What to Wear on NYE, According to Our Editors


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Anyone who calls themselves a "fashion girl" likely considers New Year's Eve the best holiday of the whole year to dress up for—at least, that's how we see it. Our editors can be found planning our outfits months ahead of December 31 because, well, what's not to love about all the glitter, shimmer, and glam to be had on the holiday? While, yes, the holiday does see its fair share of clichéd short sparkly dresses and your standard pumps, there's definitely a way to dress that feels both festive and true to your personal style. To make the whole outfit planning process easier on you, we're sharing the pieces that you can expect to see in any of our editors' looks this year.

Whether you're taking Lauren's suggestion and topping off your party dress with a statement-making faux-fur coat or pulling a Kat and adorning your earlobes with a pair of party-ready crystal earrings, take a cue from one of the following editor-approved New Year's Eve outfits to ensure you look as chic as any fashion editor. I also want to highlight how Erin transformed her jeans and white tee with the addition of a luxe jewel-tone robe and fancy flats, proving that even more low-key festivities can still call for something fun and out of the ordinary.

Keep reading to get inspired by the NYE-ready pieces our editors are wearing and then shop the items.



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There are slip dresses, and then there are slip dresses in luxurious hammered satin. The texture catches the light more, so your overall look is much more luminous, like the above dress that Kristen simply styled with a bold lip.



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Hanging crystals are a major holiday trend. Whether they're hanging off the hem of trousers, dangling from the strap of a heel, or dripping from a drop earring, this is the It accessory of the season and, thus, of New Year's Eve, as Kat knows well.



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It should go without saying that any NYE party outfit would greatly benefit from a pair of black heels, but it wouldn't hurt to show you once more. Case in point: Nicole's strappy embellished pair that deserved its own Instagram.



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Lauren knows that cold weather is no excuse not to show up to the New Year's Eve party in a full look. So you opted for a shorter dress? Throw on a statement-making coat like her faux-fur leopard style to ensure your look is both chic and warm.



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NYE really puts on the pressure to come up with a next-level look. But if you're all out of ideas, remember that a little black top with classic jeans will never fail you. Simply look for interesting details to make yours stand out, like a cutout (à la Judith's here) or unconventional neckline.



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Not all plans for December 31 involve a party dress and heels. If your celebration is on the casual end of the spectrum, take a note from Erin, who so expertly styled her jeans and a tee with a satin robe coat for added style.



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I'll be the first to admit that I'm a pants kind of girl through and through. So, you can bet that on New Year's Eve, I'll be breaking out my fanciest trousers (and marrying them to an equally festive crop top) to ring in the New Year.

Speaking of NYE, shop the 10 best shoes for ringing in the New Year.

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Senior Editor

Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.