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the stylist’s notebook | new year ensembles

29 December 2008

I’ve gotten quite a few emails in regards to what to wear on New Year’s. Never fear – La C’s here! From the dreaded corporate New Year’s get-together, family celebrations, or spending the holiday with a few friends (or your special other), I’ve tried to narrow it down to the most common of scenarios to help you all! On a general note, New Year’s festivities call for something a bit more wild  – this is the perfect time to wear your sequins again, try bright lip and eye colors, add over the top accessories, etc. This holiday calls for a bit of carpe diem-ing with what you wear; think a moderate Carrie Bradshaw to avoid any uncomfortable stares or inquiries on what the unidentifiable flower-bird-pouf object on your dress is. But be inspired by her courage to wear head-turning, eye-catching looks.

{the corporate party.}


Ah. The corporate New Year’s party, hosted by a fellow worker or an uptight boss often causes the most stress. It is one of the few events where you should still maintain a bit of conservatism; after all, it is the office. Thus said, stick to a neutral color palette (black and white is your best friend!) and save the décolletage-revealing wiggle dress for a GNO or night out with your significant other. To begin, start with the basics: the high-waisted, wide leg trousers in black. When paired with a fitted, white or cream turtleneck tucked in and a pair of patent peep toe stilettos, the overall effect is hardly conservative and boring: it’s slimming, leg-elongating, and a surprisingly demure-sexy ensemble. Take full advantage of the basics; after all, the two pieces are your canvas. So accessorize boldly! There is not better time to bring out the costume jewelry: the crystal studded, thick-chained baubles like this Tarina Tarantino necklace. Using gold as the accent color, finish the ensemble with a metallic clutch to add a bit of sparkle and color.


I know I posted this outfit already (gasp!) but I truly do think it would be perfect for work. Or a midnight celebration with the boyfriend’s parents. Perfectly business and conservative, but with a touch of personality and shine, by way of the Donna Karan sequined tank and patent pumps and clutch. Red lips and a few extra coats of mascara ought to to do the trick for a classic yet demurely smoldering look. If you do want to bring in a touch of sheen and sparkle, do remember to balance it with a structured piece (like the blazer) to create balance. I realize I mention that word too often, but balance is the key to create a perfect oufit!

{cocktail parties.}


For the uber-girly, you simply cannot get wrong with the classic one-shouldered dress. In a delicious cream, of course. I’m kind of, sort of in love with this dress. It’s the epitome of girlish glamour in a beautiful, silky satin, silvery pattern, and bow. Just imagine sipping cocktails and chatting with the girls or a particular boy (wink wink!) before the ball in Times Square drops; a bit picture perfect, no? A scene from Gossip Girl, only real and tangible. Accessorize with bits of silver here or there: gray tights, a silver clutch, bracelet, ring, shimmery Urban Decay shadow for that extra bit of glitz. Finish with a coat of pink gloss and you really could rival the New Year’s decorations.


The outfit above is fairly similar to the first, but reflecting dark glamour. Think Serena Vanderwoodsen in the pilot episode of season one on a first date with Dan meets Lanvin. New Year’s is the perfect time to embrace the more wild of trends as well as a day to go all out in metallics. Gold would the be the next best choice; this Miu Miu dress is simply breathtaking, with a rustic finish to the strapless dress. Pairing it with black opaque tights and suede booties warms the entire outfit. The chain necklace, though potentially too extravagant for regular wear, would elevate the entire look from simply beautiful to glamorous. The colors of the metals would be like icing on the cake for the dress, sitting elegantly on neckline. And never skimp on the makeup for this particular evening. A winged cat eye, balanced with barely-there blush and a sheer gloss with gold glitter would be simply ravishing.

{dancing the night away.}

new-years-3If you choose to welcome the new year with a few girlfriends, a wingman, and cute boys you have yet to meet over some cocktails (drink responsibly! do keep in mind that cocktails have a lot of unwanted calories) at a fabulous club in the city, bring out the more risque tops and strappy heels. But do keep in mind that you must retain a classy air as you dance in little numbers! Keep your outfit simple; a focal-point top, a pair of your favorite skinnies, and heels that you can dance in (this is important!). I absolutely love this racerback tank from J. Crew. It’s classy, simple, yet sexy – it shows just the right amount of skin with the cut, and the sheer fabric with the bubble hem makes it truly adorable. In the dim, strobe-light filled club, you want to sparkle – and darling, you definitely will with this top! Tuck the essentials into a metallic or sequined clutch: bright pink gloss, bronzer for a healthy glow, and black shadow for the perfect smokey eye.

