June 10th, 2011
Concert, Style Inspiration, What to Wear
Style Inspiration: What to Wear to the Essence Music Festival
By Claire

Nikki says, “I was wondering if your fabulous team could put together a post about what to wear to the Essence Festival this year. As you know there will be Louisiana heat, a lot of walking, and spirits galore. I am also plus sized, so a few options there would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!”
Hey Nikki! I’ve actually never been to the Essence Music Festival (and unfortunately don’t think I’m going this year), but I presume that as for any summer concert, your first priorities are comfort and style. Stand apart from the crowd in an eye-catching pink dress like this option by Mara Hoffman in silk chiffon. Add a bit of flair with a funky necklace and colored sunnies.

Bring along a cute tote to stash all your essentials, and finish the look off with a white mani/pedi (you’ll love it). Get the options above plus more below:

And for my plus size sistas:

Are you guys going to the Essence Music Festival? What do you think of the look?
See a few examples of Essence Music Festival street style here:



See more at www.essence.com.

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15 Responses to “Style Inspiration: What to Wear to the Essence Music Festival”

  1. GoldiKo says:

    That’s a boss outfit. I love how vibrant it looks!

  2. bj says:

    Where can I find this necklace?

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is a great post but the festival is actually indoors.

  4. Claire says:

    @Anonymous Either way it’ll be hot…so hopefully this outfit will still work!

  5. Anonymous says:

    @Claire I agree it will be hot, I’m a New Orleans resident and faithful Essence fest attendee. The outfits are great but I was just thinking that some of them are a little to daytime-y. They would work very well at the daytime festivities that Essence holds but at night the festival is in the Superdome and it’s more like a concert setting rather than a outdoor festival setting. Nonetheless, thanks alot for this post!

  6. missb says:

    @ GoldiKo I concur !

  7. Claire says:

    Perhaps I will update with a nighttime look. Thanks for the insight:)

  8. Dobe says:

    That turquiose necklace is awesome! Love my MK watches, as well!

  9. tasha says:

    loving these looks. all the women look amazing.

  10. Nikki says:

    Thank you sooo much Claire!!! I was super excited when I saw this post. This will be my first time attending Essence and I hear they do it up for the concerts. My husband has decided to wear a linen suit complete with a bowtie and pocket square and I want to look up to par..lol… I look forward to the night time post :}

  11. My Response says:

    oh no i was looking froward to purchasing that dress (depending on the price of course) :-(

  12. MsBossyMaineC says:

    I really like the all white with Orange, it’s simple yet really cute!!… Thanks for the ideas

  13. Just Me says:

    This year is my first year going! I’m super excited! Thanks for the suggestions!

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