Heading to ESSENCE Music Festival this summer? Then you better be ready to bring big style to Bourbon Street. Check out our summer fashion must-haves.
By Qianna Smith & Cynthia Caban
Jumpsuits are a chic-girl must because they pack well and look so put-together. Pair your jumpsuit with comfy yet stylish flat gladiator sandal.
Free People Crinkle Woven Jumpsuit, $29.95 (Originally $78), freepeople.com.
Ditch your stilettos! Wedge heels and espadrilles are fabulous because they give you lift and look dressy without sacrificing comfort.
Shoe Credits From top: Cole Haan black patent, $198, colehaan.com. Harajuku Lovers ribbon tie, $100, Akira, Chicago, 773-342-8684. Stuart Weitzman yellow T-strap, $365, select The Shoe Box stores. Unisa peep-toe, $69, piperlime.com. MICHAEL Michael Kors braided, $98, Macy’s stores.
Thank goodness jumpers are in! Add a flat metallic sandal and simple bracelet by day or wear with heels and a clutch by night.
Newport News Halter jumpsuit, $34 (Originally $49.00), newport-news.com.
The black-and-white trend is so in right now. Wear a graphic-print dress with cute comfortable sandals and add a belt for extra style.
White House | Black Market Silk Arabian Tile Print Dress, $168, whitehouseblackmarket.com.
Slip into a sexy draped minitunic dress that looks both chic and sleek. Chandelier earrings and patent wedge heels take a basic dress to the next level.
White House | Black Market Knit Drapeneck Tunic Dress, $98, whitehouseblackmarket.com.
Show off your toned tight legs this summer. Shorts are back in a major way. Pair with a simple halter top and add punchy accessories to make the short look your own.
Ralph Lauren Rugby Denim Short, $49.99 (Originally $69.50), rugby.com.
Tank dresses are a definite for Bourbon Street heat. Go for a pretty design in a lightweight fabric and simple accessories for a daytime casual look.
Express Tank Dress Silk Posies, $19.99 (Originally $34.50), express.com.
Short rompers are long on style. They’re your best bet for strolling by the river or eating beignets. A cute pair of laced booties are a unique compliment to the look.
Revolve Clothing Raasta Jumper Shorts
Rock a long floral maxi-dress with sky-high heels to dance the night away while your favorite stars sing you into the groove.
Donna Ricco Strapless Silk Maxi Dress, $168, nordstrom.com.
Bloomer-style shorts like these were all over the catwalks during Fashion Week. Be a trendsetter and pair super casual cargo-bloomer shorts with sexy chunky stiletto sandals.
Banana Republic Petite Striped Cargo Bloomer Short, $34.99 (Originally $59), bananarepublic.com.
Stay cool, calm and collected in soft separates. You can never go wrong with a tank-and-skirt combo like this one.
Victoria’s Secret Linen drawstring skirt, $24.50, Victoria’s Secret Sleeveless henley sweater, $39 (Originally $48), victoriassecret.com.
Give a nod to eighties style in an edgy dress with bold neon accents.
This Boy Meets Girl Party Time Dress, $119, emoda.com.
Fill your suitcase with cage booties, gladiator flats and wedge sandals. Lock in low prices like the under $100 steals we found and can’t live without.
Go all-out southern belle glam in an feminine halter dress with a sweetheart neckline. Add a flower to your hair and turn up the Cajun heat.
Gold Glitter Dot Dresses
by Flip, $238, edressme.com.