The Dazzling Party Looks We’re Wearing This New Year’s Eve
Ring in 2022 with one of our fashion picks.
Not that you need an excuse to wear a full-on party look, but New Year’s Eve is a pretty good one. The holiday gives you a good reason to break out your sequined dresses, festive footwear, and metallic accessories. Regardless of what you have planned for December 31, below, our team pulled together the pieces on our fashion wish list for the big night.
Ama Kwarteng, Beauty Editor
Who could pass on the opportunity to wear these feather-trimmed heels? These black Brother Vellies boudoir-inspired shoes are the ultimate festive accessory to any holiday get-up.
If you’re not into the idea of wearing a full-on sparkle dress but still want to wear something eye-catching for NYE, consider an outfit from Farai London. The bold splashes of color feel like a cheerful welcome to the new year ahead.
If an outfit is loud or more over the top, I usually opt for simple earrings to keep the look from coming off as too gauche. These chunky gold hoops from Mejuri are classic and subtle, making them perfect to pair with a bold get-up.
Leya Kaufman, Head of Brand
A girl can dream, right? While this Âme ear cuff instantaneously makes a visual statement, it also tells a story of technological innovation and sustainable ingenuity. I love that the diamonds that fall perfectly into place on this wearable art were actually grown in NYC. This piece would take my NYE outfit to the next level, usher in 2022 in epic form, and champion creativity in the jewelry industry. A dream worth dreaming...
Another way I hope to make an entrance? In this feminine but edgy dress. This dress is also flowy enough to allow for a never-ending buffet of snacks and champagne. It’s celebratory but won’t look out of place at the small house party of six that we plan on attending with our closest friends–especially if I dress it down with a blazer and chunky shoe. Life’s just too short not to take any excuse to dress to the nines.
While I love a statement heel, I will always opt for an unexpectedly fun shoe that is equal parts comfortable and practical for a long night like NYE. Enter: these Jimmy Choo block heel booties. The rocker-girl-chic laces paired with the jeweled embellishments just completed my dream New Year's outfit. As a bonus, I’ll wear these throughout the rest of the winter season well into 2022 and beyond, too.
Camille Freestone, Associate Style Editor
I’m not often one for sparkle, but when New Year’s Eve comes around, I enjoy a bit of indulgence. This Tibi slip dress will serve as the base of my look this year. I just love its straighter silhouette and the haphazard placement of the sparkles.
With the hard angles of the above dress, I need something to add a soft feminine touch. I love adding an oversized hair bow as a finishing touch throughout the holiday season—it’s my attempt at festive dressing .
I’ve been favoring a short sock in lieu of tights this season, as I think it adds a bit of quirk to an otherwise sleek ensemble. I’ll probably pair this sheer accoutrement with a black kitten heel to contrast the childlike nature of the sock with the ladylike element from the shoe.
Caroline Dunn, Associate Manager of Affiliate Partnerships & Content Strategy
Like many, my early 20s were abruptly halted by COVID and with them went any ability or willingness to freeze while waiting to gain entry to literally anything. As I fear that my NYE plans may lead me to end up in a dreaded queue this year, anything that I end up wearing out will be paired accordingly with a thick sweater. This one from Polo Ralph Lauren is gorgeous and will take you comfortably through the rest of winter and beyond.
I started following SLA The Label on Instagram over the summer and everything that I’ve seen from them since is super cute, unique, and affordable. This blazer dress looks way more expensive than it is, and the color is so playful for New Year’s with a holiday vibe from the velvet.
I’ve been in love with these earrings for years and the pearl and gold tones will match pretty much anything—even your NYE sequins. I also just inherently feel cool whenever I get to say that I’m wearing Cult Gaia.
Maraya Fisher, Fashion Fellow
Forget looking sexy on New Year’s Eve, I want to look like a swaddled baby. All the hot girls in the East Village are wearing balaclavas and, as a natural-born follower, I will be participating in this trend with enthusiasm. I know it’s going to ruin my blowout, but my ears and neck are going to be toasty, so it’s worth it.
Obviously, earrings and necklaces won’t feature in my New Year’s outfit because of the aforementioned balaclava, so I’m opting for a few statement rings. I love this one by Mugler because it is delicate but definitely still catches the eye.
I know I said I’m not trying to look sexy this New Year’s, but I can’t wear the balaclava all night, and this dress strikes the perfect balance between cozy and the secretary in Love Actually .
Photo: Rosdiana Ciaravolo/Getty
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