list for colder nights and mornings.

  • 4 pairs of jeans
  • 1 long-sleeve dress
  • 2 long-sleeve tops
  • 2 T-shirts
  • 1 lightweight cardigan
  • 1 leather jacket
  • 2 pairs of shoes (mix and match sneakers, flats, heels or booties based on preference)
  • Your favorite handbag and accessories

Nashville outfits for winter

Nashville takes the holiday season very seriously, with millions of stunning lights and decorations. Days during the winter are mild (40–50 degrees) but nights are sometimes chilly and in the 30s. Choose pieces you can layer with—cute cardigans can be worn over T-shirts and under coats for extra warmth and style.

  • 4 pairs of jeans
  • 1 pullover sweater
  • 2 cardigans
  • 3 T-shirts
  • 1 dress (long-sleeved in a winter-weight fabric)
  • Tights
  • 1 scarf
  • 2 coats (1 puffer and one long, warm coat)
  • 1 pair of gloves
  • 1 hat
  • Your favorite handbag and accessories
  • 1 pair of boots
  • 1 pair of shoes (mix and match sneakers, flats or booties based on preference)
nashville nightlife

What to do in Nashville

You've got your outfits sorted, so here's how to make the most of your time in this exciting city.

Legendary music

They don't call Nashville Music City for nothing. While you're in town, book a ticket to a show at the Grand Ole Opry or the Bluebird Cafe for a night to remember. To catch up on a bit of local music history, also stop by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Then, take a stroll down Music Row, home to record label offices, radio stations, and recording studios that made Nashville what is it today. And for the real honky-tonk experience, head to Robert's Western World or Layla's. Wear a nice pair of jeans and your favorite walking shoes for this kind of day out.

Fun with the little ones

With all the inspiring music, Nashville is a perfect place to travel with kids. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park is beautiful for sightseeing and also has an event calendar chock full of activities for kids year round. For a fun Nashville-themed experience, take them to a line dancing class at Wildhorse Saloon. The Tennessee Railway Museum is fun for all ages but kids will get especially excited about the historic passenger train. Since you're bound to be running around after your little ones, choose easy-to-move-in shorts or lightweight pants and your favorite tee.

A satisfied belly

Be prepared to eat when you come to Nashville — the city's food scene is one of its greatest assets. For the best coffee in town, head to one of several outposts of Barista Parlor (and be sure to try one of their piping-hot breakfast biscuits while you're there). For a modern interpretation of Southern cuisine served in an elegant setting, head to Husk Nashville. And for a more intimate dinner with inventive cocktails, make a reservation at the 24-seat restaurant Bastion.

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