Christmas is over. Sorry, I sound like The Grinch. Once I get to the first Monday post-Christmas, I tend to look forward. I had a lovely few days at home, resting and digesting copious amounts of selection boxes for breakfast (that's totally allowed by the way). My next engagement is New Year's Eve.
Now, traditionally I never did anything to celebrate the turn of the next 365 days, but in the last couple of years, my friends and I have been rotating houses for dinner. And this year, it's off to a dinner party which normally turns into a party in the kitchen and dancing on the rug in the living room (whole new meaning to "cutting up a rug").
Whether you are popping to a house party, or hitting the town, it's always a tough one outfit-wise. I find since I'll be going from my house to their house, my shoe option isn't really too much of an inconvenience. It's just an alternative to "car to bar". But I don't want to be over-glam either. Where is the happy medium? I think it is in the beauty of separates.
Let's get one thing straight Beauties, you don't need to buy something new, I believe. For New Year's Eve, we can recycle and up-cycle! So to give you some outfit ideas, here is what I am going for. My new obsession are dress trousers; satin, velvet, brushed silk, they shout elegance. And you can mix and match your tops to dress them up and down (swap your black top for a light knit if you are keeping it casual).
For tops, I will be sticking to block colours as they are easy to style under your Winter coat or favourite blazer. If you have worn the top/skirt/trouser combo before, accessories will change it up. On a plain top, a statement necklace (try H&M, TK Maxx or New Look for the best selection) will add embellishment and some refreshment to something you may have worn recently. If you prefer to go with a dress, the same rules apply. Stick to the block colour and style it up with accessories. Simple. As.
It's the 31st now so we're cutting it kind of fine but for future reference, I would advise if you are planning a special outfit, try it on in advance, including your jewellery and shoe options, to prevent the sweats twenty minutes before you are due to leave. You can then leave the whole outfit on a hanger in the wardrobe and it's just a case of taking the whole look out to put on. Plus if you want some make up ideas to match your fabulousness, then you can check out the latest beaut.ie tutorials!
So ladies, what are you wearing this New Year's Eve? Sharing is caring you know!