New Year’s Eve is one of the most celebrated holidays of the year, but it can also be a pretty stressful time. It’s important to look polished and put together when you’re looking your best – so while you may want to wear an airy maxi dress and sandals, we’ve got some outfits that may make your New Year’s Eve even more special.If you’re spending the evening with your friends, be sure to bring along a fun outfit! From wide-leg pants to full skirts and bright skinny jeans, there’s something for every style palate. Don’t forget to add in a cool pair of boots or sneakers for the perfect night on the town.

  • Do be a little unconventional. It’s New Year’s Eve and so it is the perfect time to get out of your comfort zone and experiment with something that you’ve never tried before!
  • Do add some sparkle to your look. We predict that this will be the year of sparkles and glitter. We can already see them everywhere: actresses, models, bloggers, our favorite youtube artists and even girls around us are wearing glitter on their eyes, on their lips, on their cheeks, everywhere! Want some inspiration?
  • Don’t forget to charge your phone fully before heading out (if you are going out, that is) as there is surely no quicker way to ruin your night than pulling out your phone to snap a picture and finding yourself on empty!
  • Don’t forget to keep a jacket or wrap on hand to keep yourself warm, especially if you’re planning to go to an outdoor party. Even if you’re going to a club, you never know for how long you’ll be standing in lines so it’s better to be fully prepared.
  • Last but not least, remember to have as much fun as you can since this night won’t be coming again for another year after this!

Outfits to Wear on New Year’s Eve

The best New Year’s Eve outfits spark joy, no matter if you’re celebrating big or hanging at home. For those mustering up the energy to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a megawatt look, there’s plenty of joy to be found in dressing up for the night and bidding farewell to the past 12 months. But if you’re hanging out at home with some cocktails and board games, you can still dress up your everyday outfit with a little extra sparkle. On New Year’s Eve, the name of the game is to wear whatever makes you feel your best as you welcome a new year. Ahead, we’ve pulled together a variety of different looks for whatever you have on the docket for NYE.

  1. Bring on the Sequins
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Sequins for New Year’s Eve isn’t a radical idea, and that’s okay—sparkles spark joy, and we’re here for that any night of the year. So, whether you’re celebrating somewhere chic or at-home virtually, why not raise a glass while clad in shimmering paillettes?

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H&M Sequined Dress
$29.99 at hm.com

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One33 Social Sequin Neon Leaf-Print Shift Dress
$395.00 at neimanmarcus.com

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  1. A Backless Silhouette
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Turn heads in the most literal sense with a backless dress, top, or jumpsuit. The only tricky part might be finding a bra to wear with your outfit, but not to worry—we have you covered on that front, too, with the best bra brands(opens in new tab) for comfort and support.

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Tosphop Puff Sleeve Sequin Mini Dress
$93.00 at asos.com

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Roksanda Nixie Backless Crinkled-Satin Camisole
$685.00 at net-a-porter.com

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  1. Skip The Strappy Heels
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Contrary to almost every NYE photo you’ve seen on your Insta feed, strappy heels are not mandatory on Dec. 31. In fact, we prefer to skip toe-baring silhouettes in the cold in favor of cute boots that give us the height we need and allow for cozy wool socks.

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Steve Madden Vivy Pointed Toe Boot
$89.96 at nordstrom.com

Chelsea Paris Queen Camel Zebra Boots
$645.00 at chelseaparis.com

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  1. Chic Pajamas
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Whether you’re ringing in the new year on your couch or hitting the town, a chic pair of pajamas work in both scenarios. A satin, glitter-flecked, or feather-trimmed set is scene-staling, no matter if you accessorize with stilettos or cozy fleece flats.

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Nasty Gal Satin Feather Pajama Shirt And Pants Set
$49.05 at nastygal.com

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Sleeper Saturn Metallic-Knit Shirt and Pants Set
$270.00 at net-a-porter.com

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  1. A Sweater and Jeans
    A sweater and jeans will do as a New Year’s Eve attire for laid-back and casual tastes, especially if you don’t have fancy plans. To make this practical look feel extra special, seek out unique details like a puffed shoulder or balloon-sleeve knit, or go for coated denim.

