Listed here, from fanciest to fleeciest.
What we want to wear on New Year’s Eve might shift slightly from year to year, but the basic philosophy never changes. December 31st is always going to call for something slightly more formal or at least more confident than the rest of the year. It’s always going to be a big night for black and white and a good window during which to break out your swaggiest items: velvet jackets, evening slippers, nice watches, things like that. If you’re wishing you’d bought something new for this year’s events, don’t stress. What you need is probably already right there in your closet. Here, five style moves that were cool in 2017 and will be in 2019 too. Different year, same flex.
The Minimalist Suit
A slim-cut black suit is almost never the wrong move and on New Year’s Eve it’s a guaranteed hit. Even if your plans consist of sitting on a bar stool, shooting the breeze with to two people you’ve known since childhood: wear the black suit. We dig Rami Malek’s white tee and cowboy boots, which are rage-friendly but not fully committed. But wear whatever fits your mood and destination—the black suit can handle anything.
The Night Out Blazer*
If you’re going to a proper New Year’s Eve party with champagne and party favors and dramatic midnight making out, you owe it to the host to wear something properly swanky. There’s no shame in reaching right for a velvet blazer, especially if you wear one with as much swagger as underage daddy Lucky Blue Smith over here. Think: black pants, slip-on loafers, extra hair product, and the best jewelry you own.
Pants That Party
This is New Year’s Eve we’re talking about here and the night demands more than just your go-to jeans. Try wearing your nicest pair of trousers and your coolest pair of shoes and see what you come up with. Once you’ve got the right combination, finish with a black T-shirt or sweater and boom—you’ve become Jeff Goldblum.
The Swag Lord Shirt
We are living in the Golden Age of Going Out Shirts and so, yes, it’s understandable if you want to focus on making an above-the-waist flex this New Year’s Eve instead. We dig sleazy style king Justin Bieber’s floral Gitman button-up because the pattern is so seasonally inappropriate. It is, as they say, “vibes.” And nothing says I’m here to party like a shirt that says “I live on island time”.
F— Y’all Sweats
Staying in on New Year’s is fun when you make it as sexy as any big party would be. We’re talking top-shelf liquor, $$$ takeout, and matching leisurewear. Bonus points if you follow Donald Glover’s lead and run down to the deli wearing aviator eyewear, double gold chains, and old school sneakers. Everyone standing in line will wish they’d canceled their plans too.
MORE STORIES LIKE THIS ONE