1. Go backless
Bare skin is sexy in small doses, so when showing off your back, keep a conservative front (no cleavage, please!). Trust us—you won't need to panic about getting that perfect midnight kiss.
Black maxi dress, $118, express.com . Talula sequined top, $85, aritzia.com . Black fringe dress, $70, express.com .
2. Work black and gold
These two colours are bold yet sophisticated when worn together. Try a little black dress with gold jewellery and other golden accessories. Everyone's eyes will be on you.
Sequin ankle pant, $119, anntaylor.com . Black-and-gold dress, $50, hm.com . Sequined skirt, $20, hm.com .
3. Get your sparkle on
New Year's Eve is the one night of the year when a sparkly piece is a no-brainer. A classic sequined dress is festive and eye-catching. If that's too much flash for you, try a dazzling skirt or top.
Sequin shirt, $46, forever21.com . Blue dress, $50, hm.com . Talula top, $85, aritzia.com .
4. Leather up
Change up your usual denim jeans for a pair of black leather pants or a pencil skirt. Add an oversize sweater or shirt to balance the slim proportion on the bottom.
Leather leggings, $137, anntaylor.com . Leather pant, $130, rudsak.com . Leather skirt, $199, hm.com .
5. Ready your poncho
One of the most wearable and comfortable trends this season is the poncho. The blanket-style coverup will keep your look casual yet elegant. Pair its fullness with a plain shirt and slim pants.
Green Talula poncho, $75, aritzia.com . Black poncho, $98, anntaylor.com . Maroon Talula poncho, $75, aritzia.com .
6. Play the match game
Celebrities such as Taylor Swift and Mindy Kaling are obsessed with the '70s matching set. Blow everyone away with a dark-hued shirt-and-pant combo in a matching fabric.
Sequined top, $10, hm.com . Sequined skirt, $15, hm.com . Purple Talula top, $50, aritzia.com . Purple Wilfred Free skirt, $75, aritzia.com .
7. Don a trench
New Year's Eve can be one of the coldest nights of the year, so a trench coat is often essential to finish off your outfit. Try a long coat and a pair of patterned tights (if you're wearing a dress or a skirt) to keep you warm and stylish at the same time.
Black trench coat, $1,395, rudsak.com . Babaton trench coat, $225, aritzia.com . Marroon coat, $168, gapcanada.ca .
8. Draw attention up
Add a pair of eyeglasses to your emsemble and you're set. This extra accessory adds just a dash of sparkle to a stylish outfit.
LOVE gold eyeglasses, $79, clearly.ca . LOVE silver eyeglasses, $79, clearly.ca .
Red lips can transform a basic outfit into something fierce. Wear a neutral eyeshadow hue so your lips are the focus.
M.A.C Cosmetics Lipstick in Russian Red, $20, maccosmetics.ca .
Shimmer and shake
Wear a shimmery eyeshadow with matching eyeliner to accentuate your eyes, or try nude lips with a bright, shimmery blush on your cheeks.
Essence Mono Eyeshadow in Tiffunny, $3, shoppersdrugmart.ca .
There's nothing sexier than a little black eyeliner and a bold plum lip.
Chanel Rouge Allure in 109 Rouge Noir, $42, thebay.com .
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