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New Year’s Eve is the one time of year you’re invited to be as extra as possible. In fact, if you choose not to be extra AF, you might attract more strange looks that you would if you’d just go with it. Because this is New Year’s Eve, damnit, and if you’re not adorned in head-to-toe sequin clothes (or something similarly over-the-top), you’re missing the invaluable opportunity to be as sartorially dramatic as possible. Step into the new year with your most maximalist foot forward, OK?
This year, NYE looks a little different. Some of us will brave parties (masks on, of course!) or smaller social gatherings, but others will opt to stay in with family or partake in digital festivities via Zoom. Regardless, our New Year’s Eve goal is simple: to be the human equivalent of a disco ball.
When we walk into our celebration of choice, we want to be luminous AF—we want to reflect light in every single direction, demanding the eyes of everyone in the room. And then we want their eyes to flit away as quickly as they greeted us, because it’s our hope that on this day, everyone will be dressed exactly as extravagantly as we are; our extra AF ensemble will only be one of a number of extra AF ensembles they’ve seen that night.
Because, like we said, this is New Year’s Eve, damnit.
Though our aesthetic goals are clear, our strategy for getting there is a little more muddled. “Adorn yourself with sequins,” seems like an easy directive—until you actually begin shopping. Then, you realize your favorite retailers are cluttered with sparkly duds; sequin clothes are so easy to come by right now that the options for styling them are downright overwhelming.
But true to form, we’ve perused them all. And we’ve boiled them down to our very favorites—all of which you can find (and shop) below.
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This Faux-Wrap LBD
A classic sequin LBD is always a strong option, and my personal favorite this year is by La Femme and features this sexy deep-V neckline.
This Silver Turtleneck
Never did I think a turtleneck could look so fancy and fun, but here we are!
This Tie-Waist Hot Pink Mini
Ugh, I’m a sucker for a chic long-sleeved mini dress. This one by Eloquii even has a sequined belt to really cinch the waist for a defined look.
This Turquoise Set
Many people tend to stick to black, red, silver or gold on NYE, so this vibrant turquoise set is a definite head-turner. Wear the pants with a more covered-up top or bare it all with the matching bralette. So hot!
This Shiny Pleated Skirt
I’m all about a good pleated moment, and a sequin one at that? Too good, Express. Too damn good.
These Embellished Face Masks
Duh, we had to include masks on this year’s list. Amazon has a ton of sparkly options, so get one and wonder how you ever lived without.
These Bronze Joggers
Staying in? Wear these festive sequin joggers as you lounge on your couch or have an at-home dance party. Going out? Throw them on with a black bodysuit and heels. Talk about versatility!
This Striped Sweatshirt
Another loungewear-but-make-it-festive piece, this sequin hoodie is sparkly enough to get the attention of whoever you’re Zooming with for your virtual celebration.
This Velvet-Sleeved Dress
Velvet is the first runner-up of holiday fabrics, losing to sequins, of course. This playful mini dress combines both for a luxe look you can wear with tights or bare legs to show some skin.
This Holo Mini Skirt
The multicolored sequins on this Endless Rose mini almost give off a holographic vibe. I could stare at it until the clock strikes midnight!
This Bronze Blazer Set
This Ruched Midi
In The Mood For Love is a brand known for luxe sequined pieces, and this dress is no exception. Swap your LBD for this gorgeous midi and prepare for compliments to roll in all night long.
This Bejeweled Headband
If dressing up isn’t in the cards for you this year, play with some sparkly accessories instead! Lele Sadoughi has an entire range of embellished headbands, although this lilac and blue combo is my personal fave.
This Feather-Trimmed Red Maxi
This is the epitome of va-va-voom. I have nothing else to say about it. Flawless, 10/10, someone please wear this so I can comment on your Instagram post and hype you up.
This Fringe Pencil Skirt
Pencil skirts are boring by nature, but this one?? Far from it! The sequin fringe is everything, and you could dress it up with a silky cami or down with a chunky knit and knee-high boots.
This Two-Toned Bodysuit
What can I say, I’m loving these burgundy tones for Holiday 2020! This bodysuit would be so dreamy paired with those black leather pants you’ve been looking for an excuse to wear.
This Classic Gold Mini
This one’s for all you basic betches out there. I don’t mean it in a bad way! When you’re stumped on what to wear for New Year’s Eve, a sequin mini dress is a safe, stylish option.
These Silver Wide-Leg Pants
Personally? I’d dress these ASTR The Label pants down with a crisp white tee, then throw on a bold lip and call it a night! So chic.
This Sleek Little Clutch
Whether you’re in head-to-toe sequins or jeans and a tee, a sparkly accessory is still an NYE essential. This Jessica McClintock bag comes in a few sparkly colors, and its unique shape makes it totally ‘Gram-worthy.
This Slinky Fringed Mini
As far as short black sequin dresses go, this one by Dress The Population is a standout. Not easy to do when everyone else is also in sequins, but in this? You’re guaranteed to steal the show.
A version of this article appeared in November 2018.