The phrase "different strokes for different folks" never rings so true as on New Year's Eve. Maybe you want to party your butt off as the ball drops at midnight; perhaps you crave a low-key night with your nearest and dearest. Either way, we're not judging. Nope — our mission is to help you look your absolute best, whether you're hopping from bar to bar or snuggling up on the couch. So, without further ado, we present three fail-proof looks that range from sporty to fancy to comfy-chic. All you have to do is make a plan — and celebrate the start of an amazing New Year.
If your perfect NYE consists of raising a toast at all
your favorite watering holes, you'll want an outfit that guarantees comfort — and just the right dose of low-key chic. Start with a figure-flattering skater skirt, add a muscle tee and a varsity jacket, and polish it off with a pair of ankle boots made for traipsing around the city. A mustard-hued crossbody and simple earrings contribute a bit of ladylike flair.
Clockwise from top left: Miss Selfridge
Faux Leather Bomber Jacket, $30, available at Miss Selfridge
; Kara Ross
Small Split Dome Stud Earrings, $65, available at Charm & Chain
; Diane von Furstenberg
Lyra Stretch Crepe Skirt, $233, available at Boutique 1
Messenger Bag With Metallic Detail, $39.99, available at Zara
Sleeveless Tiger Head Tee, $120, available at Otte
Kiss Tassel Boot, $398, available at AllSaints
Heading to a black-tie affair to ring in 2014? Go all out with a luxe ensemble that combines sequins, sparkling tulle, metallic leather, and fur. A double-breasted coat adds a masculine undercurrent to this Gatsby-inspired dress, while a lush clutch, gleaming heels, and a rosy pout complete the look.
Clockwise from top left: Missha Signature Glam Art Rouge Lipstick, $18, available at Missha; Mango Texture Wool-Blend Oversize Coat, $39.99, available at Mango; Anna Sui Nuits Dress, $455, available at Stylebop; Topshop Fur Box Bag, $60, available at Topshop; DKNY Saffie Ankle Strap Pump, $245, available at Shopbop.
Staying in on New Year's Eve isn't such a bad thing. After all, what could be better than having your besties over for free-flowing cocktails, top-notch party playlists, and zero hassle? Keep it comfy-yet-classy with knit track pants, chic high-tops, and a bright sweater. The finishing touches, like a plaid scarf and a cheeky hair pin, elevate the look from regular-night-in to festive-hangout.
Clockwise from top left: Accessorize Lofty Tartan Scarf, $33, available at Accessorize; H&M Knit Sweater, $29.95, available at H&M stores; 10 Crosby Derek Lam Cashmere Melange Sweatpants, $495, available at Intermix; Madewell Arrowstack Necklace, $55, available at Madewell; Marc by Marc Jacobs Drippy Marc Hair Clip, $68, available at Marc Jacobs; Ash Shake High-Tops, $295, available at Piperlime.