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How to Wear It: New Year’s Eve Style

Party looks from (left to right): Diane Von Furstenberg, Yves Saint Laurent, Haider Ackermann and Lanvin.

It must be something in the air (or the excess alcohol consumption) because the holiday season seems to be an excuse for women to commit some serious fashion offences. If you are still struggling to find something cool to wear on New Year’s, here are our top six holiday trends and how to wear them with style.

1) Sequins

This is one time of the year when you can get away with a sequinned dress and not look like a drag queen. Make a statement in Dolce & Gabanna’s fun, star-covered style, or go for dull or matte sequins for a more chic look. If going head-to-toe is too much for you, then throw on a sequinned jacket or wrap top (Try Diane Von Furstenberg or Zara). A friend of mine showed me a sequinned gold maxi skirt she had made to wear with a grey cable knit jumper for New Year’s. It’s a fun and unexpected way to dip into the trend.

2) Feathers

Again this is a trend that needs to be practiced with caution. Forget a feather covered dress (it will look like you flew the cuckoo’s nest, pun intended). Instead try a cropped jacket or shrug. Also choose pieces that come with feather trims or hems. Maribou feathers are delicate and light, while peacock feathers make more of a statement.

3) Tuxedos

I’ve said it plenty times before – every woman should own a sexy tux as it’s a classic that will last forever. If you don’t want to wear the whole suit, throw the blazer over a cocktail dress. Or you can pair the trousers with a silk shirt for an androgynous evening look.

4) Leather

This is one time of the year where you can actually take out your Celine leather tee. Short leather shifts have a cool fetish edge (that’s bang on trend), or choose styles with leather accents such as sleeves or large patches. Create a rock chic look by pairing a white shirt with skinny leather trousers with zips and some chunky crystal jewellery. I spotted some cool trousers at Club Monaco.

5) Lace

This is another trend that is making a comeback thanks to autumn’s fetish trend. Wear a  lace top with a maxi skirt and black blazer for an elegant yet edgy look. A sheer lace dress is super sexy. Try a maxi style worn with a cropped black dress or slip underneath to show off your legs.  

6) Metallics

Draped dresses or tops made from shimmering fabric in jewel tones are classic and never go out of style (just ask Alber Elbaz at Lanvin and Donna Karan). Metallic brocade is another party favourite. Metallic leather is another contemporary alternative.

Diane Von Furstenberg Kallina sequin top (left) and Helmut Lang sleeveless dress with feathers (right).

One Response to How to Wear It: New Year’s Eve Style

  1. Nichole Garnaut says:

    Thanks Divia, got inspired by blog and now have NYE kit under control. xx

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