It would have been something of a miracle if New Year's Eve had escaped 2020 completely unscathed, but did it have to be this ruined? Coronavirus certainly has a lot to answer for. Anyway, just because we can't go out that doesn't mean we can't dress up! In fact, it may be the single joy of New Year's Eve that remains intact. And that's exactly why we're embracing it. Here are our New Year's Eve outfit ideas.
Pyjamas occupy a space in my heart that is proportional to the drawer they occupy in my flat: HUGE. It’s silk and matching or nothing, which would make me laughably luxurious, were it not for my odds and sods underwear drawer. Anyway, Olivia Von Halle is one of the finest purveyors of PJs (alongside Yolke, IMO) and these are devastatingly chic. I, like the rest of the rule abiding world, will be staying in this New Years (hallelujah!), so it’s jammies for the win.
Slippers to complete the ensemble, of course. With a square toe, they tap perfectly into my ugly shoe fetish, but have enough finesse to be considered anything but.
I’ve gone too far with this whole obnoxiously plush, Hygge look to stop now. Socks under slippers for added, velvety comfort, of course.
Simply for the sake of everything not being explicitly sleepwear-y. Love a gold hoop, me.
Every NYE I wear A Little Black Dress. Save for maybe that one year I wore a jumpsuit. I think it’s something to do with lots of people jostling around, at a house party or pub = high chance of wine spillage. Seeing as I’m at home to ring in 2021, I plan on celebrating with a white minidress. Avoiding merlot, at all costs.
Tights! Glorious tights! The more the merrier! These prada ones are peak luxury in the hosiery department. Silk? Tick. A delicious Wes Anderson-style blue? Tick. Ooph if they land in my stocking it will, truly, be a Christmas miracle.
I never quite could get on board the headband brigade. It all felt a bit too Gossip Girl fan club-y to me. Hair clips, however, an entirely different story. I often look upon my 4-year-old niece’s stash in envy. These are a grown-up alternative.
I’ve experimented with many styles over the years. However, my footwear stays the same, every season, every event. Black ankle boots are the cornerstone of any outfit I’ve worn, I think.
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To avoid inevitable crowds, bad weather and general disappointment, we’ve spent the past few NYEs at friends houses with takeout and booze, which always calls for ‘jeans and a nice top’. Though we’ll likely be sans friends this year, I’m opting for the same formula with this cosy but still fabulous Ganni knit.
I know the thought of wearing jeans sounds scary after 9+ months in sweatpants, but the loose shape of this pair is comfy and forgiving, and the full zip fly means there’s no button waiting to cut off the circulation below your waist after one canapé too many. Plus, these are made of recycled-fibre denim so I can start 2021 as sustainably as I mean to go on!
These earrings were supposed to see me through all of my special occasions this year - sadly they only made it to one event, but what better opportunity to wear them than waving goodbye to 2020?
My favourite shoes that I don’t yet own. If I calculate the money saved not holidaying, socialising, Ubering etc, surely I can justify treating myself to a pair of shoes that have been open in a tab on my internet browser for the past 3 months – even if my husband hates them.
by Heather Gwyther, Contributor
A suitably sombre top, don't you think?
And the matching trousers! That's how you turn a negative into a positive.
I am in love with these. And no, they're not supposed to be models of Coronavirus.
I'd be barefoot, but I don't want to transfer household dirt into my bed – ever the realist.