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December 9, 2014

Ladies’ Top 10 New Year’s Eve Must-Have Styles

Dressing for New Year’s Eve is all about that last hurrah to finish off the holiday season with a bang. And while we still have a few weeks to go, it will be here before we know it. Of course, a “bang” can mean something different for everyone. Perhaps you are going all out to a black-tie affair. Or maybe you’re heading to a great restaurant or bar for a party. Or heading to a friend’s house for cocktails and board games. However you plan on celebrating, let your outfit reflect the good times ahead. And don’t let it sneak up on you. This is the one night of the year, in particular, where being a little bold (yet still fashionable) is not only acceptable, it’s expected. Play with some sparkle, and texture. Play with color or the simple elegance of black. Whether you do it with your clothes or your accessories, we have some perfect picks to make you look good and feel great (though, the New Year’s Eve cocktails may help with that part).
Let us know what you think in the comments below and on social media. Let the countdown begin!
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Lafayette 148 New York - Brooke Beaded Dress
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1. The Little Black Dress. A simple answer for almost any New Year’s Eve party…the little black dress. And when one from Lafayette 148 New York is on sale and looks this great, we suggest snatching it right up. The ponte fabric, and modern fit works on most women’s bodies, and the simple tank top style makes it bra-friendly. The geometric beading is beautifully done, yet subtle so this will work for a festive setting or a true cocktail party. A truly timeless dress that is elegant with sheer stockings and stylish pumps and simple jewelry. If you get a cold, add a cashmere wrap.
http://www.dvf.com/metallic-knit-wrap-dress/D897201S14.html Diane von Furstenberg - Metallic Knit Wrap Dress
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Diane von Furstenberg - Metallic Knit Wrap Dress
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1. The Little Black Dress. This little black dress from DVF is truly one of the most flattering dresses we’ve seen on so many different body types. It’s a sweater material that has gold metallic threads woven through the black ground. The fit is a little easier than a typical DVF jersey wrap dress, and it’s ridiculously comfortable. You can really enjoy yourself, while looking stunning. The wider sash defines your waist and helps hide any bulges at the same time. While DVF shows it with a coordinating knit pant as an option (so ‘70’s chic), we love to keep it classically modern with black sheer stockings or more opaque tights and pumps or heeled booties. A chunky gold necklace will complete the look. A DVF wrap dress never goes out of style, so you’ll get to wear this one to your New Year's Eve celebration, and pull it out again for a lovely dinner date later on in the winter.
http://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/product/442504 Diane von Furstenberg - Rawena Crepe de Chine Jumpsuit
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1. The Little Black Jumpsuit. Instead of a dress, a little black jumpsuit can be just as versatile – and a great option for wintertime since your legs will be covered. Also from DVF, this is also an easier fit – a perfect way to look effortlessly pulled together as we wrap up the season of indulging. We couldn’t believe we found it on sale, as this is a style you will be able to wear most of the year. For New Year’s Eve, dress it up with metallic strappy sandals and a pair of bold earrings and a great ring. If you want to go with something unexpected, a playful pair of glitter-encrusted oxfords will make you the most comfortable – and stylish – women in the room. This has just gone on sale and is sold out almost everywhere. If they are out of your size, try Neiman Marcus.
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2. The Formal Dress. When the invite says “black tie”, especially for New Year’s Eve, a floor length gown is always your best bet. This black beaded mesh Aidan Mattox is ideal. The chic blouson is flattering, giving you a little room while highlighting the waist and providing just the right balance for a woman’s hips. The boatneck and sleeveless styling is flattering whether you are broad-shouldered or more narrow, and a strapless bra (or bra with clear straps) works easily. Aidan Mattox’s fit and styling is universal, which makes us big fans. This dress looks beautiful with any black dress shoe or sandal. You don’t need much jewelry –simple studs and a great ring or bracelet is plenty. Let the beading be the statement. Adrianna Papell offers a similar version in colors like navy and deep grey, if you want a little subtle color.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/lauren-ralph-lauren-long-sleeve-surplice-jersey-gown/3352652 Lauren Ralph Lauren - Long Sleeve Surplice Jersey Gown
Lauren Ralph Lauren - Long Sleeve Surplice Jersey Gown
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Lauren Ralph Lauren - Long Sleeve Surplice Jersey Gown
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2. The Formal Dress. There is nothing sexier than a simple, slinky dress. And it’s not always easy to find a long-sleeve that is still formal – and flattering. Ralph Lauren really comes through with all of the above, at an amazing price in this matte-jersey gown from his Lauren line. It’s an easier fit, so we agree with Nordstrom’s suggestion to size down. The surplice styling shows off your curves, while perfectly concealing with its faux-wrap styling that cinches in the waist and smooths the hips. The little silver crystal broach gives just a touch of sparkle, perfect for New Years Eve, and makes it easy to pair silver, crystal and diamond jewelry. A strappy dress shoe in black or silver looks best, to help balance the coverage the dress provides. If you are looking for a slimmer, contemporary fit, Halston Heritage’s version is simply stunning with a slightly deeper neckline and equally flattering ruching.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Parker-Serena-Short-Sleeve-Beaded-Deco-Dress-Black/prod175660150_cat9360738__/p.prod Parker - Serena Short-Sleeve Beaded Deco Dress
Parker - Serena Short-Sleeve Beaded Deco Dress
3. The Cocktail Dress. This dress simply says New Years Eve fun. It’s flirty and festive, with it’s art-deco inspired silver beading pattern and shorter length (but not too short on most women). The beading on the black georgette fabric gives this contemporary-fitting dress all the glamour you need, so an oversized stud earring is enough jewelry. Just looking at the picture, you can see how well made it is, but it only gets better once you actually get it in person. The short-sleeve is great for a winter party look, giving a little more coverage. Because of the beautiful weight of this dress, you can get away with opaque tights and black suede pumps. If your size is sold out, try Bloomingdale's.
