It may seem a bit premature to be thinking about New Year's already, but the sparkling, festive holiday is probably one of the the most fashionable and party-heavy throughout the year. So what to wear to a black tie New Year's Eve party becomes a burning question in many people's minds. Sure, some of us don't have occasion to attend a black tie affair, but for those who do, figuring out wardrobe becomes a real issue. Can I wear a shorter dress? What if I hate dresses? Lots of issues arise when the dreaded words "black tie" is thrown around, but there are tons of options for these seemingly stressful events.
The truth is that not everyone's grand plans for New Year's Eve play out the way they'd wish, but that doesn't mean you can't look fab throughout the evening. Whether you're headed out with girlfriends or hitting a great themed party, New Year's is rife with party opportunities and chances to wear great fashion. While the holiday is about new beginnings and celebrating the past, let's be honest — something sparkly never hurt anything, am I right? So if you've been wondering what to wear to a black tie New Year's Eve, I've got a couple of answers for you.
Full Length Beads
Midnight Sequin Stars Gown Nicole Miller, $90-$100, Rent the Runway
Rent the Runway is definitely your friend when it comes to gorgeous New Year's Eve gowns at a fraction of the cost. This stunning beaded number by Nicole Miller is perfect for a black tie party and gives some sparkle.
Oh Say Can You Sheen, $89.99, Modcloth
Want to try something different? This shimmering skirt from Modcloth is perfect for a different look, and it makes you formal and fun for the evening.
Honey, I'm Homecoming, $89.99, Modcloth
Lace is always such a classic choice for a black tie event, and this gorgeous one from Modcloth is affordable and colorful!
Lady In Red
Off the Shoulder Jersey Mermaid Gown, $189.00, Adrianna Papell
If you've been a bridesmaid, the likelihood of you having heard Adrianna Papell's name is high. Her dresses are so much more than bridesmaid, though. Just look at this crimson, off the shoulder dress that'll really make a statement.
Rock a Jumpsuit
Studio Sequin Jumpsuit, $149.90, Eloquii
I'm all for breaking fashion rules, and rocking a jumpsuit at a black tie New Year's Eve is totally a rule-breaking move! This sparkling piece from Eloquii is perfect for the occasion.
Show Off Some Leg
Plus Size Limited Edition Metallic Maven Lace Dress, $178.00, Kiyonna
Black tie doesn't have to mean floor length. This perfect gold dress is lovely, classy, and perfect for New Year's.
Forever Unique Plus All Over Sequin Maxi Dress, $538.00, ASOS
Tons of sequin and beaded dresses come in golds and silvers, but this beautiful teal dress gives you sparkle and color!
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