10 Alternative New Year's Eve Outfits (No Sequins Required)

After an endless slew of holiday parties (seriously, how many did you attend?), that sparkly dress is just done. It came, it partied, and now it’s screaming at you to let it rest in peace. And, really, how could you possibly wear that same glitzy frock when you ring in the New Year? Well, the good news is you don’t have to. In fact, not sporting that shimmery number makes even more of a statement than wearing one — you'll do anything but blend in when everyone around you is decked out in those standby sequins.
So, whether you’re headed to a fancy, black-tie affair (think sleek tuxedo) or your BFF’s house party (a jeans-and-sweater combo is appropriate), the best alternative New Year’s Eve outfits are just straight ahead. In fact, these looks are so good, you’ll forget glitter was ever an option.
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Amp up your sleekness in a menswear-inspired tuxedo rather than a sparkly gown for that black-tie affair.

Proenza Schouler Tuxedo Jacket, $1,950, available at Proenza Schouler.
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Sexy without showing too much skin.

Free People New Romantics Future Heirloom Dress, $350, available at Free People.
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Simple yet just as eye-catching as the Times Square ball.

Carleen Yoke Sleve Dress, $508, available at Carleen.
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Look as white as the snow and crazy hot.

Alexander Wang Eggshell Vaccum Pressed T-Shirt, $645, available at Alexander Wang.
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The ultimate casual (yet still kind of dressy) but not trying too hard, totally adorable outfit.

ASOS Denim Smock Dress, $72.60, available at ASOS.
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For that downtown-dive-bar soiree.

H&M Biker Jacket, $49.95, available at H&M.
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You know, if you're ringing in the New Year in Saint-Tropez.

Karen Walker Drapes Dress, $345, available at Karen Walker.
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Plaid equals festive, sophisticated, and smart — ideal if you'll be chatting with a bunch of intellectuals until midnight.

Madewell Dark Plaid Blazer, $198, available at Madewell.
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At a house party? Yes, it's okay to go dress-less. Hello, comfy sweater.

Zara High Neck Sweater, $59.99, available at Zara.
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Introducing the cool-girl (slightly unexpected) version of the classic LBD.

Veronica Beard Tux Notched Jumpsuit, $795, available at Farfetch.

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