Today kicks off the 2016 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. If you’re making your way to the NOLA for a little R&B and Soul, get a few outfit ideas on what to wear when you hit Bourbon Street with today’s style inspirations.

Pair a tribal-print sheer blouse with high-waist distressed denim shorts and metallic lace-up gladiator flat sandals.

What to Wear 2016 Essence Music Festival Valentino Tribal Sheer Blouse Alexander Wang Distressed denim shorts Saint Laurent Classic Nano Sac De Jour Bag Le Specs Savanna sunglassesComplete the look with a wide-brim panama hat, medium leather tote, tortoiseshell frames, and dangling gold bauble earrings.

Create a chic summer look in a pair of multi-color striped culottes offset by an edgy one-shoulder top with side knot detail.

What to Wear 2016 Essence Music Festival Rosie Assoulin Light Cotton Poplin One Armed Bandit Top Aquazzura Latin Lover Sandal Sophie Hulme Blue Albion Box TotePull the look together with a nude strappy lace-up sandal, a dusty blue box tote, and chunky cat-eye shades.

Take in the sounds of the New Orleans jazz scene dressed in a midi tank dress and disco ball pom pom sandals.

What to Wear 2016 Essence Music Festival Aquazzura Disco Thing Sequin Pom Pom Sandals Rosantica Atena fringed necklace Janessa Leone Aster Panama Hat Linda Farrow Oversized Round SunglassesLet your accessories add the finishing touch with a bold statement fringed necklace, straw tote bag, oversized round sunglasses, and a stylish panama hat.

Lastly, explore the streets of NOLA in a denim-on-denim look offset by a structured denim top and distressed shorts.

What to Wear 2016 Essence Music Festival Exclusive for Intermix Alvan Denim Top Fendi Multicolor Studded Ankle-Wrap Sandal Marni Edge hexagonal-frame sunglassesAdd a pop of color with a bright pink leather box crossbody bag, multi-color studded ankle-wrap sandals, and hexagonal-frame sunglasses.

What do think of this year’s Essence Festival inspired outfit ideas? Which look would you recreate for a stay in the Big Easy? Be sure to follow me on Instagram @StyleIsMyObsession for more stylish wardrobe and outfit suggestions. Based in LA and need personal styling? E-mail me at


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