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Best Dressed from the 2018 Essence Festival

Another Essence Festival has come and gone, refueling us with great music, food and community. There were so many amazing events, from the HBO “Insecure” party to the beauty and style expos. Black folks came out styling at this year’s festival, including some of our favorite celebrities. Here are some of my favorite looks from the Essence Festival.

Issa Rae, star of HBO’s “Insecure” (Photo credit: Charmyonne Bailey)

I love the look of Issa Rae in this orange jumpsuit, with its high waistline and deep, plunging neckline. This is a classy look in a great, fun color that highlights her gorgeous brown skin.

Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph (Photo Credit: Charmyonne Bailey)

Actress, singer and activist Sheryl Lee Ralph rocked this beautiful pink dress, accented by a wrap featuring in a bold and colorful African print.


Essence Atkins and Lance Gross (Instagram: @essence_says)

Actress Essence Atkins and actor Lance Gross both look amazing. Her yellow floral strapless dress is perfect for summer. Lance is looking dapper in his all-black ensemble, accessorized with simple accents of gold in his jewelry and sunglasses. My favorite part of his look is the hat, which ties the whole outfit together.

Angela Rye (Photo Credit: Instagram @angelarye)

Attorney and political commentator Angela Rye is so poised and has a great sense of fashion. I love her in this bright summer red dress with a beautiful sleek bun to sum up the look.


Cynthia Bailey (Photo Credit: Charmyonne Bailey)

We can always count on model and reality TV star Cynthia Bailey to come through and keep it chic, as she does in this the all-black outfit.