It’s that time of year! Every July, New Orleans, the southern city, fills up with women, families, friends, and more to enjoy, empower, be entertained and more. From celebrity-filled panels to star-studded musical guests and more, Essence Festival brings out the best…so naturally, there is style! See who turned up the fashion to match the heat index!

ESSENCE FESTIVAL STREETSTYLE: Haute Hair And Statement Style In The Beautiful Bayou was originally published on hellobeautiful.com

1. STATEMENT SUNNIES

STATEMENT SUNNIES

All white glasses in a fun shape will make a great statement! We love these cateye frames.

2. SOUTHERN STYLE

SOUTHERN STYLE

From her chic hat to the pop of yellow with her handbag, this lady is serving southern elegance.

3. SMILE

SMILE

4. TOP NOTCH WITH THE TOP KNOT

TOP NOTCH WITH THE TOP KNOT

5. IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS

From her funky frames to her stylish skulls, it’s all about the details with this lady!

6. GIVE ‘EM THE COLD SHOULDER

GIVE ‘EM THE COLD SHOULDER

Off the shoulder style for the win.

7. ERICA ASH

ERICA ASH

Actress Erica Ash speaks with press about the upcoming season of Survivors’ Remorse.

8. POP OF COLOR PUM PUM SHORTS!

POP OF COLOR PUM PUM SHORTS!

Stay cool with bright shorts.

9. FUN WITH FRIENDS!

FUN WITH FRIENDS!

10. COOL COORDINATES

COOL COORDINATES

Love this Rue 107 coordinate set.

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12. AFRO

AFRO

Don’t just wear it, say it!

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14. GO BOLD!

GO BOLD!

Our Entertainment Editor, Shamika Sanders, poses in a patterned skirt.

15. DENIM DELICATES

DENIM DELICATES

Denim and pink go together for a feminine yet casual appeal.

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17. BLUE STEEL

BLUE STEEL

Who says you have to have black lenses? Make a statement with fun colored lenses!

18. PATTERN PARTY!

PATTERN PARTY!

19. STYLIN’ IN STRIPES!

STYLIN’ IN STRIPES!

20. FLASH TATTOOS

FLASH TATTOOS

Easy festival style!

21. COOL KAFTAN

COOL KAFTAN

Ruffle others with your dope style.

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23. 4TH OF JULY STYLE

4TH OF JULY STYLE

Stylin’ in stripes and ready to meet the stars!

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25. HIGHLIGHT WITH GRAY

HIGHLIGHT WITH GRAY

26. KEEPING COOL

KEEPING COOL

27. BODY ART

BODY ART

Make a statement with your art.

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Four cornrows in red for easy Essence style.

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30. GO FOR GLADIATOR STYLE

GO FOR GLADIATOR STYLE

Gladiator sandals or super strappy styles are perfect for showing off that pedicure!

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