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New Year’s Eve Style Inspiration

Please don’t tell me that you are planning to spend another New Year’s Eve wrapped up under your blankets with your furry friend Snookums by your side. Between the economy, divisive elections, and national tragedies, there is no denying that 2012 was a super difficult year (well, at least it was for me.)  But we made it!  How about we end this year and start the new one off right by celebrating our successes, perseverance, and resilience by getting up, getting out, and doing something? Here are five New Year’s Eve style suggestions to help you ring in 2013 in fine fashion.

 Celebrating Under the Stars

It’s no longer necessary for anyone to travel to New York City to stand with the thousands of other cold and shivering revelers to watch the ball drop in Times Square.  Most cities now offer a comparable outdoor event for their residents. A chic layered look like this one is a great option for a December outdoor event. The focus should be on keeping the core warm. For this I layered an undershirt, under a sheer long sleeve blouse, under a turtleneck sweater, under a faux fur vest for warmth and drama.  This outfit works on a clear, mild night.


 Celebrating With Friends and Family

My favorite way of ringing in the New Year is to attend an intimate house party hosted by a close friend or family member. All of the attendees are already familiar with each other, there is always good food, great music, and if we get too carried away with the toasts there is always a bed or couch to crash for the night. I would choose a comfortable, but stylish, look for a house party. I am wearing an embellished, Peter Pan collar top from a discount chain, a second-hand, leather a-line skirt, and platform-heels.


 Celebrating at the Club

I grew out of my clubbing shoes a long time ago. The dance floor was always too packed, the music too loud, and the environment too ripe for all kinds of ratchetness. However,if this is still part of your lifestyle, in lieu of short, tight, and revealing I would go for something a little more sophisticated like this over sized black and white vintage sequined top, with black leather, panel leggings. Edgy, knee-high boots with a sensible heel height anchor the look.


 Celebrating at a Watch Night Service

I am from the Caribbean, where Watch Night Services were very big.  When I was still under my Mom’s rule, I actually spent a couple of my New Year’s Eves reading scriptures, singing hymns, and “confessing,” so that I could receive the blessings that awaited me in the New Year. Your instinct is probably to roll out of your house at 11:30 p.m. in a frumpy getup, but I am really not big on the everyday casual look for church. I think that we should treat the sanctuary with respect and reverence, and that we should dress ourselves accordingly. The little black dress is conservative, stylish, and appropriate for a Watch Night Service. I found this one for under $40 on the sales rack at my local department store. The little black dress is also versatile enough to take you from a fancy restaurant, to the sanctuary, to a fancy party after the service. Yes, people do that and I am one of them.


 Celebrating at a Fancy New Year’s Eve Ball

Attending a who’s who New Year’s Eve ball remains an unrealized dream for me. These fetes are usually super glamorous, but pricey. If I was attending this event, I would turn up the glamour by choosing a well-tailored black and white, strapless gown like this one that I found in a thrift store. I added a statement necklace for extra drama, and a leather vest. The leather vest is unexpected, but as you see I like the idea of combining a sophisticated or luxurious piece with an edgy one. Adding the leather vest also gave me the opportunity to belt this dress, helping me to define my waist.

Look_NewYearsEveBall Wherever you go, whatever you wear, I hope you have a happy, and stylish, new year.

This post is part of BlogHer’s Get Noticed For the Holidays editorial series, made possible by Cover Girl.

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  1. Omg what kind of camera do you use? You pic are Devine!!! Super cute blog I’m a fellow BLMGirl and I’m following u on Bloglovin!

    • Hi Kiwi, thanks for stopping by, following and especially for leaving your comments. The photos were taken by two individuals. The first two photographs were taken with a Canon DSLR. The last 3 sets were taken with a Nikon DSLR. The two guys that take my pictures are photographers/photo enthusiasts. One is a relative and the other is a friend. They both have dedicated their time to helping me with the photography for this blog from day 1. (-;

  2. All of your New Year’s Eve looks are great. I especially love the panel leggings! I’ll have to search for some. Happy New Year!

  3. I love those looks! Especially the ones with the fur vest. Hot!
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  4. Love that sparkly collar! I am all about the house parties this New Year’s Eve so I may take a risk and go with some leather leggings and a sparkly top this year. Last year, it was all about the leopard form me LOL. I am notoriously NOT on trend. It’s what I do. **hug** my BLMgirl.
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    • Hey Beatrice. Thanks so much for stopping by and for leaving your comment. Leopard has become like a neutral to me. As a matter of fact, style over fashion any day so don’t watch the trends! If leopard is part of your style profile, I would wear it as often as I can. (-:

  5. What a great post. Love all of your outfits, but the outfit with the beautiful collar is my favorite. I’m still trying to find a collar that I like.

    I have to say that I love the word “ratchetness” to describe the clubbing atmosphere. So appropriate!

    I outgrew clubbing long ago too, but now I love to do my NYE dance parties at the dance studio. Lots of dancing and fun.
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    • The dance party sounds like a wonderful idea. Ballroom dancing and New Years Eve makes a wonderful combination. I actually made one of these embellished collars. I am NOT a DIY type person but when I did my closet clean out earlier this year, I came across a too tight button down that had a really nice collar. I cut off the collar and ironed on gems and studs. I have actually never worn it. It’s somewhere in my closet. (-:

  6. Wow you have such fun style! I don’t think I have any of these kinds of clothes in my closet but I like all the ideas! 🙂

    • Thanks Julie. Two of the looks featured were actually thrifted. If you want to recreate any of the looks, you can always try to find the pieces at your local thrift store. Also, if you don’t have one already, I would highly recommend that you add a plain and simple black dress (shift dress or sheath) to your closet. It doesn’t have to be any specific brand or material. You can always dress it up with accessories.

  7. i usually hit up a nice, safe, and free house party on NYE! i’m thinking about heading downtown to celebrate this year…we’ll see.

    ok – the gown with the belted vest…i can dig it…ALOT! it’s my fave.
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    • Thanks Donna. That’s a remix piece for me. Last year I featured it without the vest. (-: I think I am going to our First Night Celebrations here as well. Depending on the weather though.

  8. What a great post Natasha. These are some great ideas. I’m usually pretty lame for NYE and with Patrick gone I probably will be again but this post makes me want to do SOMETHING! Thanks! You look great in all of these outfits. I especially like the one on the couch and the ball outfit!
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    • Hey Robin. If your area of Colorado has an outdoor event, I would suggest that. You will be with hundreds of other people so you definitely wont be alone. Thanks for the compliment. The peter pan collar sheer shirt was a lucky find. It was the last one on the rack priced at a cool $14.99.