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3. The Cocktail Dress. Instead of beading, a little metallic floral pattern is a wonderful pop for a New Year’s Eve look. The modern fitting sheath silhouette is slimming and elegant, especially with the seamed waist and inverted pleat to give shape and flatter the hips. We absolutely love how Carmen Marc Valvo – a line known for its formal dresses – cut in the shoulder openings. This little trick elongates and slims the arms and shoulders, so every woman can feel comfortable going sleeveless (and still wear a bra). Pair it with a simple wrap or even this dressy sweater for more coverage and warmth. Bare legs with strappy black or silver dress sandals look as good as black sheer stockings with black dressy heels. The modern fit and timeless elegance is a steal at this price, so sizing is getting limited - try this alternate version, also on sale, if your size is sold out.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/christopher-blue-toni-faux-leather-trim-ponte-blazer/3844469 Christopher Blue - Toni Faux Leather Trim Ponte Blazer
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4. The Tuxedo Inspiration. With the importance of menswear inspired clothing this season, we don’t think there’s anything more sexy and sophisticated than a tuxedo blazer or a feminine take on a tuxedo shirt. Christopher Blue’s ponte blazer with leather-like trim is a great option if you’re looking for an easier fit. If you are looking for a more contemporary fit, Rag & Bone has a gorgeous version that’s currently on sale. Either way, a blazer for New Year’s Eve will effortlessly dress up your favorite pair of jeans, leather leggings, or skinny black pants – especially when you add a pair of sexy shoes to balance the look. Keep it closed and add a simple black or white tank top with a bold necklace.
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4. The Tuxedo Inspiration. Pictures do not do this silk tuxedo blouse justice. When you click through the “shop it” button you will see the beautiful detail of this blouse, like the tonal dot jacquard pattern within the fabric. This is a timeless, high-quality investment that you can wear for years and in lots of environments – even for work. The modern fit is versatile and flattering. It is shown with cream trousers, which is beautiful, but we suggest a simple pair of black wide leg trousers, or a lace pencil skirt for a New Year’s eve celebration. J. Crew does a very pretty version in a matte silky fabric, if you prefer a true white or pop of color.
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5. The “Party” Top. Is there anything more party-ready than a sequin top with an airy chiffon trim? Not only does this amazing top come in this rich sparkly black, but it comes in a perfect silver – it was hard to decide which we love more. We settled on black for its versatility. Velvet, known for their wonderfully fitting contemporary tee’s, does not disappoint in the fit department – this top has an easy drape and hip length fit that looks great with your favorite jeans or slim ponte pants. Throw on your favorite party shoes & a great bracelet and hit the town. You can add a blazer if you want an additional layer.
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5. The “Party” Top. A little velvet can go a long way to dress up any look, and this Eileen Fisher top proves it. The relaxed fit and burnout design looks great with any easy black tank top under it, since the color will show through. It can be worn stylishly with a slouchy, athletic-inspired pant and a pair of heels. Or, your favorite simple slim black pants will nicely balance the loose styling of this blouse - those can work with heels or flats. Either way, you’ll be appropriate and comfortable for a night of celebrating.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_feature/NewArrivals/Cashmere/PRDOVR~B7364/B7364.jsp J. Crew - Collection Cashmere Sparkle Sweater
J. Crew - Collection Cashmere Sparkle Sweater
6. The Other Kind of “Party” Top. Sure, there’s the top for a night out. But what about when you’re staying in? Maybe you’re going to a friend’s house or having people over for a casual night of watching Dick Clark (oh, we mean, Ryan Seacrest). You can still have some fun, but maybe it’s in the form of a cozy sweater with some subtle sparkle. This one from J. Crew is made of yummy soft cashmere. We’re showing the navy so you can see the sparkle, but it’s the pale blush pink gold that we really love (click through the “shop it” button to see it). It’s J. Crew’s easy modern fit, in a large array of sizes, so it will work for most everyone. We love how it’s got a split in the hemline that is not too exaggerated, and the fit is not oversized, so it can be worn on it’s own with your favorite jeans.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446733773 Cooper & Ella - Kayla Cutout-Shoulder Blouse
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6. The Other Kind of “Party” Top. A simple blouse gets a festive New Year’s Eve update when it’s finished with stylish cutouts on the shoulders and a sheer chiffon double-layered hem. The body skimming fit is comfortable and easy for a more casual party though, so it’s just the thing for ringing in the new year with friends or family. Cooper & Ella is a fairly new line that specializes in blouses, so they’ve got this down. This blouse works with jeans, slouchy trousers, or slim pants, so take your pick. You can even add a sparkly necklace if you want to have a little more fun.
