When preparing what I would wear for Essence Fest, I visited 2 of my favourite consignment shops in the city: Play it Again Val’s located in Ajax, and Plato’s Closet in Scarborough. I was able to find some easy flowing pieces that would be great in the Nola heat and fit perfectly in my carry-on luggage.
Finding this kimono was everything for me. I really wanted to find a fun piece that was colourful and really made a statement! I decided to pair a teal dress I had in my closet; and it was the perfect combination. Also, the kimono was perfect for the venue as the Superdome was a bit chilly. Kimonos are a great accent piece to customize any outfit choice seeing as they are so multifunctional and can be found in a multitude of colours and patterns.
For my next OOTD, I went back to my closet. About 2 years ago , I bought this black-and-white dress, but never got a chance to wear it. The tags were still on so it was like shopping in my own store and scoring a killer deal. I knew this dress would be easy breezy as I walked to and fro from the convention centre. And as much as I love colour, I also live for black and white; so I didn’t mind going to the other side of the colour spectrum.
I absolutely adore rompers. They will never be out of style for me. With so many ladies rocking stripes since Spring, I was glad I found this piece for an awesome deal. The fit and quality of the fabric were on point and I had the perfect pair of sandals that complemented the jumper for a chic nighttime vibe.
Overall my outfits for Essence Fest were a hit: fashionable, functionable, and affordable.
Don’t be afraid to check out your local consignment store. You’ll find some really unique pieces, perfect for any event.
Happy Friday Jr!