29 Last-Minute NYE Party Pieces from Zara, M&S and River Island

Is it just me, or did this year go incredibly quickly? I'm known among my friends and family for being the first person to buy and wrap Christmas presents, but as the last 12 months flew by I didn't even have the time to make my usual October deadline and this year I've been guilty of a lot of last minute purchases. Given that I've only just finished my shopping with a matter of days to go until they're unwrapped again, I also haven't had the opportunity to think about the event that some people will have been counting down to for the last 364 days–New Year's Eve, but more specifically, what I'm even going to wear.

There is the same pressure every NYE to not only find the most exciting party, but also to wear the perfect outfit, and if like me your mind is still focused on Turkey timings and perfecting the roast potato technique, I doubt you'll have had the time to give either much thought. Allow me to reassure you then, this is not your last minute warning to frantically search the high street to find the outfit–in fact, I've already done that for you. Given the number of new pieces that I look through every day in my role as Who What Wear's shopping editor, I come across a wealth of otherwise hidden gems that I store in my mind for exact moments like these, and when you need to put together the best outfit in an instant, three shops instantly spring to mind–River Island, Zara and yes, Marks & Spencer.


(Image credit: Courtesy of Zara)

You might already think of River Island as the bold, colourful and vibrant store on the high street, known for it's trend-led focus and statement pieces (in fact, I would also say the same of Zara) but after M&S's seriously impressive run of bestselling boots and viral handbags, it turns out it also does editor-approved partywear too, so where better places to start when looking for affordable New Years outfits?

Whether you're planning to party or have a wholesome night at home, sit back, relax, and keep scrolling to shop the 29 pieces I've found in Marks & Spencer, River Island and Zara that'll make the perfect New Year's Eve outfits. And all without having to to leave the comfort of your sofa.




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Remy Farrell
Fashion Editor

Remy Farrell is a London-based shopping editor with nearly 10 years of editorial experience covering fashion, beauty and lifestyle. After graduating with a journalism degree and working on the editorial and fashion teams for titles such as Grazia, Elle, Cosmopolitan and British Vogue, she moved into the luxury e-commerce sector, working as fashion assistant at TheOutnet.com styling for the social media channels and helping to develop the collections for the in-house brand Iris & Ink. After expanding an assisting and styling portfolio that includes shooting talent such as Gigi Hadid, Victoria Beckham and Miquita Oliver, she also branched out into beauty, creating tried-and-tested reviews and diverse beauty content.In her role as shopping editor at Who What Wear, Remy is interested in discovering new and exciting brands to share with the Who What Wear readership and particularly loves uncovering hidden gems at affordable prices to make shopping accessible to everyone.Born and raised in Sheffield, Yorkshire, Remy moved to London in 2014 and lives in the Docklands with her partner and pug Billie.