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7. The “Party” Bottom. We can’t just be a party on the top, can we? Throughout this season, we’ve been talking about the importance of leather skirts and leggings – they are so sophisticated and modern looking and can work for everyone. While leather can be expensive, if you’re careful, you can find some really well done faux pieces. This one from Blaque Label is one of those finds. It looks and feels like soft leather and has a beautiful contemporary fit. A simple silky blouse, fuzzy hip-length sweater, or sparkly top offset the sleek leather material perfectly and will have you party ready in no time. You can even throw on this Joie cool faux fur vest - the perfect edgy finish that you will get to wear all winter long with anything from a simple tee to a silky blouse.
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NYDJ - Stretch Denim Pull On Leggings
7. The “Party” Bottom. The other way to add a little fun to your outfit is by adding some sparkle to your denim. Unlike our sequin top picks, we recommend keeping it more subdued here to create the most slimming profile. NYDJ has done just that in these black denim leggings. The sparkle creates the subtlest sheen that will offset any simple tunic or sweater beautifully. And since it’s from NYDJ, you know the fit will be modern and slimming with their exclusive lift-tuck technology. 7 for all Mankind offers a great contemporary fitting alternative in an incredibly stretchy faux leather finish that has great textured sheen, too.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446739873 Kate Spade New York - Queen of Spades Emanuelle Clutch
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8. The "Party" Clutch. It’s New Year’s Eve, so let your hair down and really show off your fun side with this Kate Spade New York playing card motif clutch. The back is just as authentic looking as the front (click through the “shop it” button to view the beautiful card back design). But this isn’t some silly throw-away piece. The quality is beautiful, from the leather outer to the silk-lined interior that is roomy enough for a phone and even has credit card slots. Wear it with a formal black dress or jeans and a sparkly top.
https://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/BAGS/clutches/PRDOVR~B6885/B6885.jsp Madewell - The Intermission Clutch
Madewell - The Intermission Clutch
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8. The "Party" Clutch. If you are already wearing plenty of sparkle, or have a more casual outfit on, a simple leather clutch may be all you need. Madewell has designed one we love. The strap across the front looks stylish and is pure function when you slip your hand down the back of it to hold your bag. The gold stud details and oversized measurements provide just the modern update that justifies buying a new black clutch.
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9. The Statement Jewelry. New Year’s Eve is certainly a time for a little flare. These earrings have beautifully delicate chains that, at a little over 2-inches long, can stand up to any hairstyle – whether you wear it up or down. They are simple enough to pair with a necklace, but are just as elegant and eye-catching on their own.
http://www.shopbop.com/crystal-embellished-rocky-cuff-bracelet/vp/v=1/1576385049.htm Alexis Bittar - Rocky Cuff Bracelet
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9. The Statement Jewelry. With so many sleeveless and short sleeve options for New Year’s Eve dressing, even if you add a wrap, a statement bracelet like this one from Alexis Bittar is an absolute stunner. You’ll get plenty of use out of it all year long – it can dress up a simple tee and jeans for a night out, just as seamlessly as it works with something quite dressy. This cuff is almost 3-inches wide, but with such fine detail of 18k gold plate and Swarovski crystals it doesn’t seem chunky at all.
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10. The “Party” Shoes. There is nothing more New Year’s Eve ready than a sparkly pair of pumps. We don’t suggest pairing a sparkly dress with sparkly shoes, but if you are wearing leather or denim – or anything besides sequins, really - these Kate Spade New York shoes will take you and your outfit to another level. Ring in the New Year right with these. If you’re not ready for sparkle (though, we can’t imagine why), gold metallic is just as festive.
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10. The “Party” Shoes. A striking heel may not be necessary – for your outfit or for your comfort level. A flat can evoke the same dressed up feeling, especially when they have charm like these Tory Burch velvet smoking slippers. Ideal for jeans or dress pants, these have an old world elegance that is perfect for a long night of fun.
 

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