What To Wear In Nashville + Chic Nashville Outfits To Copy

Heading on a getaway to Nashville? Learn exactly what to wear in Nashville in any season and avoid looking like a tourist while you’re there. Plus get inspired with super chic Nashville outfits to try in 2023!

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What To Wear In Nashville

If you are reading this post it’s likely you are headed to the birthplace of country music – Nashville. When it comes to the city known for its music and style, what you wear is definitely important! 

You likely don’t want to look like a tourist, but rather fit in with the locals and look stylish while doing it. We’ll will give you the best ideas for what to wear in Nashville – from what clothing is trending, to the styles that are best suited for the weather, to the do’s and don’ts of dressing-up in Music City.

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What You Need To Know 

Nashville is the capital of Tennessee and the second-most populous city in the state. It’s a popular destination for music festival goers, bachelorette parties, and foodies alike. Nashville is an incredibly fun place to visit and when you go, you’ll want to dress the part!

If you are planning on visiting Nashville, you should keep a few things in mind when it comes to what to wear: 

  • Overall, Nashville is a laid back city, with a casual vibe and music is the heartbeat. You can definitely leave the ‘black tie’ attire at home and focus on casual clothing. 
  • The city experiences all four seasons, so you will need to dress accordingly depending on what time of year you plan to visit. 
Woman walking down Broadway street in Nashville wearing jeans, white booties, a graphic tee, a fringe purse and sunglasses.

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What is the clothing style in Nashville?

As mentioned before, Nashville is a city known for its music, and the overall style is “Americana” with a bit of a Hipster vibe and some western flair. This means that most people dress in jeans and a nice top when they go out. 

Of course, there are exceptions to this rule. Formal events call for dressier attire, and if you are going to a concert or show, you may want to get a little more dolled up.

But, for the most part, pack lots of laid-back clothing items: jeans, t-shirts, sweaters, fedora hats, sneakers, ankle boots, casual dresses, denim and leather jackets, and subtle accessories

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What’s Trending in Nashville

  • Western Boots: One of the biggest trends in Nashville are cowboy boots. You will see people of all ages and genders wearing them, so don’t be afraid to jump on the bandwagon! That being said, the locals don’t tend to wear them as much, so western boots are more of a tourist piece. 

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  • Denim: In Nashville denim can be seen in all shapes, sizes, and forms. Of course a great pair of jeans is a MUST for your suitcase, but also consider other forms of denim – a skirt, jacket, jumpsuit, shirt, or a pair of denim shorts will all look great in Music City. 

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  • Floral Prints: Floral prints are always popular in the spring, but they are trending and can be worn year round. If you want to embrace this trend, look for dresses, tops, and even shoes with floral patterns.

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How do I not look like a tourist in Nashville?

One of the best ways to blend in with the locals when visiting Nashville is to dress like them. As we mentioned before, the style in Nashville is relatively casual with the hipster vibe. 

Leave the “rodeo princess” attire (rhinestones, glittery boots and embellishments) and fancy clothes at home, and pack items that are comfortable and easy to wear. Adding subtle hints of Tennessee style to your look is fine, like western-inspired boots and a fedora hat (leave the full-on cowboy hat at home).

Just avoid wearing so much country attire it looks like you are in costume, as that definitely screams, “I’m from out of town!”

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When it comes to Nashville nightlife, you’ll find most people stick to casual clothing like jeans, t-shirts, tank tops, or cute dresses, with sneakers, heels, or boots

Women usually get a little more dolled up with mini dresses, skirts, denim or leather jackets, blazers, and western boots with a heel. But, overall the style is still generally laid-back, without a lot of glitz and glam, unless it’s a special event. 

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Nashville Outfits for Every Season

If you are looking for more outfit inspiration, below are some great Nashville outfits to try depending on the season. When you know the time of year you’ll be visiting Nashville, it is easier to pack according to the weather, and the activities you’ll do. 

Nashville Outfits for Spring

In the spring you’ll want to dress in anticipation for warmer weather, but bring along layers in case it gets cooler in the evening. Below are some cut looks we’ve put together!

jeans and a cami.

Collage of clothing to wear to Nashville in the spring.

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Because the temperatures in the Spring can fluctuate, layers are essential. Pair your best denim with a silk cami, and top it off with a neutral suede jacket to tie the whole look together. Depending on the weather, you can still wear your favorite boots or opt for a pair of studded sandals. 

hipster vibes.

Collage of clothing to wear to Nashville in the spring.

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Combine a pair of chic straight leg white jeans with a graphic t-shirt, and bring in the Nashville feel with a pair of stylish western booties. Layer with an oversized denim jacket to add those hipster vibes and of course, if the weather is cooler. 

