What To Wear To A Casual New Year’s Eve Party

If you’re staying in and having friends over, or going to a decidedly low-key celebration, you still want to look festive on New Year’s Eve. A dash of sparkle makes sweats, a tee, or jeans instantly New Year’s worthy. Personally, I think regardless of your plans, the evening calls for something a little more glam, especially if you’re headed out of the office to a casual New Year’s Eve party. My favorite approach is to add some sparkle to jeans or leather pants or dress down a dress with a cozy sweater. If you’re looking for options, here are my favorite ideas for what to wear to a casual New year’s Eve party.

Option 1: Floral Dress + Over the Knee Boots + Cozy Cardigan

Floral Dress; Over the Knee Boots; Bag; Cardigan

Option 2: Sequin Top + Leather Pants + Sandals + Velvet Blazer

Silver Peplum Top; Leather Pants; Black Sandals; Velvet Jacket

Option 3: Gold Top + Jeans + Fun Flats

Sequin Top; Jeans; Bow Flats; Mini Crossbody Bag

Option 4: Sequin Peplum + Jeans + Festive Sandals

Black Sequin Top; Jeans; Silver Mules; Sparkly Earrings

Option 5: Slip Dress + Long Cardi + Mules

Navy Slip Dress; Cashmere Cardigan; Mules; Bag

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Here’s our take on New Years Eve outfits—whether you’re going out or staying in!


Staying In

If you’re hosting a casual party with friends or watching the ball drop with the fam, you can still get into the spirit with subtle style upgrades & accessories. Instead of your go-to joggers or jeans, opt for a pair of faux-leather leggings—they’re just as comfy, but twice as glam. Stick with a warm sweater, but up the ante with a cool cowlneck or lower-cut V. Finally, don’t forget the bling! Add just a hint of gold with a bold bangle or some killer statement earrings.

Going Out

Going out? Go all out in gold! NYE is the night not to apologize for excessive sparkle (really). The best out-on-the-town complement to this yellow-toned metal: black! Try a black dress with gold-foil polka dots or details, black pants with a slinky gold top or a metallic skirt with a draped black blouse. Then, finish strong with shiny gold heels—the perfect pump to dance the night away.


Spending the night in doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice glitz & glam—it’s all in your choice of accessories. Start with a simple base, like stretchy skinny jeans, a button-up blouse & classic black pumps. Then, go wild with adornments: a faux-fur vest, chin-length dangly earrings and/or chunky vintage rings. For an effortless “I’m still at home” vibe, pull your hair back in a loose ponytail.

Headed to a fancier shindig this year? Go big & bold in bright tones. While everyone else in the room will surely be in their go-to LBD, you’ll make a statement in color. Try unusual pops like fuchsia, chartreuse or cyan (because you can!) or opt for more traditional cobalt, emerald or burgundy. Whatever the color combo, keep your shoes simple (like nude or black) & be sure to wear appropriate outerwear to take you from cab to curb in the chilly weather.


The benefit of staying in on NYE? Getting to rock your favorite boyfriend jeans (sans any guilt whatsoever). But instead of throwing on a sweater & slippers, jazz it up just a bit with a sexy, embellished top and printed flats (like leopard!). Not only will the look keep you in the spirit, but whether you’re lounging on the couch or scurrying around refilling drinks for guests, you’ll look polished and at ease.

Sequins & champagne are meant to be together. Up the “wow” factor & leave 2015 in the dust with a glamorous sequin dress. Whether you opt for a more subtle twofer (like this skirt & draped blouse combo) or an all-sequin number, it’s always the easiest piece to accessorize. Just add simple earrings, a delicate necklace & a neutral handbag—there’s no need to outdo your already-stunning sparkles.

If it’s late December and you don’t have time for a completely new outfit, check out our last-minute New Year’s Eve outfits. What are you wearing this New Year’s Eve? Tell us in the comments!

By: Margaret Murray

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner! Date night? House party? Big night out? Whatever your plans are, we have an outfit for you.

Style and fitness expert, Christine Bibbo Herr of NYC Pretty, visited TODAY Monday to share the perfect outfit for any occasion.

What to wear for New Year’s Eve: Sequined maxi skirt, velvet vest, more

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Date night

For her:

Keep it festive in metallics with this playful party skirt that’s great for any New Year’s Eve date with. It’s elastic waistband keeps things super comfy (no need to be uncomfortable throughout dinner!), and is super easy to pack if you’re traveling: It actually rolls up to fit in a little pouch and doesn’t wrinkle!

A simple, fitted scoop-neck top, bold statement necklace and sparkly pumps will add extra shine. Add a cool moto jacket and boots, and this fun and flirty look will work well past the holiday party season.

For him:

This handsome date is sporting something a bit more special than a basic blazer. A simple white button-down and sleek dark jeans look special when topped with a vest and festive bow tie.

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If you have a formal occasion on Dec. 31 — perhaps a wedding, even — this outfit will look chic and winter-season appropriate. A long-sleeve knit top is cozy, yet perfect complementary to an all-over sequined maxi skirt.

