Wednesday, December 18, 2013

New Year's Eve Outfit Ideas

Christmas is next week, but I'm also looking forward to New Year's Eve. Do I have plans? Nope. I don't really feel like traveling and I think a lot of my friends from the city will be out of town. (Frankly, I'd totally be fine relaxing with movies and takeout!)

One of the biggest things I've learned to embrace is to know thyself. Crowded, loud parties with lots of alcohol will never be my thing... even I think they sound kind of fun (from a distance). In the past, I've tried to convince myself that it is for me, until I get there and remember exactly who I am and exactly who I am not. Will I ever be the life of the party? No. But that's just fine with me!

Some of my favorite NYE memories though have been hanging out in hotel rooms with friends during training trips (#coxswainproblems) or intimate, cozy dinners followed by a trip to the movie theatre. My kind of fun. And dinners are still a good excuse to get dressed up!

While sequined dresses are definitely the standard for New Year's Eve, you can also make a statement in a little black dress you already own. Just add accessories.

Feeling in the mood for sequins? Okay, okay... Here are some of my favorite options:

What are you wearing for New Year's Eve? Any super fun plans?

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  1. I agree that you should definitely do what's comfortable! I'm not a huge partier, but I love hanging out with my fiance and our close friends in a hotel room and celebrating with a nice bottle of champagne.

    I do tend to wear the cliche sequenced dress ;)

    AJ | TheAJMinute

  2. My 22nd birthday is NYE! I just ordered my dress from Modcloth and I'm super excited. I usually do LBDs on my birthday dressed up with accessories but I really wanted to add some sparkle this year!

    The part about "parties seeming fun from afar" sounds just like me. They seem like a good idea in my head but then I get there and want to leave, it drives my friends crazy. Lucky for me I usually get to call the shots on New Years since I'm the birthday girl. :)

  3. You can never go wrong with a little black dress! I agree with your take on NYE super crowded places where you can't hear the person standing next to you has never been my thing either.


  4. I love the black dress with a statement necklace! It is the perfect, classy look for any NYE party :)

    Prep on a Budget

  5. I hate the whole NYE crazy party scene too! Love that it isn't just me! I think the simple black with a beautiful necklace with such a more sophisticated look than the usual trashy attire so many people wear!!


  6. I love small, close friend New Year Eves. But I do love a party dress...whatever is comfy and then slipping into my pj pants and t-shirt after midnight :)

    Xo, J

  7. LBD with a bold, statement necklace is definitely the way to go!

    -Lindsey & Amanda
    Oh Buoy Boston

  8. I definitely agree, a statement necklace can dress up any neutral outfit! I love one with extra sparkle for NYE!

  9. Usually my group of friends would host a party at one of our homes, with a smaller crowd. I've only gone out once & that was when friends rented out a room. I enjoyed the bar scene in my day, but not to that extent!

    Last year my husband & I went to a jazz concert, which was great b/c I was pregnant. This year may be a nice dinner at home since we have a 4 month old. Definitely over pretending big parties will be fun & all about the more intimate celebration now!

  10. Love! So beautiful and a nice new take on NYE outfits! Check out my new blog y'all!


  11. No plans at this point. I will be in California visiting family so I'm sure we'll go out for or make dinner, perhaps get together with my cousin and his wife.

  12. We are having a fancy dress theme this year, I'm going as a great gatsby 1920's flapper girl x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

  13. I love the idea of a simple dress with bold jewelry! It kind of takes off the pressure of finding a dress for New Year's! Thanks, Carly!

    <3 Pierce

  14. Thank you! I thought I was the only 24 year old out there that didn't like going to crowded, loud parties with lots of alcohol. I have a feeling, that if I lived in NYC you and I would be friends (or at least see each other in various places….jcrew stores, restaurants at night) Okay this totally sounds creepy, and I didn't mean for it to! You just sound like me, but in a different city.

  15. You can never be overdressed with little black dress, that's true! Little black dress and statement necklace are probably the smartest purchase, because you can wear it in so many ways!

    Check out what I picked up for holiday outfits: 25 dresses under $50 + 25 dresses under $100!

  16. I am 23 and people don't understand why i don't love going out drinking ... well i wish i lived in NYC so we could meet up :) off to NYC tomorrow shame you won't be there! Have a lovely christmas! xo

  17. NYE coincides with my annivesary so I usually go to our town's biggest square for the fireworks. Your look suggestions raise a great point! I might try this look next week!

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  18. I couldn't agree with your thoughts on partying more! But I'm still very drawn to the idea of huge NYE parties!


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