Nail This Perfect NYE-Ready Outfit

Metallics and neutrals are two of our favorite trends of the year (and we have a feeling they'll continue to reign supreme come spring), so of course we're going to love a perfect outfit that combos the two into a festive but still low-key look. Since not all of us plan on raging on the 31st, this versatile outfit has a little bit of everything: an olive military top, a festive metallic tiered skirt, and killer embossed incredibly wise investment considering this cooler-than-usual SoCal winter. You can add a sexy pair of patterned tights, or just opt for a smoky eye to add some va-va-voom to the look, and you'll have an outfit that's as laid back as you are (and one that wouldn't look out of place on a walk of shame if your 2011 happens to get a little crazier than you'd planned).
Essential #1: Metallic Skirt—We love a gilded skirt, and this tiered number from DvF is by far the most delicious style this season. Paired with a striped shirt or a simple blouse, it's certainly a piece you'll be wearing forever.
Diane von Furstenberg Bolo Metallic Skirt, $385, available at Saks Fifth Avenue, 9600 Wilshire Boulevard (at Peck Drive); 310-275-4211.
Essential #2: Silk Blouse—You'll never experience fatigue from this must-have closet staple. The neutral army green hue of this silk top is so versatile, you can pair it with jeans, a maxi leopard skirt, or your fave NYE metallic mini.
Silk Cargo Shirt, $110, available at Madewell, 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard (at Avenue of the Stars); 310-772-0428.
Essential #3: Ankle Booties—Step into 2011 in style with these embossed leather booties from Loeffler Randall. We're obsessed with the structural heel, and the subtly patterned material offers an updated take on your scuffed-up boots.
Loeffler Randall Fifi Ankle Booties, $313, available at Barneys, 9600 Wilshire Boulevard (between S. Rodeo and S. El Camino Drive); 310-275-4211.
Essential #4: Black Mini Purse—You want to pick a bag that can carry everything you need and nothing else, with a long body strap that's key for a party on the dance floor.
Katherine Fleming Mini Kate Shoulder Bag, $1250, available at Opening Ceremony, 451 North La Cienega (at Rosewood Avenue); 310-652-1120.
Essential #5: Bold Eye Shadow—NYE is the night to bring out the big beauty guns, and nothing is quite as bold as a dark smoky eye. Channel your inner bombshell with this fail-proof NARS duo for a one-two punch of pretty makeup.
Nars Duo Eyeshodow In Paris, $32, available at Sephora, 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard (at Century Park East); 310-843-0123.

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