As a Louisiana native, I've spent a lot of time in New Orleans over the years. While I'm no longer a resident of the Bayou State, the majority of my family is. I had my wedding in the Big Easy, too, so my trips to New Orleans have been more frequent in the past couple of years. I've realized that there are certain wardrobe essentials when visiting the city, so if you're not sure what to pack for New Orleans, I'm here for you.
You've probably heard that heat and humidity are trademarks of the Crescent City, and while that's not exactly the case year-round, the rumors are pretty much true. Spring, summer, and even early fall can be downright steamy in NOLA; rain showers are a frequent occurrence; and you're probably going to spend a good deal of your time walking to places like Café du Monde, the Garden District, St. Louis Cathedral, Frenchmen Street, and Bourbon Street after dark.
The point is, you're going to be walking outside a lot, and you'll need appropriate attire that suits the festive yet chill vibe of the city. Keep scrolling to find out which 14 things I pack for every trip to New Orleans (so you can spend your time planning what to eat there, not what to wear).
I'll go ahead and start with the obvious. You're going to want to pack a few pairs of shorts.
Agolde Rumi Mid Length Shorts ($138)
A Hands-Free Bag
Free up your hands to take Instagrams of the French Quarter and hold your to-go cup.
Maryam Nassir Zadeh Onyx Pouch ($110)
A Mini Umbrella
Thunderstorms often come out of nowhere in NOLA, so be prepared.
Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella With Teflon Coating ($23)
Leather or Denim Jacket
If the forecast calls for a jacket, a leather or denim one is usually the perfect weight.
Mango Leather Biker Jacket ($230)
Levi's Baggy Trucker Jacket ($98)
The nightlife is a big part of New Orleans's charm, so pack accordingly. I tend to rely on tops that will look cute with jeans and any shoe style.
Réalisation The Nicks Top n Hypnotic ($180)
Comfy Midi Dresses
Romantic dresses suit New Orleans to a T, and you can dress them down with sneakers or up with block-heel sandals.
Reformation Mary Dress ($98)
It's a city you're going to want to do a lot of walking in.
Nike Blazer Low SE Sneaker ($75)
I love my 100% cotton Levi's elsewhere, but when heading to New Orleans, I stick to thin, stretchy denim.
Madewell Perfect Summer Jeans ($98)
Good American Good Curve High Waist Ankle Straight Leg Jeans ($179)
I love wearing vintage-inspired shades in NOLA and highly recommend local sunglasses brand Krewe.
Krewe Orleans Round Sunglasses ($355)
You'll never look out of place when wearing a cool tee in New Orleans, so stock up.
Alexander Wang.T Thin Stripe High Twist Top ($105)
Agolde Linda Boxy Tee ($108)
Stay comfortable when exploring the city via a pair of trouser-legging hybrids.
Madewell High-Rise Knit Leggings ($35)
Fun, Walkable Heels
I always pack a pair of fun block-heel shoes for when I want to kick things up a notch for a night on the town.
BY FAR Richie Crystal-Embellished Suede Sandals ($425)
Sam Edelman Paislee Sandals ($120)
It may not be cold outside, but you can bet that every restaurant and shop will have the AC blasting.
Line & Dot Alder Sweater ($99)
Halogen Long Cardigan ($69)
Jumpsuits are easy to style and don't take up a lot of room in your suitcase. Win-win.
Birds of Paradis Mindy Jumpsuit ($258)
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.
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