Whether you are a New Orleans veteran or a new member of the Crescent City, you can never have too many picturesque places to show off your most Instagram-worthy outfits. In a town flooded with endless classic French architecture, Mardi Gras bead-filled trees, and spicy po-boys, we sometimes forget that New Orleans is now blending the historical look and appeal of the city with emerging trendy locations and restaurants that are awaiting your next not-to-be-missed fashion moments! Those vibrantly-painted houses on every corner are meant to be seen, so why not find a contrasting-colored outfit to make it a photo opp? Here are just a few of the infinite local whereabouts and what to wear to them so you are always looking chic!
The Hidden Gems
Take a break from looking down at your phone while walking to class and look up! You are surrounded by oak trees covered in Spanish moss and wrought-iron wrap-around porches that are picture perfect. Take advantage of the little details in the neighborhoods that electrify the NOLA look. Slip on a brightly colored hot-pink sweater (hot pink is all the rage this season!), add light wash, straight-cut jeans, a skinny black belt, and platform Supergas and you are ready for your closeup! Any bright item with the natural New Orleans scenery will help you pop in your picture! If you are feeling adventurous on a fall day, you can even add a mini quilted-leather backpack, or round-brimmed hat to get that “on the go” look ready for any adventure in the city.
The Candy Man
One of my favorite parts about NOLA is that the old, cherished facets of this city never change. Starting in 1915, the horse-drawn Roman Candy Man cart has roamed the uptown streets and can still to this day be spotted on Saint Charles Avenue. Why not fuse the most recent runway fashion with a vintage twist when visiting the candy cart for a quick taffy purchase? Try being bold with cheetah print, which is back and better than ever! Pair a cheetah skirt or cheetah printed pants with a tucked in black knit sweater and chunky-heeled black boots, and you are ready to strike a pose. This outfit will match perfectly alongside the cute old-fashioned cart, and will allow you to stand out on the streets. Nothing is better than some candy and an amazing outfit, am I right?!
Are you Hungry Yet?
As we all know, New Orleans is busting at the seams with delectable restaurants (and your pants might be too after trying everything on the menu…), so make sure to wear something a little looser and breezy when going on a food adventure! Restaurants like Auction House Market and Bacchanal Wine will definitely not leave you feeling hungry when you are done. Auction House Market is known for its mirror-selfie moments. Its bathroom walls are covered with pink and red shades of lips wallpaper. In order to accentuate the vibrant wallpaper, you can go for the more classic and reserved look of wearing all black—think a maxi ribbed dress, or two-piece pant and tank set. If you are feeling more audacious, like Carrie Bradshaw vibes—go with a bright patterned dress or top to make your selfie full of contrast and fun! Both of these options are also perfect to attend Bacchanal for a date night out with that special someone or for a G.N.O! Add some color to your life with these outfits. NOLA is full of life, so your wardrobe should be too.
From Day to Night
This city never sleeps, so why not go somewhere that can be an all-day experience? Try checking out the Drifter or Ace Hotel to have you feeling retro vibes, from the lounging at the pool to having a fun dinner with drinks at night! Time to start packing a day bag because you are in for a treat. At the Drifter, the hot pink astroturf tanning area and hanging disco balls are an ideal place to bring out your boldest bathing suit and 90s-styled sunnies. Need a break from the sun? Venture down to the bar area with palm-tree leaf painted walls where those striped, plaid, or belted pants will shine. Add a leather jacket and you are ready to go. Similarly, the Ace Hotel will make you never want to leave. Located in downtown NOLA, get ready to check out the rooftop pool/bar, restaurant and coffee shop downstairs upon arrival. Come ready with some electric clothing pieces to fit into the mid-century modern atmosphere. The rooftop is beyond your jean-shorts scene, so bring the cover-up you’ve been waiting to wear and change into a body-hugging long sleeve bodysuit with a flowy skirt and heeled booties at night.
New Orleans is the perfect place to have some fun so make sure your outfits are on par with your atmosphere! Now, start exploring!
As a writer on our Fashion and Beauty team, this LA girl loves fashion and adventure. Ellie Berglass is a sophomore majoring in Communications and Psychology. Fun fact: she once skydived in Fiji!