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Getting in gear for New Year's Eve

A model wears a black evening dress by This strapless navy gown by Peter Som is good choice for a formal New Year's Eve party.Gucci.
The casual comfortable look is best for the host of a house party. The Daisy Fuentes Sport "Velour Couture" collection hoodie and pants are from Kohl'...
For men, a party at an upscale restaurant means smart dressing in duds like this Paul Simon And Company shirt by Etro Sport and 'Union Square' waistco...

A model wears a black evening dress by This strapless navy gown by Peter Som is good choice for a formal New Year's Eve party.Gucci.

The casual comfortable look is best for the host of a house party. The Daisy Fuentes Sport "Velour Couture" collection hoodie and pants are from Kohl'...

For men, a party at an upscale restaurant means smart dressing in duds like this Paul Simon And Company shirt by Etro Sport and 'Union Square' waistco...

You rocked the office bash, mixed and mingled at the neighborhood progressive dinner, and donned your fave apron for a pal's cookie-baking session.
Next on the party schedule: New Year's Eve.
And you have run out of things to wear. You exhausted your wardrobe just last night when your book club met for Yule-tinis.
You've got a few days and possibly a few gift cards to plan your New Year's outfit.
The good news is that fabrics "offered this season are classic fabrics that can be played back into the wardrobe after the holidays are over," says June Ambrose, stylist (clients include Jay-Z, Kelly Ripa, Missy Elliott) and author of "Effortless Style: Make Looking Good Look Easy" (US$19.95, Simon Spotlight Entertainment).
"Velvet is really popular this season for men and women, and it's very festive as well." Black and dark royal blue are the top hues.
"Blue is now the new black," Ambrose says.
However, if you don't want to be lost in the sea of black and blue, wear a brighter color, Ambrose says. "Be the exclamation point in the room."
Laura Vinroot Poole, owner of Capitol and Poole Shop boutiques in Charlotte, North Carolina agrees with the choice of bold color. "Just a hint - men love pink," she says.
Not sure of the dress code? Call and ask, says Paul Simon, owner of Paul Simon Co. stores in Charlotte.
It's better to know and dress appropriately than feel out of place because you're too overdressed or underdressed. "The phone call just saves you all that stuff," Simon says. "Men don't go into high anxiety like women, they just look stupid" because they're dressed wrong.
Speaking of which, if you're going out as a couple, a guy should follow his date's lead.
"A lot of times, guys dress their dates down," says Cal Makins, general manager and stylist at Jordanos/Renegade.
The woman will look hot in a sexy dress and cool shoes, Makins says, and her date is in boat shoes, khaki pants, a blue oxford and Croakies (sunglasses holders). "You don't have to wear Croakies unless you're on a jet ski or playing golf."
However, there's a thin line between coordinating with your date and being cheesy, Makins says: "Think Brad and Angelina, not Hank and Peggy Hill."
Whether you're staying home that night, dining at a fancy restaurant, dancing at a club with a velvet rope or nibbling on caviar at a black tie event, our style experts have advice on what to wear.
ON THE CLUB SCENE
This scenario demands dressing with a sense of fun and a little function. Tip: Check out the forecast. Four-inch strappy heels or suede boots may not be a good idea if there's rain or, heaven forbid, snow.
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Show some leg. Choose shorter lengths: a satin empire waist dress, a baby doll dress, mini skirt or a long tunic top, recommend celeb stylist June Ambrose and Effie Loukas, co-owner of Lotus/Civilian boutiques.
But you can cover them. Loukas likes to pair shorter dresses with fish nets or textured tights or over skinny pants.
Satin stands out under the lights at a dance club, Ambrose says. "It's shiny, sexy and fun."
Hues such as turquoise and orange will get you noticed in dim lighting, Ambrose says.
Wearing black? Add color with accessories, says Loukas. Red remains a fiery option.
Go for the gold, too, says Ambrose. It works well in a club. "You can do a lace overlay that can be really attractive and flattering with a little sparkle underneath."
