New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and the expectations — sartorial and otherwise — are mounting. Whether you’re hitting up an over-the-top shindig that would make Truman Capote proud or ringing in 2020 at home with dear friends (Seamless and Netflix among them), the night merits an extra special outfit. Over the years, “extra special” has come to mean “ultra high wattage,” but we understand that full-on sequins isn’t everyone’s cup of champagne. That said, those who eschew the quintessential glittery cocktail attire still want a look that’s eye-grabbing and festive. And there’s no shortage of strategies for composing such a thing. Below, we’ve rounded up 20 tastefully sparkly New Year’s Eve outfit ideas to suit any glitter tolerance or venue. May 2020 be your most fashionable year yet!
Combine a sequin skirt with a semi-sheer blouse featuring a flashy tie detail. Work in a blazer to stay warm and keep all that sparkle in check.
Tone down an embellished LBD with a red hot coat and buckled shoes.
A velvet top screams holidays. Add in a sequin skirt and you get the best of both worlds.
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A colorful pair of jeans really pop when teamed with a flashy top and silver ankle-strap pumps.
Even a T-shirt is New Year’s Eve-appropriate when you have a pair of purple sparkling pants.
A shiny fringed bag and blinged out hair accessories are all you need.
Restrict any and all sequins to your shoes. Then just add in a satiny dress and a colorful jacket, preferably one that matches your footwear.
Sometimes a little subtle shine is all it takes. And a red lip.
Top off basic black pants with a pleated silver top to make them extra.
A gold blazer can jazz up any outfit. Layer a white tee underneath and round out the look with a pair of colorful wide-leg pants.
All you really need is a glittering mock-neck top. Slip on some flowy ivory trousers and matching pumps and you’re good to go.
Nothing says New Year’s Eve like a sparkling suit. Cap off the look with black and gold footwear to increase the party vibes.
Simply tuck a plain white tee into a gold miniskirt, then jazz up the outfit with a gold-accented bag and black and gold pumps. Slip on a black blazer to stay toasty.
Wide-leg blue sequin pants and a cozy blue sweater will help you stand out in a sea of silver and gold.
Style a shimmery miniskirt with a black top, opaque tights, black booties and a draped embellished jacket. The extra large metallic clutch really makes the look.
Polish off a soft pink ensemble with a satin headband and flashy gold floral boots.
Worried about freezing on New Year’s Eve? Top off your shiny silver skirt with a chunky sweater.
The sequin collar really sets off all those feathers. Starry pumps add extra sparkle.
Sparkly tights instantly upgrade any outfit. Even one that includes a black tee and white sneakers. Layer a sparkly shirt underneath the aforementioned tee for added shine.
Don’t be afraid to mix things up. Try combining a textured turtleneck, a glitzy skirt and snakeskin boots.