Mardi Gras is right around the corner, which means it’s time to party. French for “fat Tuesday,” it’s the last hurrah before Lent starts the next day on Ash Wednesday. No matter how you may be celebrating this year at a fancy party, at a work celebration, or even poolside here are ideas for what to wear and where to shop:
Mardi Gras Style Ahead 1 of 7
Click through for six ways to celebrate Mardi Gras in style and where to get the looks!
Feathers 2 of 7
Feather masks may come to mind when you think of Mardi Gras, but the feathers don't need to stop there. They are a fun and festive way to show some flare on Mardi Gras, and you can wear them on everything from your shoes to your skirt!
Get the red shoes by Nine West from DSW for $99.95
Get the dress from ASOS for $189.13 on sale
Get the green shoes by ABS by Allen Schwartz from Macy's for $89.99 on sale
Green and Purple 3 of 7
Green, purple and gold are the official colors of Mardi Gras, and are said to date back to 1872 when Russian Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich Romanoff visited the New Orleans area. His house colors were green, purple and gold, and they've stuck with the holiday ever since.
Get the first dress by Isaac Mizrahi from Nordstrom for $139
Get the second dress by Melissa Masse from Neiman Marcus for $122 on sale
Get the third dress by Donna Morgan from Nordstrom for $189
Sequins 4 of 7
Everything about Mardi Gras and the Carnival season is opulent, and that includes the style. It's the perfect time to wear sequins, especially in the holiday's official colors.
Get the first dress from Lovers + Friends from Shopbop for $149.10 on sale
Get the second dress by Ali Ro from NM Last Call for $161.25 on sale
Get the third dress by Badgley Mischka from Lord & Taylor for $199
Major Embellishment 5 of 7
If sequins aren't enough extravagance for you, then try a majorly embellished piece, like these shoes or necklace. They can be paired with a simple outfit to show just a bit of holiday style, or layered with other items on this list to go all out for Carnival season.
Get the sandals by Jeffrey Campbell from Nordstrom for $184.95
Get the necklace by Betsey Johnson from Lord & Taylor for $195
Peacock Print 6 of 7
My search for Mardi Gras fashion turned up a lot of peacock pieces — such as this swim cover up, leggings and full skirt. The beautiful bird exhibits the official colors of the season, plus there are plenty of peacocks who take up residence in the New Orleans area. This is one print that'e easy to wear year-round and is especially appropriate for Mardi Gras.
Get the cover up from ASOS for $26.35 on sale
Get the leggings from Miss KL for $30.95 on sale
Get the skirt from ModCloth for $79.99
Masks 7 of 7
Last, but certainly not least, Mardi Gras just wouldn't be Mardi Gras without masks. The tradition started as a way for "krewe" members to stay anonymous while putting together floats for the parade, and grew to be an accessory that allows everyone to join in on the fun!
Get the top two masks from Oriental Trading Company for $20 per dozen
Get the mask sunglasses by Agent Provocateur from Farfetch for $596.69
Get the silver mask from Topshop for $80