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5 New Year’s Eve Outfit Ideas


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With the end of 2009 just days away, most of you have probably thought about what you’re going to be wearing to your New Year’s Eve events.

I love NYE–it’s all about glamour, fashion, and best of all, celebrating making it through another amazing year. The epitome of glitzy, New Year’s Eve is a night where you shouldn’t be afraid to get a little flashy. Sequins, metallics, and glitter are always hot trends. That being said, it’s definitely possible to stand out December 31st without looking like a walking disco ball!

If you’re still deciding what to wear on Thursday night, read on–here are five different suggestions!

Outfit 1: Rock the Little Black Dress


Product Information: Satin Fringe Dress, Forever 21. Disney Couture Pixie Flowers Hoops, Zappos. Kenneth Jay Lane Gold Plated Leaf Cuff, The Outnet. Lahaie Oxfords, Aldo. Floral Fishnet Tights, American Eagle.

You can never go wrong with a little black dress! This LBD, however, has a little extra pop with the fabulous addition of fringe and a great exposed zipper. I also love this LBD for its vintage-throwback feel and peppering of gold sequins along the neckline.

Because this particular dress is pretty short and somewhat low-cut, I would pair it with some fun metallic snakeskin flats, a cardigan or faux leather jacket over it, or a tight tee underneath, just for some modesty. If you already own a standby LBD and want to dress it up for NYE, you can’t go wrong with a surplus of sparkling accessories and a great pair of heels.

Outfit 2: Do Skinny Jeans & a Party Top

Skinny Jeans

Product Information: 7 For All Mankind Roxanne Skinny Jeans, Piperlime. Silver Stone Gem Bracelet, Ruffle Panel Silk Top, Forever 21. Silver Glitter Shoes, Windsor.

This is a perfect last-minute outfit, since it’s made up of clothing you probably already own!

Skinny jeans are great for day-to-day wear, but take a super dark (or black) pair, tuck them into boots, and top it off with a one-shoulder shirt and you’ve got something totally dressy and cute for night. Play up the glam factor with an arm full of bejeweled bracelets, or trade these boots for sky-high platform pumps.

The jeans are a great choice if it’s cold where you live, or if you’re doing something active and don’t want to worry about tugging on your dress or skirt all night. You easily could do a similar look with black tuxedo pants if skinnies aren’t your thing!

Outfit 3: Try a Non-Traditional Dress

Non Traditional Dress

Product Information: Sweetheart Bustier Dress, Fred Flare. Long Box Chain Necklace with Tassles, Asos. Gold Snake Zip Frill Front Shoes, Vintage 1980’s Bamboo Hoops, Girl Props.

Though sequins and metallics are definite fashion fixtures for NYE, a dress in a deep, unexpected color can totally make you stand out from the crowd.

As Kristina discussed in her article about hot colors for fall and winter, jewel tones, such as dark sage and navy, are hot this season, making them perfect options for your special dress. Think of these colors as neutrals–they look great with anything, and are practically universally flattering! If you still want to get in some sparkle, add on a fun pair of chandelier earrings, a cocktail ring, and shimmery makeup! Since sequins and silver are so ubiquitous every New Year’s Eve, a non-traditional dress will make you unique and cement your status as a fashionista.

Outfit 4: Mix & Match with a Mini Skirt

Mini Skirt

Product Information: Pleated Satin Mini Skirt, Forever 21. Nadri Chandelier Earrings, Nordstrom. Central Park West Charmeuse Ruffle Top, Piperlime. PRITA Zippered Ankle Booties by Qupid Luxe,

Decided against pants but don’t want to wear a dress? Get in some mix and match action with a mini skirt and a cute top.

The body-con trend is still hot as ever, so if you want to show off your sexy side, bandage-style skirts are the way to go. Because wearing a skirt gives you the option to mix and match, you can come up with a number of combinations: from a sequined skirt and a basic tank to a lacy top with a silky, berry-colored mini. New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to try out wilder trends, so don’t shy away from feathers, studs, or neons if you’ve been admiring them from afar! If the weather is chilly where you are, just throw on a pair of textured tights or sheer leggings under your outfit and you’ll be good to go.

Outfit 5: Go Super Trendy with Sequined Leggings

Sequined Leggings

Product Information: The Boyfriend Blazer, Fred Flare. Biker Studded Bangle, Oasis. Lucky Brand Factory Girl Multi Charm Necklace, Zappos. Keaton Sequin Leggings by BB Dakota, Lulu’s. Classic Mini Pocket Tank, Kirna Zabete. Nina Elga Sandals, Piperlime.

