Christmas has come and gone once again and now it’s time to start thinking about how to ring in the new year. Of course, my first thought is, what am I going to wear?
New Year’s Eve can be a tricky fashion event because it’s easy to get caught up in the mentality that you have to buy something new to wear. Because it only comes once a year, I say it’s best to start your outfit with items from your own closet and add some inexpensive accessories for punch. For those who have no idea where to start, I’m here to help you with some suggestions.
* Most of us own a little black dress. This year, I bought a knit wool one from [Banana Republic](http://www.bananarepublic.com/browse/category.do?cid=5023) and I plan to wear it for many years to come. Take your LBD, add a sparkly cuff bracelet or two ([this one](http://www.bananarepublic.com/browse/product.do?cid=26511&pid=542180&scid=542180002) is a favorite), some black tights, colored pumps and a metallic clutch and you’re ready to go. See my post from November 18 for pictures of this kind of ensemble.
* Another great outfit, if you’re not a dress person, is a tuxedo. A few years ago, I bought a satin tux from the Isaac Mizrahi line at [Target](http://www.target.com/Isaac-Mizrahi-Design/b/ref=nav_t_spc_1_35/602-4276309-1912660?ie=UTF8&node=3666961) and have worn the heck out of it. The great thing about investing in a women’s tux is that the pieces can be separated for even more flexibility. Wear the jacket with some dark jeans, sexy earrings and pumps and you’re ready for a more casual party. Take the pants and pair them with a satin blouse or fur trimmed sweater for another look.
* Every woman should own a good pair of dark denim jeans in the style most flattering to her figure. The great thing about jeans is the versatility of them. Worn with a jacket or satin blouse, they can look polished but sexy. Flats and a dressy sweater can keep you comfortable and warm without sacrificing style.
* If all else fails, think black. Black pants paired with a black blouse or sweater can be made interesting with some great jewelry and accessories. Get out your grandmother’s vintage rhinestones or pile on several silver or gold necklaces. Add a sequined clutch and some funky shoes and you’re set. I like taking an outfit such as this one and adding leopard print pumps.
These are just a few hints and I’m betting that most of my readers already know how to put together a great outfit. If you’re looking to buy something new for the holiday but still want to save money, most stores have sales right now so you won’t have to pay full price. And don’t forget to check out the Isaac Mizrahi line at [Target](http://www.target.com/Isaac-Mizrahi-Design/b/ref=in_br_display-ladders/602-4276309-1912660?ie=UTF8&node=3666961) for some great deals on party wear. Now go out there and have a fashionable 2008!