Someone once told me that how you ring in the New Year predicts how the next year will be. Even though I’m not normally superstitious, I love this idea.
And it’s been true for me. I’ve rung in the New Year in lots of different ways, from sitting in my stocking feet, drinking beer and playing games with friends to wearing killer heels and drinking champagne while fire breathers and trapeze artists whirled about my head. The years that followed were very true to those opening moments.
Even you don’t believe it, pretending it’s true gets you out of your rut and gives you an excuse to make New Year’s Eve special in whatever way is meaningful for you. It’s not too late to make your holiday fabulous, whether you want to get all dressed up or just stay in this year.
Maybe you just want to cuddle up on the couch this year. If you’re a homebody, a parent of small children or someone who works on New Year’s Day, don’t feel bad about staying in. You can still have a decadent New Year’s celebration. Just think about all the things you love and kick it up a notch.
Invest in some luxurious satin, silk or super-soft cotton pajamas, chill something bubbly (I love Veuve Clicquot and Prosecco and Kristian Regale makes a pear cider that’s to die for if you’re going non-alcoholic this year) and buy something special (and maybe a little sexy) to snack on. If you’re feeling romantic, light some candles, put on some music and relax with someone special. Or get a little competitive and play a few games of cards before the ball drops.
Hanging at a House Party:
House parties are a super chill way to celebrate the new year. And you can check out more than one party in one night with no guilt. Be sure to check the starting times before you head out and plan ahead to decide where you want to be when clock strikes midnight. (Sitting in traffic is not a very inspiring way to ring in the new year.)
Even if the party is casual, it’s always better to overdress than to underdress. For a comfortable look that’s still special, try a casual shape in a luxurious fabric, like a sequined sweatshirt for her or a soft cashmere sweater for him. Easygoing staples like jeans, sneakers and ballet flats keep the look in your comfort zone.
Need a great hostess gift? Skip the bottle of wine and bring a growler of local craft beer. Want to get people talking? Play a few rounds of a social game like Cards Against Humanity (people can drop in an out of the game after a few round) or bust out an old-school Polaroid and photo booth props for instant gratification.
Drinks and Dancing:
There’s something magical about getting all dressed up and meeting friends on New Year’s Eve. The music is up, the champagne is flowing and even wallflowers find themselves on the dance floor. And everyone — male and female — can get away with a little extra sparkle.
New Year’s Eve is a great opportunity to wear something special and push your boundaries. For girls, I love a sequined mini paired with really fierce booties — so much more comfortable than strappy heels when you’re dancing. This floaty top adds a little mystery and looks more modern than a simple tank. Tonight is the night to try dramatic smokey eyes or a fun new nail polish.
Guys can step up their game with coated jeans and a cool bomber jacket. I love them in unexpected colors like gray and navy blue. Pair it with an eye-catching T (this one has a leather back — love) great shoes and interesting accessories so when the club heats up, you’ll still look cool.
Dinner or Somewhere Really Special:
If you’re lucky enough to have a multi-course dinner, cocktail party or semi-formal event on your agenda, don’t be afraid to really step it up. Now is not the time to fret about practicality. If you love it, wear it.
I love a slim cut suit on a man. They make any guy look put together and, once tailored, are flattering on all but the most athletic builds. Unless your event is formal, you can skip a tie and have fun with a brightly colored or patterned shirt. This pop of color is an easy way to stand out from the crowd.
As for the ladies, I love a a swingy, sparkly mini dress for New Year’s Eve. It looks fabulous by itself and it totally transforms when you wear it with slouchy silk trousers. Now matter how you wear it, styling it is easy. Just add a pair of door knocker earrings, fabulous leg-lengthening heels and a great bag and you’re set.
What are you doing New Year’s Eve? And what are you wearing? I hope you have an amazing celebration and a fantastic 2015!
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