Theme Tours: Nashville Fashion

Fierce fashionistas,  die-hard shopaholics and consummate clotheshorses longing for a chance to unleash their considerable skills in fabulous Music City, USA will be no less than ecstatic to learn their Tennessee holiday will not only include gritty, glitzy  Nashville substance – the trademark sights and sounds you’d expect when exploring this live entertainment mega-mecca, where blazing careers are launched and countless dreams realized - but a fresh and hearty splash of unrivaled Nashville fashion!

No longer just a city of country music, cowboy hats and custom boots, but a vibrant and eclectic center of movement, growth and creative expression –  groups on Nashville holiday will observe fashion-forward young and old, alike struttin’ their style stuff and tripping the light fantastic in creative ensembles and ‘dos you just might recognize from the pages of popular style rags and trendy catalogs.  This unpretentious, faithful heart of the entertainment industry beats wildly with an authentic, mad love for the wide, wearable world; after all, what is a rising star without a trademark wardrobe or well-defined sense of personal style? It stands to perfect reason that Nashville would grow up to become a fashion force in its own right.

With just a little pre-departure legwork you and your travel partners can find yourselves in the midst of a wonderful fashion whirlwind during which regional and national favorites, as well as emerging talents, showcase their latest, greatest works at some of Nashville’s most popular venues! Fashion Week is an important, city-wide celebration of  Nashville’s thriving fashion and retail community, an over-the-top collaboration of professionals who partner to combine resources and passion to produce a magnificent annual Spring event that spotlights Music City’s burgeoning, bold and beautiful fashion industry-five magnificent days of nothing but clothing, designers, runways and the people who love them – not to be missed!

Considering a career in fashion design or merchandising? A tour of Tennessee’s O’More College of Design just a few miles south of Nashville in historic downtown Franklin may get you on the road to making those dreams a reality;  O’More prepares its talented students for every aspect of the fashion business – its graduates are proven industry leaders in their chosen fields.  Up for some serious shopping? Grab your group and head out to score a great haul at Nashville’s Premier Mall, Opry Mills- an unbelievable assemblage of over 200 storefronts just waiting to serve  and enhance your own sense of individual style with a stupendous – and budget-friendly - offering of quality discount retail, famous name and designer “shopportunities.”  Fans of re-wearables will want to check out Closet Case Vintage, specializing in authentic pieces from the Edwardian and Victorian eras, as well as the 20′s through the 80′s, tendering a cool and eclectic mix of casual to formal wear hand-picked for “Closet Cases” everywhere; The Hip Zipper-Nashville’s oldest all-vintage storefront located in the heart of East Nashville offers shoppers on vintage safari a wide range of the very best pieces.

A host of local brands producing quality goods boasting a straightforward, functional edge – rising stars grabbing headlines in their respective fields – credit Nashville’s unassuming, downhome personality and air of perseverance with their success;  its country roots prevail in a strong heritage scene -  and accessible, durable, wearable and well-made is the “new” high end.  Think vintage with a twist, homegrown grit,  and classic with an industrial edge -  functional and enduring Southern style that cleans up well or comes to supper like a lady. Good old’ Music City’s got fashion capitals New York and LA pulling off their high-dollar shades, setting down their iPhones and taking notice – come see what’s got their attention!


Written by Rochelle Berry