What Not to Wear on New Year's Eve

Want to get attention for all the right reasons this New Year's Eve? Here’s how to sparkle without looking like a human disco ball…

It’s little wonder why some of us have a love-hate relationship with New Year's Eve. The expectation to have the ‘best night ever’, teamed with hoards of people who have had too much to drink, and exorbitant entry fees to noisy bars and you’ve got one seriously over-rated night.

But even if the night is a disaster, at least you can be assured you’ll look great if you follow these rules.

Avoid the following:

1. Ridiculous heels

New Year's Eve is the perfect opportunity to strut like a rock star in those glittery, metallic, spiked, patent leather pumps you’ve been saving for a special night.  If you just plan on swanning about a house party go for it, but if your night is going to involve lots of walking and dancing (or both), ouch-proofing those killer heels with padded heel protectors is a must.

Be sure to take a stash of band-aids in your purse. Make sure you break in new shoes before the night, even if it’s just to the supermarket. If you have a sneaking suspicion it’s going to be a ‘taking the heels off on the walk home’ kind of night, stash away a pair of flexible ballet flats in your bag for later.

2. Sequin overload

We're all for a bit of glitter on NYE, and if there's any time to wear that sparkly sequined - it’s now. But if you’re outfit is sparkle on top of sparkle, then you risk being mistaken for a leftover bit of tinsel.

The answer to getting sequins right is choosing an accent. It might be your jewellery, your top, your purse, skirt or shoes.

For a modern alternative to sequins, embrace the metallic trend with a touch of silver and gold.

3. Too much skin

Those faux leather pants and handkerchief top might look great when you’re posing in the mirror, but consider what happens once you start dancing after a couple of drinks. You want to remember the great night you had, not an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction.

4. Micro mini skirts

Micro mini skirts are a hot trend right now, which is great if you want to rock your awesome pins. But regardless of trends, we are all best going for a length that makes us look and feel our best. Remember, hemlines don't need to be sky-high to get attention. Think mid-thigh or just above the knee.

5. The Maxi Dress

Yes, it's summer which calls for fabulous floaty frocks, but if you plan on dancing the night away, then a maxi dress will not help your cause. That’s not to say you can’t go in something flowing and flattering – think a shimmery soft jersey at calf length to give that little bit of glamour.

6. Strapless tops and dresses

Unless you've road-tested said dress or top and know you’re not going to spend the night hitching it up, we say leave the strapless for another night.

7. Too casual

Even if you’re heading to a casual barbeque with friends, New Year's Eve is the one night of the year you get to dress up! Not in the mood to be glam? Go for simplicity instead and make your outfit pop with some eye-catching accessories.

8. Thongs

If you’re heading to a public area to enjoy the fireworks, it pays to wear decent shoes (Read: closed-toe shoes). Even with a glass ban, there’s still the chance you could tread on some rogue piece.  And as for everywhere else, well, you can do better.

9. Animal print

This isn’t a rule just to be observed on New Year's Eve – too much animal print can look tacky. If you want to indulge your animal instincts, go for a small clutch or heels.

10. Dressing for your age, not your shape

When looking for the perfect outfit, don’t be determined by trends or what people your age ‘should’ wear. Instead, show off what’s great about you. That means getting to know your shape and what colours suit you, and choosing an outfit that’s both glam and comfortable! It’s your night to shine!

What do you think is the biggest fashion fail on New Year's Eve? Let us know by commenting below!

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