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What to Wear on New Year’s Eve

A countdown-ready look for every destination.

Woman with travel outfit
December 16, 2019

If this time of year has you yearning for a change of scenery, you’re not alone. New Year’s Eve is a great time to recharge with a mini getaway—whether it’s somewhere you’ve been before or a totally new destination. Of course, a special night like this calls for an outfit to match. Based on four of our favorite cities, we’ve put together looks to help you decide what to wear on New Year’s Eve. Whether you’re celebrating on the East or West Coast (or anywhere in between), get ready to toast to the year ahead in style.

New Year’s Eve in New York City

If you’re heading to Times Square to watch the iconic ball drop in person this year, you’ll certainly want to dress for the occasion. Standing in a crowd for a few hours in frigid winter temps calls for extra comfort and warmth. Our idea of the perfect outfit? A chunky sweater, skinnies, and stylish outerwear topped off with an oversized scarf and a beanie. Finish off with a metallic belt bag to keep essentials like your wallet and phone right where you need them while bringing a little festive shine to your look. 

Chunky sweater with skinny jeans
Sweater with skirt and boots

New Year’s Eve in Chicago

In a city with such a beautiful skyline, an evening lakefront dinner cruise with sweeping views of the Windy City’s renowned skyscrapers is a great way to ring in the new year. But given the (predictably) chilly weather, you’ll want to pack lots of layers to brave the cold in style. A cashmere sweater and satin skirt create a luxe mix of textures, and of course, plenty of warmth. We love a refined monochrome look in bright winter hues, but feel free to add a pop of color or print with your coat and bag. Coordinating white boots make a subtle statement—plus, they’re ready to hit the dance floor if there happens to be one.

New Year’s Eve in Nashville

Seeing a live show in Music City can be a really special experience—especially on New Year’s Eve. Whether you’re checking out a new band in a classic country bar or seeing a long-time favorite in a larger arena, comfort is key for the evening. Opt for on-trend pieces like a draped sweater and frayed jeans, then top with a bold jacket and accessories for some eclectic charm. A pair of chunky platform sneakers helps you stand a little taller and easily get to the front row for the best view. 

Sweater with jeans and jacket
Silver dress with faux-fur coat

New Year’s Eve in LA

There are a lot of ways to celebrate the new year, but spending the evening in one of L.A.’s secret underground spots is at the top of our list (the Gatsby-style fashion might have something to do with it). A shimmering dress matches the ambience of a speakeasy and stands out even in dim lighting, while a pair of neutral heels creates an instant leg-lengthening effect. Add some extra glamour with statement earrings and a clutch, and throw on a faux-fur coat for a ‘20s-inspired finish.

Feeling inspired to travel for New Year’s Eve, or already have your ticket booked? Talk to one of our stylists to start creating an outfit that’s as unique as your itinerary.