Every Outfit You Need to Pack for Essence Festival This Year #OOTD

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I am so excited for this weekend’s Essence Festival! Even though I won’t physically be in attendance this year due to prior work obligations *tear* I’ll be getting my life and living vicariously through my close friends who are currently en route to New Orleans for the festivities, including Glamazon Jessica! They’ve promised to make me feel like I’m front row at every event and I cannot wait. Follow along on her Instagram page for all the madness!

What I love most about the festival is that it has everything you could possibly want in a weekend getaway: delicious southern food, great fashion, live concerts, fun parties, celebrity meet and greets and so much more.  And because there are so many epic events, the last thing you want to be stressed about is what to wear! It can be overwhelming trying to pack looks that will easily transition from day to night and keep you cool in that Nawlins heat (because it’s no joke, trust me) — but we’ve got you covered.

I’ve come up with a few swoon-worthy options perfect to beat the heat while keeping you cute and on-trend. Let’s get into it!

5 Super Chic Essence Festival Outfit Ideas for Every Occasion



You know I’m all about lounging out by the water, especially when traveling to a city as humid and muggy as New Orleans. Make a statement poolside with a printed cut-out swimsuit. Compliment it with a straw hat to block out the sun’s rays and a cute tote to carry all your essentials for the day.

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Day Party


If you’re planning to attend one of the #EssenceFest day parties, you’ll need to wear something that is light and breezy yet functional. Style a pair of print shorts with a vibrant crop top. Pile on trendy accessories like retro frames and a statement clutch. I love a good block heel because it gives you extra height while offering comfort and support.

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Bourbon Street


The first time I went to New Orleans, I packed nothing but heels for the entire trip and quickly realized just how insane that was. I fell at least five times trying to be cute and walk in platforms down the cobblestone streets. Yeah, it wasn’t fun. If you’re planning to go sightseeing, you want to be cute yet casual. A sexy dress paired with gladiator sandals is the perfect option. Highlight your look with some bold accents like a red lip and neon clutch.

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White Party


It wouldn’t be Essence Fest without an all-white party. If you want to get your party on but don’t want to worry about stains, leave the crisp white at home and opt for an off-white bodycon dress. Finish your look with gold fringe sandals and a cute chain crossbody. A vamp lip will add just enough edge!

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Night Concert


Planning to see your favorite artist perform? Create a standout concert look with a cute crop top and flirty fringe mini skirt. Let a pair of chain strap sandals and sequin clutch give the look a little sparkle. A pop of pink on your lips serves as the finishing touch.

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Are you planning a trip to New Orleans for Essence Festival? What are you packing? Let me know in the comments! 

Keeping It Fashionable,

Glamazon Briea

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