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Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. It is associated with royalty and symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. Purple conveys wealth and extravagance. Purple has been synonymous with Prince since (some would argue before) the American musical drama Purple Rain. And, as Purple Rain celebrates it's 30th anniversary and Essence toast it's 20th music festival, the two have collaborated to bringing an explosive opening night to Essence Music Fest.

And, to make this an even more grandiosa event, the multi-talented singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (27 total) has requested everyone attending the July 4th concert at New Orleans Superdome wear the regal color purple. That's right purple. The color that has defined his brand for over three decades.

Don't have tons of purple in your wardrobe. No worries. Below is a list of 11 hot, trendy looks that will be pleasing to the prince. The Prince has spoken. . .Purple Reign.

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Cool +Chic
Cool +Chic Courtesy of B. Boutique

Cool +Chic

Look cool and chic in this silk layered purple top. Pair with your favorite skinny jeans and stilettos is all you need to complete this look.  Available at B. Boutique located at 701 Metairie Road and 3300 Magazine St. - www.bboutiquenola.com.  Boutique is a locally owned and operated retailer.

Bold Print Leggings
Bold Print Leggings Courtesy of Neiman Marcus Last Call

Bold Print Leggings

Bold and beautiful mix geometric wave print scuba leggings by Romeo & Juliet will hug you in all the right places. Available at Neiman Marcus Last Call located at The Outlet at Riverwalk Mall, 500 Port of New Orleans - www.lastcall.com.

Walking Tall
Walking Tall Courtesy of Neiman Marcus Last Call

Walking Tall

The quintessential contemporary shoe for over a decade, Pelle Moda isn't afraid to push the envelope a little. You will be walking tall in these Yvanka Colorblock T-Strap Sandal, Purple stack shoes. Available at Neiman Marcus Last Call Studio at The Outlet at Riverwalk, 500 Port of New Orleans. www.lastcall.com.

Romp Around
Romp Around Courtesy of Juju

Romp Around

Consider this floral print romper with a lace back and BONUS side pockets. It has a throwback vibe to it and can help channel your inner Apollonia. Great looks like this are available at one of Juju's Boutique 4 locations: Lafayette, Houma, Baton Rouge and Mandeville - www.jujusboutique.com

Bohemian Babe
Bohemian Babe Courtesy of Haute Boutique

Bohemian Babe

Bring out the bohemian in you with a tie-dyed strapless maxi dress. Available at Haute Women's Boutique, 725 Magazine St., www.hautenola.com.  Add a statement necklace, comfy sandals, a cute clutch and this look will take you from day to evening effortlessly.  Haute is a locally owned and operated retailer.

Tee Time
Tee Time Courtesy of TEC

Tee Time

You can't go wrong with a trendy, cool, graphic tee. The Elizabeth Chronicles offer a wide collection of styles, colors and many with NOLA inspired messages. These can be dressed up or down, either way they work. Available at www.the-elizabeth-chronicles.myshopify.com and retailers Candy Apple and Angelique.

Purple Sunnies
Purple Sunnies Courtesy of Krewe du Optic

Purple Sunnies

Rock these Charles-Bengal 1960's inspired by a traditional B&L wayfarer with iridescent Blue to Purple Mirrored Lenses available at Krewe du Optic - www.kreweduoptic.com.  Krewe du Optic is a New Orleans based and culturally inspired eyewear company, producing beautifully handmade sunglasses.

Southern Charm
Southern Charm Courtesy of Hattie Sparks

Southern Charm

Add a touch of Southern Charm to Essence Music Fest with the Tallulah's Designs "Sugarplum"  cotton gingham dress with beautiful ruffle detail and BONUS side pockets. Who doesn't love that! Dress available at Hatti Sparks - www.hattisparks.com and Tallulah's Design - www.tallulahfaire.com

Back View
Back View Courtesy of B. Boutique

Back View

This silk lavender flowing top with cutout back will have you looking fabulous all angles.  Available at B. Boutique, 701 Metairie Road or 3300 Magazine St., - www.bboutiquenola.com.  B, Boutique is a locally owned and operated retailer.

Lip Service
Lip Service Courtesy of @breiophoto

Lip Service

Show your purple pride at the tip of your lips! Lipscape hottest summer color is the luscious lavender lipstick. And if this lavender is not quite your shade of purple, visit www.yourlipscape.com to see the many colors available. Lipscape is handcrafted lip products made with love in New Orleans.

Head Turning Glitz
Head Turning Glitz Courtesy of Edie Design

Head Turning Glitz

Add touches of the royal color to your assemble with accessories such as glitzy headbands or statement jewelry, like bling out necklaces and bangles.  These headbands are by New Orleans designer Elise Doran Boxx. Visit www.edie-design.com to see her complete collection.

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