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Victor Glemaud Wool Puff-Sleeve Sweater
$350.00 at saksfifthavenue.com

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Le Jean High Rise Lara Slim Jeans
$258.00 at shopbop.com

  1. A Slip Dress
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A slip dress fits the bill for any occasion, especially if you like the ’90s minimalist vibe. Opt for a bold color rather than the standard LBD for standout NYE style. Or, an apropos shade of champagne.

New Years Eve Outfits for Ladies

In any other year, a list of the greatest cold-weather New Year’s Eve wardrobe ideas would include advice on how to match sequined clothing with coats and choices for the best winter boots that you can wear for a night out on the town. But this year, my friends, things are indeed very different. We are still in the midst of an epidemic, after all. It feels like a portion of this year was wasted, especially for those of us who enjoy dressing up, even though we’ve gotten used to donning cute face masks and mastered our work-from-home style.

But I’m here to tell you that you can still go out on New Year’s Eve, especially because you can do it in the comfort of your own home. You can parade around your living room in your best outfit because you deserve to feel wonderful rather than having to go out on the town to bid a tremendously difficult year farewell. However, if the idea of donning anything other than sweatpants makes you uncomfortable, I beg you to continue reading because I’ve compiled the best New Year’s outfit suggestions that are great for both cold weather and an evening spent cozily indoors and cover the gamut from doing very little to doing a lot. If you don’t want to ditch your sweatpants after seeing these outfit ideas, then I hope you’ll bookmark these outfits for a special occasion in the new year. 

New Years Eve outfits for cold weather

WHAT: H&M 

WEAR: Off-the-shoulder top, pants, sandals

If you know for a fact that you’ll be inside, then you can definitely get away with an NYE outfit that’s not as bulky on the fabrics. Choosing a fun one-shoulder top (in a comfortable knit, of course) and pants and shoes in the same color is an easy-to-style outfit that’s perfect for a party at home. 

You can wear this well into the new year. 

New Years Eve outfits for cold weather

WEAR: Metallic minidress and cowboy boots

You may not be able to be underneath the disco ball when the clock strikes midnight, but who said you can’t still shine? Give the metallic dress in the back of your closet a new spin by pairing it with cowboy boots or no shoes at all for a look that’s better than any hoedown ever thrown.

New Years Eve outfits for cold weather

WHAT: Selkie dress

WEAR: Puff-sleeve dress and statement earrings

You know that special occasion puff-sleeved dress collecting dust in the back of your closet? It’s time to stop waiting for the perfect event and bust it out. Even if you’re only wearing it to your sofa (like Alyssa Coscarelli), slipping it on to celebrate making it through 2021 is the perfect occasion.

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New Years Eve outfits for cold weather

WHAT: House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve Maxi Wrap Dress ($268); Bottega Veneta The Chain Pouch Shoulder Bag ($3300)

WEAR: Full-length maxi dress with a matching bag

Just because you’ll most likely spend your New Year’s Eve inside doesn’t mean you can’t dress up. In fact, since you won’t be dealing with the cold, you can opt for a warmer-weather look and wear a full-length satin or silk maxi dress. Not only is it easy to throw on, but it’s also perfect for lounging at home.

New Years Eve outfits for cold weather

WHAT:  Avec Les Filles coat; The Drop Maya Silky Slip Skirt ($45); Staud bag

WEAR: Colorful sweater with matching silk skirt and a wool coat

Festive clothing doesn’t have to be limited to sequins and metallic fabrics—just look to Makeda for proof. Whether you’re having a New Year’s Eve dinner outside in the cold or putting together your pandemic pod, you need to wear layers to make it through the night. Don’t be afraid to gold bold with your look and pair bright monochrome pieces with an opposing colored coat for the best outfit you’ve worn all year.

New Years Eve outfits for cold weather

WHAT: L’Academie Cropped Turtleneck; SNDYS Knit Pant

WEAR: Matching knit loungewear set

Does binge-watching a new series sound like the perfect plans for this New Year’s Eve? Then you’ll want to keep warm and snuggle up in a matching knitwear set. Not only will you look cute while you watch some of television’s most stylish characters, but you will also be downright cozy to boot

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