It’s official. The holidays are almost a thing of the past. By this time, holiday parties have come and gone, and now it’s time to start prepping for the final hurrah, New Year’s Eve. Of course by prepping, I mean planning out your ensemble for the fabulous NYE parties you’ll be attending. To most people in other parts of the country, this doesn’t feel like something that needs planning. Just pick a pretty cocktail dress from any number of brands who will be selling them at this time, and match with a pair of shiny shoes. Unfortunately, as residents of this trend setting city, we have to be a little more inventive. This means thinking of new ways to dress up our final looks, that’ll set the rest of the country ablaze in just a few years, and be the vibe that elegantly puts us into the New Year. Below are three new ways to dress up your end of year looks.
- Let’s face it, all of us aren’t lucky enough to be invited to some grand gala at The Plaza. Better yet most of us aren’t that lucky. But we are lucky enough to get an open bar with unlimited hors d’oeuvres, at a casually hip bar. For these types of settings, your outfit shouldn’t look as if you tried too hard, but let’s not look as if we’re showing up for football Sunday. In comes, the newly popular printed jeans. Embellished pockets and seams are a thing of the past when it comes to novelty denim. Instead we’re seeing waist to ankle prints, such as baroques, animal and damask prints. As always, denim has the ability to be extremely flexible. So they can be dressed up a silk blouse and stilettos or casually paired with a well-tailored blazer and a pair of brogues.
- If you’re attending a formal dinner at a restaurant, or even if it’s just at someone’s home, you probably won’t have to worry about crowds, and the dreadful possibility of someone spilling a drink on you. But we are bringing in a new year, so why not bring it in fabulously, in a brightly hued tux. The tucked in waist line and ankle skimming pants provide a sexy and intriguing ensemble. And the quirkiness of menswear for women lends perfectly for a semi-quaint affair. Keeping this ensemble bold from head to toe avoid basic black accessories. Metallic shoes of any variety and a bright yet contrasting clutch in the same color category (think neon with neon’s, primary colors with primary colors, etc.), will seamlessly pull the whole look together.
- Satin and tulle are clearly materials of the past, at least for eveningwear. For those of us who are attending banquets, galas and other formal festivities it’s time to retire the Nicole Miller dress and embrace the thought of a head to toe lace gown. Slightly grotesque in the past, probably due to its goth like appeal, all over lace has gained lots of attraction this year. The dark ambiance that most of us used to shy away from also provides an “Interview with the Vampire” type sophistication that is hard to come by in other fabrics. Wearing a full length lace gown requires balance in the rest of the ensemble. This means avoiding other heavy factors, such as a smoky eyelid or other dense fabrics like velvet. If you are particularly bold and willing to take this look full on, opt for a less than traditional lace color, such as neon yellow or hot pink.