What She Wears: New Years Eve

December 30, 2010

Daily Digest

What She Wears: New Years Eve

There’s so much planning and pressure that goes into New Years Eve that the night itself hardly ever lives up to my expectations. However, the best part of the night is the getting ready.

These days there are so many New Years Eve “parties” to choose from – a few drinks at the pub, a black tie event, a house party or perhaps a sit down dinner party. Whichever way you spend your Auld Lang Syne moment, here are some suggestions on how to do it in style.

Black Tie

This is probably the most difficult to dress for although with black tie weddings around this time, there’s sometimes no way out of the dress code.

This is not a place for your cocktail dress; black tie = full length so head for Debenhams who have a huge array of full length gowns. At a higher price band for ball gowns try Lara or Fran and Jane.

If you’ve really planned in advance for the event, you can grab a beautiful gown such as a bejewelled Jovani dress for a fraction of the price online.  Try www.edressme.com who now ship to Ireland (add about $80 for shipping and taxes on top of their retail price).  Monsoon and Coast have some lovely full length dress options which are all reduced at present due to the sales.

Alternatively, go for a vintage dress with an original gown from Dirty Fabulous.  Another (online only) resource for vintage black tie ball gowns or vintage dresses in general is www.mysugarland.co.uk.

The other alternative, if you don’t want to splash out, is to hire your vintage or designer gown from Covet – prices start at €85 per hire.

The pub

This sounds like an easy option, but New Years is still a time to up your glam factor so some effort is required. Add heels and a glitzy jacket or top to your jeans – sequins are everywhere this season (note: wear one or the other, not both!).

You could also wear a sequinned or girly dress and ‘dress it down’ with a leather jacket.

House Party

With the sometimes extortionate cover charges venues command for New Years Eve, you could host or attend a house party and spend the entrance fee on your outfit instead.

You’ve an opportunity to go wild here –choose a cocktail (knee length) dress in a bold print like leopard print or wear feathers, fake fur jackets or gilets.

If it’s a dinner party you’re attending, your top half will be on show (as youre sitting down!), so this is your chance to up the statement jewellery factor – wear some costume rings or earrings (such as both these ones pictured from Talullah Tu, £20 for the earrings and £18 for the cocktail ring) a la Dannii or Cheryl in X factor.

Little Black Dress

If all else fails, pull out your favourite little black dress and glam it up with makeup and accessories.

Since you’ve saved money by not buying a new frock, why not treat yourself to a blow dry in your local salon.

This is the night for experimenting with your makeup too – either by wearing a bold coloured lipstick or plenty of glitter (try The Body Shop’s glitter pots or spray their Sparkler over your décolletage).

To add some New Year’s flair to your LBD, take this opportunity to pick up a few inexpensive bits of glitzy jewellery (hello Penneys).

So, what will you be doing this New Years?

Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

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3 Responses to “What She Wears: New Years Eve”

  1. Sinead Says:

    Any waterproof suggestions for NYE? with this weather we’ll get soaked getting from A to b. Not very glamourous I know but trying to be prepared! Happy new year!

  2. mis jo-jo Says:

    oh wow.. I see that Dirty Fabulous has reopened … was so sad to hear that their premises was burnt down last year! Fab.. heading there in the new year!! Amazing vintage clothes..

  3. Annemarie Says:

    Yes Dirty Fabulous has reopened, I missed them when they were gone!

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