What to Wear to Mardi Gras
Posted on February 22 2017
Mention ‘Mardi Gras’ and the mind instantly conjures up images of a colorful carnival, nonstop revelry, and people dressed in elaborate costumes or wacky outfits. In 2017, Mardi Gras will be celebrated on February 28, which means festivities will start weeks in advance. If you plan to be part of this array of fascinating carnivals and parades, it is time to start working on your sexiest Mardi Gras dresses and apparel.
As always, we are here to ensure that you look your stunning best while attending the many events at Mardi Gras this year. But first, let’s take a look at the famous festival and how it came into being.
History of Mardi Gras
The annual festival, which is also known as ‘Fat Tuesday’ and ‘Shrove Tuesday,’ is essentially a carnival. The season starts off on the 12 night post-Christmas (January 6), and is celebrated in several countries worldwide. New Orleans plays host to the biggest and most famous Mardi Gras celebration in the United States.
The origins of this festival can be traced back to the 17th and 18th centuries, in medieval Europe. Though New Orleans was established in the year 1718, people started celebrating Mardi Gras nearly a decade later in early 1730s. The governor of Louisiana used to host society balls to celebrate this holiday during this time period.
It was only in the late 1830s that Mardi Gras celebrations included processions of horseback riders and people wearing masks in New Orleans. Some of the traditions that were started during this time are still being practiced today, such as throwing of beads, the handing out of Zulu coconuts, the wearing of masks, and the Flambeaux.
Wardrobe Choices to Make for Mardi Gras
When you are packing your bags to go to New Orleans for the Mardi Gras celebrations, it is important to think about your wardrobe choices. After all, it is the biggest party of the year, and you need to plan your festive outfits beforehand. From makeup to shoes choosing the right women’s apparel for the event ensures that you are comfortable and confident as you attend the festivities. The best part of Mardi Gras is that it is famous as a laissez-faire event, so there is no strict dress code you need to follow. Here are a few tips that will help you out while packing.
Think About Your Costume
If you are planning to wear a costume to Mardi Gras, and want to make a statement, you need an over-the-top outrageous costume. During these celebrations, wild outfits are considered the norm – absolutely any crazy costume will work. Before buying a costume, think about how you are planning to transport it because a headdress may not fit into your suitcase.
There are events that last throughout the day during Mardi Gras, so ensure that the costume that you choose can be worn for the whole day without any discomfort. The best thing to do would be to buy or rent your costume in New Orleans itself. If you plan a few weeks to a few months in advance you will have many options to choose from. Just be yourself and wear whatever makes you feel good.
If you want to keep things simple and comfortable consider wearing a sexy bandage dress paired with outrageous shoes, and a wacky jacket. Throw on an elaborate mask, a headpiece, detailed makeup, and a stacked hairstyle for a more dramatic effect.
Formal Dresses for Balls
It is not easy to get tickets to one of the Mardi Gras balls in New Orleans. However, if you have managed this feat, it becomes imperative that you pack a formal dress in your suitcase. Whether you want to wear a halter neck chiffon dress that makes you look like a princess or a metallic bandage dress that accentuates your curves, remember to carry it with you.
When you are planning to wear a formal dress, you will need a pair of heels that will complement it. Go through your shoe wardrobe and choose one that works with your dress. Remember that the right pair of heels can give your outfit a polished finish that gives you a sex appeal that stands out in a crowd. Check out these tips on how to walk in heels and which types of heels are the most comfortable.
Comfortable Shoes Are A Must
Speaking of heels - heels are needed for formal events but you must carry your most comfortable pair of shoes with you because you will be walking quite a lot. During Mardi Gras celebrations, you cannot take cabs anywhere. The traffic is a nightmare and most of the roads are blocked because of the various parades throughout the day.
Whether you are wearing boots or sandals, ensure that they are extremely comfortable to walk for long periods of time. Your shoes may end up getting dirty by the end of the day, so either wear shoes that can be easily cleaned or ones you don’t mind throwing out. You will not be able to enjoy the parade and other Mardi Gras celebrations in heels because your feet will scream bloody murder in no time. If you prefer to wear shoes that are not causal consider inserts or other supports for your feet.
Makeup Tips for Mardi Gras Attendees
Costume or not, you need to stand out among the crowd during the parades and other celebrations at Mardi Gras. Remember that people bring out their vibrant, wackiest, and stylish best and so should you. Mardi Gras is a time to let your hair down, be free, and truly live in the moment.
Makeup is one of the best ways to make a lasting impression, so plan ahead and ensure that you have a few ideas about your makeup style for each day and event. Choose to go over the top with this Cirque du Soleil makeup, or go all shiny and glittery with this Mardi Gras makeup look. Feathers, vibrant eyeshadows, and makeup masks – anything and everything works during these festivities. Be sure that your makeup choice is realistic and can last the entire day with light touch ups.
Thousands of people travel to New Orleans every year just to see Mardi Gras celebrations. There are going to be thousands of people on the streets to see the parades, mingle, and expressing themselves. So it is important that you accessorize wisely and tastefully. Remember that celebrations at Mardi Gras are long. Wear sensible jewelry and accessories that will not weigh you down.
Choose a bag that makes sense for your outfit and events. Chic backpacks and cross shoulder bags are popular options. Whatever bag you are planning to carry with you, ensure that it can hold your essentials like your phone, hotel key, credit cards, and stash of cash. It also needs to hold a bottle of water, your touch up makeup, and anything else you believe you will need throughout the day.
Carry a small portable charger if possible, to ensure that your phone does not run out of juice with all the selfie-clicking. Keep all valuables and precious jewelry in your hotel room or at home – in the hustle and bustle of the parade, it is quite possible to lose things or get mugged.
Consider Comfy Clothes
Whether or not you intend to wear costumes to the parade, you will need comfortable clothes. Pack a pair of jeans and tops, and a couple of sexy Mardi Gras dresses. Mardi Gras usually takes place during the end of winter, so there may just be a last cold spell. Keep an eye on the weather when you are packing your bags for Mardi Gras. There is no harm in carrying warm clothes to New Orleans, you never know when it might be handy. Also consider adding a light jacket to your bag to put on as the evening sets in.
Keep in mind that it rains a lot in New Orleans. We recommended that you either carry an umbrella or a poncho. Umbrellas may be difficult to hold onto in such a huge crowd so most Mardi Gras attendees choose raincoats and ponchos. Do not panic if you forget to carry it, you can pick it up from one of the stores in New Orleans.
Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans have become renowned all over the world. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and you are bound to have a fun filled experience that creates memories for years to come. Laissez les bon temps rouler (or let the good times roll)!
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