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As much as I love fashion, I loathe packing. I always wait until the last minute, over pack and then pack some more.

This week I’m heading to Music City Nashville for a blogging and branding conference. This is a gathering of creative professionals from all over the South: members of the southern blogging community, businesses, and brands will come together for a packed day of learning and networking.

As you can imagine the attire is not typical business attire either. As a blogger and social media manager, I want to look polished while showing off my personal style, while trying to keep my suitcase to a manageable size.

Nashville, Tennessee is frequently described as a little country and a little rock and roll; this Music City motto has been my inspiration for my Nashville packing list. Find out what to wear in Nashville for your trip to Tennessee.


Music City: Nashville Packing List

by Emily Laborde





Opening Cocktail Party Outfit


Calypso St Barts Tunic, Wallis FashionBlack Jeggings, Rag & Bone Booties, Anthropologie Scarf, Joie Fur Vest, Alexis Bittar earrings.

The first outfit is for the opening cocktail party where all of the attendees will get a chance to meet, mingle, and enjoy tasty food and drink at Mason Bar in the conference hotel Loews Vanderbilt. At cocktail parties I like to look polished but casual.

This outfit: cream-colored tunic paired with jeggings will do exactly that. I have added extra layers- fur vest and infinity scarf for a little more flare and warmth. Since the outfit has a lot going on, simple gold earrings will top it off.


You’ll want to look your best when you travel! Read my travel tips to Pack Light Stylishly!


Conference Outfit


Phillip Lim for Target leopard skirt, TopShop navy sweater, Rag & Bone Booties, Alexis Bittar earrings, Scotch&Soda Denim and Leather Jacket.

The day of the conference is a long one so comfort is especially important. I love this funky skirt (Phillip Lim for Target) paired with a simple cropped sweater. To save packing space I chose boots that would work with both the opening night outfit and day of summit outfit.

I never attend one of these events without my Canon camera strapped to me and always carry a crossbody bag. I love this Chloe one because it has a little western style to it with the shape and stitching. If the weather is chilly, I’ll be bringing my navy tights and layering with a denim jacket like the Scotch&Soda jacket shown.


The key to packing light is to use packing cubes to compress your clothing as shown in this video!


Evening Cocktails and Conversation Outfit


Tibi dress, Scotch&Soda denim and leather jacket, John Lewis booties.

After a full day of learning sessions, presenters and attendees will attend a fabulous cocktail party with seasonal cocktails and delicious Southern inspired appetizers. I wanted to go a little more glam for the closing event. I love to mix high and low elements of fashion so I paired this Tibi Rococo print dress with the denim and leather jacket, and the “moto-style” black booties.


Day After Outfit


Chaser LA Tee, Wallis FashionBlack Jeggings, John Lewis booties, Lisa Kerns cuff, Scotch&Soda denim and leather jacket, Chloe Crossbody Bag.

With the conference done by Friday, I plan on exploring more of the Music City!


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Author Bio: Emily Laborde is a freelance writer and social media manager hooked on cruising backroads, photographing old houses, and loving all things local. For more of her travels check out Em’s on the Road!  You can also follow her on twitterinstagrampinterest, and facebook.