The Anti-Party Dress Guide To Wearing Pants On New Year's Eve

Ever since The O.C. told us “the way you spend New Year’s Eve is the way you’ll spend the rest of the year,” the holiday has been high-stakes. Is it dramatic to imagine that our entire year will be determined by the outcome of one night? Absolutely. Do we do it anyway? Of course.

Rather than stressing over a million and one things that haven't even happened yet, let’s transfer this thought process over to something we can control, like our clothes. Because if your New Year's Eve outfit is setting the tone for the year ahead (in terms of fashion, at least), you’re going to want to look and feel your best.

For some people, that means skipping the party dress entirely: Exposed legs aren't the most appealing options on cold December nights (and some of us just aren't tights people). And while you may think pants aren't the most festive, with the right cuts, textures, and styling, they might be even cooler than that sequined getup you were contemplating wearing. Ahead, we've put together five pants-only looks that are ready to party.

This mixed-metallics look is like a dressed-up version of pajamas, which is a win in our books. With muted tones with a bit of sheen, this one's festive and comfortable. And would could be better than that?

Beaufille Cetus Dress, $585, available at The Dreslyn; Nanushka Balian Pants, $330, available at Need Supply; Tuza x Small Spells Chain Link Hoops, $215, available at Tuza Jewelry; Kara Crinkled Metallic Duffle Wristlet, $275, available at Kara; Trademark Castainge Satin Slide, $598, available at Lisa Says Gah.
Shiny patent leather pants are party-ready and, more importantly, much warmer than a skirt. We're styling ours with a front-button top and kitten keels, but you can keep it more casual with a turtleneck and pair of sneakers, too.

Tibi Vinyl Tapered Pants, $895, available at Net-A-Porter; Ciao Lucia Ludavica Top, $285, available at Shop Super Street; Charlotte Simone Faux Fur Lacey, $196.94, available at Charlotte Simone; Clare V. Petit Henri, $295, available at Clare V; Stella Luna Le Smoking Slingback, $373.63, available at Stella Luna.
These fringe pants are the literal definition of 'party pants.' (How fun would they be to dance in?) To complete the look, add a top that plays off the same detailing.

Zara Fringed Trousers, $89.90, available at Zara; Altuzarra Cheyanne Fringe Wrap Top, $995, available at Kirna Zabete; Simon Miller Leather Mini Circle Bag, $390, available at Opening Ceremony; Loeffler Randall Lulu Mule, $350, available at Loeffler Randall; Faris Petal Drop Earrings, $225, available at Catbird.
For the girl who never takes off her mom jeans, we present this rhinestone-embellished pair. (That works just as well with loud accessories.) Then, keep the top of the outfit simple to balance things out.

Topshop Moto Crystal Seam Mom Jeans $115, available at Topshop; Vince Band Collar Silk Blouse, $285, available at Nordstrom; H&M Long Earrings, $14.99, available at H&M; Attico Sequin Stripe Pouch, $323, available at Farfetch; Miu Miu Crystal Embellished Satin Pumps, $990, available at Net-A-Porter.
Is there anything chicer than a confident woman rocking a power suit? If you’re feeling extra courageous, skip the shirt underneath and let a bit of bra peak out.

Racil Tokyo Single-breasted Wool Blazer, $922, available at; Racil Aries Side-stripe Skinny Wool Cropped Trousers, $386, available at; Mango Heel Sock Booties, $59.99, available at Mango; & Other Stories Embellished Soft Bra, $29, available at & Other Stories; Prada Nylon and Leather Belt Bag, $600, available at Prada.
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