New Years Eve Outfit Ideas for Every Occasion in 2019

I can’t believe it, but it’s almost New Year’s Eve! Time to ring in the new year and celebrate with new beginnings and sparkles all around. I used to celebrate with my family and sometime a small group of family friends in a very casual setting. When I moved to Dallas and started dating Kale, we went to a few big NYE parties and I wore cocktail dresses a few years, and then last year, I wore a formal gown! I mean, hey, when you get an opportunity to wear a full length sequin gown, you take it! While I don’t always need cocktail dresses and sequin gowns, I do try to always add some sparkle! I’m styling New Year’s eve outfits for every occasion and type of party!

This year we’re taking a break from the parties and keeping it low key, but if you are in Dallas and looking for an amazing party (and/or a reason to wear a sparkly dress) check out Beats and Bubbly, put on by Rhonda Jenkins it was the party we went to last year and it was incredible! We got VIP and it was 100% worth it. I highly recommend going that route. Rhonda I a friend and she plans the best parties and events in Dallas!

No matter what your plans are on new years eve, you need to go all out. If not NYE, then when? I know it’s hard to think about new year’s eve before Christmas, but you need to start! First of all, if you want to go out, all of the tickets to the good parties will be sold out (Beats and Bubbly sells out every year!). Secondly, the good dresses sell out quick! As soon as people make their plans they shop, so don’t be caught without something sparkly to wear!

New Years Eve Outfit Ideas

Formal Dresses and Black Tie Gowns

Formal Attire typically means a long gown, or a fancy cocktail dress. Read your event attire carefully to know what is acceptable. Gowns sound intimidating, but they are seriously so fun to wear! It’s like going to prom all over again, plus being in December/January it’ll keep you warm! With a formal dress, it’s important that it is the right length. You can easily get the dress hemmed and done pretty quickly, but you’ll want to order as soon as possible if you think you might need any alterations. Keep in mind many people will be doing this with dresses for NYE parties so tailors will be busy!

There are a few events that you’ll need black tie or formal gowns for. There are masquerade balls, specific events, and my personal favorite is Beats and Bubbly hosted by Rhonda Jenkins. It is a black tie formal event, so I needed a gown to wear! Gowns sound a little scary, but there are a ton of places to get great priced gowns, which is exactly what I wanted. There was no way I was spending too much on a gown I’d wear once. (Let’s be honest, I’d get a new one for another party.) Although, given another opportunity, I would totally wear my senior prom dress again. I wish I thought of that last year, but I was so happy with the dress I ended up with! I got mine at Lulu’s they have great quality dresses, and many for under $100! Unfortunately mine is no longer in stock, but I found a ton of amazing options below from various retailers!

Shop Gowns

Shop Gowns Under $100

Semi-Formal Dresses and Cocktail Attire

Semi-formal is a tricky category, and can be interpreted a lot of different ways, but it’s NYE and we’re expecting to dress up, so let’s call it cocktail attire. That means you’ll need a cocktail dress. A NYE cocktail dress is typically a shorter dress and very sparkly. Other than that you can choose from hundreds of styles and colors. This is the style you’ll see in most places you’ll go out. It could be an event at an event space specifically for new years, a hotel, cocktail party, out at a bar, a friend’s house if they like to get fancy, or even a restaurant. You can get away with a cocktail dress in most places, even at the formal and casual events.

I love this loose sequin dress (under $35). It is from last year, but I did find an amazing option that is almost identical and in stock now. I’m always drawn to sparkly dresses, so I’ve got a list of all of the sparkly things I am in love with here on the blog!

Cocktail Dresses 

Shop Cocktail Dresses Under $50

Casual Sequin Outfits

This is my favorite section because this is my most-worn new years outfit! Growing up I would wear a pair of jeans and cute top (most likely with some sparkle) and as I got older I moved to mini skirts or t-shirt dresses! Although it is warmer in Dallas than Ohio, so skirts are so much easier here in Texas. I love Express for sequin skirts, they have some of the cutest styles and some sparkle for everyone! I love pairing the skirt with a sweater because, again, it’s December/January and typically cold. Plus if I’m going to a causal event I’m not expecting to get too hot and sweaty on a dance floor.

This year we’re planning to have a New Year’s Eve in and stay warm and cozy with friends. I’d typically only wear a casual NYE outfit to a friend’s house (or my own apartment), a really casual bar, or even out and about during the day! Not all NYE outfits are reserved for midnight!

Sparkly Outfit Separates

Sparkly Outfit Separates Under $100

Dress Ordering Tips

The most important part of any dress is fit. Your dress has to be the right length, and it has to fit your body correctly, as well. Finding a well-fitting dress off the rack is nearly impossible, but for a nye dress, you don’t have a lot of time to alter. I’m not exaggerating when I say I ordered 12 dresses to try on before making a decision. Here are some dress ordering tips to help guide your decision!

