Wednesday, December 18, 2013

3 New Year's Party Looks: Night Out, Night In, Pajama Brunch

Megan at her Bar Cart in Washington D.C.
Look who's back!! Megan took my not-so-subtle hint that I needed her expert advice on New Years attire. Didn't you just love her holiday party looks? Now she's back with 3 more, including options for a New Years Eve both "out" and "in" - so whatever your plans are, Megan has you covered. Personally for this holiday I'm a fan of a night in - I'm never one for the hassle of long lines outside in the cold, for the ladies room, for a cab home…no thank you. That said, I do like to keep things festive (always!) so Megan's "fancy pant" is such a perfect option for a cozy celebration at home. But my favorite by far is her New Years Day Pajama Brunch idea. This is an actual event that she throws! Can you imagine?! If we lived in the same city my next hint would definitely be for an invitation to her 2014 brunch. In fact, I'm going to start shopping for my own "party jams," as she calls them. You know, just in case. And here she is...

NIGHT OUT
Megan: If you're headed to a glitzy, swingin' New Year's Eve party like the kind Harry & Sally were always meeting at (then I envy you because those parties looked awesome), the occasion calls for a festive, sparkly party dress. I love this J.Crew number because it has some of my favorite elements: a neckline I won't be tugging at all night long, a metallic fabric, and a full skirt for twirling. Ann Taylor (yes, Ann Taylor!) has been rolling out one pair of good-looking shoes after another this season, and these darling bow pumps will turn heads as you're coming and going. To pick up the bow theme of the shoes, I've added this J.Crew holiday bow necklace and Kate Spade bow watch. Bows on bows on bows on toes!
Dress: J.Crew | Necklace: J.Crew, similar Ann Taylor version here | Shoes: Ann Taylor | Watch: Kate Spade | Ring: J.Crew, also eyeing this Michael Kors ring | Bag: vintage | Nails: Essie, "Who's She Red" | Lip: Nars, Heat Wave

NIGHT IN
Megan: Sometimes the best New Year's Eve celebrations consist of nothing more than a few friends, a cocktail or two, and round of Auld Lang Syne. If you're planning to ring in the New Year with a cozy night at home, I love the idea of a "fancy pant"- it's celebratory without much more effort than jeans. I've paired these gold brocade pants with a black merino sweater and a classic black pump. I love a good tassel necklace, and I've been collecting them since I was old enough to drive to flea markets on Saturday mornings. I love the art deco feel of this J.Crew necklace that I got last year, but tassels have been turning up everywhere this season, and this is one of the hardest working pieces in my jewelry box. New Year's Eve style doesn't get much easier than this.
Sweater: J.Crew | Pants: J.Crew (I also love these and these, J.Crew really outdid themselves) | Shoes: Ann Taylor | Necklace: J.Crew, similar here | Bracelet: J.Crew

PAJAMA BRUNCH
Megan: There's so much anticipation around New Year's Eve that sometimes New Year's Day feels like a bit of a let down, and that's no way to begin the year. So what better way to celebrate than with a pajama party brunch? If you've had perhaps a bit too much to imbibe, then this hangover chic get-up is just the ticket. I call these J.Crew pajamas my party jams, as I've worn them to more than one party but have yet to actually sleep in them... I've found that the trick to styling glam jams like actual clothing is lots of statement jewelry and real shoes. I've layered on the pearls and stacked up the cocktail rings and found these glitter smoking slippers at Gap. Put on the sunnies, pop the bubbly, and raise a (wobbly) glass to 2014.
Pajamas: J.Crew, this year's solid navy version here and a pocket crest here | Shoes: Gap (in-store only) and metallic version here | Sunglasses: RayBan Wayfarer 52 | Necklace: J.Crew | Rings: various costume jewelry shops in New York, but some equally outrageous and inexpensive versions can be found here and here and here

Doesn't this make you think you should always wear pearls with your pajamas? And lucky us - Megan has already agreed to return in January with some looks for Valentine's Day. Thanks, Megan!

All images in this post are by photographer Kristin Lance.

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