The Cool Girl's Guide to Dressing for NYE


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You may already know exactly how you want to dress on New Year’s Eve. Perhaps that’s your go-to dress-and-heels combo, or maybe it’s a more toned-down look consisting of jeans and your favorite blouse. While anything you wear will undoubtedly work, if you really want to make it foolproof, you should stick to a few specific style rules to help you master your look. Because come on—who doesn't want a killer outfit?

To give you the rundown on the tricks to know, we hit up stylist Alex Sweterlitsch, founder of @fashioninstant, and had him spill on the six rules of dressing cool for New Year’s Eve. Some of these tricks you may already know (and follow!), while others may be new and worth testing out this season. Keep scrolling to learn more. Plus, shop NYE-inspired clothing. We promise there’s a little something for everybody.

Don’t Forget About Fit

“I like to follow a fabric-to-fit formula—simple fabrics should be on a tailored silhouette, while loud fabrics should fall away from the body. Rich velvet = fitted. Gold metallic lamé = loose,” Sweterlitsch says.

Be Unique

"On holidays like this when everyone tends to follow the same style formula, it’s important to try to be unique,” Sweterlitsch tells us. "I love the idea of women wearing a silk pantsuit in a rich color or a jumpsuit; it’s not only a nice change from all the body-con sequinned dresses but also more comfortable.”

Go for Platforms or Block Heels

“While there’s a secret to wearing high heels without any pain, choosing shoes with a platform or block heel gives a nod to retro style and keeps comfort in mind. Whatever you do, please don’t ever remove your shoes,” Sweterlitsch advises.

Pick One Standout Piece

"I see a lot of women wear everything at once—sparkly dress, lots of jewelry, shiny makeup—and it feels too overdone,” says Sweterlitsch. "A nice style juxtaposition is picking one standout part of your outfit (like a great pair of earrings) and wearing it with a tuxedo blazer and skinny jeans.”

Embrace Items With Movement

“I’ve styled many party looks, and one of my favorite things to incorporate is something with movement,” says Sweterlitsch. “Fringe or feathers look amazing on a dance floor.”

Try Unexpected Sequins

"If you want to wear sequins—and by all means, you should—do so unexpectedly,” Sweterlitsch tells us. "A cool pair of trousers is a nice alternative to anything tight and mini.”

This post was published on an earlier date and has since been updated. 

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Bobby Schuessler
Market Director

Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retialers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.