What To Wear For New Year’s Eve

by Emily Fitzgibbons
what to wear for new years eve

New Year’s Eve is a widely celebrated occasion all around the world. It symbolises the end of a bad year, or the celebration of a good one, and what better way to celebrate than dressing your best and heading out?!

Whether you are attending a casual house party, the club, a major event, or a family celebration, there is no excuse for not dressing to the nines on New Year’s Eve. Here at Alexie.co, we an have outfit idea for every type of occasion, so if you are unsure of what dress to don or what shoes to slip on, then look no further for how to dress on New Year’s Eve.

Winter Trends

Here are a few winter trends you need to be aware of. They will help you in making the right outfit choice for your New Year’s Eve event!

  • Velvet Vixen
  • Metallic Mama
  • Sexy Stripes
  • Choker Chic
  • Perfectly Pinstriped
  • Leather Look

Clockwise (L-R): Velvet Jumpsuit (Zara, £17.99), Metallic Dress (Missguided, £28), Striped Dress (Reiss, £180)

choker-pinstripe-leather-outfits New Year's Eve

Clockwise (L-R): Choker Dress (Missguided, £25), Pinstripe Dress (Karen Millen, £115), Leather Jacket (All Saints, £208)

Types Of New Year’s Eve Events

We know that no two events are the same – you might religiously do the same thing year after year, or like to mix it up a bit. We also (as always), have all the bases covered. No matter where you are going or who you are seeing, we have the outfit option for you!

The House Party

Dress casual but with a hint of flair if you are heading to a house party.

yellow-top-leather-trousers-earrings-outfit-grid New Year's Eve

Clockwise (L-R): Yellow Top (Asos, £30), Leather Trousers (Karen Millen, £550), Earrings (Swarovski, £99)

The Firework Show

Wrap up warm to watch a firework extravaganza in a big coat and a pair of gloves!

green-jacket-jeans-white-top-gloves-outfit-grid New Year's Eve

Clockwise (L-R): Green Coat (Zara, £89.99), Jeans (Zara, £29.99), Gloves (Accessorize, £20), White Top (Missguided, £10)

The Ball/Gala

These events require formal dress, but don’t worry if you don’t want to go too long, there are many short options out there that are acceptable as well (keep them below the knee of course). Fancy trouser suits or longer dresses may help to keep your legs warmer in the December chill though…

ball-gala-outfits New Year's Eve

Clockwise (L-R): Midnight Blue Gown (Net-A-Porter, £225), Metallic Dress (Vivienne Westwood, £310), Jumpsuit (Net-A-Porter, £1,550)

The Formal Dinner

Many people opt for a formal dinner and drinks as their choice of celebration on New Year’s Eve. This is due to the fact that anyone can be involved, no matter what age (you won’t see grandma in the club now will you?) but they are still fun for everyone. Wear something appropriate but not boring for this occasion – tights and a cute dress maybe?

dress-tights-earrings-flats-outfit New Year's Eve

Clockwise (L-R): Dress (Topshop, £36), Tights (Hobbs, £8), Earrings (Pandora, £50), Ballet Pumps (Office, £22)

The Informal Dinner

Informal dinners call for stretchy velvet leggings and a cute oversized jumper. This way you can comfortably fill your face whilst still looking the part.

jumper-leggings-outfit New Year's Eve

Clockwise (L-R): Jumper (Missguided, £10), Velvet Leggings (Zara, £15.99)

The Red Carpet Event

Some lucky few of us get the opportunity to attend events like these, especially on occasions such as New Year’s Eve. The rest of us however, sit back, relax and just take inspiration…

red-carpet-outfit New Year's Eve


Shop The Look

Grace Velvet Maxi Dress £293.92
Grace Velvet Maxi Dress £293.92
ASOS Embellished Side Cut Out Midi Dress £85
ASOS Embellished Side Cut Out Midi Dress £85
ASOS BRIDAL Jacquard Trouser £55
ASOS BRIDAL Jacquard Trouser £55

The Nightclub

Flash the flesh (whilst keeping dignified) on New Year’s Eve. It’s party time and don’t let anybody tell you any different! Opt for a metallic dress like Kendall Jenner’s birthday dress, to make a real fashion statement for the occasion.

kendall-jenner-outfits for New Year's Eve


Shop The Look

ASOS Plunge Neck Jersey Jumpsuit with Long Sleeve £28
ASOS Plunge Neck Jersey Jumpsuit with Long Sleeve £28
Ringo Finn Dress by Motel £45
Ringo Finn Dress by Motel £45
Izabel London Choker Lace Bodycon Dress £15
Izabel London Choker Lace Bodycon Dress £15

The Pub

Pubs are traditional and cosy, so you should dress the same. Think cardigans and jeans for this one.

cardigan-top-jeans-outfit New Year's Eve

Clockwise (L-R): Cardigan (Hobbs, £52), Top (Karen Millen, £60), Jeans (Topshop, £42)

The Bar

The bar is an awkward one for many women out there when it comes to choosing an outfit. It’s not a pub and yet it’s not quite a club, so what do you go for? We say team leather trousers or a black skirt with a sparkly embellished top. Add some wrist wear such as a statement bracelet or a watch to top off the look.

