Hip Candy Fashion Inspiration Guide to Mardi Gras Balls 2018...


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I've lived in New Orleans going on 5 years now and I've seen first hand that Mardi Gras season here is just as big as the Christmas season if not bigger. It's pretty major. So I just wanted to do my part and offer a bit of inspiration on what to wear to the many upcoming Carnival Danceries (or "soirees..." copyright Mary J. Blige).

The Purple

A regal purple gown figure hugging gown that flows into a graceful floor-sweeping trumpet skirt. Shop this Carmen Marc Valvo dress HERE.

Beautiful purple draped gown by Gareth Pugh. Shop this dress HERE (my personal pick).

Deep purple Adrianna Papell dress with pin tucked pleats and cascading ruffles. Fully lined. Shop this dress HERE.

The Green

Fluted hem Halston Heritage gown in green. Shop this dress HERE.

Fabulous laser cut, velvet design Tadashi Shoji gown in deep leaf and nude. Shop this dress HERE (my personal pick).

Look, this green JS Collections dress has POCKETS. No other description is needed. Shop this dress HERE .

The Gold

All eyes on you when you enter the room in this gorgeous gold metallic Mac Duggal ballgown. Shop this dress HERE.

Cold shoulder, gold metallic Studio 54 jacquard Marlene gown by Rachel Zoe. For when you're going for that 1970's bohemian vibe. Shop this dress HERE.

My pick. This black and gold Nicole Miller gown with plunging neckline and high slit is finished in beautiful gold embroidery. Shop this dress HERE.

The Rest

Left: Red Jay Godfrey one-shoulder, draped ruffle gown. Shop this dress HERE.
Center: Black off the shoulder Norma Kamali 3/4 sleeve fishtail gown in signature stretch jersey. Shop this dress HERE.
Right: This polka dot print silk satin Duro Olowu gown is my wish list pick. Awesome Nigerian born designer that First Lady Michelle Obama wore on occasion. Shop this dress HERE.

The Accessories

Adorn your décolletage in purple, green and hints of gold in this Rosantica necklace. Shop it HERE.

Because of course you need this beautiful Rosantica Pearl Mask too. Shop it HERE.

Shop these Mary Ann Mulhern Mardi Gras Earrings made with beads and Swarovski crystals HERE.

Get all the glitz and glam you need on your night out with the Chelsea rhinestone sandal from Caparros. Shop them HERE.

A shimmery exterior is perfectly complemented by a crystal-set clasp on a trim box clutch that also has an optional drop-in chain strap. Shop this clutch HERE.

And finally, a download of Professor Longhair's track "Go To the Mardi Gras" to get you in the New Orleans Carnival mood. Click HERE to grab it and Happy Mardi Gras!