10…9…8…—don’t worry, we won’t make you sit through the whole thing! While New Year’s Eve is still a few days away, we’re already counting down to the biggest party of the year. A chance to get dressed to the nines and surround yourself with old friends, a sparkler in one hand and a glass of champagne in the other. We’ve got big hopes for 2019, so why not start it off in a way that is just as awe-inspiring as the year to come? To pull it off, we called in some favors from a few friends at our favorite blogs Vanessa Bali in San Diego, Layers of Chic in New York City, and Lex and the City in Chicago, and asked them to spark our imaginations with a little inspiration for places where they are thinking about going on New Year’s Eve, and they took it a step further and sent us a handful of sensational New Year’s Eve outfit ideas you’ll have to see to believe. So, sit back, relax, and get styled for the year’s biggest party faster than you can count down from three, two, one—Happy New Year!
The holidays are the best time to dress up, especially New Year’s Eve! When you think of New Year’s Eve does sequins come to mind? I’m sure it does for a lot of people but in order to be different and not look like a disco ball, I’ve put together a look that is sophisticated yet still stands out in a crowd! Red and pink are two of my favorite colors and when combined they make the perfect duo. When I first saw the Tribute Dress, I knew it would be the perfect dress for NYE and then I saw the Contessa Coat, oh it was on! I styled the duo with the Black Pearl Heritage Necklace, Heritage Pearl Earrings, Heritage Pearl Necklace, a black belt, and a pair of Christian Louboutins.
When it comes time to celebrate the New Year in San Diego, my husband and I love to attend Big Night San Diego. It’s a huge all-inclusive indoor party at the Hilton Bayfront. No waiting in line to pay for drinks or food. You leave your wallet in your hotel room and enjoy the night going from room to room to enjoy DJ’s, a silent disco, the retro zone, and a number of other rooms with all different types of music. The best part is the huge champagne countdown to the new year!
If you love being near the water, another popular NYE spot in San Diego is the New Year’s Eve Yacht Party. It’s a night of fun on a yacht cruising through the harbor, with a full open bar, tray passed appetizers, party favors, DJs, and dance floors!
If you’re more low-key, a nice dinner out and a comedy show with your significant other or best friends would be perfect in this outfit. A few of my favorite spots for dinner are: Lionfish, Born & Raised, Cloak & Petal, Kettner Exchange, or Juniper and Ivy.
There are so many NYE activities in NYC. If you want the classic NYC experience, the ball drop in Times Square is a quintessential NYE activity. Just be prepared to stand outside for up to 12 hours! I personally prefer a more low-key NYE activity and like to go to a rooftop bar. Mr. Purple throws a really good NYE party and has 360-degree views of the city. A fancier option is The Rainbow Room for two-hour champagne, caviar, and canapés. Finally, NYC offers several NYE cruises complete with dinner, drinks, and fireworks. The possibilities are endless!
For a sophisticated NYE look, I chose the Hostess Jacket and Trouser set. I love the luxurious and elevated vibe of this set for NYE, as it’s so much more unexpected than your typical sequin dress. I paired the set with the Button-Up Blouse, and added a pop of print with the chic Dandy Boot. The kitten heel on these boots means you can dance the night away! I completed the outfit with the Black Pearl Heritage Bracelet and trendy red fanny pack that leaves you hands-free and worry-free!
Despite the frigid temps in Chicago, there are plenty of fun-filled champagne toasting activities to celebrate New Year’s Eve. There is something magical about ringing in the new year surrounded by city skyscrapers and glistening fireworks that alludes to 2019 being nothing short of amazing. That said, I am sharing my favorite spots in Chicago on where to go for New Year’s Eve!
LondonHouse’s rooftop on the 21st floor has one of the best views of the city (shout out to where I captured my NYE look!) and they are throwing a huge party filled with DJ’s, city views, great cocktails, and celebrations. Oh, and confetti cannons, clearly the most important!
I have been on the Odyssey a few times and each experience is 5-star! Beyond a lovely dinner and champagne toast, you get the best views of the fireworks at Navy Pier as you cruise. You can pick between two cruises—the lake front or river front! Both are just dreamy and are a guaranteed lovely time.
Ringing in the new year at the Drake Hotel is a Chicago classic and an amazing experience. You’re in the HEART of downtown Chicago, footsteps away from Michigan Avenue as you dance all night long. The Drake has spectacular ballrooms and the decor is nothing less than fabulous.
I love the thought of a classy AND comfortable outfit for New Year’s Eve and this look was inspired by just that! I decided to be a little extra and sport the gorgeous Contessa Coat and paired it with the Uptown Sweater Dress, a high-waist belt, black tights, and the Interlock Block Heel. The best part about this look is you can throw the coat over your shoulders, onto one side or wear as normal and you can wear just the sweater dress as is too! I encourage you to add a pop of color to your outfit, try a fun coast or chunky heel! Make it a little sassier by wearing a high pony tail and small hoops or wear loose curls and a right red lip! You can’t go wrong with a coat from cabi as the selections are fun and classy!
Already have an outfit picked out? Did something one of our bloggers wrote inspire you to take an ensemble in another direction? Share your thoughts in the comments below, and help the rest of us ladies out! We’re dying to hear what you’ll be wearing to the party, and we’d love to see it too. Come the 31st, snap a pic in your NYE duds, and post it to Instagram @cabiclothing #cabinewyear