It’s fair to say that the little black dress is a staple of fashion wardrobes everywhere, but that doesn’t mean it should be the only thing we turn to when it’s time to show off some style. New Year’s Eve is creeping ever closer, and before you get trapped into the idea of wearing black, why not give your outfits a breath of fresh air with some vibrancy and color?

From celebrity endorsed ensembles to runway trends based on the palate of the season, here are some fashion ideas that you should keep in mind when you’re dressing to impress this New Year.

What to Wear for New Year’s Eve

Feather Fashion

Feather Fashion

Ruffling some feathers with your wardrobe has been a beloved concept since the amazing success of the movie “Black Swan”. However, this winter, people have really started to take the look to heart. From Zac Posen and Oscar de la Renta, to Falguni & Shane Peacock, designers have been loving their feathers. When worn right, velveteen feathers can look amazing when you turn up to your New Year’s party. If you want to avoid looking like a sexier version of Big Bird for the party, simply dress up your jackets, and tops with feathers that you have bunched together and sewn in. You can even add them to your bags, or wear them in the form of earrings. Remember, black and white are great colors to go for in a pinch, whereas bright colors should be worn for an injection of color with monotones.

Very Berry

Very Berry

From gooseberry yellow to strawberry red and delicious shades of blue, berry tones are definitely the new black when you’re dressing for a party. Leave the little black number at home and choose rich, vibrant berry tones instead. Shades of dark blue, forest green and succulent grape will offer you that evening-wear look, while providing a refreshing alternative to simple back. Remember only to use very small embellishments, and extend your color palate to your makeup if you can. Choose cranberry cheeks, raspberry lips and blue liner for fruity tones within your face.

Go Raving
Go Raving

Bold prints such as floral, stripes and Aztec look great when they’re worn to a party. This trend is usually a good idea for older women who don’t feel like experimenting with flashier colors that might wash out their skin-tone, because the prints will have all the impact. To wear them right in the evening, go for thick fabrics with your print, such as wool or glossy satin. Don’t mix your print with any over-the-top accessories, as this can take the attention away from your look and end up making your outfit seem far too cluttered.

A touch of Velvet

A touch of Velvet

From party wear to bridal wear, soft, subtle patches of velvet are ideal for the end-of-year celebrations we all look forward to. The texture is huge this winter because of its luxurious feel and warmth. Stay away from wearing a full body-con velvet dress or bandeau, but don’t be afraid to try dresses with little bits of velvet strewn along the design. Usually, shades of rose quartz, ruby, sapphire, and other deep colors are the best choices, and neon colors should be left well-alone. Apart from wearing velvet directly in your clothing, you can incorporate collars into your shirts, or velvet patches on hair accessories if you’re feeling a little nervous about your choice.

Feel the Heels

Feel the Heels

Selena Gomez, Jessica Alba, Sonam Kapoor – they’ve all worked the pop-color foot trend this year. From bright electric blue, to crimsons and corals, bright footwear is a great trend to take with you to a party this New Year’s Eve. Wearing bright colors on your feet is ideal for spicing up an otherwise monotone dress, while lending an edgy air to your complete look. The great thing about wearing these shoes is that your complete outfit will be effortless and totally eye-catching at the same time. Just try to match your bag with your shoe color for that complete effect.

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