{with the family.}

new-years-4Celebrating the new year with the family with polaroid snapshots to adorn the fridge and glasses of sparkling grape juice is just as fun – but don’t succumb to the flannel pajamas! You can still be comfortable whilst looking adorable. A stretchy pair of jeans, though not as cozy as sweatpants, still allow you to cozy up in your spot on the couch. Layer this sequined vest over a long sleeved shirt for extra sparkle and warmth. For sense of cute homeliness, these American Eagle knee-high slippers with pom-poms are simply delightful! And finish it all with a quick coat of pink balm for that lipstick-stain-on-the-wine-glass effect you’ve wanted to be able to do as a child watching old movies or glamorous adults at dinners.

{a new year’s kiss.}

new-years-5The epitome of a romantic date is that special kiss right as the new year rings in, with confetti all about and glasses clinking. The philosophy behind dressing for that memorable night: keep the entire ensemble simple! I’m completely in love with this Forever 21 dress in a gorgeous aqua; the sweetheart neckline is demurely sexy, the silhouette flattering for any body shape, the pleats and draping goddess-like, and the fabric gives just the right amount of sheen. When paired with black opaque tights (to cover more skin and provide minimal warmth, classic pumps, and a single pendant (I really am in love with snowflakes!) to adorn your décolletage, all eyes will be on you, without a doubt. And don’t forget, darlings, to apply a bit of yummy gloss ;).


La C.

38 Comments leave one →
  1. 29 December 2008 9:20 pm

    Wow I’m first commenter 🙂 Love your posts and how you choose your accessories and makeup for each occasion. I love the 3rd and 4th outfits the best, the bow detail on that dress is stunning and the necklace in the 4th outfit is so Serena!

  2. 29 December 2008 9:36 pm

    Hi hunny!

    thanks for stopping by and leaving that sweet comment, made my day 🙂

    And i lovvved this post! My dress is very similar to the one shouldered girly cream dress except mine has all the sparkles on it. im just looking for the perfect pair of shoes. im gonna go shopping tomorrow for them. And a probably a pair of earrings dont want to take too much away from the dress…right?

    anyways, how bout u? what are ur plans and most importantly what are you wearing?


  3. 29 December 2008 9:41 pm

    thank you very much honey 🙂
    I love the third set!!

    ahh I wish I had a date or was doing something exciting for new year – i’m not! every year my family just stays in (yawn) so this year I have arranged to celebrate at my friends house with her. I am dressing up for it just because I desperately want to! I’m wearing a white dress with sequins – I can’t wait!!

    what are you doing for new year honey? and what are you planning to wear?

  4. 29 December 2008 10:28 pm

    love these! as usual 🙂 definitely got inspiration for nye.
    and WOW your sketch in the previous entry is amazing!
    and just out of curiosity, what do you do occupation wise?

  5. 29 December 2008 11:15 pm

    these are fantastic collages! i especially love the fact you promote all things sequined! 🙂

  6. 29 December 2008 11:19 pm

    man, i’ve just recently begun checking yours (And others) blogs again + leaving comments, and you’re on a roll with your outfit ensembles. 😀
    i like how you wrote such well explained commentary to go along with the outfit ensembles. can’t wait to keep checking out the blog and what other outfits you come up with.

    so far i agree with the outfits above. for instance the blue dress and heels for a midnight kiss, etc. plus there’s an outfit for everyones style.

  7. 29 December 2008 11:20 pm

    i think i’m going to wear something similar to look #2! i also love look #3 but since my New Yrs celebration will be petit I don’t think it would be appropriate. i’ll visualize it for a better occasion! 🙂

  8. 30 December 2008 12:06 am

    Fun outfits and descriptions. I love the sparkly minis and I wish I had somewhere to wear them!

  9. 30 December 2008 1:41 am

    I just love how informative every one of your posts are! I’m so glad you posted the second outfit again, I haven’t seen it before and it’s really inspiring.

  10. 30 December 2008 1:50 am

    i love the idea of the sequined top (corporate party/ look #2) with a pair of jeans… i might just wear that to our family dinner on new year’s eve minus the blazer:) thanks La C!:)

  11. 30 December 2008 2:10 am

    Love the outfits! Especially the cocktail ensemble. New Years is truly the night for sequins and kisses.

    Lovely blog!
    wishing you the best pre-new years

  12. 30 December 2008 3:51 am

    This is my favorite of the loot: “Cocktail Parties, Celebrations, & the Like”. Funny cuz 18 years ago, this is how my dress looked like for my debut/cocktail party.
    Again, thanks sweetie! Who needs a fashion mag when you’ve got La C?! (*wink!*)

  13. 30 December 2008 4:52 am

    great post, I love all!! Happy new year 😉

  14. 30 December 2008 5:21 am

    Hi there-what a gorgeous selection of different styles, I love the one shouldered dress with the grey tights, all very nice my dear!

