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Outfits Under $100: Dress Up for Mardi Gras!


Mardi Gras beads and goodies
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Grab your beads and your BFFs and get ready for some fun, because Mardi Gras season is here! Even if you’re not heading down to New Orleans’ Bourbon St. (or St. Louis’ Soulard for my fellow Missouri folk) to dabble in the debauchery of the beads-and-booze holiday, you can still show a little spirit by dressing for the occasion. From a subtle nod to Mardi Gras to a full-blown masked look, have fun with this colorful and bead-dazzled holiday that’s all about fun, fun, fun.

Need a Cliff’s Notes on Mardi Gras dressing? Think purple, gold, green, beads, feathers and masks! If you’ve got some of those bases covered, you’re set to celebrate.

Here are three budget-friendly outfits (each under $100 total) to inspire you for Mardi Gras parties and celebrations:

Outfit #1: Sprinkle of Spirit

Outfits Under $100: Mardi Gras - Sprinkle of Spirit
Product Info: Sweater, Jeans, Hoops, Flats

Not everyone likes going all out and dressing head-to-toe in holiday garb, but that’s no reason to swear off being festive entirely – your simple outfit can still contain a subtle nod to the spirit of Mardi Gras. This comfy jeans-and-sweater combo is a casual look for class that could be worn any day — but the added touches of sparkling green and gold make it perfect for Mardi Gras season.

Outfit #2: Out on the Town

Outfits Under $100: Mardi Gras - On the Town
Product Info: Top, Pants, Earrings, Bangles, Wedges

Hitting the bars for Mardi Gras, but don’t want to look too costume-y? Like the first casual outfit, this going-out ensemble is a look that could be worn for several occasions — but the distinctive combo of purple and gold makes it fitting for the spirited holiday.

Outfit #3: Party Time

Outfits Under $100: Mardi Gras - Party Time!
Product Info: Dress, Clutch, Heels, Beads, Mask

This final outfit is for the fashion maven heading to a themed party — or anyone brave enough to dress up in full on purple, gold and green glory. Beads and a festive mask are musts for Mardi Gras celebrations, while the purple pumps, gold clutch, and green dress will help you look chic while partying the night away.

What do you think?

Are you planning to attend any Mardi Gras celebrations? Do you like these outfits? Which Mardi Gras color — purple, green or gold — is your favorite? Do you plan to go all out for Fat Tuesday? Please leave a comment!

Posted on on February 24, 2011 / Filed Under: Shopping / Tags: , , , , ,

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9 Responses to “Outfits Under $100: Dress Up for Mardi Gras!”

  1. 1
    February 24th, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    These are super cute! I go to school at LSU, so I actually get to go into New Orleans and celebrate Mardi Gras but if I stayed at school any of these would be great! A word of advice for anyone actually going to NOLA to watch parades, etc…put more emphasis on comfort than fashion though! I tried to look cute at my first parade and ended up cold with achy feet. Besides, even if you dress plainly, all the beads you catch will brighten up your outfit :)

  2. 2
    February 24th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Laissez les bons temps rouler!

  3. 3
    February 24th, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    soo cute, I think there should be another post soon-ish about what to wear at an evening summer wedding, since the others are outdated now. :[ and not too horribly expensive

  4. 4
    February 24th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    yayyyy I am heading to New Orleans next week for Mardi Gras! thanks so much for doing this post these outfits are cute and have given me ideas! and @JJ- good tip!

  5. 5
    February 24th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Cute outfits, especially the 2nd one.
    Yep I live in Mobile, AL so we go to several parades and I’m going to a society ball this Friday.

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    February 24th, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    I’m part Cajun but I live in NC so every year I make my friends a King Cake and we have a Mardi Gras party. These are super cute outfits, especially the last one, I usually go all out, right down to making my eye makeup Mardi Gras colors lol.

  7. 7
    February 24th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    I love this! My fave is outfit 2, in particular the satin one shoulder top. And it’s a bargain! Woot woot!

  8. 8
    February 26th, 2011 at 2:23 am

    As a Tulane gal, I definitely agree with the first poster. It gets cold in New Orleans, and it has been epically cold during Carnival season before. If you’re standing for long hours at parades, definitely dress for comfort and warmth first.

  9. 9
    February 26th, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Love these posts! You should do a post like this for St. Patrick’s day…it’s coming up, and here in Chicago, it’s a HUGE holiday! :)

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