Your Everything Guide to New Year’s Eve Dressing

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It’s mid-December, which means by now, I’d estimate I’ve been asked about my New Year’s Eve plans about 50 times—at a minimum. The last time I actually made such plans more than two days in advance, on the other hand, was probably 2010. But try as I might, when it comes to the clock striking midnight on December 31, there’s no escaping the hype—there are parties to RSVP to, tickets to buy (or refuse to buy), and, of course, an outfit to plan.

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Like Halloween, New Year’s Eve demands at least a modicum of effort in wearing something outside your usual wardrobe. Even it’s just for the Instagram opportunity, something shiny, sequined, or otherwise eye-catching is just short of mandatory for the holiday. Of course, how far you want to take it will depend on what you’re doing: if you’re going to be clubbing till dawn, a metallic slip dress and thigh-high boots is perfectly appropriate; if you’ve been invited to a formal affair, something a little more soigné may be in order, with glitzy accessories to ring in the occasion.

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Below, shop head-to-toe outfits for every type of New Year’s Eve party.

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Going (All) Out

Bardot Mercury Satin Cowl-Neck Mini Dress, $79; at Urban Outfitters

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Lux Faux Fur Coat with Printed Lining, $298; at Free People

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Going (All) Out
Going (All) Out

Maria Black Orbit Earring, $108; at Tictail

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Brett Over-the-Knee Boot, $375 (was $750); at Loeffler Randall

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Going (All) Out

Whiting & Davis Mesh Bucket Bag, $235; at Nordstrom

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Black Tie, Baby
Black Tie, Baby

C/meo Collective Slow Burn Dress, $220; at Fashion Bunker

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Black Tie, Baby
Black Tie, Baby

Diane von Furstenberg Satin Clutch, $130; at Net-A-Porter

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Black Tie, Baby
Black Tie, Baby

Patty Coat, $626.50 (was $895); at Sandro

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Black Tie, Baby
Black Tie, Baby

Sandals, $800; at Fendi

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Black Tie, Baby
Black Tie, Baby

Ribbon Hoops, $135; at By Boe

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Low-Key Dinner
Low-Key Dinner

Veda Louise Blouse, $297; at Need Supply Co.

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Ribbed Skirt, $39.99; at Mango

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Low-Key Dinner
Low-Key Dinner

Chancery Pointy Pumps, $148; at L’Intervalle

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Low-Key Dinner
Low-Key Dinner

J.V. Crew Socks, $23; at Hansel from Basel

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Low-Key Dinner
Low-Key Dinner

Topshop Bianca Metallic Puffer Jacket, $140; at Nordstrom

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TV on the Couch
TV on the Couch

The Thunderball Leisure Pant, $595; at Haute Hippie

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TV on the Couch
TV on the Couch

Wilfred Montpellier Sweater, $165; at Aritzia

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TV on the Couch
TV on the Couch

Sherpa Slippers, $38; at Natori

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TV on the Couch
TV on the Couch

Viscose Elastane Soft Touch Short-Sleeve Crew Tee, $120; at Majestic Filatures

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TV on the Couch
TV on the Couch

Lauren Ralph Lauren Aran-Knit Twisted Headband, $24.99 (was $35); at Ralph Lauren

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