Your No Nonsense New Year's Eve Style Guide

"What's the New Year's Eve plan?" is the dreaded question this time every year. I used to go out but over the last number of years, I find myself having a party in the kitchen with my nearest and dearest. I bring a whole new meaning to "You can always find me in the kitchen at parties".

Despite not leaving the house, however, I still get dressed up and though I thoroughly look forward to it deciding what to wear is another dilemma. But I've found some tricks to help along the way.

  • Keep it simple

Velvet Blazer, Zara Velvet Blazer, Zara

Overthinking is your worst enemy when deciding what to wear, so, it's best to re-wear something you have already; just change an element of your favourite outfit. I think jackets are the easiest thing to change. Even if you are wearing your old reliable LBD, by changing the jacket or blazer, it looks equally as glam, but a bit different. Try velvet for something luxurious.

  • Time to wear your favourite

My favourite dress from Topshop! My favourite dress from Topshop!


H&M, €29.99 H&M, €39.99

New Year is a good time to wear something you've had for ages. It's the end of the year, and the dawning of a new one, so see it through with something you love. I have a couple of dresses that have been sitting in the wardrobe from weddings during the year, which I plan on trying on as potential NYE outfit. Even if it's an outfit that was from the summer, you can make it weather (read, storm) appropriate with your accessories, tights and shoes.

  • Shoe warning

Midi heel court booties, available from Dune Midi heel court booties, available from Dune

If you are planning on tearing up some rugs (I shall be in my living room) then comfortable dancing shoes are a must. Go for a mid height shoe or boot that will keep you on your toes, but comfortably. Nothing is worse than the throbbing pain in the balls of your feet from standing all night in the pub. As a failsafe, keep some gel insoles in your bag. A pair of fold up flats are also a good idea. Butterfly Twists are a great brand that make high quality fold up flats, so check them out online.

  • Dresses not your thing?

New Look (available from January) New Look (available from January)


River Island, €50 River Island, €50

Try a trouser/top combo. Black trousers are not just for the office, you can easily style up cigarette, cropped, tapered and palazzo pants. Add some sparkle or embellishment on top to make it glam, throw up your hair, and add some long, statement earrings.

  • Cover up!

From a selection available at Zara From a selection available at Zara

As we now have some perfectly named storms, the weather is looking a bit ominous, so you need to keep warm and dry, if you can. When picking out your outfit, give just a bit of consideration to your coat choice. As non-trendy, but a not so unattractive coat choice, I reckon the puffa jacket is a good one. It will keep you dry and you'll only wear it between car to bar. You'll thank me in the early hours of New Year's Day.

So what have you planned for New Year's Eve? Have you decided what to wear? Share your outfits with us.

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