Any lady worth her weight in sequins knows that the holidays are all about sparkle. But if the glittery get-ups already in your closet just aren’t doing it for you this year, why not think outside the cocktail dress? Whether your New Year’s plans include dancing the night away or chilling champagne at home, try one of these fun, festive, and unexpected outfits, inspired by four fabulous fashion bloggers.
1. For a Dinner Date
Inspired by: Blair from the Atlantic/Pacific Blog
An NYE date calls for a good mishmash of formal and casual, and this outfit does it perfectly! The glitziness of the skirt paired with a basic gingham shirt (you can switch up the pattern for another classic, casual button-down—we chose a silky solid) makes your ensemble interesting, and not clichéd. Funky statement accessories—chunky Mary Janes, an oversized jeweled necklace, and a brightly colored envelope clutch—add the final touches to an exquisitely evening-ready look.
2. For Dancing All Night
Inspired by: Haleigh from Making Magique
Want the biggest night of the year to make the biggest fashion statement of the year, too? Get decked out in an elegant, embellished top and a full, short skirt in a bright primary color, then top the look off (literally) with a playful top hat. Add metallic shoes and, if you’re feeling really bold, patterned, sheer tights—we like these sheer black stockings adorned with tiny hearts. Add accessories like this color-block cocktail ring, and you’re ready to pop the champagne!
3. For Bar Hopping
Inspired by: Kim of EatSleepWear
You don’t have to wear a dress or skirt to be holiday-time fancy, especially if your plans include dashing around the city. Dress up a pair of sleek skinny jeans with an all-over sparkle top, classic red lipstick, and a fur (or faux fur) vest to keep you warm. Just keep in mind that the fur-and-sequin combo only works with neutral colors, à la Kim’s gold sequin top (yes, metallics are neutrals) and a brown fur vest. Finish the look with a bold pop of color—like these fabulously festive red pumps!
4. For a Cozy House Party
Inspired by: Alicia of Cheetah is the New Black
If you’ll be spending the holiday with Dick Clark, egg nog, and some good pals this year, switch out the sequins for velvet. Yes, velvet! It’s underappreciated, but it’s cozy, festive, and luxe when done right. Just balance it out with casual pieces—a thin, solid colored t-shirt, a leather jacket, and motorcycle boots make the look a perfect blend of relaxed and holiday-ready. Cheers!