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Mardi Gras Fashion Do’s & Don’ts

It’s finally time for one of the biggest parties of the year. With the weekend quickly approaching, it’s time to pick out what to wear for the days and nights spent celebrating the holiday.

Some like to go all out, while others keep it casual. Whichever route you choose to take, here are a few guidelines for making the most of your outfit while staying true to the Mardi Gras spirit.

Do:

• Wear some beads! It’s the easiest way to look festive without being over-the-top. I am NOT encouraging any particular way of attaining them.

• Sport the colors. Purple, green and gold are part of tradition and each have a special meaning. From striped rugby shirts to fingernail designs, you can’t go wrong wearing the color trio.

• Opt for comfort on days spent out around town. You’ll probably be doing a lot of walking (and dancing), so leave the heels/tight clothing/oversized bags at home.

• Keep it simple — you’ll have plenty of beads to accessorize with, but don’t be afraid to add a touch of shimmer here and there. It is a celebration after all.

• Pay attention to the dress codes of the different events you’ll be participating in or attending. Some occasions call for elaborate costumes and gowns, while others are more casual. Tradition is important, so do a little bit of research before picking something out.

• Disinfect your shoes at least once when you get home.

Don’t:

• Wear open toe shoes. Large crowds = dirty streets and feet getting stepped on.

• Wear valuable accessories while out on parade routes or busy parts of town. If you can’t stand the thought of losing something, don’t wear it out.

• Use your back pockets. As unfortunate as it is, pick pockets are out there. Your best bet will be a cross-body purse or wristlet you can keep a close, tight grip on.

• Forget to account for inclement weather. The party goes on rain or shine, hot or cold, so plan accordingly. If this year is anything like the past few have been, a rain jacket is your friend.

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