Know Your Best Styles

I’m not going to beat around the bush, I know a low cut dress is not for me. Open backs and anything that can show off my legs or my butt are the best options for my body type. The best way to find out your best style options are to think about what you feel most comfortable showing off. Whether you like a low cut front, flowy styles, or complete bodycon dresses, finding your best styles is key to ordering dresses online! I personally love low backs on my formal dresses!

Accentuate Your Best Features

We all have that thing we feel super confident about when we know we look hot. Mine is definitely my hair, my legs, and my butt. So I love finding dresses that I can wear my hair down, and show off one of those two body parts.

Know Your Skin Undertone

This might sound like an odd one, but knowing whether you have more warm or cool undertones is crucial to knowing what colors look best on you. Knowing what colors look best on you is so important to choosing dresses. I know that I have cool undertones and I have to stick with cool tones to be positive the color will work with my skin tone.

Dresses are always tough to order, but this time of year I try my best to stay away from the crowds of the stores and the mall! I order everything from Christmas gifts to my new years outfits! Hopefully this guide was able to help you choose your NYE outfit and get you looking sparkly for 2019! Happy New Year everyone!

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  1. Briana wrote:

    You look stunning! That first dress is definitely my favorite!


    Posted 12.12.18 Reply
  2. the cape on the corner wrote:

    wow, that first one is so elegant.

    Posted 12.13.18 Reply
  3. Jessica Camerata wrote:

    Loving all of the sequins!

    xo Jessica
    My Style Vita

    Posted 12.13.18 Reply
  4. Lee wrote:

    Ummm HI these photos are INCREDIBLE!! Seriously! And I loveeee that first sequin gown!!

    Posted 12.13.18 Reply
  5. Kileen wrote:

    Omg, these dresses are absolutely stunning on you babe!! LOVE that first one, it is literally perfection!

    cute & little

    Posted 12.14.18 Reply
  6. Rach wrote:

    I can’t believe the end of year is coming up! And Kasey, you look STUNNING! All of these outfits are perfect for NYE!

    Posted 12.14.18 Reply
  7. That first dress is stunning! That would be perfect for a ball for NYE. All the other outfits are perfect too!

    Posted 12.14.18 Reply
  8. Liz wrote:

    Ahhh so obsessed with that sequin gown! All of these are perfect choices!!

    Posted 12.14.18 Reply
  9. Lyddiegal wrote:

    Wow, your sequined gown is such a stunner! My NYEs rarely require anything more than PJs. but it would be fun to have plans and go out!
    Chic on the Cheap

    Posted 12.14.18 Reply
  10. Stephanie wrote:

    So many stunning options! I especially adore that gorgeous gown. There’s something about those elegant pieces that just get me every time. I don’t have any NYE plans at this time, but if I do in the future, I know where to go for inspo!

    Posted 12.16.18 Reply
  11. Kelsey wrote:

    Oh my gosh I don’t know which one I love most! they are all so darn cute!

    Posted 12.16.18 Reply
  12. That sequin gown is everything! You look absolutely stunning in everything girl!

    Posted 12.16.18 Reply
  13. Mollie wrote:

    Love all of these looks, but that rose gold gown is my fave! So stunning!! Now I just need an occasion to wear it to lol!

    xx Mollie

    Posted 12.17.18 Reply
  14. Em wrote:

    that first sequin dress is so fun!!

    Posted 12.17.18 Reply
  15. Amanda wrote:

    SO many beautiful looks but that guest gown is stunning on you!

    Posted 12.17.18 Reply
  16. Caitlin wrote:

    Um these outfits are GORGEOUS! I wish I had somewhere to go on NYE other than my couch with family and could wear that floor length sequin dress!

    Posted 12.17.18 Reply
  17. Nataly wrote:

    I love all these dresses for NYE! The gown has to be my favorite though.

    Posted 12.18.18 Reply
  18. ashley hargrove wrote:

    OMG, that first dress is EVERYTHING!!!! I wish I actually dressed up and went out for NYE! Now, I’d rather be cozy and celebrate with Steven and Grayson!

    Posted 12.18.18 Reply
    • Aah thank you! I wore it last year, but this year it’s probably jeans and a cami or even better, pjs lol

      Posted 12.18.18 Reply
  19. Ada wrote:

    So many fab looks here! You look stunning.

    Posted 12.21.18 Reply
  20. Haley wrote:

    You look stunning in that first rose gold dress.

    Posted 12.28.18 Reply