Sequins, lamé, beading or beautiful fabric on its own. Oh my – the choices! New Year’s Eve is probably the most daring and most creative event of the year – you can be your own celebrity with your own red carpet to walk! Here are your NYE muses and the New Year’s Eve outfit ideas that will transform you into a party goddess.
Style References: Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cara Delevigne
Menswear-inspired suiting is the perfect answer for the woman who doesn’t want to wear a gown, dress or skirt. It has sex appeal, despite not showing off a lot of skin – pair it tastefully with just a necklace as the under-pining and you’ve “hit it out of the park” so to speak. It’s worth the investment, consider when purchasing this suit that you can wear it to a variety of events or perhaps even the office in future. An added advantage on this choice is that you can wear the pieces as separates. You can become the muse of Yves Saint Lauren with a daring tuxedo, even with hints of sequins and shine on the lapel or down the seam of the trousers. Angelina Jolie is the ultimate power suit wearer – she is frequently seen sporting one in different color variations at movie premieres, black-tie events. It adds elegance, class and prestige.
Style References: Coco Chanel, Reese Whiterspoon, Lupita Nyong’o
The little black dress is always the perfect garment for pretty much any occasion – and New Year’s Eve, included. For this party, though, have some fun with this classic. Play with the silhouette, like a slip dress or a long-beaded wrap dress. Try a drop-waist little number à la Coco Chanel. Or go for something that flatters the legs, and you don’t have to be supermodel tall either. Reese Witherspoon often wears black (and colorful) cocktail dresses to flatter her five-foot-one frame. She will either go for a fitted silhouette with a high waistline and a skirt that hits above the knee. Or she’ll choose a frock with structured shoulders and A-line skirt that’s a touch higher – mid-thigh. But if you take cues from Lupita Nyong’o, your LBD becomes a BLD, a bright little dress. Think mint green like she wore to Cannes in 2018. Or a cool mint blue at the 2017 Oscars. Or dress like the Oscar award in a gold lamé cocktail dress or gown – a personal favourite.
Style References: Bianca Jagger, Taylor Swift, Jane Fonda
This one piece always looks current, comfortable and flattering. Plus, like a dress, it has the benefit of you deciding to wear just one thing. A jumpsuit means no coordinating with another garment or searching your closet for multiple pieces. You just put it on and voilà!
You could go the original route, with inspiration from Bianca Jagger with a bit of weight and dramatic drape. Pile on the dainty gold jewellery, with lots of necklaces and rings and you’re done! Taylor Swift always makes a jumpsuit look unexpected, with peek-a-boo cut-outs, or even daring shorts. But Jane Fonda is the queen, of course. She wore the show-stopping emerald green, wide-leg, plunging neckline Balmain jumpsuit. A simple look with lots of impact.
The White Blouse
Style References: Sharon Stone, Oprah Winfrey, Emma Watson
We should all have one. And we typically reserve it for work or a casual Friday with jeans. The white blouse can be as glamorous when paired with the right piece. Choose fabric that is structured or a fabulous draped jersey that won’t wrinkle underneath your coat. It was 1998 when Sharon Stone showed up on the red carpet with a popped collar white shirt and a satin pencil skirt to the Oscars. With a red lip, she elevated the button-up and had all the fashion media talking. Her look is often referenced with style icon and designer Carolina Herrera. Oprah has worn a white shirt (and many other colours with the same silhouette) so often on the red carpet that one could call it her uniform. But much more glam of course, as she pairs it with oversized jewelry, a full ball gown skirt and wide belt. Emma Watson has a bit of a uniform herself with the white shirt for dressy occasions, proving that the white shirt can be youthful and pretty when paired with chic bottoms, like satin cigarette pants or a fabulous pleated maxi skirt.
The possibilities are endless! This is the time of year to bring out your glamorous self with intricate beading and a bit of sparkle or go for a chic minimal look with a statement shoe. Accessorize beautiful jewelry, get your hair done. It can all work when done with taste.