NYE 2016: A Toast to the Outfits You Didn’t Even Know You Had

NYE Outfit Guide

Chill the champagne and any possible outfit anxiety, because we’ve got your New Year’s Eve ensemble covered. It’s Saturday night this year, so if you’re cuddling at home, kicking up your heels (yes, the colorful ones), or toasting with friends and family, do it with style! As for resolutions, how about vowing to utilize the classic staples already in your closet to create one of these dazzling combos?

Here are five wardrobe staples that you can mix and match for midnight glamour. Classic clothes or old acquaintances shouldn’t be forgotten—just reconfigured.

BRIDESMAID/FORMAL/VINTAGE DRESS (you spent too much on to let go of)

You still have that fluffy number you had to wear in Becky’s wedding, right? This is the night to re-invent it! Pair with a fitted classic denim jacket or cropped black leather, and add a stacked bootie to cut the sweet. You are formally invited to 2017, baby.

Vintage new year's eve party dress

 Modcloth Lasting Expressions Lace Dress in Forest ($70)


Trendy women's denim and leather jackets
J. Crew Denim Jacket in Newton Wash ($118)
Express Black (Minus The) Leather Zip Moto Jacket ($74)
Vince Camuto Fellen Peroforated Bootie ($149)

Think Katherine Hepburn, only bedazzled. Take this basic, tuck it into a leather mini, add opaque tights, and black heels. Flip that collar, roll those sleeves. Button at the neck or open two deep, add your favorite statement necklace and prepare to shine.

Women's fitted white oxford shirt

Gap New Fitted Boyfriend Oxford Shirt ($50)


Asymmetrical mini skirt, new year's eve accessories
FOXIEDOX Faux Leather Asymmetrical Mini Skirt ($79)
Forever 21 Rhinestone Bow Necklace ($8)
Ann Taylor Crystal Statement Necklace ($70)
Aldo Belidda in Black ($90)

Usually a behind-the-scenes garment, tonight the black-lined bustier is the star of the show. Wear it with a voluminous skirt, think A-line, tulle, for a super fem silhouette. Slip on ballet flats, and you’ve got a classic, comfy party look that’s on point.

Kendall + Kylie Tuxedo Cutout Strapless Bustier

Kendall + Kylie Tuxedo Cutout Strapless Bustier ($59)


Asos Maya Tulle Maxi Skirt with Embellished Waist and velvet lace-up ballerina flats
Asos Maya Tulle Maxi Skirt with Embellished Waist ($45)
Madewell The Julie Flat in Velvet ($138)
Sam Edelman Flynt Lace Up Flat ($100)


Don’t stress the party plans. Do distress your denim. Get those on-trend, frayed ripped jeans out and top with a super chic velvet blazer that would make Mick Jagger proud. Add a watersnake clutch and you’re the boss lady of the ball.

Women's ripped denim jeans

7 For All Mankind The Ankle Skinny Destruction Jeans In Distressed Authentic Light ($225)


Topshop Pleat Velvet Blazer and Marjorie Harvey Handbags Desk To Drinks Clutch
Topshop Pleat Velvet Blazer ($95)
Marjorie Harvey Handbags Desk To Drinks Clutch ($175)

Staying cozy around the fire still requires some cute. Shimmy into your distressed skinny jeans and add a leopard cape to keep it chic, bad kitty.


Nasty Gal Lavish Alice On the Fly Cape Jacket
Nasty Gal Lavish Alice On the Fly Cape Jacket ($108)

A pair of colorful heels can brighten up an otherwise bland outfit. Which is why, yes, they are a staple. Let them peek out of a black slip dress as a reminder that you have no idea the wonderful surprises next year has in store.  Add some faux fur for real fun.

Steve Madden Robella

Steve Madden Robella ($105)


Black midi slip dress and Marjorie Harvey's Muff
Asos Midi Slip dress ($38)
Bebe Faux Fur Scarf ($49)
Marjorie Harvey Handbags Marjorie’s Muff ($100)

-Amy Turner writes and dresses in LA