Memphis Festival Fashion: What To Wear, Where To Go

Posted by Holly Whitfield | September 7th 2018 4411 0

Ed. Note: Memphis fashion expert and blog contributor Kim Thomas brings us this very stylish post on spring or fall fashion for everyone, with pieces you can get here in town. Then, she’s got her personal picks for favorite fall Memphis events.

It’s time to say goodbye to summer and hello to fall music festivals and events.

From college football games to concerts and craft festivals, there’s always something fun to do in Memphis, no matter what’s your jam. The temps haven’t completely cooled (hanging on ’til late September over here), however, fall festival fashion will be front and center.  

I’m sharing a few easy, festival apropos looks that will have you living it up with your friends and fam in style. Graphic tees, all things denim, light layers and fun accessories are must-haves trends right now, so if you’re still stuck on where to go* and what to wear, we’ve got you covered.

Elizabeth (follow her at @lifestyleinfocus)

Rompers are the perfect one and done piece for those days when you don’t want to think about what to wear (and who doesn’t love a floral pattern?).  Pair with statement jewelry and a long knit vest for an extra layer for a little added texture and warmth. (Romper: American Threads, Knit Vest:  Indigo, Sunglasses: SEE Eyewear, Earrings: Lily Rain, Necklace: IV by David)


Michael (follow him at @_one901)

There’s nothing cooler than a classic denim jacket, and it’s so easy to throw one over your everyday khaki shorts and patterned t-shirt. A beaded necklace keeps it from being basic, so just slip on your favorite pair of Chucks or boat shoes to complete the look. (Denim Jacket, Patterned Tee, Khaki Shorts: Stock & Belle, Necklace: IV by David)

Carmeon (follow her at @nubiiinteriors )

Super flares are a hot trend this season, and a soft black hue is a fun alternative to lighter washed denim. Play it cool with a patterned blouse, distressed denim jacket and your favorite pair of booties. (Denim Jacket, Top, Flares: American Threads, Earrings: IV by David)

Camilla (follow her at @camilla.weddings

Graphic tees FTW! If all else fails, you can build a cute look around your fave graphic or band tee and get total Penny Lane vibes. Instead of denim cutoffs, try a frayed hem corduroy skirt, and slip on a suede moto jacket to tie it all together. Skip your normal cross-body and pack everything in a backpack instead. (Graphic Tee + Corduroy Skirt: American Threads, Suede Moto Jacket + Backpack: Indigo, Sunglasses: SEE Eyewear, Earrings: IV by David)

Denzel (Follow him at @denzalexander)

On days when the weather is unpredictable (hello 80 degree days and 60 degree nights), light layers are the way to go! Graphic tees and relaxed denim are classic go-tos during the day, but keep a Fair Isle sweater with you to keep warm once the sun goes down. (Sweater, Tee, Denim: Lucky Brand, Sunglasses: SEE Eyewear).


The Shops of Saddle Creek
American Threads
SEE Eyewear
Lucky Brand
Lily Rain
Stock & Belle

Kim’s Picks for Memphis Fall Events: 

Southern Heritage Classic | September 6-8, 2018
The Southern Heritage Classic has been recognized as one of the country’s top HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) football classics. Thousands of fans will gather at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium to see long-time rival football teams Jackson State University and Tennessee State University battle for bragging rights and for the victory.

Levitt Shell Concert Fall Concert Series | September 6 – October 21
The Levitt Shell presents 50 free concerts every year, with performances by nationally and internationally touring musicians from all over the world. Fall Series lineup includes Devon Gilfillian, Reba Russell, Black Umfolosi, Those Pretty Wrongs and more.

Cooper-Young Festival | September 15, 2018
The Cooper-Young Festival is Memphis’ most anticipated outdoor celebration. Guests enjoy an appealing mix of art, music and crafts presented by over 435 artisans from around the country.

Gonerfest | September 27-30, 2018
Four days of intense music with over 30+ bands and musicians from around the world. Celebrating 15 years, performers include Oblivians, Carbonas,  Robyn Hitchcock, Lydia Lunch Retrovirus, Greg Cartwright, Gentleman Jesse and more.

Mempho Music Fest | October 6-7, 2018
Paying homage to the Memphis community’s unique role in shaping and influencing global music culture, Mempho Music Festival was created to blend today’s best contemporary sounds with Memphis’ storied musical heritage. Performers include Beck, Janelle Monae, Post Malone, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic and more.

River Arts Fest October 26–28, 2018
This annual festival in Downtown Memphis  features a juried exhibition in fine art, juried Artists Market, live entertainment, culinary treats, a residency program in the Shelby County Schools, and children’s art activities.

*This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of every single Fall festival or outdoor event in Memphis, just an overview. Check out the calendar and the fall events guides

**Thank you to Stock & Belle, IV by David, and the Shops of Saddle Creek for providing wardrobe for this shoot, and to our models Elizabeth, Michael, Carmeon, Camilla + Denzel!

About The Author/Photographer
Kim Thomas is a lifestyle blogger + photographer based in Memphis, TN. Launched in September 2010, her blog KP Fusion provides of-the-moment fashion, style and beauty tips + trends with a little Memphis, TN flavor thrown in. Whether it’s high, low, fast fashion, vintage, or something new, like a well-edited wardrobe, there’s a place for it on the blog.

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