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Cool clothes are not just clothes you wear in a club, says Cal Makins, general manager and stylist at Jordanos/Renegade. People will shop before going to South Beach, Florida or New York and say, "I've got to look great," Makins says. "I ask, 'Why don't you want to look hot in the town you're paying a mortgage in?'"
If you're on a budget, he recommends keeping your non-work wardrobe "alive and energetic" with a corduroy or leather blazer, which can be found at boutiques as well as discount retailers.
Try a velvet blazer, which was big last season, Ambrose says. "I didn't really think they would carry over but they did."
If you're edgier, Ambrose says, a plaid tuxedo jacket is cool when mixed with a solid color trouser or a darker denim. "You can play it with a turtleneck and add a little bit of a British flair."
Not into plaid or a jacket? Pair a black satin shirt with a vest, Ambrose says. "You can catch Puffy wearing something like that, and he's a style maverick."
BLACK TIE OR FORMAL EVENT
A black tie invite gives you a reason to "be regal and over the top and as festive as possible," says stylist/author June Ambrose. "We don't get too many opportunities to get dressed up in that way, so take New Year's and (black tie events) and use them as an excuse and dress like you're going to the Oscars."
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Strapless and one-shouldered styles (Greek goddess) are most popular, say Ambrose.
Work with a great seamstress or tailor, especially when wearing strapless. It's not a good look to tug at your dress all night, says Laura Vinroot Poole, owner of Capitol and Poole Shop boutiques at Phillips Place and a black tie bash veteran.
Another option, Vinroot Poole says, is to wear crocheted tights with a cocktail dress and strappy sandals. Very chic and warm, says Vinroot Poole.
No leggings. No, really. "I don't care how trendy they are. No leggings for black tie, and I mean it," she says.
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Black tie is black tie and that means a tuxedo, says Paul Simon of Paul Simon For Men. And no white tux jackets.
For social functions that require formal attire, choose an "elegant, dark, dressy suit with a good-looking shirt and tie," he says. Colors that work: navy blue, dark brown or dark gray.
In terms of your tie collection for the evening, Ambrose advises choosing a solid over a print. "It's more striking."
SWANKY PARTY, RESTAURANT
Galas and clubs aren't your thing, but you're still going out and want to greet 2007 in style? Glam is still good but hemlines should be a bit longer.
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A solid-color silky or satin cocktail dress is a great option, says stylist/author June Ambrose. Those cut on the bias are popular. "It's a classic style." Prints are not as popular this season.
You already have a tried and true LBD? Take that little black dress from workhorse to wow with an embellished cardigan or belt, Ambrose says.
Consider investing in a little charcoal gray dress if black is too harsh for your skin tone (and just to stand out from the black-clad pack), Ambrose suggests. It's as good as black to work with contrasting accessories and may fade less than the darker hue.
Not into sequins or beads? Go soft. "A velvet ribbon as a belt or in the hair can take a dress that's not so festive and make it festive," says Ambrose.
A cocktail dress in a solid color lends itself to more decorative shoes. Put on a jeweled pump or slingback, she says. Patent leather (or patent vinyl) is also still trendy.
On a budget? Check out Target, where designers Behnaz Sarafpour and Isaac Mizrahi both have lines, or Wal-Mart's Metro 7 collection. Department stores, Banana Republic and Ann Taylor are among other retailers also offering less pricey holiday looks.
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"If she's wearing a beautiful cocktail dress, you want to be in a dark suit" if you're going to a restaurant or an upscale party, says Paul Simon of Paul Simon for Men.
If it's sort of casual, wear a good-looking sport coat, sports shirt open to neck and wool trousers.
If it's really casual, you can pair corduroy pants or darker jeans with a nice sport coat, says Simon. "The sport coat, if it's not freezing cold, serves as a jacket, but you leave it on."
"Integrate shirts that have more of an evening finish," says Ambrose, such as satin, silk or polished cotton. Darker hues are better.
Reverse the dark suit. Wear a black blazer with a crisp white shirt and white pants and add a black tie, Ambrose says."You would find a guy like Will Smith wearing something striking like that on a red carpet for a premiere." (Yes, guys, you can wear white in the winter.)
