If you are looking for ways to wake up your New Year’s Eve wardrobe, add a few elegant and edgy pieces to your closet favorites.
To transform your dresses, suits and casual items from boho chic to sexy socialite you’ll need expert tips to pull these style transformations off with panache.
Whether you are dressing for a small get-together or a formal party, looking elegant and edgy is all about wearing key pieces featuring bold accessories or chic and classic style options.
Elegant New Year’s Eve Outfit Ideas
Look to French fashion for elegant inspiration. Coco Chanel once opined, “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” For women who desire to channel their inner Coco and exude elegance, shop for tailored pieces with architectural clean lines, such as a little black sheath dress or a single-breasted white pant suit.
Dress up your little black or little red dress for a holiday party with a glittering crystal brooch pinned to one shoulder. Swipe on a bold red lipstick and slip into black satin mule pumps to complete your elegant evening look.
Don’t forget the finishing details when dressing elegant. Stick with minimalist, unfussy accessories such as a string of pearls or gold charm bracelets that work with any outfit, day or night. For evening dress up your jeans with a crisp white French cuff shirt, black tailored blazer and a 3 or 4 mixed strands of gold and pearl necklaces.
Edgy New Years Eve Outfits
Polish your black skinny jeans with statement pieces. A black leather motorcycle jacket paired with black skinny jeans, black flat boots and black sunnies telegraphs edgy and cool.
To transition your daytime look from biker chick to boho chic, switch out the black leather jacket for a white silk cardigan sweater. Wear white and black 3-inch platform pumps and silver jewelry on your wrists and fingers for a night of dancing with friends.
Take a walk on the wild side with a leopard print coat. A perfect complement to your neutral black, brown or beige clothing options, top off your work wear with a classic three-quarter length animal print coat.
For an impromptu casual New Year’s Eve party, pair your coat with black slacks, a white silk t-shirt and black leather booties.
Dress up a tunic dress with a strong shoe and a fitted jacket. Add a sleek suede red or purple topper to your white and black wool sheath. Or to give your frock an eclectic or avant-garde look, adorn your jacket or sweater with vintage-style brooches. Pin an unexpected dose of sparkle and shine on your shoulder to dress up your satin, silk or cotton dress for evening.
Rock fabulous faux diamond, black and white nail designs. If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then nail tips covered in pearls and rhinestones are the next best thing. Apply a base coat and two coats of your favorite polish color. If you are looking to update your French manicure, swipe on black or white polish and paint the tips a metallic silver or gold.
After your nails are dry to the touch, swipe a clear top coat across the tip of the nails. Apply flat faux diamond and pearls to the tips of the nails to cover the gold and silver polish color completely. Repeat the nail design until all 10 digits are sparkling with diamonds and pearls. When the polish is dry, apply a clear top coat that covers each nail completely.
Unleash you inner rock star. Add edge with silver chunky jewelry, a studded metal hardware belt and a pair of silver metal aviators.
To make your silver or gold glittery cocktail dress more edgy, downplay the formal nature of the frock by wrapping your waist with a black leather and suede utilitarian belt.