By Sally Turkovich


What better way to wind down 2011 and ring in 2012 than a New Year’s Eve party? NYE parties are the perfect excuse to wear some of your favorite and over-the-top styles. No one wants to start a new year in a bad outfit so follow this simple guide if you need a little help getting an outfit together for a casual get-together, a classy dinner party or a fancy night out on the town.

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Casual Get-Together

Just because you’re heading out for a night in at someone’s house to play poker while you have some drinks doesn’t mean you should wear jeans and a tee-shirt! Skip the regular jeans, slip into a pair of jeggings, top them off with a glittery tunic and a neutral pair of flats. Punch up the look with some glam makeup (be sure to pick up a new tube of flaming red lipstick) and you are ready for a night in that is as stylish as it is comfortable. Throw on a glittery blazer – ala Beyonce – to stay relaxed, comfortable and fun while keeping a classic fit. Grab one for yourself at Neiman Marcus.

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Classy Dinner Party

Here’s your chance to wear that fabulous dress you bought but haven’t found an event to wear it to. Just like a casual gathering, a dinner party at a friend’s house isn’t an excuse to skip on the outfit prep. Dress for this kind of NYE party the same way you would dress to go to an upscale restaurant. Opt for a jewel-tone colored dress instead of the traditional black, you can find one similar to this at J. Crew. (Visit their listing in our Business Directory)

Don’t forget your most important accessory with this outfit: your gift for the hostess. Grab a bottle of red wine or a delicious pastry for dessert and get ready to indulge at a dinner party that will be more stylish than any meal at a restaurant!

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Fancy Night Out on the Town

If you make the decision to brave the crowds to party in public on NYE, you better pull out all the stops when it comes to your party costume. Yes, costume. We’re not talking about jazzing up an outfit you already have or making due with something your friend passed down to you. This is the biggest party night of the year and if you’re going out, you have to go over the top. Think what you will about the Kardashian clan but those ladies know how to dress when they go out. Their collection from Sears has a perfect piece for NYE.

A sequined miniskirt is a great anchor for your outfit. Throw on a black tank top (you know the club or bar you’re going to is going to be a million degrees hot!), top it off with some flashy jewelry and you are ready!

Sally Turkovich lives in Pittsburgh with her fiancé, Jason, and German Shepherd, Zeus. By day, she works as an eyewear stylist for an independent eye doctor. By night, she dons her favorite wrap dress and heels and heads out for date night with Jason.