It’s about that time of year again when we gather together and count down to kiss as that great, glittering ball descends in Times Square. But will more eyes be on you this December 31 than on that opulent orb? It all depends on what you’re wearing. We’ve got the scoop on all things fun and fabulous for New Year’s Eve. Read on for a roundup of six looks certain to send 2018 off in style.
1. Shimmer and shine.
Nothing says NYE quite like sequins. In addition to bauble-bedecked tops, skirts and dresses, metallics also offer a sexy sheen suitable for NYE excitement. FKA Twigs shimmered in silver in the front row at Christopher Kane's Spring/Summer 2019 show at London Fashion Week while celebs like Rita Ora, Giuliana Rancic, and Susan Kelechi Watson have all gotten their sparkle on this season. We can think of no better occasion for you to do the same.
2. Pick patent leather.
Sequins aren’t for everyone. If you want to stand out this New Year’s Eve without going full-on bling, patent leather delivers an elegant alternative. This lux look made a sleek statement on the runways earlier this year and is still going strong thanks to celebs like Selena Gomez, who was recently seen rocking a pair of black patent leather booties.
Alexander McQueen black buckle-up patent leather ankle boots
Prada Boots & Booties - Booties Patent Leather Black - black - Boots & Booties for ladies
Maison Margiela Patent leather ankle boots
Saint Laurent Lou 70 patent leather ankle boots
Aquazzura Quant 45 patent leather ankle boots
Calvin Klein 205W39NYC Kat patent leather ankle boots
Acne Studios Patent leather ankle boots
3. Make it a mini.
Vogue recently cited high hemlines as one of the “seven biggest street style trends” we’ll be seeing moving forward, and New Year’s Eve is the ideal occasion to show a little -- or a lot -- of leg. Black denim -- which Amanda Seyfried paired with a leather jacket and logo tee during Givenchy’s Spring/Summer 2019 fashion week -- is especially fresh and fierce. Or, go with a micro mini LBD like model Camille Rowe.
4. Lux up your LBD.
Speaking of LBDs, while they’re always a smart sartorial choice, New Year’s Eve calls for extra. Accentuated shoulders and a plunging neckline made Nicole Richie’s LBD an attention grabber at the YSL Spring/Summer 2019 show -- especially when accessorized with an eye-catching clutch. And speaking of big shoulders, Glamour recently declared them to be a “key trend” among the spring/summer 2019 looks so don’t be afraid of the puffy sleeve or shoulder.
5. Uncage your inner animal.
“When all else fails, go with an animal print,” counsels Vogue. Indeed, predatory prints are everywhere at the moment with Harper’s BAZAAR heralding tiger print as “the defining trend of 2019” and WWD falling in love with leopard. Animal prints have also been spotted -- see what we just did there? -- on the beautiful backs of everyone from Jennifer Lopez to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
While classic animal prints are never out of style, designers like Tom Ford and Diane Von Furstenberg have recently introduced “punched-up versions” in hues ranging from neutral to neon.
6. Put your best foot forward.
If you’re ready to welcome in the new year on the right foot, you need the right shoes. From feather-bedecked sandals to 70s-inspired knee-high boots, the perfect pair of party shoes is waiting to complete your New Year’s Eve ensemble.
These six NYE-worthy looks can help you get 2019 off to a seriously chic start. Wishing you a happy, healthy and stylish New Year from all of us at Dress Like Me.