With a little help from the fashion folk, here’s your party style pinned down in four tribes. Whose team are you on?
The smooth operators
We may have spent the first half of the year obsessing over every permutation of plastic but for the party months, satin, in all its sensuousness, is staging a comeback. There’s the buttery and bright version that cues memories of Kate Hudson in How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days (Naomi Campbell wore an almost-identical slip dress to the CFDAs after-party). Then there’s the Barbie pink, vintage Jean Paul Gaultier rendition spotted on Bella Hadid. And let’s not forget the modern update on the material as seen on Queen Bey in ‘Everything is Love’, where a glossy Peter Pilotto pantsuit was anointed the new night-out hero.
The street-style set
It’s safe to say the fanny pack has severed its tourist ties and officially made the transition from micro trend to mainstay. No longer belted to the waist but casually strapped across the chest, fashion insiders have been, quite literally, keeping it close to their heart. To make it after-hours-appropriate, trade in nylon for nappa, straps for chains (cue Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Alexander Wang number) and logos for embellishments—the It bag of the fanny phenomenon, a butterfly-laden Gucci Marmont, has our vote.
We’ve all found ourselves in this all-too-familiar scenario: you’ve scored the perfect party pants but don’t have a top to match. Taking the stress out of styling are co-ords—yes, matching is now on the mandate. The coolest take on conscious coupling comes courtesy the Kar Jenners—Kim matched her ride with a highlighter hued two-piece and Kylie Jenner’s #mirrorfie featured a red-hot latex set. For those still loco for logos, Olivia Culpo’s Fendi find is the way to go.
So, here’s what’s been flashing on our feeds: Priyanka Chopra’s form-flattering gown as she arrived at Ralph Lauren’s 50th anniversary celebrations, Kendall Jenner alongside Bella Hadid in a one-shoulder Alexandre Vauthier dress and blogger Chiara Ferragni’s custom made Prada for her rehearsal dinner. What did these looks have in common? They all came covered in crystals of the splashiest kind. Our advice is to not stop at a mere smattering or trimming but go all out—there isn’t a trend more optimistic and uplifting to ring in the new year.
Scroll ahead for our edit of the best party outfits and accessories you need to add to your closet before NYE.
Buy now: Blouse, Fendi; Skirt, Fendi
Buy now: Dress, Galvan
Buy now: Dress, Rotate
Buy now: Dress, Khaite
Buy now: Dress, Alessandra Rich
Buy now: Top, Nanushka; Trousers, Nanushka
Buy now: Jacket, Sara Battaglia; Trousers, Sara Battaglia
Buy now: Belt bag, Gucci
Buy now: Sling bag, Saint Laurent
Buy now: Sling bag, Givenchy
Buy now: Dress, Rouland Mouret
Buy now: Dress, Ultràchic
Buy now: Dress, Dundas
Buy now: Dress, Galvan
Buy now: Crop top, Balmain; Skirt, Balmain