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11 Cool Ways To Wear Shiny Clothes On New Year’s Eve

Metallics, sequins, and glitter — they’re fun and all, but you run the risk of looking chintzy and cheap. Here are some new ideas for glitzing up, from casual and tomboy-ish to all-out “glam.”

1. Easy but Cool:

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With slouchy pants and matte gold accessories, this is the outfit you wear if you’re not really doing anything on New Year’s Eve but going out to dinner.

2. Effortless but Glitzy:

Casual Metallics


J.Crew slim fit tee, $59 / harem pants, $101 / metallic barrel bag, $73 / Envelope clutch, $38 / Etsy Sterling silver geometric ring, $59 / Freestyle arrow necklace, $18

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Here’s a similar idea but in silver instead. The importance of staying comfy is not something to underestimate! You can wear a slouchy shirt and slouchy pants and still look like you tried just enough.

3. Keeping it Disheveled:

A Hint of Grunge


eighteenth black cutout dress, $140 / STYLESTALKER heavy metal biker jacket, $62 / black cutout boots, $150 / silver lace up booties, $68 / silver druzy necklace, $42 / Urban Decay heavy eyeliner, $18

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Even if you can’t bother with an updo or heels, you’ll still get noticed in that shiny metallic motorcycle jacket.

4. Shiny Dress, Bold Accessories:

Modern Architectural


Religion sequined dress, $220 / Senso stacked heel, $176 / buckled up bag, $78/ Etsy geometric bangle, $30 / ponytail holder, $15

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Keeping it simple, clean and geometric guarantees that you won’t come anywhere close to crossing the “tacky party girl” line.

5. Stay Tough:

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It’s hard to look ethereal, celestial and tomboyish, but this look accomplishes that nicely.

6. For Dancing All Night:

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For the more retro-inclined: metallics catapult thrift-store pieces into the future.

7. The Dinner Party Outfit:

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A blazer can temper a sequined dress to downplay the whole “LOOK AT ME!!” aspect of wearing something so flashy.

8. Not-Your-Typical Party Dress:

Pretty in Pink


Zero + Maria Cornejo double breasted coat, $1536 / Mink pink pink velvet dress, $83 / Vanessa mooney Bella Moon bracelet, $32 / Leather high heels, $248 / Etsy triangle earrings, $20 / navy triangle cuff, $70 / Etsy twig bobby pins / OPI nail polish, $13

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Instead of crazy sparkles, wear a really intense, bright color. Keep the accessories small and feminine.

9. Stunning Color Combo #1:

Black and Gold


Romwe Sleeveless dress, $186 / Pixie MarketGold sequin dress, $65 / Alice + Olivia stripe shirt, $215 / Chicnova Knit sweater, $75 / Markus Lupfer sequin shirt, $205 / Mercury Sequin Pant, $43.50 / Madewell glitter shoes, $159 / Etsy Tote bag, $98 / KTZ Sequin Gloves, $277 / Sakura Gold Halo, $200

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10. Stunning Color Combo #2:

Silver and Gray


ASOS short sleeve dress, $43 / Madewell party dress, $139 / Zero + Maria Cornejo gray coat, $1536 / Hussein Chalayan holographic pants, $875 / Shakuhachi shine shoes, $296 / Kelsi Dagger Boots / Picnic Clutch, $165 / Bjorg Ring, $280 / Cheap Monday Sweater, $120

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11. And if you’re looking to go ALL OUT…

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You can totally wear all of these pieces at once and not look ridiculous.

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