What To Wear For New Year's Eve: Ideas For Glam Or Casual Events

What Are You Wearing New Year’s Eve?

black and gold New Year's Eve accessories


Thank you for all of the lovely comments on the last post. I hope you had a nice Christmas and/or Hanukkah! We went out for a yummy Italian dinner on Saturday night, which included a fabulous Seven Fishes risotto dish. Yesterday was a quiet day at home, very relaxing. This week we’ll be prepping for our annual New Year’s Eve gathering.

Do you have plans for New Year’s Eve? Still sorting out what to wear? Short of Black Tie events, my strategy is to stick with simple separates (or you can go with a dress if they’re more your thing) and let accessories do the heavy lifting to create a look.

Swanky Soirée…

earrings | watch | lips | nails | ring | shoes | bag

Above I’ve put together a black and gold themed accessories “beauty bundle.” This grouping would work with most neutral colors as well as with red, jewel tones, and animal prints. I think the trick with more sparkly or statement pieces is not to overdo it. Options:


It’s Casual…

If your event is more low-key and too much sparkle feels like overkill, soft or muted metallics can do the trick.

Subtle shine accessory bundle

earrings | nails | fragrance | necklace | bag | boots | bracelet

More like these:

I also wanted to mention that Nordstrom is having their Half Yearly Sale. If there are any Eileen Fisher pieces you’ve had your eye on, it’s worth checking out as there are quite a few marked down.

Talbot’s is also having a Semi-Annual Sale, up to 60% off.

Stay in touch.

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  1. December 26, 2016 / 4:53 am

    Love everything you have posted for New Years, wish I was going somewhere!! Alas I will be in my jammies.

  2. Meg
    December 26, 2016 / 5:04 am

    An early dinner with my hubby and oldest daughter is on my books! Following that, a cozy evening at home.. so I think the EF separates will work nicely, since they are after all Street Legal jammies.
    Can I say how much i am loving that scallop detail on the gold pumps? And the walkable block heel? Time for me to lay in a supply of pretty, easy to walk in shoes before fashion returns to Cruel Shoes with 5″ heels again!

    • Ann
      December 26, 2016 / 8:52 am

      Love the concept of EF as Street Legal jammies. Good one.

      • December 27, 2016 / 5:02 am

        totally agree on the jammie aspect of EF- which is why I refuse to pay their crazy prices!

  3. December 26, 2016 / 8:18 am

    Love your idea of muted metallics…even for just going out to dinner on a week night.

  4. December 26, 2016 / 10:54 am

    I’m glad you had a lovely holiday celebration and have more conviviality planned in the days to come. My question here is where are all the galas when I NEED THEM?! Hahaha. If I find one, I’ll go all out in what I wear.

  5. Wendelah
    December 27, 2016 / 9:48 am

    Such pretty choices. I love the necklace in the second set.

    It’s been years since we did anything special for New Year’s Eve. I hate driving here now because of the traffic and hate it more on holidays.

  6. December 27, 2016 / 10:53 am

    Agree agree agree!!! Separates and lovely accessories. I adore those earrings!

  7. Angela PeaPea
    December 30, 2016 / 6:32 pm

    New Year’s Eve…pajamas, fluffy robe and slippers! The (adultish) kids are going out, Mr. Pea and I are staying in. Grilled salmon, saffron rice and peas for dinner, French 75’s and Lemondrops after, and champagne and chocolate truffles at midnight!

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