Ditch the cliché this New Year’s eve!

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Personally, I have never been a fan of the whole ‘let’s-party-the-night-away’ scene..

Give me my handful of friends, some good music, and enough intoxicants to get me to the happy high phase and I am good for the night. But the few times I have unleashed the party animal side to me on New Year’s Eve, I have always been left a little underwhelmed by the style scene at these dos. Blacks, glitter, short dresses, the clichés you get to see on New Year’s Eve never seem to take a break. Even the most sartorially forward amongst us often go back to these mainstays of the New Year’s Eve fashion scene.

So, this week when my editor suggested a column on outfits for end of the year plans, I decide to go all guns blazing in and put in my energies on finding equally haute but slightly different options for this 31st of December, regardless of where you ring in the new year.

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The Party to Beat all Parties

If your destination is a NYE blow-out, a much-talked-about gala, or a fun night at your favourite club, be ready to have some real fun. Often, New Year’s Eve parties are the best way to see out a year. Organisers usually go above and beyond for their guests, ensuring that the venue looks amazing with neon signs everywhere. By visiting Neon Mama, for example, party organisers can create their own New Year’s Eve decorations for the walls of the venue. That would add some bright, neon colours to the walls, so most parties will have those. For outfits, ditch that sequinned dress or your favourite LBD. Instead opt for a brightly-coloured jumpsuit with sequin accents, fringe detailing or even leather extras. If jumpsuits are not your thing, then wear a maxi dress with an oversized blazer or a pleated skirt in a metallic tone. Guys, choose the trend of the moment. Wear a velvet coat or bomber jacket in earthy tones with neutral-coloured shirt and trousers.

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Ignore the cheesy Hindi film song. If chilling with friends is on the menu this NYE, then opt for something relaxed but keep it glam. How about a pair of straight-fit/flared, vintage denims, a bell-sleeved, off-shoulder top, and sequinned sneakers with a rhinestone clutch? For the men, a pair of chinos with their favourite turtleneck or even a cool tee with a patterned bomber jacket can spell all sorts of cool.

Home is Where the Party is

If Netflix and chilling at home is what you are looking forward to, then avoid the temptation to slip into your years-old-sweatshirt and tracks. Take a leaf out of Selena Gomez’s fashion book and slip on pair of matching pyjama suit or even a show-stopping robe. Men, keep it similarly classy. Choose from plaid, or stripes, or if you are feel like taking a risk, then even dark florals. After all you never know who may show up and you need to keep the style flag flying high.

An overrated event, maybe, but your outfit should not in any way tread that same line. Let it be the main attraction of the night, the cynosure of all eyes, the focus of the party (you get my drift). It’s time to ditch the fear that someone else would’ve shopped the same outfit you did from your favourite online store. Wear what your heart tells you; experiment, innovate, have fun. After all, new things are what a new year is all about.

Have a fabulous 2017!

Tulika Nair

Tulika Nair is a content strategist and creator with almost a decade's experience in television , print & digital media and a focus on the fashion and luxury industry. She has combined her love for writing with a deep interest in fashion to unearth what fashion means to society, its aspiration , and its identity.

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