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3 Cute New Year’s Eve Outfit Ideas


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Wow – 2013 has come and gone in the blink of an eye. If you’re like me, and are living in a state of denial that the New Year is only a few days away, have no fear! It’s time to go out in a fashionable bang.

Below, I’ve created three dressy looks that you can rock on NYE. Scroll down to see them all:

1. Going Out Glitz: The Infamous Little Black Dress + Some Silver Stuff

Little black dress with silver accessories

The traditional New Year’s Eve getup is black and sparkly. It’s a foolproof and flattering look, which is why I wanted to showcase this combination in my first outfit.

As I’m writing this, it’s 82 degrees outside, but if it’s colder where you are, feel free to add tights and short heeled boots. This look consists of a little black dress, a black cardiganblack heels with silver gems, silver bracelets, a cocktail ring, and a silver clutch.

In other words, substitute, “Black and yellow, black and yellow,” with, “Black and silver, black and silver.” (Wiz Khalifa circa 2010, anyone?)

2. Jewel Tone Top + Velvet Skater Skirt

Jewel tone top and velvet skater skirt

New Year’s Eve is a great time to bring out the jewel tones – in this case, an indigo purple top with a sequined neckline. New Year’s Eve is also the perfect opportunity to play with new textures, so I’ve paired it with this luxurious velvet skirt, leggings, and riding boots

In case you’re wondering why that close-up skirt picture is a little different, it’s because I couldn’t showcase the brocade pattern indoors. But isn’t the texture of this skirt awesome?!

3. When Christmas Met New Year’s Eve

Fair isle tights and leather skirt

If you just can’t let go of Christmas (guilty!) an acceptable transition piece are these gray Fair Isle patterned leggings. Talk about comfy. I would wear these every day if I could. Maybe I did over break… #sorrynotsorry.

I’m also wearing a leather skater skirt with pockets. As I stated earlier, NYE’s a great time to rock new textures. Although the leggings are casual and laid-back, the skirt is glamorous. In addition, the shirt has a sheer top panel, which adds some subtle edge.

Since everything is gray and black, I added a pop of color with a pair of bright cobalt blue ballet flats.

 What are your New Year’s resolutions?

My New Year’s resolutions are to do all 5 of these healthy achievable goals. Another resolution of mine is to read new books instead of rereading old favorites. Must… put down…Harry Potter. If you have any book suggestions, please let me know in the comments below!

Also, which of these outfits is your favorite? Will you be recreating any of them? What are you wearing on New Year’s Eve?

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15 Responses to “3 Cute New Year’s Eve Outfit Ideas”

  1. 1
    December 29th, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    If you could do an article on festive but casual New Year’s Eve looks, it’d be awesome!

    I can’t be the only one watching the ball drop from the coziness of my family’s living room, right? Right?

  2. 2
    December 29th, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Outfit #2 is really cute! Love the purple + sequin & brocade details.

    @Lissa: I usually spend New Year’s watching the Space Needle fireworks…on TV! :P

  3. 3
    December 29th, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Outfit #2 is my favourite!

    I really enjoy reading Leah’s articles because I really love that she uses items from her own wardrobe to make her looks.

  4. 4
    December 29th, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Loved this. You make the best posts, Leah!

  5. 5
    December 29th, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    I second Lissa’s request! :)

  6. 6
    December 29th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Lissa, you are not alone :) I have spent many New Year’s doing that. Great suggestion!

    Marian, I love your icon! Is it one of the original illustrations from “Through the Looking Glass”?

    Thank you Brittany and Gina!! I appreciate that so much.

    Starting next year, I’m also going to be writing “Monthly Favorite” type articles in addition to fashion posts :) I hope you check them out!

  7. 7
    December 29th, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    I agree with Lissa and CJ!!!! I never seem to be able to find the glizty New Years parties that most people talk about, but just because I’m watching the ball drop from my couch doesn’t mean I don’t want to dress up!!!

    And I think these outfits are all really cute, but do you have any with more color? I have trouble putting more than a smidge of color in my festive outfits, so I’d love some ideas :-)

  8. 8
    December 30th, 2013 at 12:19 am

    The first outfit is my favorite; especially with the shoes and top (because sparkles). However, the winner of this post is definitely that fabulous velvet skirt. It didn’t look very special from far away, but when I saw that close up…it is indeed awesome.

  9. 9
    December 30th, 2013 at 7:50 am

    LOVE the last outfit. Also, you’re gorgeous.

  10. 10
    December 30th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Julie, you are definitely right. Currently, my plans involve binge watching the BBC Sherlock series on Netflix :)

    About adding color–I like bright accessories or little touches here and there. Adding color with shoes, purses, scarves, statement necklaces, some sparkly tights can make a huge difference. If you want something brighter, add a colorful jacket over an all black look.

    Thanks, Christine! I am obsessed with velvet. If you read my first few article, it’s like my new lace.

    Aww Emily! You’re so sweet :) I love that one because the skirt has pockets.

  11. 11
    December 30th, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    @Leah: Yes, one of my favorite books! And a Sherlock re-watch is a great New Year’s idea.

  12. 12
    December 31st, 2013 at 7:48 am


    I love that you’re using pieces from your actual closet and not your dream one. I would love it though if you could still source them. Even if it’s from years ago and especially if it’s from Entourage ????. I’m an Athens girl myself with little time to shop so I often “shop off” other people, especially the cute and stylish girls in Dawson Hall. Is that terrible? It just always helps me to know where the cute clothes come from for times when I do get to go shopping. You have such beautiful pictures and give such great advice!

  13. 13
    December 31st, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Leah, I love all your outfits! and you are beautiful!

  14. 14
    December 31st, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Looks great!

    I always look forward to your articles because they actually have your real clothes! not to bash on the dream clothes articles but sometimes it’s nice to see it actually modelled.

  15. 15
    December 31st, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Marian–me too! I have a postcard from Oxford of one of his illustrations on my wall.

    Christine, I love Entourage. I can’t believe someone else from Athens is reading my articles! I will definitely consider sourcing my clothes–I’m a TJ Maxx, Forever 21, Target kinda girl if that helps. Let me know if you have any questions.

    Thanks, Madeline & Gerry F! Appreciate your feedback.

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