Since there’s something for everyone in Nashville, your clothing list is really determined by your trip. Even if you’re only in town for two days or just packing in a carry-on bag, packing your Nashville outfits can be stressful.
Here for the Music
So, you’ve chosen to visit the bars, shops, and restaurants of downtown while also enjoying the sounds of downtown. Or, you’re traveling to the Opryland Hotel and Resort or attending a festival like CMA Fest.
While I’d strongly oppose cowboy boots, it seems to be a staple of these trips. With your cowboy boots in tow, also pack some comfortable shoes because just one day in cowboy boots may kill your feet. Some of my vegan favorites include Vessi, Tevas, Keens, Chacos, or Tieks.
Dress for the Weather
It can get pretty hot in the summer (like highs in the 90s with heat indexes much higher), so make sure to bring cute and comfy shorts, t-shirts and short-sleeved blouses, and tank tops and sleeveless tees. Festivals such as CMA Fest and 4th of July festivities are considered the hottest events in Nashville, so make sure to dress light.
If you’re visiting in the winter, make sure to bring long sleeves and jeans, or tights to wear under your jeans. The wind that whips through the downtown buildings can be bitter, so a scarf or hat can also help you stay comfortable as you float from place to place.
Do you need a jacket?
Speaking of cold, bring a jacket in either season. In the warmer months, bring a light jacket to fight off the chill when the sun goes down, and in the colder months expect to have a heavier jacket, especially if you’re staying downtown late.
And, if you’re here in spring or fall, remember that Tennessee often has days that start in fall, peak in summer, and end in winter. Bring layers that you can easily remove and put back on. A light jacket wouldn’t hurt.
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With the Girls
So, you’ve chosen to hop in the car or on a plane for a trip to Nashville with your closest gals? Whether you’re just visiting with your friends for or for your bachelorette weekend, Nashville is one of the most popular spots for girls’ weekend.
Comfortable and stylish shoes
Nashville clothing is trendy but super casual so don’t go overboard for your trip. Just with any trip, consider packing additional shoes outside of your cowboy boots. Some of my vegan favorites include Vessi, Tevas, Keens, Chacos, or Tieks. If you’re doing a lot of walking downtown, you’ll want to make sure you don’t forget these.
Dresses and rompers
For your girls’ trip to Nashville, pack the most comfortable clothes you can without foregoing fashion. In the summer, pack sleeveless dresses and rompers, and your cowboy hat can be the perfect accessory to hide you from the sun. If you’re not into dresses and rompers, pack flowy shorts and tops— and don’t forget a cute light jacket!
In the winter, pack cozy sweaters, jeans, and thick socks. The colder months of November-March in Tennessee can be brutal, especially when the sun goes down. Pack your cutest coat to pair with your outfits. Throw tights in your bag for colder days so that you can still rock your dresses.
Nashville isn’t all Music City. For outdoor travelers, Nashville can offer plenty of opportunities for hiking, or exploring the history of downtown. Pack comfortable tennis shoes or hiking boots for some of the best hiking in Nashville.
In addition to comfortable shoes, it’s probably best to pack in layers for your trip. Tennessee mornings can start chilly, but by afternoon you’re sweating. Consider wearing a t-shirt and hiking pants with a light pullover or jacket that you can strip as the day gets warmer.
Grab your backpack and pack an insulated water bottle, reusable snack bags and vegan snacks. Stash an extra pair of socks in your bag or vehicle in case you get wet on a hike. Depending on the length of your hike, consider packing a lunch packed with vegan favorites and bring a first aid kit for any small cuts and bruises.
Pack your hammock or picnic blanket to enjoy the destination, and if you’re looking for something to pass the time once you make it to your destination, bring a frisbee or a soccer ball.