Black sequined leggings are a totally fun and trendy look for a big night out. Because they’re such a statement piece, they’re a perfect (and flashy!) foundation for your new year’s look. You’ll get all the glamour of wearing something sparkly and sequined, but your look will take an unexpected, sophisticated turn since the leggings are black.

This look is a great option if you want something ritzy, but not overtly flashy. Make your leggings stand out by playing them off a floaty, neutral or nude-colored top, under a black boyfriend blazer. The sequins will definitely be the focal point of your outfit, but don’t forget about your shoes and accessories! Black pumps or booties and chunky studded jewelry are both excellent accents.

What’s your NYE plan?

What do you think? Do you girls have your outfits picked out for New Year’s Eve? How are you celebrating? What are you wearing?! Let everyone know with your comments!

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32 Responses to “5 New Year’s Eve Outfit Ideas”

  1. 1
    December 29th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    I never imagined sequined tights could be so cute! Maybe not on me (5’2″), but if any of you can pull it off – do!

  2. 2
    December 29th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    I really don’t like any of these — they a little trashy to me. Not to be offensive or anything.

  3. 3
    December 29th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    while my new years eve outfit is still under construction,

    those gold shoes are the sickest heels ive ever seen. i really dont think its too late for an extra christmas present to myself!

  4. 4
    December 29th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    This is exactly what I needed! I haven’t got any time left to go shopping, so I’m propably going for the LBD of another dress with some lace tights!
    Well, actually, I don’t know very well.
    I’m going to a very big party, with thousands of people, it’s inside, but afterwards we’re going to party in the city, which is outside…(In Louvain, the party is just on the streets :p)
    So, what do you guys think? Tights, yes or no?? :p

  5. 5
    December 29th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Elfi, yes to the tights, and I am jealous of your plans!!! :)

  6. 6
    December 29th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    wow, good choices for NYE outfits ideas! :)
    my plan to to wear is glam tan short dress (from forever 21) with boyfriend blazer (from gap) along with black tights and rocker boots to give a bit more girlish with little rock vibe. ;)
    for that day, i’m going to out to celebrate with my close friends in milwaukee, wisc. and the boy I actually like is going to show up… as you can see why I’m wearing dress. haha.

  7. 7
    December 29th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Deep purple prom dress, almost brocade-large pattern(cut summat like outfit #3!) and opaque black tights, subtle flowery pattern for indoors :)
    throwing on a faux leopard coat + black, flat tall boots for outdoors.

    Yes to the tights, Elfi!

  8. 8
    December 29th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    My New Years Eve plans aren’t set yet but I will probably wear black skinny jeans with a strapless black top I own. It’s satin on top and has a thick band of sequins underneath the bust. Under the best is a layer of tulle on top of the satin. Tulle is VERY me (I blame the years of ballet training!). I got it from Express about two years ago and have yet to wear it. I’m thinking NYE might as well be the day since black and sequins are very NYE apparel. I have a hot pair of silver pumps from Steve Madden but would that look stupid – black on black with silver pumps? Or I could wear regular dark wash jeans with the top and black pumps that have a subtle texture and sparkle. Ahh decisions, decisions…

  9. 9
    December 29th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    I love the sequined tights! They would look so cute with a boyfriend tank and classic black blazer.

  10. 10
    December 29th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    i love the 2nd, 3rd and 5th ideas.
    for NYE i was going to wear this short, A-line, kelly green dress. it has emerald green satin on the neck and straps. i was going to wear it with black or silver pumps. Maybe i should ad black opaque tights!
    i like the top in the 2nd idea….i have a similar one in neon green(i could go 4 that 2)
    i must be the only chick without an LBD…….all my dresses are solid coloured.
    btw i LOVE the sequined tights!!!!!!(i want)

  11. 11
    December 30th, 2009 at 1:07 am

    I must be the only fashionista in the world who apparently has no friends who ever hold NYE parties…:(. I suppose I shall be downtown, though, which means dark skinnies and a coat obscuring my cute top…that I haven’t found yet. HNY, all.

  12. 12
    December 30th, 2009 at 3:23 am

    great Ideas!!

  13. 13
    December 30th, 2009 at 4:02 am

    I totally agree with wearing an outfit that stands out! Mostly everyone else will be wearing black or glittery/shiny stuff, so a deep, royal color would definitely draw more eyes….which is always good when the countdown begins and it’s time to find a certain hottie!

