July 1st, 2014
Shopping, Style Inspiration, What to Wear
Summer 2014 Style Inspiration: What to Wear to the 2014 Essence Music Festival
By Danielle Nicole

As I’m quickly becoming a master at mixing bold and colorful prints, I’ve channeled my inner Solange for today’s post. The Essence Music Festival is the optimal place to showcase your stylish know-how, so for you gals gearing up to hit NOLA this weekend, today’s style suggestions are for you.

Bailey writes, “Last year you provided some great ideas to help me get ready for all of the fun, eat and festivities that Essence Music Festival has to offer. I will be returning to the Big Easy again this year and would love some updated styling ideas to inspire me. Thanks!!”

Take in the music and excitement of the Big Easy in a wave flared skirt in a bold pattern mixed with pastel and nude tones.

What to Wear to the 2014 Essence Music Festival J.W. Anderson Green Silk Wave Flared Skirt Opening Ceremony Athena Large Lunch Bag In Blush Pink Olympia Le-Tan The Mystery of Magnolia Beach Embroidered ClutchAdd a stylish twist to your festival look with an Olympia Le-Tan Embroidered clutch, Khaleda Rajab + Fahad Almarzouq Cateye sunglasses and a cream paper braid fedora hat.

For look #2, Jazz up a muted maxi dress with neutral prints and beaded accents.

What to Wear to the 2014 Essence Music Festival Rick Owens Aurora Draped Gown Celine Caty Sunglasses Missoni Thin Tube CuffA fringe shoulder bag, a chunky platform, and a pair of stylish shades give the look a boho chic feel.

Kierra who’s also heading down south for the long weekend writes, “In 2011, there was a post about what to wear to the Essence Music Festival. Since festival wear is so trendy now, can you please do an update on Essence Music Festival looks? I’m a 21 year old Howard University Senior and I don’t want to be jamming to Prince looking like I’m ready for Coachella. Thanks for always keeping fashion at my fingertips!”

Since boho fab isn’t really your forte, accent a black romper with a vibrant floral printed blazer.

What to Wear to the 2014 Essence Music Festival Christian Louboutin Sweet Charity Bow Detail Leather Flap Bag Marc by Marc Jacobs Jungle Printed Silk Crepe Blazer Manolo Blahnik Dance2 Caged Slingback SandalsA blue caged slingback sandal, a neon shoulder bag, and a punchy nail lacquer add an extra pop.

And for your final festive concert look, I plucked a mesh midi skirt topped with a white strapless bustier and an embellished platform pump.

What to Wear to the 2014 Essence Music Festival Charlotte Olympia Liquorice Dolly Embellished Platform Courts A.L.C. Handbags Saville Leopard Print Haircalf Foldover Clutch Shakuhachi White Bustier OnesieAn animal printed clutch, Nasty Gal Balls Out collar necklace, and a bright lip add a dash of funky flare.


And that’s it! Hope you ladies have lots of fun at the year’s gathering. Which look best suits your personal festival style?

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7 Responses to “Summer 2014 Style Inspiration: What to Wear to the 2014 Essence Music Festival”

  1. c says:

    Ummm all these cloths are wayyyyyy too nice to wear to Essence Fest! People everywhere, hot, humid, and lots of standing and walking. #truth

  2. tahlyuh says:

    I love these looks! ESSENCE is definitely where women bring it in the fashion department. It’s a weekend-long fashion show.

    I’m going to ESSENCE one of these years. Sigh. Lol.

  3. Southern says:

    Guess yall don’t know how hot and humid it is in N0

    Here’s a hint, it ain’t known for fashion

  4. fav1 says:

    Don’t wear heels…unless you are going to a party in your hotel. Made that mistake once and never again! Oh ditto to the very hot and humid smh.

  5. binks says:

    As someone from NOLA, I agree with Fav1 on skipping the heels. Your feet will be screaming at the end of the day. Make sure you pack light and cool clothing, it is hot as hell now (and don’t forget to have a spare umbrella for those scattered showers). And don’t forget your water bottle! Cute looks!

  6. Enneirda07 says:

    Loooovvvveeee the second outfit!!! Going to Essence for the second time. As far as it being hot, yes, its hot, its summer. But you’ll probably be indoors most of the time and they actually keep the convention center and superdome very cold. Idk why someone said its not known for fashion. It may not be your taste but anytime you have a lot of black ppl together, you know we are going to DRESS! Have fun and be comfy but also dress cute.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Im still waiting on what to wear for the 4th of July! Come on CLAIRE!!! Help me out!

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