There’s no better way to get through a long and dreary winter than with an all-out bash. Fortunately, Mardi Gras is just a couple of weeks away! We bet you’re excited for a little self-indulgence while catching up with friends, and we want to make sure you look great while cutting loose. If Mardi Gras costumes aren’t your thing, check out these tips on how to create a fun yet fierce look while getting paid to shop. Be the life of the Mardi Gras party while keeping your style on fleek.
Head-Turning Party Dress
When shopping for Mardi Gras party clothes, always consider the tone of the party. If it’s a more formal affair, a purple cocktail dress with added details is always a good choice. With this gorgeous dress from ModCloth, you’ve got movement, texture and a killer color — all the ingredients needed to turn heads. Since the dress is a solid color, you now have the freedom to accessorize with green and gold. Green pumps and gold jewelry would pair perfectly, but you can also go bold with gold lipstick or eye shadow.
If the event is a house party or small gathering, casual Mardi Gras outfit ideas can still be chic and exciting. Your favorite pair of jeans will look amazing with a gold sequin top like this one from Charlotte Russe. Try pairing it with a green cardigan or blazer, and throw in a purple headband to complete your color combo. Now you’ve got a more laid-back look that still steals the show.
Not all Mardi Gras outfits require a mask, but if you’re shopping for one, either go big or go home. Spend a little extra cheddar on a quality handmade mask. You can find plenty of styles and colors on Etsy for less than $20! Plus, you can reuse it for Halloween or display it on your wall as a conversation piece.
Bag Those Beads
You may be tempted to incorporate those iconic plastic beads into your outfit. Don’t. They’re not only cheap and plastic, but it’s also in bad taste to give them to yourself. Throwing beads is a Mardi Gras custom, so it’s better to have them handy and give them away. Once given to you, go ahead and rock them all night long. After all, it’s a party!
Briana is a shopaholic whose newest obsession is matching top-and-skirt sets (but she also can’t resist a good jumpsuit). She loves rock music, horror movies and is an all-around pop culture junkie. She is, without fail, always down for karaoke. Her blog, Mamafierce, is a chronicle of personal fashion, body positivity and the adventures of motherhood. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, three-year-old son and tortoiseshell cat, Divvy.