While you certainly never need an excuse to wear all the sequins and shine your heart desires, December 31 is the prime day for it. New Year’s Eve is a celebration, after all,  and your outfit should be one that captures that excitement.

So, what to wear? That depends on what you have on the night’s agenda. A black-tie ball? Cocktails at a club? Cozy Italian dinner at home with your favorite friends? No matter what you have planned, the guide below covers it all.



If you’re headed to a black-tie event (I love a NYE wedding!), a long gown with some shine should do the trick. This long-sleeve sequin dress is a great option that requires minimal accessorizing other than a pair of long earrings. I also love this black v-neck number. The structured shoulders and velvet give it that after-dark drama that’s perfect for NYE. In the mood for color? There’s plenty of that – see: here, here, and here.



Cocktail o’clock gives you all kinds of options. You could opt for sequins in the form of a midi like this one from A.L.C or, for a less expensive option,  this Banana Republic (!) dress would do the trick. I also could not be more in love with this satin mini. It’s the epitome of a perfect LBD and, with the right accessories, would be so chic for a New Year’s celebration. If you’re not in the mood for a dress then how about a jumpsuit? I, for one, love a chic jumpsuit and relish the occasion to wear one. This one (on sale!) is straightforward, giving you year-round wearability. All you need is some great jewelry or a sparkly clutch to give it a New Year’s spin. I also love this one-shoulder style, in a perfect shade of winter white.


Staying in on NYE is my favorite way to celebrate the holiday. I love to host friends for a late-night, wine-filled pasta dinner. The attire for that kind of night is anything goes – but make it festive! A pair of party pants like these or these would most certainly do the trick. Top either one with a simple black knit (my favorite black bodysuit would be ideal) and a pair of sky-high pumps. For something a little more dialed down but no less festive, add a super sparkly top to a pair of denim or your favorite black pants. Look no further than here, here, and here.

P.S. If pajamas are the dress code of choice then order these along with a pair of slippers and call it a night.


The quickest ticket to make any look feel festive is the right accessories. High-shine extras instantly add festive flair to even the most pared back ensemble. The first thing that comes to mind is a pair of super sparkly earrings like this on-sale pair from Alessandra Rich. You could also just go for the obvious – and less expensive! – and wear these under-$50 martini earrings. Festive accessories could also come in the form of footwear like any of the sparkly styles from Amina Muaddi or these feathered strappy sandals. For the finishing touch, a statement-making handbag is the ultimate party trick – see: here, here, and here.

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