What to Wear for New Year's Eve: Going Out or Staying In

New Year's Eve is one of my favorite holidays. The excitement of Christmas hasn't yet worn off, and I love celebrating the end of one year and the start of another. The idea of a new year bringing a fresh start is always appealing, no matter how good the past year has been. Plus, I love turning the page on a new calendar and planner each year.

Before having Jona, I loved getting dressed up for New Year's Eve and going to dinner with friends. Now, we still spend our evening with friends, but we typically stay in and have a much more relaxed, kid-friendly celebration. (Also, making it until midnight is no longer an easy task.)

I'm sharing New Year's Eve looks for either option, going out or staying in.

For a New Year's Eve night out with friends, I want to dress up a little more than I usually would. A sparkly sequin top makes black ponte pants feel special, and my pink heels are fun but comfortable enough for hours of standing or dancing.

Jacket: Loft (similar in black) | sequined top: J.Crew (similar) | ponte pants: Express (on sale for $30!) | earrings: Loft (similar) | necklace: Silpada (similar for $10) | pink heels: Nine West (similar)

Jacket: Loft  (similar in black) | sequin top: J. Crew (similar) | earrings: Loft (similar) | necklace: Silpada (similar for $10)

Black ponte pants: Express | pink heels: Nine West (similar)

Jacket: Loft (similar in black) | sequin top: J.Crew (similar)

There may come a day when we get a babysitter and hit the town for New Year's Eve, but this year will be one for staying in. For a New Year's Eve in, I want to be casual and comfortable, but still have some special elements that make me feel like it's a holiday. I love my denim leggings and embellished sweatshirt for an occasion like this, because it feels like I'm wearing a sweatshirt and leggings, but looks a lot better.

Embellished sweatshirt: Loft (love this option for $25) | chambray shirt: Madewell (similar) | denim leggings: Loft | pearl earrings: Kohl's (similar) | ankle boots: Crown Vintage (similar at a great price)

Denim leggings: Loft | ankle boots: Crown Vintage (similar) | embellished sweatshirt: Loft (similar)

Embellished sweatshirt: Loft (similar) | chambray shirt: Madewell (similar) | pearl earrings: Kohl's (similar)

What are your plans for New Year's Eve? What are you planning to wear? 

Linking to Mix it Mondays, Hello Monday, Let it Shine, A Lovely Little a la Mode, On Trend Tuesdays, Oh Hey Girl, and Thursday Fashion Files. 

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