STAYING HOME
You're not going out. OK, you may be having a few friends over. Or you could be snuggling up with your someone special. Or you could be curling up on the couch.
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If you're hosting a party, you want something that's very comfortable and easy, obviously nothing dragging on the floor, celeb stylist June Ambrose says. "But something that has a lot of movement or that has a lot of luxury." Pair a silky or satin blouse over wide-leg pants or an oversize cardigan over a silky tank with skinny pants or leggings.
Another option, whether you're hosting a party or simply meditating, a velour or crushed velvet track suit with a jeweled tank top. Look for pants that tie just below the waist (elastic isn't sexy, says Ambrose).
For footwear, slip on a pair of embellished ballet flats or a stylish sneaker or yoga shoes (for the track suit). Shearling-lined flip-flops are also big this year.
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You can do the velour track suit, too. Just don't wear it too baggy.
Not into track suits? Wear something touchable: A cashmere sweater with brushed cotton or corduroy pants.
ACCESSORIES
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The big cocktail ring is so the "it" accessory for this season, says June Ambrose, stylist (clients include Jay-Z, Kelly Ripa, Missy Elliott) and author of "Effortless Style: Make Looking Good Look Easy" ($19.95, Simon Spotlight Entertainment). "If you have nothing else on your hand, the big cocktail ring will make the statement."
"If you have a dress that's very, very simple and needs more enhancing in the neckline, I would do a neckpiece that almost feels like a piece of clothing," says Ambrose. "Think very big and ornate as to shield your chest area. It becomes part of the dress and enhances it, where you really can't tell whether it's part of it."
If you do really, really big earrings, do a clean neck. "You can do a chunky earring and one big cocktail ring; you need nothing else. It's a power statement," says Ambrose.
Trade in your everyday wristwatch for a bunch of bangle bracelets, says Laura Vinroot Poole, owner of Capitol and Poole Shop boutiques at Phillips Place.
Look through your grandmother's jewelry box for interesting chunky faux pieces that look fresh, says Vinroot Poole.
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If you're shy about color, accessories are where you can a add a little and not go wrong (usually). Add a rich shade of purple or dark red with a tie or pocket square.
Don't want to wear a jacket? Opt for a vest. But avoid themed ones (no Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck characters, please. Or sports themes).
Polish your shoes.
MAKEUP
Here are tips from makeup artist Jami Svay, a Charlotte-based makeup artist with Directions USA modeling/talent agency:
"Lots of sheen this party season is hot," says Svay. For shimmery skin, she likes working with M.A.C's creme color bases. "They give a healthy glow, without looking oily and can be used on the lips and cheeks.
What's out? Glitter.
Want to bump your makeup to the next level ? Pick a lip gloss a few shades darker than what you normally wear. "The holidays is a great time to experiment," she says. "If the color doesn't work for everyday, it was all in the mood of the season."
FYI: Eye gloss is for photo shoots only. "Depending on the shape of the eye, it can travel and requires constant grooming," Svay warns. "If you like the look and don't want all the fuss, use a light-colored shimmer shadow all over the lid for an instant shine."
Consider lashing out this party season? Not in anger - with false eyelashes. Strips are the easiest, she says. Apply glue to the band of lashes and place as close to your lash line as possible. Let the strip dry and blend with your natural lashes using mascara (Her favorite? Dior Show mascara, department stores.)
If you feel the need for some eye bling, lashes are great for that, too. Try Shu Uemura's Diamante lashes. Made with Madonna's US$10,000 diamond-lined lashes in mind. Don't worry, Shu Uemura's are US$20 (Neiman Marcus, SouthPark mall).
If you're staying home and not hosting a party, don't forget to continue with healthy skin. Give yourself a facial, follow up with a good moisturizer and lip balm.
Guys, moisturize those lips. "Nothing worse than a man with dry lips anytime of the year," says Svay.


Updated : 2021-08-05 20:40 GMT+08:00