  15. adi permalink
    30 December 2008 6:07 am

    oh my i totally heart your last selection with the turquoise bustier dress
    guess what, am dying to have the same and have been to zara or naf naf or mango some five times to search for the right one but still haven’t found it.
    i’d kill to have that outfit.

  16. 30 December 2008 6:59 am

    darling you did a great job again. I deffently will wear a outfit like number 5! I thing its the best for having fun with friends and dance all the nigh. Its sexy but because of the skinny jeans its not bitchy! love it. Ahhh I need a top like this…I go shopping today 😉

    xoxo karen

  17. 30 December 2008 9:06 am

    I can’t decide…I love all of these outfits! Especially that cream dress!

  18. 30 December 2008 9:49 am

    I love these little sets that you have put together!

  19. 30 December 2008 10:09 am

    Hey gorgeous!

    I hope you had a fantastic christmas, and I wish you all the best for 2009 ; )

    Have a vodka for me, darling xxx

  20. 30 December 2008 10:10 am

    I really do love your posts. Outfit number four is my personal favourite – I’ve just started reading the Twilight-series (yes,I know I’m miles behind everybody else, but I’ve been a little sceptical because of all the hype), and have a beginning obsession with everything dark… though in a fashionable, 19th century way, not the goth-emo-and-the-likes-style that everybody goes through in their teens, thankfully 😉

  21. 30 December 2008 10:40 am

    You have such an amazing eye for outfits,
    I do wish I was going somewhere for new years eve!

  22. 30 December 2008 11:44 am

    Ooo I love the dancing the night away look!

  23. 30 December 2008 12:51 pm

    Beautiful outfits, you can accessorize really well, 🙂

  24. 30 December 2008 1:06 pm

    what inspirations. i love all the shiny pieces. i think i will be wearing bright color this year.

  25. 30 December 2008 1:21 pm

    that cocktail party dress is bananas

  26. 30 December 2008 2:18 pm

    very, very cute! I’ve got my outfit ready and all I’m left with is finally finalizing my plans. Sooo last minute, but at least my outfit’s ready! Have a fabulous new years celebration! 😉

  27. 30 December 2008 3:25 pm

    I’m lovinf the aqua dress! The colour would look great with red hair! With the party I’m going to I’d look terribly formal wearing a dress, I have a very casual group of friends; think it’s more of a west coast thing. What I’ll endup wearing will probably look more like the ‘with the family’ outfit eventhough I’m going over to a friend’s place. Maybe I can find a pretty top in that same colour…. time to raid my closet & see what I have tucked away in the back of it.
    Happy New Years!

  28. 30 December 2008 3:27 pm

    All of the outfits are gorgeous. Love them all!

  29. 30 December 2008 3:51 pm

    Ooh I can’t decide which outfit I like best! Have a happy new year, La C!

  30. 30 December 2008 3:59 pm

    Wow, you had som amazing picks here! I loved the dark glamour look, and everything that came after that. You´re really good at putting outfits together!

    Hope you have a lovely new year´s!
    Lots of hugs!

  31. 30 December 2008 4:04 pm

    LOVE that bow dress!!

  32. The Seeker permalink
    30 December 2008 5:54 pm

    Wow, I love those combos.

    Hmmm I wish I would have something with sequins…

    Wish you a very merry Happy New Year 😉


  33. 30 December 2008 6:54 pm

    Great post! I’m going to have to follow your advice 😉

  34. 30 December 2008 7:11 pm

    Hi La C,

    I like all. If I should do a choice then it 4. combo! 🙂

    xoxo: Janet

  35. 30 December 2008 7:36 pm

    i seriously adore every single one of these outfits. great job putting them together! now i have some great ideas for NYE!

  36. 30 December 2008 7:44 pm

    darling yummy post! makes me want to go play dress up :o).each outfit is purr-fect for the ab fave is the one for staying in with the family.happy & blessed new year dear.

  37. 30 December 2008 8:20 pm

    i love everyone one of those outfits! i definitely had to remind myself not to succumb to boring outfits just because i’m celebrating w/ family for the new year.

  38. 30 December 2008 11:24 pm

    I really really REALLY like that one shoulder strapped goldish beige-ish dress for cocktail parties!! where is it from??? all your outfits are so fun im so inspired.. i still haven’t decided on what to do for new year’s STILL.. i’m so last minute hahaha

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