Just like music festival season, I always forget what I should pack to wear for Mardi Gras. Like, what does one wear to an event like this? There's nothing quite like it... the weather is usually unpredictable; at this time in the south, it could be 80 degrees one day and then some random ass cold front will billow through and be 30 degrees. Not to mention the sporadic rain. Well, my advice to you is to look at the weather and plan your shoes and rain gear accordingly (rain jacket preferable over umbrella... you'll be grateful you won't have to carry that annoying ass thing around). As for the outfit, this here is my trusty go-to. I have an assortment of outfits, of course, considering that being a resident of New Orleans causes you to accumulate a weirdly large collection of gold sequined items, but I could wear this particular outfit every single day of Mardi Gras weekend and be happy.
The classic Perlis Mardi Gras Polo, preferably in an over large size for a no-pants look. Forget Ralph Lauren, Perlis is where it's at.
The gold lamé legging. It's actually an investment, you'd be surprised how many occasions you could wear gold lamé leggings if only you owned some.
The no-hands purse; some good choices can be found at Urban Outfitters. You will hate yourself if you bring a shoulder bag. The crazier the better--I have a cross body purse that's a Hello Kitty head, and then another one that's from South Africa and made of dyed purple fur. It's hard to find fun purses online since most people are looking for practical, but Mardi Gras is the opposite of practical. Neon fanny packs are also a good option.
And of course, the accessories!
Layering on random thangs and trinkets is always good. Every outfit benefits from a purple tutu, for example. Gold sequin headband, Mardi Gras color bandannas... don't forget about glitter makeup. GET SO EXCITED ABOUT CARNIVAL SEASON!!!!!