The mix of textures and fabrics helps when pairing pieces in the same color family. A neutral blush pink top and rose gold skirt will feel right on-trend and fancy.

House party

Have a house party invite? We’ve got you covered!

Some sequins and shimmer with a pants look is the perfect way to look sleek and comfortable. This pleated, wide-leg pair from H&M have a high-sheen that shimmers in the light, while a sequined, sleeveless top that’s fitted around the middle will show off your shape.

If you’re wearing voluminous bottoms, make sure to pair them with something tailored up top, Herr says. That way, you’ll balance out the look. Then, just add a jeweled clutch and bold cuff for an extra-special touch.

Going dancing

New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to dance the night away!

A fun, A-line dress always flatters. For something a bit more special, try a design with o I love an asymmetrical hemline or touch of gold. You’ll be party ready in an instant!

Just add some gold sparkle heels, a cool clutch (like this beaded, geometric design) and a statement necklace to top off the look. See, one-step dressing is a cinch!

Leah Embellished Statement Clutch, $35,

Mesh Note, Necklace, $25, Express

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New Year’s Eve fashion typically translates to an overwhelming number of sequins. But you don’t have to scoop up a shimmery, tight-fitting mini dress to ring in the decade right — there’s no sparkle minimum to be met, after all. Whether you’re welcoming 2020 from the comfort of your couch or venturing out into the night, we’ve put together six easy New Year’s Eve outfits that’ll help you celebrate the end of the 2010s feeling like you (and not like a disco ball). The best part? You can find most of this stuff already in your closet.

The Cozy Look

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A feathered jacket or top is the perfect compliment to an otherwise simple pair of jeans. For those who want to dress up their denim further, a blush-colored kitten heel or pearl hair embellishments will help your baby blues go from day to night.

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The Disco Look

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Find yourself feeling instantly fancy with a glossy satin blouse in a luxe champagne hue. Wear an equally silky bottom in a statement shade — like a vivid fuchsia — and add high-shine accessories (like a crystal-fringe shoulder bag) to complete the festive look.

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The Lazy-Chic Look

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You don’t need to sacrifice your innate sense of style if you’re staying in; instead, find a pretty set of pajamas that are equal parts festive and comfortable. If you’re having people over for some bubbly, finish the look off with playfully-patterned shoes and a padded headband.

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The Remixed-LBD Look

Photo: Rania Bolton/Fashionista

Show some love to that long-forgotten black dress in your closet by jazzing it up with metallic tights. Throw on a pair of conversation-starting boots and big, bedazzled hoops for a party ‘fit that won’t go unnoticed.

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The Glam-Rock Look

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Give your go-to leather pants another night to remember by tucking a subtly twinkly top into them — all you need to add is a cool slide and glistening ear adornments.

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The ’80s Barbie Look

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Take the sartorial path less traveled on this notorious party night and opt for a bright, ’80s-inspired midi dress rather than a cut-to-there sequin mini. You might not remember much of your evening at the end of the decade, but you will remember the dress that you wore when it started.

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New Years Eve Clothing


New Year’s Eve is arguably one of the biggest—if not the biggest—nights of the year. So before the clock strikes twelve, make sure you’re rockin’ a dazzling New Year’s Eve dress and matching New Year’s Eve accessories! Lucky for you, ModCloth carries some of the best NYE accessories around, such as cute clutches, statement necklaces, and faux-leather belts. Oh, and we didn’t forget about your lovely locks, either. Check out our colorful NYE headbands that perfectly adorn your tresses while tying your whole party ensemble together.
When it comes to dressing for a New Year’s Eve party, the only hard-and-fast rule that we implement in our ensembles is fun, fun, and more fun! And accomplishing this feat is quite easy, we must say. Just take a peek at ModCloth’s collection of party dresses or glitter dresses, and you’ll see what we’re talkin’ about! Need more inspo? You can always watch the ball drop in a jewel-toned frock, sip on something bubbly while wearing something sparkly, toast a pal while twirling in tulle…we could go on and on, but you get the picture.
Ahh, New Year’s Eve. One of the most unforgettable nights of the year—and definitely one of the coldest! During this time, we’re more than likely swapping our bright summer wardrobe for deeper-hued winter threads. In order to rise to your next New Year’s Eve occasion flawlessly, we recommend wearing jumpsuits, mini skirts, or dresses in standout shades of shimmery gold, royal blue, or burgundy. And not to be outdone by the rest, silver is also a prime go-to color for such festive outfitting! If being a showstopper at the most happenin’ NYE parties around is at the top of your list, we also suggest slipping on a chic monochromatic outfit—we’re talking jet black or blush pink from head-to-toe—accented with flirty fringe or sequins, of course.

You shouldn’t need an excuse to wear the party attire your heart desires—although New Year’s Eve dresses, fancy clutches, and festive footwear certainly look the part come the end of the holiday season. After all, there’s no better occasion than December 31 to break out your most celebrated frocks. They make getting dressed for the night streamlined into one simple step. Whether it’s sequins or shine, velvet or feathers, there’s a party-ready outfit for just about any style, and thanks to the end-of-season sales, the best ones are 50 percent off or more. It’s true: Even the coolest, celebrity-worthy eveningwear brands are more accessible than ever right now. Score something swishy or embellished from the likes of 16Arlington, Attico, and Retrofete and cherish it forever.

