Between us, New Year’s Eve is hard to get dressed for. How sparkly is too sparkly? How do you dance all night in high heels? What if you don’t have two hours to do hair and makeup? Luckily for us, the amazing editors at Glamour curated the perfect guides on what to wear from head to toe. Shop their guides now, and read below for their witty and super-helpful answers to all our burning questions.
Q: What textures did you look for while curating?
A: For the holiday season, shiny metallics and patent leathers, shimmery finishes, and festive colors are the way to go. We also love unexpected shapes – think cool cut-outs and platform brogues – and embellishments like jeweled embroidery and funky tassels. You may choose flats for comfort, but the right pair can actually bring your entire look together. Go for those that make a statement – if they’re too simple, they can visually get lost in the floor.
Q: How do you rock a festive flat without feeling frumpy?
A: Feeling frumpy is a mindset, so start by putting together an outfit you feel confident and beautiful wearing. If you’re worried about your legs looking shorter in flats, try a pair with a pointed toe or shorter toe cap to elongate your leg lines. And have fun with how you style them. Instead of wearing ballet flats with a dress, for example, try slides or cool pair of Oxfords.
Q: Is there a comfortable party shoe that isn’t a flat?
A: Platforms or stacked heels can also be comfy alternatives. The key is to have some cushion under the ball of the foot and a strong heel base so you’re not teetering around (*cough*, stilettos, *cough*). Having a barrier between your sole and the ground can be a game-changer when you’re on your feet all night.
Q: What’s in style for party makeup this season?
A: Subtle sparkle and pops of color are solid go-tos all winter long. Creamy metallics are eye-catching and really versatile: You can use a single product as a statement eye shadow and to highlight standout features, like your cheekbones or cupid’s bow. Budge-proof liquid liner and red lipstick are also easy party staples. By playing with the way you wear them, you can adjust your look for whatever mood you’re in. Try a dramatic cat eye one night, and super-fine liner and bold lips the next. It’s all about having fun.
Q: What’s the quickest makeup tweak from office to party?
A: Bold lips, a stronger eye, or a bit of shimmer can change your look instantly. You don’t need to wear them all at once – add just one element and you’ll be in party mode. Swipe on a bright lipstick, add an extra layer of mascara and liner, or press some glitter onto your eyelid creases and you’re ready to go.
Q: Why skip the party dress this season?
A: Pantsuit Nation aside, wearing a jumpsuit or statement blazer with pants can be just as elegant as a dress – and is a bit more daring and unexpected. On the practical side, it allows you to be more mobile on the dance floor and offers protection as you brave the elements outside, which are crucial points when when you’re hitting more than one party a night.
Q: Any textures or colors that are perfect for holiday party dressing?
A: Deep jewel tones, velvet, fur, and sparkles always work during the holidays, but don’t be afraid to play with bright colors, all-white ensembles, and flowing fabrics you may typically associate with warmer weather. Holiday party dressing is all about celebration, so have fun and wear something that looks and feels special when you put it on.
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