Sexy New Year's Eve Outfit Ideas—No Sequins Required

You don't need to shine like a disco ball to get attention

By Diana Nguyen Dec 26, 2017 10:24 PMTags
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On New Year's Eve, you're supposed to shine bright...not blend into the crowd. 

While there's nothing wrong with sequins or metallics, they are NYE staples—which means everyone will be wearing some variation of them. This year, be sexy, confident and unique in something that looks a little different from what the herd is sporting. Not sure if you have time to run to the mall? Take a style cue from the following celebrities and get inspired by their embellishment-less ensembles. Some of these looks are so simple, you may already have the main pieces in your closet. 

Jennifer Garner's Best Looks

Whether it's Nicole Kidman's simple LBD and footwear combo or Tracee Ellis Ross' extra outerwear, here's how to ring in the New Year in not-so-obvious style. 

Laser-Cut Leather

An all-leather look is already fierce, but throw in some cutouts and statement accessories, and you'll be the baddest chick at the party. Selena Gomez took her ensemble to the next level by pairing her pants with a bustier top that really accentuated her assets.

Bold Monochrome

It doesn't matter if it's yellow, pink or electric blue, a bold color will get you noticed, stat. If you want to take a page out of Victoria Beckham's style book, an orange-red is where it's at. 

Netting or Mesh

From dresses to legwear, a netted look is inherently edgy. However, if you have more feminine style sensibilities like Kerry Washington, you can always layer a sweet option over or under the see-through material. If a mesh dress or shirt is too far outside your comfort zone, try mesh leggings paired with heels under your cutest cocktail dress.

Sexy Suit

There's nothing more sultry than a tailored-to-perfection suit on a woman—shirt optional. However, if you doubt the powers of double-sided fashion tape, follow in Hailee Steinfeld's footsteps and opt for a statement bralette.

Slit-High-Boot Combo

So you have no time to go NYE dress shopping—you're not alone. Take a style cue from Nicole Kidman: Grab an LBD with a slit or an asymmetrical hem (which you probably already own) and pair it with thigh-high books. The sliver of exposed skin is sexy, intentional and you put in minimal effort—bonus!

Sheer Plunging Neckline

Are you more conservative in your style? Low sheer necklines, like on Rosamund Pike's billowy blouse, covers up while giving that touch of skin. It's both sophisticated and sexy. Go more casual with a pair of tailored trousers or dress this look up with a pencil skirt.

Loose Jumpsuit

You know what's really sexy? When you can wear a loose-fitting silhouette with confidence. Margot Robbie was absolutely stunning in this The Row jumpsuit—the silky material makes it look luxe and the light color is festive for the New Year. All you need to do is put on a bold lip and strut into the party like you own it.


When sequins are overdone, grommets can be the next best thing…or better. Like a cutout, the absence of fabric and exposed skin automatically makes this look sexy. However, the rimmed metal detail adds just enough bling. Rebecca Hall's white frock is seemingly deconstructed and put-together at the same time.

Statement Shoes

Kate Bosworth has mastered the art of celebratory fashion—she's wearing sheer fabric, a little embellishment…but what truly makes this outfit a standout are her feather-accented sandals. Whatever your NYE ensemble, step it up with a pair of shoes that will have people checking you out from head to toe…twice.

Faux Fur

Fur always makes a statement. Of course, when you exaggerate the proportions, like the shoulders and cuffs of Rita Ora's holiday-perfect coat, you'll garner all the more looks.

Feathers and Fringe

Walk into a holiday party like Tracee Ellis Ross, and you've have already won. You'll probably be the most covered up person at this shindig, but you're sexy in your own right. Everyone will be wondering what you're wearing underneath, after all. If a full feather coat is too extra (and warm) to wear all event long, opt for a feather skirt or dress—the volume makes the same dramatic impact.

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