Six New Year’s Eve outfits for every occasion

Over the past ten years, I’ve used my NYE in one of these ways. Whenever I visit Maine, there is a local outdoor ball drop that I have done several times. I was at an NYE wedding a few years ago (NYE is one of the few holidays guests happy to have a wedding for). One year we went to a black tie optional party in DC. In the last few years, we’ve done a variation of going out to dinner and hanging out with a small group of friends at home, which is my fay of spending the holidays.

No matter how you spend New Year’s Eve, it’s generally considered a night to dress up and look your best. Everyone wants to send the previous year off and start the new one on a high note. To help you with that, we’ve put together a few New Year’s Eve outfits from casual too dressy, for each way you can spend your evening.

Look 1: DinnerPhoto: Instagram

Whether you’re dining at a fancy New York restaurant with a 12-course tasting menu or just a casual dinner at your favorite neighborhood spot, this outfit works. The neutral color palette makes it easy to achieve with pieces you may already own (like nude pumps and a beige sweater), but the heels and leather pants dress it up enough for NYE.

Look 2: House Party

Photo: Pinterest
I’m in love with long black pants with a split hem. It’s so intelligent, and a refreshing style change from the constant ankle pants we’ve all been wearing for years. Paired with pointed-toe pumps, these pants make your legs look insanely long. A metallic sweater is the perfect NYE top to finish off this look.

Look 3: Cocktail party

I love a good jumpsuit, and NYE is a great time to break one out. If you have a fun cocktail party to attend, try one of these jumpsuits below.

Look 4: NEW wedding

Having a wedding to attend on New Year’s Eve is one of the best scenarios. You get to see friends and/or family, you get to dance, and you generally dress up. A floor length or ankle length slip silk dressfloor-lengthlashankle-lengths a perfect NEW wedding guest outfit.

Look 5: Watch the ball fall.

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From Times Square to Bangor, Maine, plenty of places throw an annual New Year’s Eve ball game. Personally, Times Square doesn’t sound appealing, but a cozy little city ball drop is a fun way to spend an evening. The most enjoyable is how you spend your evening; the goal is to dress as warmly as possible.

Look 6: Stays at home

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If you stay home and watch the festivities on TV or spend time with family, you probably want to have a good time. Throw on a matching sweat pant set and a pair of furry slippers and celebrate JOMO.

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