Whether you’re going to a parade, out to a party, or hitting the bars, Mardi Gras is an ideal time to pull out your bizarre clothes from old Halloween costumes, thrift store finds, and your moms closet. Mixing and matching are encouraged – truly anything goes on this holiday.
Your look can be as wild as you want – Mardi Gras outfits are seldom simple. For youthful and fun outfits try out some fun face paint, glitter, and super bright colors that screams celebration. If you’re getting festive with mixed drinks and a late night, do a bold eyeliner look or swipe on a hot pink. For extra glamour, pick up some colorful or metallic eyelashes from a costume shop.
1. Fairy Wings
Pull out the old blue eyeliner that you never use, glitter, and a flowing dress to complete a whimsical and easy look. Add a few braids and some metallic temporary tattoos to make you look ultra magical. For an extra pop, rub some liquid or powder highlight on your collar bones and shoulders.
2. Animal Print
For the trendsetter, try out an animal-themed Mardi Gras outfit. Zebra, leopard, or cheetah will do – if you’re feeling especially daring you can mix and match prints for a look that’s super wild. Try out some DIY cheetah spots on your face and arms with eyeliner or black face paint.
Pick up some bright colored tulle and fashion it into a skirt, hairpiece, or full outfit. Tulle is cheap and can easily be fastened on with a few strategic safety pins. If you’re ready to invest some time bust out your sewing kit and get creative by creating folds and creases in your tulle.
4. Patterned Leggings
Slip into your wildest pair – whether their colorful, striped or have funky cut outs. Keep it simple with a plain top or a fuzzy jacket and some jazzy boots or strappy heels.
A boa or some strategic peacock feathers is essential for any classic Mardi Gras outfit. Add some into your hair, on a plain mask, or hot glue some on the collar of an old shirt. For makeup junkies, you can try your hand at a peacock-inspired look or attach some small flat pieces around your eyes.
Want to keep it simple this holiday? Opt for a half or full mask and some staple jewelry. You can decorate your own using dollar store finds, or order one off a site like Etsy. Go with a gold one, or hot glue sequins on for a dazzling stare at me vibe.
Try out a tube top, thrift store jacket, or sparkly skirt for a simple but bold look. Pair with some chunky gold hoops or layered necklaces – and try out your hand at a cat eye with liquid liner. You can also accent your eyes by attaching sequins near the inner corners with eyelash glue.
Shake the day (or night) away with a flirty fringe skirt or dress. There’s plenty of cheap options on Amazon, or at your local thrift store. If you’re feeling extra festive grab some bright pantyhose or a glittery tank top.
Whether it’s a flower patterned button up or some faux ones in a DIY crown, flowers are an easy way to make any outfit look super sweet. Pair it with a two-piece set or a simple long dress – and layer on your craziest accessories.
Grab some face paint, biker shorts, or an ultra-glam dress for a style sure to make you stand out. Layer on your colorful beads over your Mardi Gras outfit and add a bright pink or red lip to be super sultry.