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"Auld Lang Syne" may not be your party jam of choice, but that doesn't mean you're about to skip a kickin' New Year's Eve shindig. For many of us, New Year's is the only occasion we have to get really dressed up and glammed out, so taking advantage of it is a must. The hard part is choosing what colors to wear because unlike other events, almost anything goes on this night of the year. Fun and festive are the key ideals when picking out your ensemble and if you start from there, you can't go wrong.
Bold & Bright
New Year's is the right time to indulge in all of the bright, joyful colors that you wore as a kid but rarely do as a grown-up. A day-glo dress in shades of pink, orange and yellow recall the party time days of the 1980s. Mixing more conventional rainbow shades (like LeToya Luckett) will have you turning heads the second you walk into the party. If you're not quite so bold to go head-to-toe, accent a black dress with brightly-hued accessories, jewelry or even a pair of pumps. That seemingly little burst of color will go a long way.
A Real Gem
Jewel-tone colors are incredibly popular during the holidays as their rich, saturated hues feel just right this time of year (perhaps it's because they match the new earrings your boyfriend gave you for Christmas). Imagine yourself shakin' it down on New Year's in a ruched satin dress of amethyst purple or a full-skirted mini dipped in sapphire blue. You can even go the menswear route and deck yourself out in a Gucci-inspired ruby red velvet tuxedo because nothing says "sexy" like a woman in a tux.
Unless you're name is Beyoncé, metallics, such as gold, silver, and copper, are really hard to get away with on a day-to-day basis. So if you are lusting over that shiny gold dress in the shop window, New Year's is the time to splurge. Wear a metallic shade allover by opting for a lamé cocktail dress. Dabble in silver sequins with a silk butterfly blouse or some shoulder-skimming earrings. You can even fasten over-sized copper beaded clips onto your shoes.
Icing on the Cake
The old saying goes, "No white after Labor Day." But we all know rules were made to be broken and these days, wearing white in the winter looks especially cool and very unexpected. A pair of black tights under that little white shift puts a mod-spin on your ensemble while also making it New Year's-appropriate. A dazzling white suit paired with a silver blouse looks icy and fresh. And don't forget a white top hat! The only time of the year to really pull one off is on New Year's, so take advantage and have a ball!