Published on december 10, 2018

Copy These Countdown-Worthy New Year’s Eve Party Outfits

written by Team thredUP

3…2…1… HAPPY PARTY SEASON! Whether you’re counting down at home with your loved ones, or braving the crowds to watch the ball drop, there’s ALWAYS an excuse to look your best. At least, we think so!

From casual get-togethers and family events to sparkler-lit parties and fancy galas, these party outfit ideas will help you figure out what to wear for any New Year’s Eve event.

Glamming at a House Party 

Just because it’s a house party doesn’t mean you can’t glam up. Who knows where the party will end up? Here’s how to dress up for your New Year’s Eve party.



— Heading out in your go-to jeans? Reach for tops made of luxe materials. Think velvet, glitter (for a little shimmer), sequins, and suede. They’ll add a polished element to your look.

— Afraid of looking like you’re trying too hard? Add a subtle twinkle to your party outfit with gilded trinkets and little touches to your makeup. Plus, a little height in the heel goes a long way.

— When in doubt, showing up in bold colors! New Year’s Eve is all about celebration. Whether it’s a bold shade of red or show-stopping gold, start the year with a statement.

Counting Down With Family

Just because it’s family doesn’t mean it’s not a party. Whether you’re toasting to the New Year with your closest loved ones or having an annual bash with relatives you see once a year, get picture-ready with these tips!



— Nana may frown at bodycon dresses, so opt for more conservative silhouettes instead. Choose a classic wrap dress, a maxi, or a simple LBD as your party dress of choice.

— If you’re wearing a skirt or dress on the shorter side, balance exposure with a long-sleeve top or jacket.

— Going out with friends after dinner with the folks? Tuck the flats away into your clutch and change into heels. A pair of stilettos instantly boosts the party factor of any outfit.

Watching the Ball Drop IRL

If you’re braving the cold to countdown, then you’ll definitely want to throw on a jacket (or two). Smart layering is key here. Here’s how to warm up not bulk up your party outfit.



— Adding subtle yet practical elements like leather gloves, faux fur trims, or a woolen scarf, ensures you’ll stay toasty warm and stylish.

— Going to an event after countdown? Yes, you can STILL wear that LBD. Just bring a pair of tights to wear outside and pack it into a clutch when you’re in party mode.

— If you know you’ll be outside all night, reach for bright colors to complement your winter outfit. Whether it’s a shimmering sequin dress, a festive scarf, or glittering pumps, embrace your statement.

Going Out in Style

Dinner here, drinks there (and there, and there, and there). You have a long night ahead and you want to look your absolute best. Here are some party outfit ideas that’ll make you dance all night (and morning).


— Not comfortable in a skin-tight bodycon dress but still want to show off your look? Opt for a wrap dress or sweeping maxi cocktail dress that lands on your curves just so. Or go flirty with off-the-shoulder styles and (our favorite) a split leg!

—  For the dress-adverse who still want to show off a little leg, opt for a romper! Pair with strappy heels and you have a classy party look that’s instantly trendy.

— Bar hopping? You better bring a jacket! Opt for a thicker layer so you can get by with bringing just one extra piece for the ride (you’re less likely to lose one layer versus three).

Toasting at a Gala

Send off the year with a little glitz and glamour! We’re talking sweeping gowns, slinky backless numbers, and elegant sequined styles. Get a gala look that makes you feel like a queen.


— We challenge you to AVOID wearing black this year. Yes, it’s hard but look at all the choices out there. Opt for nudes or understated, muted colors for a classy look, or go bold with something metallic (it’s trending!).

— Need a confidence boost? Jumpsuits are our little secret to glam power dressing. Plus a statement-making jumpsuit makes your whole outfit stand out with little to no effort. Wear a sweeping wide-leg style and high heels to tower over the rest.

— If you’re opting for a simple evening gown, take bolder steps with your accessories. A peep of glam with a pair of metallic heels is all a minimalist needs to make an entrance.

We can’t wait to ring in the new year in style. Can you? Let us know about your New Year’s Eve event (and outfit!) plans in the comments below.