By Megan Arpin / Special to Sunday Market
Whether you’re prepping for a night on the town or an evening in, there’s still time to pick up a New Year’s Eve statement piece that will have you counting down to midnight in style.
Here are some items with elegance and, of course, a whole a lot of sparkle to help ring in 2014 with a bang.
For the foundation of your ensemble, look for metallic details that put an unexpected spin on the little black dress, such as Plenty’s Gertie Dress ($268 at Horseshoe Boutique, Ballard) or Loft’s Colorblocked Jacquard Sleeveless Dress ($89.50).
Metallics also shine on the Weston Wear Felicia Dress ($178), with sexy cutout detailing, and the Michael Stars Sunset Strip Dress ($238, both at Horseshoe Boutique), with scallop accents that evoke the flapper era.
For an on-trend look, pair the J.Crew Shirttail Mini in Sequins (on sale for $110) or Old Navy Diva Tuxedo Stripe Ankle Pant (on sale for $25) with a graphic T-shirt, such as the Cheers Tee ($45) or Bar-Stripe Tee ($39.50, both at J.Crew). Layer on the Gold Tweed Tuxedo Blazer ($128 at Loft) or the Design History Sequin Open Cardy (on sale for $80 at Hot Mama, U District) for an added bit of glam.
For gents, H&M’s tuxedo-inspired Blazer ($70) is an easy way to go black tie without breaking the bank. Pair it with a black or red bow tie to look both festive and dapper. For a more casual look that still features a celebratory pop of color, pair a Silk Handkerchief ($13 at H&M) with a white or denim shirt.
No New Year’s ensemble is complete without a healthy dose of bling. These statement accessories will pump up the fancy factor of clothes already in your closet.
J.Crew’s Gilded-Edge Pearl Necklace ($39.50) is a modern take on a classic, while H&M’s Gold Fringe Necklace ($18) is dance-floor ready. Go Art Deco with the Moss Handmade Black Swag Necklace ($68 at Frock Shop, Phinney Ridge) or Excelsior Deco Pendant ($38 at Hot Mama). And the Pop Fizz Cork Pendant ($58 at Kate Spade New York, downtown) is a witty take on the evening’s drink of choice.
A chic scarf, such as the Parisian-inspired Floreat Triomphe Scarf ($78 at Anthropologie), dresses up any black dress. A statement bracelet, such as the Pave Stone Link Bracelet ($20 at Target), pairs perfectly with tuxedo pants or denim.
If you’re sporting an updo, standout earrings are a must. Check out Kate Spade New York’s City Skyline Statement Earrings ($98) or Loft’s Crystal Floral Chandelier Earrings ($34.50).
For an elegant, ladylike finishing touch, try the vintage-inspired Silvered Allure Fascinator ($48 at Anthropologie).
Planning to stand outside for the fireworks? Pick up one or two chic cold-weather pieces so you can stay warm without sacrificing style.
A statement coat, such as the Cheetah-Sleeve Trench ($198 at Banana Republic), is the perfect starting point. A pair of gloves with jeweled accents, such as J.Crew’s Jeweled Leather Gloves ($198), keep fingers warm while still looking elegant.
And for an ultra-luxe look that’s also practical, layer on faux-fur pieces in warm hues, such as the Alesund Cowl ($68) and Helen Moore Faux-Fur Pillbox Hat ($98, both at Anthropologie).
If you’re staying in for New Year’s, get cozy in comfortable attire that’s stylish, too.
H&M’s Knit Sweater ($20), with sequin lip detail, is a cheeky way to get your kiss on. BC Footwear’s All Decked Out Slippers ($50 at Nordstrom) are perfect for keeping toes glamorously warm. And just before the ball begins to drop, slip into J.Crew’s Vintage Short-Sleeve Pajama Set ($85) to give a nod to years past — and the year to come.