What to Wear: New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching. I know, where did the year go? The good news is contrary to popular opinion, how you spend NYE is in no way indicative of how your year is going to go. Perfect example…last NYE – in a hurry to make a flight – I ate a fast food burger. For those of you who don’t know me, this is not something I normally do.  Horrible idea. Once I arrived home, I spent the next 12 hours sick in bed.

YET, I had a GREAT year.

That said, if you do venture out, you might as well do it in style.

On a recent trip to Ruth Shaw (The Shops at Kenilworth 800 Kenilworth Dr, Towson, MD 21204) I spotted this MSGM number. The best part about this sequined dress is the hood. The second best part is the cut. I mean who wants to wear a skin tight party dress after a month of gluttony? I’ve seen this dress styled with tights, pants and nothing at all (Editor’s Note: nothing, as in no accessories). Personally, I like it with nothing at all. The cut is loose enough to make up for the high hemline. {MSGM dress $1090, Photo courtesy farfetch.com}

As far as shoes are concerned, I think you really have two options. The first is an over-the-knee boot. I’d opt for a matte material as opposed to a shiny leather. You don’t want anything overly reflective with the silver. This pair of Christian Louboutin’s will do the trick and then some. Not to mention, you’ll have them for years to come. {Christian Louboutin Velvet Boots $1,595 available on saks.com, Photo courtesy saks.com}

If an over-the-knee is a little too aggressive for your taste – or you need something a little dressier – a great second shoe option is a strappy heel. Currently, I am obsessed with any shoe by Alexandre Birman. They look good and are unbelievably comfortable. This pair of fur ankle strap sandals are perfection. Not to mention they’re on sale. {Alexandre Birman Sandals $486.50 reduced from $695 available on saks.com, Photo courtesy saks.com}

Regardless of what shoes you pick, when it comes to jewelry for this outfit, less is more. Silver is way too matchy-matchy for an outfit like this. So instead, I opted for delicate earrings by Joanna Laura Constantine (also at Ruth Shaw). Per usual, I couldn’t narrow it down to one pair. That said, these are perfect for a mix and match. So if you find yourself in the same predicament, don’t worry. It’s totally fine to buy more than one pair. {JLC Earrings from left to right $145, $220, $290, Photo courtesy joannalauraconstantine.com}

To finish off you NYE look, I suggest a fun bag that you’ll wear into the new year. Personally, I LOVE a bag with a bow – especially when paired with something a little edgier. I’ve been rocking a Valentino one for way too many years. You can get a similar one by Ted Baker at Nordstrom Towson Town Center (700 Fairmount Ave, Towson, MD 21286) for $349. {Photo courtesy nordstrom.com}

Don’t forget, regardless of where you go – or what you wear for the big night – make sure to enjoy yourself. And…well…if you don’t…you have 364 more days (and outfits) to make up for it. See you next year! xx

About Veida McCampbell

Anyone who knows Veida McCampbell will tell you that she knows how to dress. Whether she's going to a meeting, heading to a workout or en route to a party, she’s always turned out perfectly for the occasion.   Veida looks at personal style as an opportunity to make a statement about yourself without having to speak a single word.   “Someone’s impression of you is often determined by what you are wearing. Why not make it a good one?” she says.   It’s one thing to be able to style yourself. It’s another to be able to help others that way. Veida has mastered the art of both. Before she started her marketing consulting business, Veida worked as a television producer in LA. As a producer, part of her job was - you guessed it – helping style the on-camera talent.    Working in the entertainment industry gave her exposure and access to leading designers and stylists, which further boosted her fashion education. With Veida back in Baltimore and now the go-to fashion advisor for many of her friends, we’ve asked her to share her knowledge and skill with us. In her bi-weekly column, “What To Wear,” Veida will rely on Baltimore area shops to both put together outfits she suggests for upcoming Baltimore events, and to answer some of your style questions.

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