Held in the lively city of New Orleans, the 2019 ESSENCE Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever! With over 500,000 attendees set to “party with a purpose,” the pressure is on to not only rally up your besties to plan the perfect Girl’s Trip, but also to look your best!

With the famed festival right around the corner, July 5-7, you may be racking your brain on what to pack, but lucky for you, we have a few suggestions to not only give you some inspiration but also ensure your Instagram photos are double-tap worthy.

First and foremost, you’ve got to know the theme. Introducing Afrotropolis 2025!

Bringing about some serious #MelaninMagic, Afrotropolis 2025 will be a futuristic wonderland of discovery, fusing the creativity of the Black diaspora with awe-inspiring technology to further expand the AT&T’s #DreamInBlack story.

You may be asking yourself, ‘how do I fashionably keep on theme?’ Look no further. We have all the scoop on everything you should be wearing that will keep you on trend and in harmony with your brothers and sisters for Afrotropolis 2025.


  • Get Playful With CosPlay! Being Black is your superpower, so why not dress the part with Cosplay-inspired fashion?

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Hey all! I dedied to try my hand at a quick #Nessa cosplay costest. I don't have all the bells and whistles but I did my best! Will post more later on the makeup look! Nessa #THICC point 0! . . Life has been interesting this 2019. Lots of changes, good and bad. Some are still occurring and one that has hit the scene is Nessa! The new #pokemonswordshield game. Please stop creating art that is lighter than her skin tone. She a beautiful DARK SKINNED Goddess and should be drawn and appreciated as such. That's the end of my #TranquilSpeak . Check out @curvy_curvy_cosplayers as I am a page model for them and they show awesome cosplay vixens! #cosplay #cosplayer #tbt #blackcosplayersrock #blackgirlmagic #afropunk  #makeup #nerds #comics #instagram #videogames #  #blackgirl # #plussizecosplay #bodypositivity #nintendoswitch #nintendo #nessacosplay #blackcosplayersrock

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  • Light Up The Night With Neon! The neon trend of the 90s has found its way into the new millennium and it’s bound to get a lot of attention in the massive crowds.


  • Free Up Your Hands With A Fanny Pack. Don’t get it twisted, we’re not talking about your grandma’s fanny pack. Fanny packs are not only extremely functional, but they have also gotten a major makeover with loads of different fashionable choices available! Clear, holographic, sequin, you name it!

  • Take It To A New Level With Platform Sandals. Looking for a few extra inches without losing the comfort of flats? Look no further than platform sandals that offer the best of both worlds!

  • Make Your Mark With A Maxi Dress. No one can deny that maxi dresses never play out. Opting for a patterned maxi dress is a no-fail way to look your best without over thinking!

  • Shimmer And Shine With Silver Fashion! There’ no better way to stand out in a crowd than with bold metallic looks, especially silver.

  • Have Fun With Holographic Sneakers! Who says sneakers have to be simple? Grab a pair of holographic sneakers and glo’ up and rake in the comments.


  • Turn Heads With Natural Curls! Enough said. We all know that bouncy, full, and lustrous curls are all the rage!

  • Go Crazy With Colorful Hair. Braids, wigs, or even highlights, colorful hair is bound to make everyone around you do a double take!

  • Cause A Frenzy With Facial Jewelry! Get into the festivities with face jewelry that will dazzle all those around you.

What will you be wearing?

Written Tweety Elitou