bar-outfits New Year's Eve

Clockwise (L-R): Embellished Bodysuit (Asos, £40), Leather Trousers (River Island, £18), Michael Kors Watch (The Watch Shop, £127.60)

The Family Party

A family party allows you to kick back and relax – always a good thing. Do this by donning cute, comfy clothes. Your favourite piece of knitwear perhaps?

jumpers-knitwear New Year's Eve

Clockwise (L-R): Green Jumper (All Saints, £148), Black Sequin Cardigan (River Island, £40), Blue Cold Shoulder Jumper (Daisy Street, £19.99)

The Quiet Night In

If the excitement of Christmas was all too much and you potentially went slightly overboard on the indulgence, then there is nothing wrong with having a cosy night in watching films or the fireworks. Whether alone or with others, put on a pair of PJ’s and live the dream!

pyjamas New Year's Eve outfits

Clockwise (L-R): Grey Jumpsuit (New look, £19.99), Night Shirt (Boux Avenue, £20), Pyjamas (Marks & Spencer, £29.50)

Casual New Year’s Eve Outfits

Whilst many people still love the party atmosphere of New Year’s Eve, as some of us get older, we sometimes just prefer a nice relaxing meal or a trip to the local pub instead. The below outfit is versatile enough to be worn to any casual New Year’s Eve party you can think of – your ‘go to’ outfit sorted with no stress! Team it with heels for flats depending on where you are going.

jacket-dress-tights-casual-outfit for New Year's Eve

Clockwise (L-R): Jacket (Karen Millen, £235), Grey Dress (Pretty Little Thing, £18), Glitter Tights (Topshop, £8.50)

Casual Hairstyles

Do you want a hairstyle to compliment your casual outfit this New Year’s Eve? This is our favourite side braid ponytail, the perfect quick, easy but fabulous accompaniment to any casual (or not for that matter) outfit – and how to achieve it.

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Dressy New Year’s Eve Outfits

On the flip side, there are the dressy outfits for New Year’s Eve. The below dresses from ASOS are perfect for if you are planning on partying the until the early hours by hitting the bars and clubs. What’s more, they also fall into the velvet, choker and metallic trends for this season – result!

dressy New Year's Eve outfits

Clockwise (L-R): Velvet Dress (Asos, £28), Black Dress (Asos, £115), Metallic Sequin Dress (Asos, £34.99)

Our Top 20 New Year’s Eve Outfits

Top 4 Plus Size New Year’s Eve Outfits

Wear A-line or shift dresses skim over curves and cover problem areas, whilst all the while looking floaty, feminine and fabulous. Not to mention – they are comfortable!

plus-size-dresses to wear for New Year's Eve

Clockwise (L-R): Black Lace Dress (Curvissa, £85), Black Lace Swing Dress (SimplyBe, £30), Silver Dress (Elvi, £36.05), Black Retro Swing Dress (Evans, £56)

Top 4 Cheap New Year’s Eve Dresses

There are thousands of cheap New Year’s Eve dresses out there that still look amazing and high end. Here are a few New Year’s Eve dresses for £20 and under.

cheap- dresses to wear for New Year's Eve

Clockwise (L-R): Navy Velvet Dress (Missguided, £15), Coral Dress (Lavish Alice, £20), Metallic Cold Shoulder Dress (Matalan, £12), Red Velvet Dress (Boohoo, £10)

Top 4 Sexy New Year’s Eve Dresses

Sexy is back this year. It has been a season of nightwear as outer wear, and many outfits have incorporated lace and mesh. Stick with this theme to achieve a sultry, sexy look this New Year’s Eve.

sexy-dresses to wear for New Year's Eve

Clockwise (L-R): Blue Dress (Lipsy,£65), Green Dress (Missguided, £25), Purple Lace Up Dress (Pretty Little Thing, £30), White Dress (Missguided, £55)

Top 4 Black New Year’s Eve Dresses

Who doesn’t love a black dress for New Year’s Eve? Simple yet sophisticated and stylish, not to mention it can be worn time and time a again! You can’t possibly go wrong.

black-dresses to wear for New Year's Eve

Clockwise (L-R): Sequin Black Dress (Mango, £59.99), Black Dress (Hobbs, £169), Black Belted Dress (Lipsy, £45), Black Split Midi Dress (Pretty Little Thing, £22)

Top 4 White New Year’s Eve Dresses

Welcome in the new year dressed in white. What better way to give off the vibe of purity and a fresh start?

white-dresses to wear for New Year's Eve

Clockwise (L-R): Off White Dress (Reiss, £85), Embellished White Dress (French Connection, £180), White Dress (Mango, £49.99), White Lace Dress (Pretty Little Thing, £40)


  • Turn heads in a metallic number which perfectly fits the festive celebratory period.
  • You can’t go wrong with a little black dress – they are classic and timeless.
  • Velvet is a huge trend this season and also screams party!
  • If you are attending a gala, ball or charity event, consider renting a dress.
  • Remember – if you are off out for a night on the tiles, pack cooling gel insoles and plasters so your pesky heels don’t rub and cause blistering or pain.


We hope this has given you some insight into the many varieties of cute New Year’s Eve outfits available right now – and which occasions they are suitable for. New Year’s Eve is just around the corner – enjoy!

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