So You Think You Can Dance … Well, you can at least look good while doing it!
The brutal winter is behind us, and festival season is upon us. I’m certain I’m not alone when I say that I am overjoyed to dance in the sunshine at any given festival on any given weekend for the next few months. However, thanks to the Zumba fitness craze, we all believe we have the moves to rival a back-up dancer in a Jennifer Lopez video, and that we’re equipped to bust a move at the Acura Stage during Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” With the most earnest and gracious intentions, and because I have your best interests at heart, I feel the need to inform you … cute ladies in your sun hats and maxi skirts: you cannot dance. There is not a Zumba combination paired with a few libations that will give you the ability to shake your tail feather to a beat. Now, although I cannot assist with the fact that your rhythm has no rhyme nor reason, I can aid with your dancing attire and, quite possibly, no one will notice that you do not have the “moves like Jagger.” Nonetheless, it is time to unleash the flip-flops, slip on a sundress and schedule a much-needed pedicure. Use all of these outdoor events as the perfect excuse to shop for new shorts, sandals, hats and shades. April calls for a right to bare arms and to shimmy in a sassy mini.
This April, outfit yourself for Wednesday at the Square, a huge fashion scene or any fest du jour, in all of this season’s must-have items. Below, you will find your shopping list for my favorite looks of the season. Visit a few local shops to grab SS14’s fabulous fashions.
The (Trend) Forecast Calls For:
Orange Is the New Black From tangerine to coral, this fiery shade is running rampant through spring in everything from lipsticks to ladylike shifts.
Metallica Iridescent fabrics, or gold, copper, bronze and silver patinas, are not just for after-five attire. There’s time to sparkle before the sun goes down.
Blush Not Bashful Pale pinks paired with navy and dark hues are sophisticated and edgy. Lavender, lilac and orchid are also pretty pastels perfect for every skin tone.
It’s In Black and White Graphic and bold patterns opposite a vibrant pop of color make a serious statement.
Pop Art The debate continues: “Is fashion art?” Sport bold brush strokes and painterly prints that channel Picasso, Koons and Kandinsky on your pocketbook and dresses.
White Collar For an updated twist on the classic wardrobe staple, pick a blouse with a contrasting hue or pattern.
3D Texture, beading, sequins, pleats and folds fastened on your dresses, jackets and footwear are all the rage. Do us a favor, though: do not wear them all at once.
Fringe Fest Hippie-chic adornments on jackets, handbags and hemlines have you heading to San Francisco. A little love goes a long way.
Garden Club New growth arrives in bold and flirty floral prints that are ladylike and preppy. For an unpredicted twist, couple a dress with a bootie instead of the ordinary sandal.
Sweat It Out As an alternative to a cardigan in overzealous air-conditioning, opt for a glamorous sweatshirt. Look for one that is embellished and can be worn with bright shorts or colored denim.
Favorite Shops for Festival Frocks
3129 Magazine St., New Orleans, La. 70115
Old Metairie Village, 701 Metairie Road, Metairie, La. 70005
3950 Magazine St., New Orleans, La. 70114
246 Metairie Road, Metairie, La. 70005
6250 General Diaz St., New Orleans, La. 70124
714 Adams St., New Orleans, La. 70118
725 Magazine St., New Orleans, La. 70130
Hazel & Florange
2702 Chartres St., New Orleans, La. 70117
3650 Magazine St., New Orleans, La. 70115
629 N. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, La. 70119
7716 Maple St., New Orleans, La. 70118
5530A Magazine St.,
New Orleans, La. 70115
115 Metairie Road,
Metairie, La. 70005
3033 Perkins Road,
Baton Rouge, La. 70806
Happy festing! Happy spring! Happy shopping!