For the glam party girls, there are sequined minidresses, lamé baby dolls, and strapless PVC numbers. Meanwhile, for gala-goers or masked-ball attendees—or even winter wedding guests—something just as festive but showing less skin will do the trick, including long-sleeve pleated frocks in seasonally wrapped metallics, shimmery velvet A-lines, and Victoriana-inspired black sequined gowns. If you weren’t planning to get dolled up, perhaps it’s time to reconsider with our comprehensive list of New Year’s Eve dresses for every party vibe. Surely we can all cheers to that!

No matter your plans come December 31, sometimes it’s more fun to shop for the perfect party outfit than it is to actually celebrate. So find yours during the end-of-season sales—just make sure to buy it before the clock strikes midnight.

Photographed by Cass Bird, Vogue, March 2019

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If the answer to what are you wearing this New Year’s is “I don’t know”, then read on…



Saying goodbye to one year and hello to another is an annual event that bring with it a lot of expectations.

What will you do, who will you spend it with and – all importantly – what will you wear.

While we can’t decide the first two for you (although we do have some ideas), we can most certainly help with the latter.

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The age-old question might be “What are you doing New Year’s Eve?” but the more important question is what are you wearing on New Year’s Eve. Let’s be honest—We all want to put our best fashion foot forward in the new year, and looking through myriad New Year’s Eve outfit ideas is the way to do it. By garnering sartorial inspiration from street style experts, we can take the knowledge and create our own epic NYE ensembles. Forget everything you think you know about New Year’s Eve outfits, because your world is about to get rocked.

From unexpected pairings like zebra print sweaters and metallic pants to classic high-slit dresses sure to please any NYE crowd, these street style mavens know how to dress for an occasion. Whether you’re looking for true love’s kiss at the stroke of midnight, or just want to star in some seriously hot Instagram photos, you’re going to want the perfect New Year’s Eve look. And you can’t go wrong with learning from the best. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s to take a clue from street style fashionistas. Recreate their looks entirely or just take some inspiration into your own closet—Either way, you’re sure to look incredible this New Year’s Eve.

Below, you’ll find 27 different New Year’s Eve outfit ideas perfect for all kinds of parties, events or even if you just want to look amazing while watching the ball drop in the comfort of your own home. New Year’s Eve means no rules. Dress to impress yourself this year. Reinvent yourself for the upcoming seasons. Go big, go bold and don’t forget a few sequins. Enter the new year with all the confidence in the world, baby. You got this.

1. Turtlenecks & Tulle

A structured turtleneck and playful tulle skirt are a match made in heaven.


2. Slit as High as the Heavens

Just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean you can’t show off those legs, baby.

3. Puff Me Up

Forget the little black dress—the little puff dress is the new wardrobe must-have.

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4. Metallic Trench, Si Vous Plait

Your classic trench dress, but make it shiny.

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5. She’s a Wild One

Animal print on animal print—What could go wrong?

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6. No Shoulder, No Problem

Amp up your favorite no-shoulder blouse with some statement pants.

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7. Brown Is the New Black

You don’t need a ton of sparkle or bright colors to stand out this season.

8. Mermaid, but Make It Fashion

You’re a fish out of water now, babe.


9. All You Need Is Love—and Sequins

Shimmer and shine your way to top of the sartorial leaderboard.

10. An Unexpected Perfect Match

Pairing zebra stripes and metallic pants? It’s cuter than you’d think.

11. Chain Me Up

For that wow-factor.

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12. Leather Daddy

Pair a leather jacket with shimmery pants, and you’re good to go.

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13. Two Roads Diverge

Mix two unexpected fabrics for the ride of your life.

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14. Blazer B*tch

An oversized glitzy blazer calls for serious NYE fun.

15. Gimme Swan Lake Vibes

Your first grade ballerina outfit, but make it 2020.

16. Maximalist Mama

Shock them to the core with a seriously statement maxi skirt.

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17. Fair Isle & Fiesty

Pair a fair isle sweater with a plaid mini skirt, and you’re in the major leagues now.

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18. Fringe! Fringe! Fringe!

Fringe is your friend, so add lots of it.


19. Black, White and Hot All Over

Keep it classic with chic black and white ensemble this NYE.

20. Pack a Punch

Flirt with color and you’ll find the results are pretty damn good.

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21. Feelin’ Hot, Hot Hot (Pink)

Monochrome never looked so glamorous.

22. Violet, You’re Turning Violet

Purple is the color of luxury and power, so go for this New Year.

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23. BDSM Meets Barbie Glam

Play with textures and vibes for a subtly sexy ensemble.

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24. Pretty In Pink—and Purple

Tale as old as time, pink and purple always look good.

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25. Goldilocks Called

Hints of gold are never more glamorous than they are on NYE.

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26. A Floral & Leather Love Story

Pair a feminine dress with a sexy leather jacket for the ultimate look.

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27. Slither Into the New Year

Snake print will never die, so might as well hop on board for the new year.

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