15 Last Minute New Year's Eve Outfits (Using 3 Basics!)

 Christmas came and went.  Now here we are on the last day of 2011.  If you're like me, you're raiding your closet trying to figure out what to wear to your New Year's Eve festivities.  Nothing seems sparkly enough.  Or bright enough.  Or fabulous enough.  Am I right?  If you're low on time and money (thanks to all the gift shopping and holiday bonding)... stop, take a deep breath, and get your creative juices flowing.  Just because you don't have an extra $100 or hour to spend at the mall doesn't mean you can't pull off a hot ensemble for whatever your NYE involves. 
Grab that beloved pair of skinny blue jeans that make your legs look long and lean.  Nab that simple black dress you bought last summer and haven't worn yet.  And snatch up a plain white t-shirt.  With the time and money you do have, invest in some accessories to amplify your style.  Now let's work some magic for that New Year party...

The little black dress isn't going anywhere ever.  It's too versatile, too flattering, and far too sexy to ever disappear from fashion radar. Depending on how you accessorize, your LBD is ideally suited for anything from a sophisticated soiree to a raucous night on the town.

Vintage Class: Stick to a black-and-white color scheme straight off the silver screen.  T-strap spectator pumps set the stage while a braided white belt, lacy clutch, and pearl tear-drop shaped earrings turn you into an unforgettable classic for the night. 
Where to Wear: A swanky black-tie-worthy celebration.

Modern Blues: Pull your hues from a pair of color block pumps like these gray, turquoise, and baby blue ones.  Add shine with a glittery silver clutch, cinch your waist with a skinny aqua belt, and "teal" the show with feathery earrings.  
Where to Wear: Out for a fancy dinner with friends.

Antique Sparkle: Channel your inner femme fatale by accessorizing your LBD with deep, juicy shades of plum.  Keep earrings and pumps simple so that an embellished vintage clutch can enjoy the spotlight.  
Where to Wear: Romantic downtown date.

Edgy Appeal: Rock your frock with a pair of tattoo-inspired heels, a bold red belt, and metallic gold accessories.  Spicy!  
Where to Wear: Hitting the clubs with your girls.

Party Animal: It all starts with a ravishing animal print belt--zebra will pass, but leopard is purrfect.  Super simple earrings like gold hoops keep things classy.  Pick two brighter colors to accessorize with... like bubblegum pink and bold turquoise!
Where to Wear: The funky party you and your roomie are hosting.

Stop. Don't skip this one. I know you're thinking that there's no way you want to wear a boring white tee to your ultra-festive New Year's activities.  But c'mon, give it a chance.  It's a basic just begging to be dressed up and taken out on the town... especially if your plans don't include a pumpkin-turned-carriage and ballgown.  All five of this looks are perfect for NYE bar crawls and party hopping.

Jewel Tones: Pair your plain white tee with slim black jeans and a bejeweled statement necklace.  Draw hues from the gems for your shoes and clutch---like sapphire and fuschia for this get-up.  It's simple and striking.

Tribal Sparkle: This white tee got a heavy dosage of glam starting with a super glittery mini skirt and statement-making tribal necklace.  Black tights plus a black clutch, red belt, and red pumps pull the hot hot hot look together.

Punk Pink: Dare to wear hot pink skinny jeans this NYE.  A silver and rhinestone encrusted necklace and glistening clutch compliment these two-tone black-and-sparkle stilettos.  Rock it, girl!

Laced Up: Get your vixen on by pulling on lovely lace tights and black shorts.  Simple black wedges, a "brass-knuckle" clutch, and phoenix necklace up the ante.

Worldly Glam: Take a cue from Cleopatra by incorporating accessories worthy of an ancient queen.  This bib necklace brings dear Cleo to mind, no? And this clutch displays a pattern reminiscent of ancient Greece.  Top it off with glitter-saturated gold heels and dark skinny jeans.

Lastly, we have a true blue favorite.  If comfort is on your mind this New Year's Eve, look no further than your trusty pair of sexy skinny jeans.  These babies can be dressed up or down.  Your legs'll be kept warm if you're trotting from bar to party to bar.  Your silhouette will look long and lean.  And we all know what your fave pair does for your butt!  Since there are sooo many possibilities when it comes to dressing up your jeans, these five ensembles call upon the Roaring Twenties.  Sure, the gals back then might notta had jeans to wear... but any flapper woulda fancied slipping into these jazzy jean-based outfits:

Gilt as Charged: White and gold is so glamorous for a winter affair.  With its scalloped bottom, this embellished white tank calls upon the Art Deco.  Accessorize it with simple pearl and gold earrings, matching heels (bonus points for darling bows!), and a deco-inspired clutch.

Royal Flush: Forget the champagne and indulge in wine this NYE.  This glamorous merlot-hued top is embellished with burnished gold details that are repeated in the heels, clutch, and fringe earrings.  Ravishing!

Not So Vanilla: Creamy ivory is anything but boring when decorated with Art Nouveau beaded designs.  Modern black heels and vintage black clutch keep things simple and classy.  Ruby red earrings add the perfect punch of delicious color.

Black Raspberry: Sexy things up with a nod to elegant 1920s negligee... like this slinky black satin tank.  Black and ivory lace-adorned pumps up the feminine factor.  Bring in a juicy color like rich pink for accessories---like a flowery clutch and dazzling stud earrings.

Icy Hot: Bring modern pizazz to old jazz.  This slinky aqua tank is minty fresh, as are the matching earrings.  Heat things up with fiery orange pumps.  And tie it all together with a deco printed clutch.

So tell me! What are you wearing NYE night?!
And what are your festivities?



Candice said...

Ooh I love all of these great ideas, Jessica! Perfect style inspiration!

Tiffany Leigh {designer lifestyle} said...

Wow amazing! I want all of these outfits. You've got a great eye for style.