Add a bandana or dainty gold accessories for more interest if you want. 

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Nashville Outfits for Summer

It’s good to know that in the summer months Nashville can be very hot. So, be sure to dress in lightweight clothing that’s breathable, like cotton or linen.

Also, it’s best to go with shorts, tank tops, dresses, and bring a layer for nighttime if you want.

lightweight blouse and shorts.

Collage of clothing to wear to Nashville in the summer.

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One of the hottest trends for spring and summer is an off-the-shoulder or puff-sleeve top. This style is flirty, fun, and perfect for a casual day in Nashville. To make this style work for summer, look for tops, like this gingham blouse from Madewell, made from a lightweight fabrics such as linen or cotton.

Pair your top with denim shorts (or a denim skirt), a pair of sandals (heeled or flats, depending on how much walking you plan to do), and a few dainty accessories.

slip dress + cowboy boots.

Collage of clothing to wear to Nashville in the summer.

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Another fantastic print to wear other than florals in Nashville is animal print, but you have to wear it the right way. 

A chic and sexy leopard slip dress makes a statement, but it is kept casual with a pair of ankle cowboy boots and an oversized denim jacket for layering. If it’s a really warm day, you can lose the denim jacket and go with the dress on its own.

And, this look is perfect for day to night if you plan on heading to a concert or show or going to a music festival. 

Nashville Outfits for Fall

If you’re visiting Nashville in the fall when the cooler weather arrives, here are some outfit ideas to get you started.

leather jacket + denim.

Collage of clothes to wear to Nashville in the fall.

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This style is perfect for exploring during the day or going out in Nashville’s nightlife scene in the fall months. 

To achieve this look, start with a pair of vintage wash jeans, then add a cute top (graphic t-shirt for more casual, or a cami for a dressier feel), and finish off with a classic black leather jacket. Add some booties with a country vibe, and throw on a felt fedora hat to complete the look. 

sweater dress + suede jacket.

Collage of clothes to wear to Nashville in the fall.

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Another fabulous fall outfit for fall combines a figure-hugging sweater dress with a suede jacket and western-inspired boots.The look is a little dressier but still casual enough to fit in with the Nashville locals. 

Stick to neutral tones and don’t be afraid to combine materials like wool, suede, and leather. 

Nashville Outfits for Winter

If you’re visiting Nashville in the winter, here are some outfit ideas to get you inspired and keep you toasty. Nashville does get chilly and gets snow in the winter, so warm layers are key.

leather pants + shearling.

Collage of clothing to wear to Nashville in the winter.

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One of our favorite ways to stay warm and stylish in the winter is with a pair of sleek leather pants and a shearling lined jacket. 

This style is perfect for going out on a date or exploring Nashville’s stores and dining scene. To achieve this look, start with a pair of leather pants, with a straight leg cut for a trendy look. 

Then pop on a neutral long-sleeve shirt, and finish with a shearling-lined jacket, fedora, and pair of western-inspired boots. 

casual and cozy. 

Collage of clothing to wear to Nashville in the winter.

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Off-white or ecru color denim paired with a soft sweater will keep you warm and cozy on the coolest of Nashville days. Top with a casual coat or jacket and pair the look with cowboy boots, or western-style booties.

This is one of our favorite outfits and makes all the neutrals work together perfectly!

Suitcase filled with clothes to wear on a trip to Nashville.

When it comes to packing for a Nashville trip, the key is to go with more casual items and add in a few dressier options, depending on what you’ll be doing while you’re there. Remember Nashville locals dress relatively laid-back, so unless you want to stick out like a sore thumb, it’s best to leave the rhinestones and glitter at home. 

Here’s a simple packing 3-day packing list:

  • 1-2 pairs of jeans or leather pants
  • denim shorts or linen shorts
  • little black dress
  • floral dress or midi skirt
  • 2 t-shirts or tank tops
  • denim jacket or leather jacket 
  • lightweight sweater
  • fedora hat
  • ankle boots or western style boots
  • sandals or sneakers
  • heels (if you are going out somewhere fancier)
  • minimal jewelry
  • purse 
Woman walking in the city wearing jeans, booties, a black leather jacket, and a felt hat.

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Final Notes

Nashville is a city that has something for everyone, and the fashion scene is no exception. Whether you’re looking to dress up or down, there are plenty of great options to choose from no matter what season you plan to visit. 

As long as you keep our tips in mind, you’ll be sure to look your best while spending time in Music City. 

So, what will you be packing for your trip to Nashville?


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