What to Wear to a New Year’s Party (Including One at Your House)
Two ensembles—one for going out, one for staying in—that celebrate the glitz and glamour of the holiday.
Every December 31, Chicago’s streets awaken from a post-Yuletide coma, flooding with revelers celebrating the last big party of the year. Although it’s less important than who you’ll spend it with, where you choose to ring in the New Year is what really sets the tone. This year, Chicagoans can groove to a DJ set at the Riviera Theatre by local heroes Flosstradamus or make their first new friends of 2014 at a cocktail party at Roof, theWit’s rooftop bar. Those who prefer a homespun soiree can invite pals over for the 22nd annual Countdown Chicago special on ABC7, which will broadcast live from the Palmer House’s exquisite digs. But whether you stay in or go out, celebrate the glamour of the holiday by indulging in an ensemble that’s as shimmery as the ball that drops at midnight.
The Look: Going Out
This strappy, midi sequin dress embodies the glitz of New Year’s, but in an elegant, knee-length silhouette. Nude pumps effortlessly elongate the legs, and skull earrings add a modern edge, as does a biker jacket in an unexpected shade of bottle green.
1. Sequin dress; ASOS ($81.67)
2. Bottle-green leather jacket; Muubaa ($622.34)
3. Nude pumps; New Look ($29.22)
4. Gold clutch; Francesca’s ($34)
5. Cuff bracelet; Cold Picnic ($99)
6. Skull earrings; Modcloth ($10.99)
The Look: Staying In
Though it’s still quite eye-catching, this sleek jumpsuit is much more comfortable than a party dress. To keep it from looking overly casual, pair it with an extravagant gold blazer and these mid-heel pumps, both of which match the glamorous, celebratory mood.
1. Navy jumpsuit; Edith Hart ($168)
2. Gold blazer; Zadig & Voltaire ($495)
3. Mid-heel pumps; ASOS ($72.60)
4. Cross-body clutch; Lori’s Shoes ($148.95)
5. Black onyx earrings; Alexis Bittar ($395)
6. Gold necklace; Laura Lombardi ($40)