Holiday Style What to Wear on New Year's Eve to Really Stand Out The After-Dark Issue
Red rhinestone platforms, a gold shoulder bag, and a sequin midi skirt

What to Wear on New Year's Eve to Really Stand Out

With the holiday season approaching, it’s possible that you’ve already had at least one “I hate absolutely everything in my closet” meltdown. It’s OK, babe—we’ve all been there. Finding the right pieces for your holiday party wardrobe can be challenging at times, especially when it seems like all your favorite retailers just dipped their go-to silhouettes in sequins and called it a day. If you’re wondering what to wear on New Year’s Eve, call me your Glitzy Fairy Godmother, because I’ve rounded up the best of the best below.

A sparkly dress might feel overdone, but I promise that there are a ton of ways to shake things up. Perhaps a chain mail–esque mini made of paillettes? How about some hot-pink tinsel? Jeans with crystal-embellished cutouts? And if you absolutely must rock a shiny dress, allow me to introduce you to this season’s top sparkle trend: paillettes. These flat, shiny discs are just as reflective as your usual sequins but with a far more elevated feel.

To be clear, sparkle isn’t your only option this season, but I’m a proponent of leaning in. If you feel better in an LBD, might I suggest some glittering platforms for a little pop? What about topping things off with some metallic boots or a feathered handbag?

All the aforementioned and more lie ahead from brands like Staud, Skims, Simon Miller, and more. Add to cart or simply gather up some inspo; just be sure your closet’s ready come holiday-party season.


Strappy Mirror Mini Dress
& Other Stories Strappy Mirror Mini Dress $275.00

Don’t want to be another girl in a silver sparkly dress but secretly want to be exactly that? Opt for an edgy layering moment featuring shiny discs linked together for full-on disco ball vibes. Style over a simple slip, a top and pants, or even a white T-shirt dress. We love a look with options!

Pink Sparkle Dress
Never Fully Dressed Pink Sparkle Dress $130.00

I’m all about a good two-piece moment, so catch me rocking this mini and the matching cardi come December 31. This hot-pink tinsel fabric has the perfect amount of texture and glitz.

Split Hem Strapless Vegan Leather Jumpsuit
Bebe Split Hem Strapless Vegan Leather Jumpsuit $159.00

When sparkles feel too on the nose, sub in leather for a fierce-but-festive feel. This all-in-one vegan leather jumpsuit takes the guesswork out of getting ready—throw on some sparkly shoes or grab a glitzy bag and go.

Mixed Sequin Halter Dress
Eloquii Mixed Sequin Halter Dress $150.00

Yes, the silver sequins on this dress are on-trend, but there’s so much more to it! Not only is the high slit giving red carpet, but the halter neckline ties in a big bow at the nape of the neck. Be still, my heart!

Soft Lounge Shimmer Long Slip Dress
Skims Soft Lounge Shimmer Long Slip Dress $78.00

Staying in or going to something more low-key? If you still want to make a statement, cozy up in something body-hugging with a bit of sheen, à la the new Skims Soft Lounge Shimmer range. It has the same soft, stretchy feel, but the bonus sparkle will have you ready to ring in 2023.

Good Icon Diamond Cutout Jeans
Good American Good Icon Diamond Cutout Jeans $170.00

Sometimes, dressing up just isn’t the vibe. I don’t blame you for wanting to wear jeans! Might I suggest a pair from Good American’s new Diamond Life collection? Crystal-embellished thigh slits feel like the ideal way to separate yourself from the crowd.

Fringed Sequined Wide-Leg Pants
Maeve Fringed Sequined Wide-Leg Pants $180.00

Who said dresses have more fun? These hot-pink beaded, fringed pants beg to differ! The wide-leg fit is so on trend, and I can think of about a million ways to style them from pairing them with a simple white tank to an oversize blazer to a black feathered tube top and more.

Irie Dress
Staud Irie Dress $395.00

If your friend group considers you their unofficial Fashion Girl, make sure you live up to your title. Staud’s holiday collection is brimming with sparkly numbers, but the standout is this minimalist-with-a-twist white mini featuring a sequin bandeau and an extra-long bow detail at the back.

Leandro Sequin Mini Dress
BCBG Max Azria Leandro Sequin Mini Dress $298.00

If you’re a “sparkly NYE dress or bust” kind of person, I respect your commitment to the bit. This year, let’s amp it up just a bit by swapping traditional sequins for chunky paillettes. 