  14. 14
    December 30th, 2009 at 6:04 am

    I just don’t know what to wear as I will start NYE with a dinner with the girls at a friend’s house which will be very very warm and cozy, and afterwards we will party in a barn. (Yes, I’m really from the country – my friends have farms with cows and we go to school by tractor – just kidding, we only do it sometimes :P )
    At this barn it will be unbelievabely cold, so I have to wear skinny jeans, boots, a party top and thousands of layers….. -.-
    I wish we would stay at a friend’s house…..
    Prospero ano y felicidad a todos! :)

  15. 15
    December 30th, 2009 at 10:52 am

    ^Party in a barn?! That’s so cool!!! … says the girl from NYC. Want to trade parties this year? You can party in the city and I can party country-style! lol

  16. 16
    December 30th, 2009 at 11:27 am

    I love the classic LBD idea, I always went a lot more overboard with sequins and feathers on NYE but dressing it down in a girly LBD sounds really good this year! Pairing a short LBD with a pair of high rocker boots is also a great idea, especially here where it will be snowing.

  17. 17
    December 30th, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Haha, @ Cathy: Let’s swap! I would love going to NYC :D
    Says the German girl …. :D

  18. 18
    December 30th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    I think your new years outfits are super cute! will Definitely mention it in my blog.

  19. 19
    December 30th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    i live in the u.p (upper michigan) its freezing up here and we are going a few places varying from houses to bars. I have NO idea what to wear and i really don’t want to wear my uggs. But at the same time i have a pair of stiletto boots but i don’t want to slip on ice either!

  20. 20
    December 31st, 2009 at 6:06 am

    I’ll be wearing something somewhat similar to the skinny jeans outfit. I’m going to a party at my friends house so jeans are casual enough but if we do decide to go out later in the night the top (flowy chiffon top) makes it more dressy (as do the patent black heels and clutch). I was considering a dress because its summer but a) all mine are either day dresses or way to formal and b) it’s quite cool tonight.

    Happy New Year Everyone :)

  21. 21
    December 31st, 2009 at 7:52 am

    Jenna! I’m in the exact same position as you! I don’t want to wear my uggs as I don’t want to ruin them even though they will keep me nice and warm and I won’t fall on any ice down here in Amsterdam. I also want to live to see 2010 so I’m not going to wear my stilleto boots, so I think I shall wear black plimsolls whcih have diamonds at the front to give a more partyish effect.

  22. 22
    December 31st, 2009 at 10:24 am

    i have a short tiger dress from bebe and im wearing it with either black patent pumps or some rocker booties. Which shoes would you go with? Is it totally inappropriate to not wear black tights? honestly! I hate tights and I think they look weird on me but it is NYE and if i should have them on someone please tell me!!

  23. 23
    December 31st, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Does anyone think that a metallic purple ruffle top with black skinny dress pants and laced front high heals would be formal enough for a big party? I will also wear a basic purple bracelet. I have red wavy hair so will not do much there maybe a small braid in front on one side….will this be okay you think? havn’t been to a new years party since….15 years. HELP!!!!

  24. 24
    December 31st, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    i am going to atlanta to watch the peach drop (hey, that’s just how we do!) but i’m not sure if i should dress up or just go dressy casual… i’ll be outside for a couple of hours, and it’s cold and rainy, but i’d hate to go looking too shabby (esp since i’m going with a bunch of guys!). suggestions????

    and to julie- i think that sounds cute, especially if you added some great earings! it all depends on whether or not it would bother you to be wearing pants while surrounded by people who may mostly be in skirts or dresses, though. be brave! :)

  25. 25
    January 3rd, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    I’m really impressed because I actually would wear all five of these outfits because they’re all very much my style. I didn’t have an outfit planned out for New Year’s Eve, I just kind of threw an outfit together. I went out to dinner with my family and friends to this really great restaurant and I had amazing duck and great vanilla ice cream. I wore a black leather jacket, a gray leopard print jacket, black leggings, and black studded flat ankle boots.

  26. 26
    December 31st, 2010 at 1:45 am

    I’m 10 and I love fashion but i dont know what to wear to a party!!!!!!!

    That thing did thing not help at all……….

    Like i said luv fashion
    I live it and wear it

  27. 27
    December 21st, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I’m gonna wear a lavender blouse, dark skinny jeans, diamond bracelet, and silver metallic high-heels, inspiration from outfit #2. Do you think it’ll look good?

  28. 28
    December 21st, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Linh: I know EXACTLY how you feel; I’m going to a NYE party at midnight for all the middle schoolers and I have NO CLUE what to wear.

  29. 29
    December 29th, 2011 at 11:03 am

    I’ll wear a black mini skirt, a golden partytop in it and a black blazer. :)

  30. 30
    December 18th, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    So, heres the plan im finally meeting this guy for New years eve that I’ve been talking to since summers end and i feel we have an awesome connection. I want to make an awesome impression! He is in the military so a memorable impression is of key importants. So, heres the problem: i have no idea what to wear! Its going to be cold and its a big party! HELP!

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