What to Pack for the ESSENCE Festival

Our ultimate packing guide will ensure you enjoy one of New Orleans' biggest entertainment events of the year in style.

Monique Valeris Jun, 28, 2013

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When you're in a rush, rompers are the way to go. You instantly look pulled together and it'll help keep you cool in the NOLA heat.

2 of 10 Photography by Stuart Tyson, Styling by Stella Rey/Mark Edward, Inc. & Sabrina Grande/Rj Bennett

Like the romper, a shirt dress is a no-brainer. All you need is a cute pair of sandals along with the right jewelry, and you're set.

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You'll be walking a lot during the ESSENCE Festival, but that doesn't mean you can't do it in style. Grab your most stylish flats and hit the streets.

"Ryker" sandals, Vince Camuto, $98, vince camuto.com.

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A statement necklace can spruce up just about any outfit, especially for the evening concerts. Pack a few different options to keep things interesting.

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Believe it or not, the Superdome and Convention Center can get chilly at times. Make sure you stay comfortable during all the indoor events by toting a scarf along in case you need it.

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New Orleans is known for its sunny weather, so protect your eyes with chic-looking sunglasses. They'll definitely come in handy during the Family Reunion Day event at Woldenberg Riverfront Park.

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During the Festival, you'll need room to carry everything from your makeup bag to any goodies you snag while shopping at the Convention Center. Be prepared by bringing along a bag that has enough room.

Striped nylon tote, C. Wonder, $88, cwonder.com.

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As ESSENCE Festival performer Janelle Monáe shows us here, earrings matter. Bring a few pairs to dress up your outfits for both day and night.

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A wide-brimmed hat not only looks glam, but it shields you from the sun's harmful rays. This would also come in handy during the Festival's Family Reunion Day event in Woldenberg Park.

10 of 10 Courtesy of NIKE

Sneakers offer maximum comfort while walking around New Orleans. Get a wedge style, similar to this Nike version, to keep your look fashion-forward.

**Stay tuned for the July 1st launch of our "Fashion Closet," your ultimate personal online styling tool to find the right outfit for your size.**