While dispelling some of these rumors may make one sound like a broken record, it would surprise you how many tourists still come to Nashville and are -- well, surprised, to find that Nashville is more culturally, culinarily, and sonically diverse than it gets credit for. We’re proud to represent country music and hot chicken, but there’s so much more to love about Music City. There are things you’ll find to be true: free live music, anywhere, anytime; the chicken is that hot; no one likes a Blackhawks fan; all worship at the Mother Church. But the following eight rumors about Nashville are decidedly false.
Everyone wears cowboy boots and hats
Aside from Canadian tourists on Lower Broad, and a few old school country crooners, no one in Nashville walks around in a cowboy hat. And while a good pair of boots is a staple in every Southerner’s closet, Nashville prefers less boots and bling and more high fashion (and preferably local brands). You’re more likely to see labels like imogene + willie, Elizabeth Suzann, Otis James, Nisolo, Emil Erwin, Black by Maria Silver, Amanda Valentine, and Ceri Hoover represented in everyday street fashion. The city is steadily gaining traction as a fashion destination, and, through the Nashville Fashion Alliance (est. 2015), actively working to overcome previous obstacles like production and textile availability that may have deterred designers from opening shop before.