Ever since Girls Trip dominated world wide box offices last year, it became even more clear than ever that Essence Music Festival is THE ultimate celebration of black womanhood and culture annually. This year, The Strut’s Editor-in-Chief enjoyed the exciting opportunity to attend Essence Fest and it was SURREAL! There was so much rich history in the city, so many inspiring black women in attendance, not to mention the soulful Cajun food. But you know why we’re here! To talk all things fashion — and black owned business. Take notes from our EOC, who wore put together stylish New Orleans-ready looks featuring pieces from black owned boutiques and black designers.
Here’s our guide on how to slay Essence Fest while supporting the culture!
Cool linens and Effortless Stripes
For the first day of Essence fest, EOC Gabriella Layne sported a one piece jumpsuit featuring a cute open tie back, purchased from Sonya Bee boutique. She paired it with some easy mules which was perfect for all of the walking in the French Quarter and a trendy straw bag. Find a similar option at Sonya Bees or Esche Boutique.
Light Denim and Coordinated Sets
For the second day at Essence Fest, we stepped it up on a notch with an adorable denim coulette set featuring dramatic rouching, purchased at Simone Monae. She paired with the same accessories at Day 1 — because light packing is ALWAYS the goal!
Graphic Tee and Patent Leather
We took our style from day to night by spicing things up in a political graphic tee by Black Vogue, paired with a trendy patent leather skirt and strappy heels. Find similar styles at Swanka Posh.
Pleats and Ruffles
We took it straight Lemonade style in this eye catching matching maxi set that epitomizes the vibrant and colorful feel of the city. Inspired by the traditional vibrant color palettes of the traditional country style homes found throughout the city, this set is easy and show stopping. It was purchased at Esche boutique.
Let us know your favorite Essence style! If you were in attendance and wore black owned brands too, tag us in your photos for the chance to be featured!