21 December, 2016
black heels and sequin leggings
black heels and sequin leggings
Christmas, Style

New Year’s Eve Fashion: Countdown in Style

21 December, 2016
black heels and sequin leggings

Say goodbye to 2016 in these updated, glamourous looks for New Year’s Eve


It’s almost time to ring in 2017 and that means that shop windows, magazines and social media are about to be taken over by festive season glitz and glam; have no doubt that sequins and sizzle are coming in HOT. New Year’s Eve is the perfect excuse to dress up and indulge in your inner Bond girl, rock some fabulous threads that may seem a little too extravagant for your everyday.

However, sparkle is no longer restricted to nocturnal adventures and fashion’s “It Girls” have been spotted wearing some major shine in the sun. Now you have more reason than ever to invest in that party dress that seemed a little OTT before. If you’re getting ready to boogie into the New Year in style but still haven’t quite figured out what you’re going to wear, read on for some fabulous fashion inspo…

Read more: Sassy’s Guide to Holiday Party Dressing 2016

collage of girls in sequin dresses

Shine Bright Like a Diamond

Ok ok, this is an obvious one for celebrating the year that has passed and bringing in the year to come. It’s an update on an old classic – bling it in! The more glitz the better, especially if you’re wearing one key piece. Don’t be afraid to shine, but keep it concentrated. If you’re wearing a glitter dress maybe don’t also wear glitter shoes and a glitter bag and glitter eyeshadow. Just maybe.

Get the look: Sequined Mini Dress available from Revolve, Sequined Mini Dress available from Zara

girl in sequin pants

Legs Eleven

Forget the rules you thought you knew about having to rock a frock for New Year’s Eve – fancy pants are a hot look for this season. Sequined, straight-legged or fabulous flare; there’s no reason not to sparkle just as bright in a pair of trousers. Keep your proportions balanced here to avoid an outfit that is seen before you’re heard and pair bold bottoms with a more subtle top to ensure the disco ball is kept in the ceiling.

Get the look: Gold Pleated Crop Trousers, Gold Jumpsuit available from Revolve

collage of women wearing short sequin dresses

Short and Sweet

I know it’s supposed to be winter somewhere in the world but Hong Kong has decided to buck the trend and give us the chance to celebrate the New Year in mini skirts and dresses! And if by some miracle the 852 plays nice and it is a little chilly, add a pair of tights or over-the-knee boots and a boyfriend blazer to spice this look up. Few things scream NYE more than sparkly minis, but you don’t need to be guided by shine. Leather is a great option to keep the cold at bay while strutting your stuff on the scene.

Get the Look: Champagne Lure Mini Dress available from Revolve, Metallic Mini Skirt available from H&M, Leather Shift Mini Dress, Leather Slip Dress available from Zara

black fringed coat

Fab Fringe

An unexpected entry into the New Year fashion conversation: fringe is a definite trend for the colder months. It’s also a great way to update your accessories or outerwear – anything from jackets to bags and shoes can add an edge to your “New Year, New Me”. Plus imagine the Boomerangs you could Instagram!

Get the Look: Silver Fringe Mini Dress available from Shopbop, House of Harlow Bolero, Rachel Zoe Shimmer Fringe Jacket available from Revolve

collage of women wearing cut out outfits

Cut It Out

For a cheeky element to your outfit, why not indulge in a trend that gives real meaning to the idea of ‘less is more’. Cut out details have been seen all over runways, plus there’s an element of sexiness without trying too hard. Add a graphic print and strategically placed removals, and what’s missing creates a talking point that is sure to be remembered (even if the rest of your night is not).

Get the Look: Mesh High Neck Dress, Lace Corset Dress, Midi Cutout Lace Dress available from Revolve

collage of women wearing velvet

Velvet Underground

Easily the hottest fabric of the season, velvet is having a MAJOR moment in everything from chokers and shoes to full pants suits. And I don’t hate it. Worn right, velvet can add an elusive sex appeal that’s strong and confident, playful and full of surprises. Plus it’s a great way to break the ice at any NYE parties because trust me; errrrrbody gonna wanna touch ya.

Get the Look: Plum Strapless Ruched Dress, Blush Midi Dress, Booties available from Shopbop, Ruched Velvet Midi Dress, Velvet Pyjama-Style Suit available from Zara

collage of women wearing silky outfits

Silk Road

The second of two distinctive textures this season, silk is a beautiful alternative to well, anything really. The fabric is a statement in and of itself, and worn in a bold, rich hue will be enough to make a fashion moment this NYE. Hunter green, burnt orange and anything metallic are three choices to consider when playing it smooth. Pair it with a more structured, stronger fabric for an edgy, modern twist. Dance the night away in a silk slip or better yet; a set of silk trousers and a blouse, aka chic pyjamas that allow you to crawl straight back into bed at 7am after 12 hours of festivities (fashion and function, am I right?)

Get the Look: Slip Dress available from H&M, Silk Wrap Dress, Olive Maxi Dress available from Revolve, Satin Strap Heels available from Zara, Silk V-Neck Camisole avialble from Grana

collage of women wearing suits

Man, I Feel Like a Woman

Androgynous sexiness couldn’t be found anywhere more than in a classic tuxedo… minus the shirt. Sequins and mini-skirts are their own attractions, of course, but why not take a risk and rock an ensemble so engrained in masculinity, with the ultimate feminine lustre. Hot tip: tape yourself in and be sure to maintain a good posture. If baring it (almost) all feels a little bit too risqué, then adapt the silhouettes. There’s a reason Yves Saint Laurent’s “Le Smoking” is such an iconic moment in fashion. Wear this one with unapologetic confidence and set your own standard for the year to come.

Get the Look: White Tuxedo Dress, White Plunge Jumpsuit available from Shopbop, Sequined Blazer, Tuxedo Jacket, Wide Leg Satin Trousers available from H&M

woman wearing a white faux fur coat

(Faux) Fur Baby

A fabbbbbbbulous excuse to keep warm, faux fur is an easy way to add a spin to a classic, glitzy look. Whether in the form of a jacket, a gilet or an accessory, texture creates dimension and interest and is a winter winner if you find yourself watching the fireworks from the middle of Victoria Harbour (oh, a New Years junk boat, you say? Don’t mind if I do).

Get the Look: Faux Fur Box Jacket available from Shopbop, Faux Fur Coat available from H&M

collage of women wearing winter florals

Winter Florals

“Florals… For Spring… Groundbreaking”.

Easily one of my favourite lines from any film ever, this The Devil Wears Prada quote is just so true it hurts. Luckily, the fashion gods have deemed nature’s finest an omnipotent trend and we’re seeing bold floral prints all over darker bases and winter wardrobes. For all round surprise, ditch the sparkle all together and opt for big, bold, embroidered flowers in your NYE ensemble. I mean, come on, there’s no better time to wake up and smell the roses than the first seconds of a brand new trip around the sun.

Get the Look: Embroidered Floral Dress available from Zara, Jacquard Booties available from Shopbop

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