October 29, 2015 • PEOPLE, STYLE, STYLE SCHOOL
Style School: Jackie Mewbourne from Edit by Lauren on What to Wear to a Honky-Tonk
As you have undoubtedly heard, our flagship boutique just opened in Nashville—a city known, above else, for its legendary music scene.
For tips on what to wear when visiting Music City’s iconic honky-tonks, we turned to Jackie Mewbourne, a local blogger, stylist, and music fan (the perfect trifecta!) for some insider insight.
Jackie was raised in Dallas, though she cut her teeth in the fashion world in New York City with stints at some of the country’s biggest department stores and brands.
Upon moving to Nashville with her husband, she became a personal wardrobe stylist with a thriving client base. Two years ago, she helped launch the Nashville arm of Edit by Lauren, a southern fashion blog and styling service distinguished by upbeat, on-trend looks whose stylists nod to their roots with regular doses of denim, fringe, cowboy hats, and boots.
Let’s start with. . . What is a honky-tonk?
By definition a honky-tonk is a bar that provides country music to its patrons. The honky-tonk scene is definitely the charm and heart of Nashville.
Thanks to popular shows such as Nashville and artists like Taylor Swift, country music has definitely crossed over into pop culture into recent years. It has brought a growing number of locals and tourists to Broadway, where most of the city’s honky-tonk scene is based.
I’m visiting Nashville for the weekend. How do I navigate the music scene?
There are so many incredible guides available online. I like Visit Music City and Nashville Scene. The Nashville Live Music Guide app is great, too; it has comprehensive coverage of live music all over town.
What are your personal favorite places for listening to music locally?
The Ryman is the mother church of country music and the original Grand Ole Opry.
I love classic bars on Broadway like Robert’s and Tootsie’s, as well as a recently updated three-story music and food venue called Acme Feed & Seed. There’s 3rd & Lindsley, a bar and grill that features a variety of acts by local artists and touring performers.
Oh, and I have to mention The Bluebird Cafe; it’s one of the most recognized listening rooms of all time.
All-time favorite show?
One of my favorite traditions with friends is the Behold the Lamb of God Tour starring Andrew Peterson at the Ryman.
Every Christmas we fall in love with Andrew and his cast of singer/songwriter friends. They can make you laugh and cry within one song, and launch you full-force into the holiday spirit.
The show you’re dying to go to?
I can’t wait to take my two daughters to see Taylor Swift. She is such a great role model for young girls, and I think she would be amazing to see with them.
Now let’s move on to the intersection of song and style! What are the cardinal rules for dressing for a night of music?
Wear comfortable (and stylish) shoes because it’s more than likely you’ll be dancing and/or walking a lot!
We asked you to style yourself Draper James for a night at a honky-tonk, and you nailed it out of the park! What are you wearing and how did you style it?
I chose two looks—one’s a little dressier and one’s a little more laid back. For the first I wore the Draper James Grace Lace Dress in Willow White and the Erickson Beamon for Draper James Sugar Magnolia Drop Earrings.
I added the a leopard clutch, which keeps the look from being too sweet and gives the dress the perfect edge for a night out on the town. The statement earrings compliment beautifully without competing with the delicate detailing of the lace.
What makes the look right for a night of honky-tonkin’?
The lace of the dress plays the perfect part of southern charm with an unexpected country twist. With a bootie or cowboy boot (not to mention the earrings and clutch!), it becomes the best piece for standing out in crowd. The a-line silhouette, while very feminine, makes hitting the dance floor comfortable and easy.
I’d totally take it one step further and add a leather biker jacket for a “rock-meets-country” look.
What about the second more casual look?
Jeans are a predictable choice for the country music scene (not to mention they’re the heart and soul of Nashville), but what I love about this outfit is the way they serve as a counterpoint to the bold florals and elegant shape of the Avery Printed Lace Peplum Top.
Draper James just opened in Nashville! What’s the local buzz?
Reese is, of course, a darling of Nashville, so there is so much excitement about having one of our own opening a store here. Her local roots and her commitment to celebrating southern style and tradition are one of the reasons why we are so inspired by Draper James.
The location in the 12 South neighborhood is such a perfect spot. The reception so far has been incredible.