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Like pretty much every other holiday in the past nine months, New Year’s Eve is going to look different this year. Ours will look a little something like this: our dog, our couch and our nicest bottle of Champagne (OK fine…prosecco). And when you think “New Year’s Eve outfits” you probably think sparkly, short and tight. There’s nothing wrong with those descriptors, of course, but this year we’re eschewing the expected in favor of outside-the-box combinations—especially because of the aforementioned couch-centric celebrations. Here are ten pieces that will ensure we start 2021 off with a stylish bang.

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1. Vince Camuto Sleeveless Velvet Jumpsuit

Jumpsuits are a total lifesaver when we want to look dressed-up but don’t want to wear a run-of-the-mill dress. Try to find one with an interesting detail like an embellished sleeve or in a fun fabric like velvet, which will make it basically as comfortable as the sweats you’ve been wearing for the better part of 2020.

Buy it ($128; $64)


2. Naadam Lightweight Long Sleeve Dress with Slit

Made from a super-soft silk cashmere blend, this midi dress is the epitome of comfy chic. It’s also incredibly versatile, and would look as fab with combat boots and a moto jacket as it would with a heeled boots and a long wool coat.

Buy it ($165)


3. Spanx Faux Leather Leggings

How to get away with wearing stretchy pants to a party? Choose a pair that looks like leather. They’re cool, comfy and look great with any number of top styles, from chunky knits to sheer button-downs.

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4. City Chic Leopard Tie Neck Top

Speaking of sheer button-downs, this one (which is actually closer to semi-sheer) would look incredible with a pair of faux leather leggings. Shoe-wise, we’d opt for black boots—of any heel height—that hit around mid-calf, creating the illusion of miles-long legs.

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5. Lulus Black Sequin Feather Miniskirt

With a tight and revealing top, this skirt might come across as a little much, but with a relaxed band tee or chunky sweater, it strikes the perfect balance between fancy AF and totally chill. Another tip: by wearing all the same color (tights and shoes included) your legs will look next-level long.

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6. BB Dakota Faux Leather Minidress

We might suggest wearing this little number with opaque tights, but the general idea stands: a fun mini dressed down with a moto jacket and ankle boots practically screams “I’m so cool, but not trying too hard.”

Buy it ($69; $48)


7. Chelsea28 Sequin Paperbag Waist Pants

If you are going to opt for the whole sparkly thing, try a pair of high-waist trousers instead of a bodycon dress. It’s unexpected but still festive and, paired with a cozy sweater or simple long-sleeve tee, way more comfortable than your shortest, tightest frock.

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8. A Black Suit

What is it about a woman in a suit that looks so damn good? Forgo the whole girly New Year’s thing and wear a pair of perfectly tailored skinny pants with a matching blazer. To spice things up, you could also swap out the standard black pumps for something a little more show-stopping, like a metallic block heel.

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9. Anthropologie Alicia Sequined Midi Skirt

You know that person who despises following fashion “rules” and wouldn’t be caught dead in something—gasp—expected? This neon sequin skirt is for her. We like the idea of wearing it with a plain T-shirt or sweater and chunky sneakers, as seen above.

Buy it ($128; $80)


10. PJ Salvage Fleece Pajamas

You could also, of course, consider this New Year’s Eve a wash, wear a cute matching pajama set and start planning next year’s outfit (and party), like, immediately. Zero judgment either way—you do you.

Buy it ($98)

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