A whimsical going-out ensemble without a single sequin or questionable hemline in sight? Yep, it's possible. After all, not everyone wants to be a glittery confection on New Year's Eve. Instead, a high-waisted trouser and striped bustier are the brick and mortar of this nighttime outfit, courtesy of Alice + Olivia's resort 2014 collection. Creative director Stacey Bendet’s vision of fanciful, offbeat party attire is way more imaginative than your friend's fail-safe micro-mini-and-sequined-blouse combo — in fact, it's a breath of fresh air! So, we're straying from the beaten path with this slightly retro, totally scintillating ensemble. Accent with bold, red accessories; a fresh, dewy complexion; and a sleek updo for a ladylike look that'll garner heaps of compliments (and phone numbers, too).
Alice + Olivia May Spaghetti Strap Bustier Top, $275, available at Alice + Olivia; Vince Crepe Harem Trousers, $263, available at Matches Fashion; Christian Louboutin Ograde Cross-Strap Pump, $765, available at Neiman Marcus; Topshop Perforated Foldover Clutch $36, available at Topshop; kate spade new york All Wrapped Up Pearl Drop Earrings, $68, available at kate spade new york; Hot Topic Red Rose Flower Hair Clip, $6.38, available at Hot Topic.