Kimi Paillette Dress
Milly Kimi Paillette Dress $795.00

This is my formal request for someone to buy this dress simply so I can stare at it all night. Paillettes look best in pink, apparently, and this high-halter neckline just oozes class.

Side-Slit Sequin Skirt
Maeve Side-Slit Sequin Skirt $158.00

I know I’m really pushing the paillettes, but this skirt is proof they look good in any color—or multiple colors at once! If an itty-bitty mini scares you, this midi silhouette should feel a bit more approachable. Plus, a longer length equals all the more glitz.


Vetty Heels
Nina Vetty Heels $129.00

Dear reader, would you believe me if I said I own these heels in three different colors? By far the comfiest glitzy sandals in my closet, I can’t recommend these enough for a long night of dancing.

Edelin Boot
Billini Edelin Boot $110.00

Pro tip: If everyone around you is dressing in black, gold, and silver, don’t shy away from a pop of color. Metallic pink knee-high boots guarantee all eyes on you when the clock strikes 12.

Soiree Slingback Pumps
Kate Spade Soiree Slingback Pumps $298.00

It simply doesn’t get more festive than these champagne cork heels. If the glitter feels overwhelming, don’t fret—they come in black too.

The Uplift Ankle Strap
Katy Perry Collections The Uplift Ankle Strap $119.00

This one’s for my golden girls—these head-turning platforms feature supportive ankle straps and block heels, plus a textured finish that looks like gold leaf.

Nomasei Strass $570.00

Ultra-glitzy shoes that you can party all night in. Don’t let the open toes or the sandal silhouette scare you—these look just as good worn with a pair of tights.

The Swan
Birdies The Swan $165.00

Parties and celebrations don’t always call for heels. Glitzy flats like these beauties from Birdies will keep you comfortable long past midnight.

Dolly Crystal Sandal
Larroudé Dolly Crystal Sandal $330.00

The Dolly Sandals come in a few different rhinestone colorways, but ruby-red slippers are arguably the perfect shoes to step into a whole new year. We’re not in 2022 anymore, Toto!

Zania Gem-Embellished Sculptural Heel Boots in Grey
Charles & Keith Zania Gem-Embellished Sculptural Heel Boots in Grey $125.00

If you’re playing it safe with an LBD, stand out by standing on architectural heels. Sparkly sock boots with some added interest are always a yes.


Bemiliaa Bag
Steve Madden Bemiliaa Bag $99.00

New Year’s Eve always feels like the right time to whip out the metal mesh accessories, and I’ve been saving this little lilac bag for a special occasion. I love the pinkish-almost-lavender hue as an offset to NYE’s moody color palette.

Sasi Sequin Shoulder Bag
Simon Miller Sasi Sequin Shoulder Bag $445.00

The second I saw this Simon Miller bag, I knew it had to be mine. Need I repeat myself regarding paillettes? Consider this one a holiday dressing essential.

Hexella Baguette
Warp Hexella Baguette $325.00

Stunning, structured, and architectural, there’s nothing I don’t love about this little gold brick of a bag. Bonus points for the gold hardware detailing at the strap to tie in the metallic hue.

Gliters Crystal Mini Cross Body Bag
Ted Baker Gliters Crystal Mini Cross Body Bag $195.00

If something small and sparkly you can dress up or down is on your wish list, look no further than this dreamy little purse from Ted Baker, available in four colors.

Gold Metallic Oversized Bow Clutch
PrettyLittleThing Gold Metallic Oversized Bow Clutch $48.00

’Tis the season to remind your friends that you’re the biggest gift in their lives! Showing up to New Year’s Eve gift-wrapped is the perfect way to do it, and this bag is your most glamorous option.

Virtual Mini Zip-Top Bucket Bag
Guess Virtual Mini Zip-Top Bucket Bag $142.00

Getting this much bling for under $150 is almost unheard of. Style this edgy-but-glitzy Y2K style with a big pants–little top combo and chunky boots. 

Avery Sequin Feather Bag
Retrofête Avery Sequin Feather Bag $275.00

Fair warning—Retrofête’s new handbags are only for the bold. Case in point: This ethereal embellished purse features hand-beaded pearl straps, sequins, and feathers and is available in three colors.

Mini Amu
Pipatchara Mini Amu $595.00

I know this one’s a splurge, but it would be a crime for me to not let you know that this bedazzled beauty exists. The crystals on this leather and suede bag sparkle from a mile away, but it’s the hand-knotted details at the front that really make it a standout.

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