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What to Wear in New Orleans

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What to Wear in New Orleans

New Orleans, or the “Big Easy”, is iconic for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant music scene, and spicy, spectacular cuisine that offers a glimpse into its history of a melting pot of French, African, and American cultures. On top of that, it’s most known for its annual, late-winter celebration Mardi Gras where people come from all over the US to celebrate. In recent years, its also become a hot spot for Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties! Between the regular celebrations, rich history, and food, there is something for everyone in New Orleans.

Below, we’ll offer you a few outfit inspirations to help you pack for your trip to New Orleans, especially if you plan on going between February and May. 

New Orleans Style Tips to Follow

In every way, New Orleans is an exciting, crazy mix, and the best clothing tip to remember when visiting is to plan ahead and dress for the weather. It embraces creativity and revels in expressions of bold style. Regardless, we want to provide you with a few quick tips that can start you off on the right foot for packing.


  • Bring a pair of shoes for walking and a pair for dancing
  • Bring breathable, lightweight fabrics
  • Pack yourself a little black dress

Girl on ground wearing jean jacket and sun glasses

3 Outfit Inspirations for New Orleans

While New Orleans is a place that embraces every style, maybe you need a few fun outfit inspirations based on what you’re doing or the occasion. If that’s the case, we’ve got a few ideas that you can check out below.


New Orleans Outfit #1: Daytime Casual

If you plan on spending the day exploring tourist or historical attractions, you’ll probably find yourself doing a lot of walking. Your typical outfit of jeans, a t-shirt, and a sweater or jacket will do unless you plan on snagging some insta-worthy photos. In that case, a flower dress paired with a jean jacket or a cute top and jean bottoms is perfect.


New Orleans Outfit #2: Night Life

Bourbon Street is worth seeing at least once in a lifetime. Open container laws and drive-thru daiquiri spots, you’ll find many people spotting to-go cups. Typical bar or club outfits will do, like a little black dress or flashy matching sets. Dresses and heels are the most popular, or a smart combo between a very spicy top and a mini skirt.


New Orleans Outfit #3: Mardi Gras

If you plan on visiting New Orleans during Mardi Gras, you’ll have a great time! Make sure to pack a light jacket, comfortable bottoms, a long sleeve shirt, and the right shoes. Select outfits with at least one of Mardi Gras’ official colors: purple, gold, and green. If you plan on attending any masked balls, you may also have to pack formal attire so make sure the invitation calls for a black tie, white tie, or costume de rigueur. 


You are ready for your trip to New Orleans! As another tip before you pack, make sure you bring your favorite accessories with you. When you pack them, make sure to store them in a travel jewelry case so you don’t spend too much time having to untangle all the necklaces and bracelets from each other. Besides, if you’re going for Mardi Gras, you may have some jewelry souvenirs that you’re looking to take home.


For more ideas on what to wear in New Orleans or on your other adventures, follow us on Pinterest for inspiration.

New Orleans Style Tips to Follow

In every way, New Orleans is an exciting, crazy mix, and the best clothing tip to remember when visiting is to plan ahead and dress for the weather. It embraces creativity and revels in expressions of bold style. Regardless, we want to provide you with a few quick tips that can start you off on the right foot for packing.


  • Bring a pair of shoes for walking and a pair for dancing
  • Bring breathable, lightweight fabrics
  • Pack yourself a little black dress

Girl on ground wearing jean jacket and sun glasses

3 Outfit Inspirations for New Orleans

While New Orleans is a place that embraces every style, maybe you need a few fun outfit inspirations based on what you’re doing or the occasion. If that’s the case, we’ve got a few ideas that you can check out below.


New Orleans Outfit #1: Daytime Casual

If you plan on spending the day exploring tourist or historical attractions, you’ll probably find yourself doing a lot of walking. Your typical outfit of jeans, a t-shirt, and a sweater or jacket will do unless you plan on snagging some insta-worthy photos. In that case, a flower dress paired with a jean jacket or a cute top and jean bottoms is perfect.


New Orleans Outfit #2: Night Life

Bourbon Street is worth seeing at least once in a lifetime. Open container laws and drive-thru daiquiri spots, you’ll find many people spotting to-go cups. Typical bar or club outfits will do, like a little black dress or flashy matching sets. Dresses and heels are the most popular, or a smart combo between a very spicy top and a mini skirt.


New Orleans Outfit #3: Mardi Gras

If you plan on visiting New Orleans during Mardi Gras, you’ll have a great time! Make sure to pack a light jacket, comfortable bottoms, a long sleeve shirt, and the right shoes. Select outfits with at least one of Mardi Gras’ official colors: purple, gold, and green. If you plan on attending any masked balls, you may also have to pack formal attire so make sure the invitation calls for a black tie, white tie, or costume de rigueur. 


You are ready for your trip to New Orleans! As another tip before you pack, make sure you bring your favorite accessories with you. When you pack them, make sure to store them in a travel jewelry case so you don’t spend too much time having to untangle all the necklaces and bracelets from each other. Besides, if you’re going for Mardi Gras, you may have some jewelry souvenirs that you’re looking to take home.


For more ideas on what to wear in New Orleans or on your other adventures, follow us on Pinterest for inspiration.

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