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.