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 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!
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!