As tempting it is to stay home on December 31, if you're on this page, you've already made up your mind. You're going out to celebrate New Year's Eve. That might mean attending something low-key, like a house party (I'll be co-hosting one this year), or it might mean hitting up a snazzy venue near you, which requires a slightly more dressy look. Before you spiral into a panic over what to wear and how to look festive without dosing yourself in sparkles and glitter—unless, of course, you want to!—I've pulled together five different looks for whatever you have on the docket. Don't overthink your NYE outfit this year. Get into the countdown spirit with these effortless ensembles, below.
Decided to ring in New Year’s Eve at the club or on a rooftop venue overlooking the city? A black sequin blazer dress is exactly what you need to amp up your LBD game. You'll look celebratory without feeling too over the top. To give your outfit some color, chose a fun accessory like this mustard-yellow velvet handbag and shine in diamond stud earrings. Finish off with strappy heels and a pair of tights if you're feeling chilly.
New Year's Eve is all about looking slightly extra, and this fiery red jumpsuit will help you do just that—sans sequins and glitter. Pearl earrings add a dainty touch, while a feathery bag adds texture and fun to your going-out outfit. Keep it simple when it comes to your heels, so that your one-piece is the center of attention. At the end of your long night, keep warm with a cashmere coat.
When the clock strikes 12 and you're wondering why you're not in bed (the ball drop wasn’t even that exciting), this comfy outfit will be your silver lining. The foundation of this bedroom-turned-party look is a sequin slip dress, a.k.a. your sexiest pajamas. Because it'll be cold and you need some sort of outerwear to keep warm to and from your Uber, cover up with a faux fur coat. A feathery gold handbag, glittery hoops, and slingback sandals keep the outfit playful but chic.
You would rather not freeze on December 31st, so wearing a dress isn't an option (to those in warmer climates, we're jealous). That's okay because leather pants are just as party appropriate, especially when you style them with a sequin bustier top and statement earrings. Ankle boots with a three-inch heel, like the ones here, will give you a boost in height without exposing your toes to the elements. A leather jacket completes this edgy NYE look.
For formal New Year's Eve events at banquet halls or scene-y restaurants, eschew minidresses in favor of a midi gown. This enchanting gold dress is reminiscent of Studio 54 in the '70s (the perfect party attire) and features a cut-out back with a velvet bow. Add on black accessories with gold finishes to tie the look together. Trust me: As soon as you enter the room, you’ll have the entire place captivated.
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