Your mission on December 31: Dress to get noticed. When the ball drops and everything goes black, don’t blend in with simple cocktail dresses and standard silver sparkles—stand out with color, quirk, and sophistication. Our guide to party attire works pie
LEMON EDGE Black may be the world’s greatest neutral, but there are still some pairings you seldom come across. This New Year’s, punk out basic pieces with unexpected shades of neon and golden yellow. This killer accent color injects wardrobe standbys with a dash of smarminess—perfect for the girl who grabs attention with saucy one-liners, razor-sharp wit, and rockstar sensibility.
BANDAGE WEAR Body-conscious bandage dresses and skirts will showcase curves and smooth out areas you’re self-conscious of—could there be a better party staple? Just make sure to keep your accessories on the simple side—the unusual texture of these pieces will draw more than enough attention. If you’re looking to downplay some of your newfound sex appeal, oversized blazers, slouchy tanks, and opaque tights will help you cover up while staying on trend.
SEQUINS AND SOLIDS No night is more sparkle-friendly than New Year’s Eve. Skirts this loud will work with basic black or white, but why play it safe when jewel-tone tops are much more fun? Our favorite way to wear this year’s sequin trend is on bottom in a streamlined shape, paired with detailed basics and textured accessories. The one place to tone it down is the jewelry department—bling automatically becomes unnecessary when wearing a skirt with this much glitz.