Hey gorgeous! New Year’s eve dresses are one of the best reasons we love those parties! Whether you’re in a cruise or at the beach, in a house-party or at a fancy black-tie evening, whether you’re clinking champagne glasses or beer bottles, you wanna ring in the new year in style! As for me, I think it’s always a good idea to dress up, because when I look great, I feel great! Don’t you? So for all types of parties, here is exactly what you should be wearing on NYE!!

5 New Year’s Eve Dresses, Outfit Ideas for All Types of Parties

Click on the menu items and their images to discover your New Year’s Eve dresses/ outfit ideas! Or, to check out all ideas, just keep reading… 🙂

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Low Key Party with Friends/Family: The Classic LBD
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Dinner Date/ Party: A Cocktail Dress
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At the Nightclub: A Sequin Dress
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Formal Gala: A Cocktail Gown
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Black Tie Affair: A Women’s Tux
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House Party: Statement Top
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Beach Party: Cut-Out Mini/ Cotton Maxi Dress

Low Key Party with Friends/Family: The Classic LBD

If you wanna play it safe, or really just can’t decide at the last minute, the LBD is the best thing to stick to. It’s a classic for good reason, and I love it any night of the year! For the New Year’s eve party, add some gold and red, some sparkle and some gloss! If a little black dress is getting too common in your clique, try a little red dress or a little white dress!

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Balmain Leather and Suede Pumps – black
*Black Cut Out Dress By Kendall + Kylie at Topshop – Black
Alexis Bittar Lucite & White Agate Tiered Station Necklace
Stila ‘jewel eye’ eyeshadow compact
Dior ‘Rouge Dior’ Lipstick
nails inc. London ‘Gel Effect’ Nail Polish with Plumping Effect
Salvatore Ferragamo ‘Miss Vara’ Clutch Wallet




Dinner Date/ Party: A Cocktail Dress

If it’s gonna be a couple’s night out or a cocktail party, wear a strapless or sleeveless cocktail dress or gown. The season’s hottest colors are classic red, burgundy, black, sea blue and peach. If you wanna experiment, try asymmetric dresses or one-shoulder. Add metallic heels, a piece of statement jewelry and smokey eyes!

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Ruched Rosette Party Dress by Aidan from Aidan Mattox
Giuseppe Zanotti Metallic Patent Leather Sandals
ABS by Allen Schwartz Jewelry Some Like It Hot Faceted Stone Necklace
Oscar de la Renta Cabochon Filigree Cuff Bracelet
Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Telluride Eye Palette
JINsoon Audacity Nail Polish
NARS Audacious Lipstick ‘Charlotte’

At the Nightclub: A Sequin Dress

If you’re gonna be dancing the night away with your friends, there’s nothing better to wear than a metallic sequin dress. Turn it up on the New Year’s eve with gold or silver. Or rose gold! Add gold glitter eye shadow, lots of mascara, some fringe stilettos and lip gloss!

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Mandy Ghillie Court Shoes – Topshop
Top Shop Brushed Sequin Dress
Natasha Couture Crystal Clutch
Christian Louboutin ‘The Noirs’ Nail Colour
Yves Saint Laurent ‘Volupté’ Tint-in-Oil




Formal Gala: A Cocktail Gown

If it’s a formal charity event, black-tie evening or a gala you’re going to, you can either keep it simple with an ankle-length strapless cocktail gown or you can wear a showstopper gown (just what I love!). Accessorize with a choker or a statement bracelet, gold or bronze smokey eyes with matching strappy heels and an evening clutch. Don’t forget to add red lipstick!

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Red Sheer and Floral Applique Gown – Ralph & Russo
Giuseppe Zanotti Metallic Patent Leather Sandals
Giorgio Armani ‘Eyes to Kill’ Intense Silk Eyeshadow
Estée Lauder ‘The Le Rouge Look – Pure Color Envy’ Sculpting Lipstick (Limited Edition)
Tom Ford Lipstick glitter-finished Plexiglas clutch
Oscar de la Renta Starfish Bracelet
Oscar de la Renta Starfish Clip-On Drop Earrings




Black Tie Affair: A Women’s Tux

For a formal party when you’re not feeling like a gown, a tuxedo is a great idea! Especially if it’s a business party. This is the time to wear women’s tux and there’s so many great options available! I love it formal with a casual twist a la Angelina Jolie here, with some nude lipstick and gloss, a gold and nude clutch and patent leather pumps. Add a black tie if you’re in the mood!

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Victoria Beckham Cotton Trousers with Patchwork Cuff
Valentino Patent Leather Pumps
Jil Sander Navy Cotton Shirt – white
Alexander McQueen Blazer with Cotton and Silk
Dior ‘Addict’ Gloss 322 Sparkle
Yves Saint Laurent ‘Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy’ Glossy Lip Balm
Carrot & Gibbs Paisley Silk Bow Tie (optional)




House Party: Statement Top

For casual parties or soirées, or even for a nightclub when you don’t wanna do too much glitter, a pair of boyfriend or ripped skinny jeans is a great idea. This season, leather statement tops and over-the-knee boots are the it-things! Add some charcoal eye shadow and a lip color and matching handbag in a contrasting color – like pink! Also add some bling or glitter in your earrings or nail polish!

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Balmain Skinny Biker Jeans
Alexander McQueen Leather Bustier
Paul Andrew Suede Over The Knee Boots with Chrysler Heel
Dolce & Gabbana Embellished Velvet Clutch
‘Vogue’ Rouge Dior – Dior 
268 Ruban Dior Vernis
Illusion d’Ombre Black Velvet Eye Shadow – Chanel

Beach Party: Cut-Out Mini/ Cotton Maxi Dress

For a beach party, wear a floaty mini or maxi dress in cotton, georgette or chiffon. If you’re feeling like it, wear a cut-out or backless dress! Keep it simple, preferably without too much print. Add stacked bracelets or a sea-themed statement necklace. And sexy makeup in tan-shades!

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Balenciaga Studded textured-leather sandals
Oscar de la Renta Coral Resin & Crystal Bib Necklace
Bobbi Brown Deluxe Eye & Cheek Palette
Alison Lou Kiss By The Yard 14-karat gold and enamel bracelet
NARS Audacious Lipstick ‘Raquel’

So what are you doing for this New Year’s eve? And what outfit are you wearing? Comment below! Lemme know and if you’re wearing an outfit inspired by the above, do tag me in your Insta pics @shilpaahujadotcom! Need a retro-glam idea? Check out my latest look 1950s Style Retro Party Outfit | Pink Silk Evening Dress

😀 Keep it stylish! XOXO

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Shilpa Ahuja a designer and entrepreneur. She is the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion. Fashion has traditionally been for the rich, white, thin woman. That's how it evolved over centuries and that's how it's been represented in fashion media. But Shilpa believes that with the changing role of women in the society, fashion has changed, too. She believes that fashion is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, color, body type and background. So she translates runway fashion into easy style advice that one can incorporate into their daily lives. Shilpa's work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times. Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book "Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India". Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email contact@shilpaahuja.com

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