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.
The Heels Have It. Velvet by Graham & Spencer Ottavia heathered slinky dress ($83.99), Linea Pelle Dylan long leather wallet ($135), L.A.M.B. Tailynn yellow heel ($279.99).
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.
Rocker Wear. Alexander Wang wool jacket with motorcycle sleeves ($690), T by Alexander Wang racer-back jersey tank ($74), Arden B. Ombre bandage mini skirt ($44), Rebecca Minkoff suede lovenote clutch ($298), Dolce Vita flash bootie ($189.99).
BLACK, WHITE, AND BOLD-SHOULDERED
We adore one-shouldered, and love black-and-white pieces, but it’s another thing entirely when they come together. This typically graphic color combo turns playful and fun with ruffle accents, quirky pops of color, and replacing big-time earrings and necklaces for nontraditional accessories. Studded gloves, jeweled hairpieces, and statement rings are all fair game when an ensemble’s color palette is this basic, so start getting adventurous!
Boho Black Tie. Haute Hippie embellished one-sleeve tunic ($395), Unlisted rhinestone satin sandal ($49.95), Apt. 9 jet-tone crystal flex ring ($13.40), Jessica McClintock rosette kisslock frame clutch ($58), Nordstrom pavé stud earrings ($88).
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.