The winter months seem to call for shiny, glittery clothing. Perhaps it’s the scant sunlight, perhaps it’s the onslaught of seasonal parties. Either way, New Year’s Eve provides the perfect opportunity to wear sparkly pieces — though preferably not all at once.
Sequined dresses have become synonymous with year-end soirees. But to avoid looking like the Times Square ball, we recommend finding a form-fitting dress that enhances your silhouette.
You can also scale back the glitz without losing your sparkle. Going to a low-key dinner party but still want to sport a new glittery purchase? No problem. Pair a gold-sequined skirt with a chambray shirt, opaque tights and booties.
An elegant evening of ballrooms and dancing calls for something a bit more special. Try matching a longer gown — like Rachel Zoe’s or Nicole Scherzinger’s stunners in the gallery above — with the Tracking strappy heels from Stuart Weitzman, recommended by Manolo at the Shoeblogger. Top it off with a faux fur stole, simple stud earrings and a satin clutch.
If a shimmery frock isn’t your thing, take advantage of another big trend this season: glittery booties.
Miu Miu’s glitter-and-suede peep-toe ankle boots have made waves this winter. But if you can’t shell out $600, or are still on the wait list for the sold-out pink pair, there are plenty of more reasonably priced alternatives. Steve Madden’s ‘Hastt’ ankle booties are $94.90, and Seychelles’ gold Secret booties are down to $69.94.
Another important tip from former Post fashion writer and current editor of Refinery 29’s D.C. site, Holly E. Thomas, is to stay warm and comfortable. Thomas recommends layering two pairs of tights or adding faux fur vests under coats for added warmth.
And most important, if you’re no longer a 16-year-old, leave the sparkly snow gear at home.