As a blogger and editorial assistant, Tiana’s always on top of Nashville happenings. From trying new restaurants to experiencing different music scenes, her packed schedule provides all the rock ‘n’ roll style you’d expect from Music City. When not scouting new vintage finds at the flea market, she’s sporting her latest classic-meets-trendy ensemble while grabbing drinks with friends.
Whether your food for the soul is of the blues, country, or rock 'n' roll variety (or literally slow smoked and seasoned), Nashville's here to satiate you. Music City is home to more than just music and food lovers, though. The city's style scene is in a league of its own — full of way more than the gleaming boots and studded cowboy hats you might be picturing.
In partnership with Walmart, we’re traveling cross-country to see how six cities style the new Time And Tru and Terra & Sky lines. We asked Nashville style expert Tiana Lewis for her take on the clothes, as well as her thoughts on how the pieces work for three local women with distinct styles all their own. With one last city to go, here's how Nashville puts its (gold record) spin on the collections.
"I think there's this perception of Nashville," Lewis says, "that it's only county music and cowboy boots. But what's really cool about Nashville that a lot of people don't realize is that there are so many neighborhoods and pockets that have different personalities and things to do."
Opting for a breezy olive jumpsuit that pairs as well with heels as it does sneaks and a moto jacket, Lewis shows how true Nashville style is actually about leaning into your own personality and preferences. What sets Nashville apart, she says, is its community of artistic individuals pursuing their passions, whether that takes them to an advertising desk job or The Station Inn for a show. One hundred people a day move to Nashville, according to The Tennessean, which means there's no shortage of new style points of view.
"I think what that breeds is this culture of diversity in dressing," Lewis says, "which is really cool."
Springtime in Nashville calls for everything from outdoor markets to music festivals, Lewis says, so you want to dress for it all, if you can. "Her look is super transitional," Lewis says out of Anderson's versatile denim dress. "She can wear it to a fun day event like a market, but it can also transition really well into nighttime, especially with her earrings."
For Anderson, too, the earrings set the tone for her go-to Nashville look. "The earrings make a statement with the rose gold. They bring a pop of spring to me, and it's a switch on traditional gold and silver — it's a distant cousin!" The effortlessly cool off-the-shoulder dress has Anderson ready for date night at her favorite live music venue, where she tunes into everything from indie and jazz to gospel and hip hop.
"It's chic and casual at the same time; it's very comfortable," Anderson says, and "Who doesn't love denim?"
Holland's classic gingham wrap dress is less subtle about playing up Nashville's country roots. Lewis says, "It's the perfect mix between super feminine and kind of romantic — adding that pop of color with the shoes makes it fun and versatile and easy."
Nashville's many spring-centric pop-up activities like flower trucks, flea markets, food trucks, and the ever-present live music selection are the perfect backdrop for the look. Holland agrees, "We have a summer concert series, and I could definitely see myself wearing this there one night. It could easily go from day to night — you could wear sneakers with it or dress it up."
When not scouting Nashville's local flea markets for souvenirs bearing her home state of Oklahoma, Holland says she'd wear the look to work. "[The dress] comes with a slip dress built in underneath it," Holland says, "so I feel fully protected. It's just such a great spring dress."
Newland says her height is always top of mind when getting dressed. "I’m pushing 6 feet tall," she says, so finding pants that fit well enough length-wise can be tricky. "Capris are something I always go toward, and these capris were really cute — they were comfortable."
Adding denim into the mix, too, keeps her all set for Nashville's style scene. "I do think denim gets a lot off wear in Nashville," she says, "so everyone notices good denim."
Lewis says of the look, "Her outfit was a bit more on the casual side, but dressed up really well with really cute accessories. You could be out with friends and get called to a fun show — they do fun surprise shows all the time."
Photos: Lauren Perlstein; Art Director: Bry Crasch; Hair and Makeup: Char Braden; Stylist & Senior Editor: Jenna Wexler; Junior Art Director: Brit Phillips.