What to Wear on New Year's Eve to Ring in 2023

Welcome the next calendar turn with style (and sequins).

By Zoe Sayler

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Glittery tights go with everything, at least on December 31.

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We can't keep saying this every year—but was 2022 a doozy, or what? Whether you're dressing up in honor of new beginnings, or just to pop some champagne, here are some outfit ideas for a formal farewell. And don't forget to stock up on bubbly while you're at it.

our favorite styles from the shops at seattle met

Rachel Comey Estela Dress, Flora and Henri Local

Slip dresses have reclaimed the party dress throne they occupied in the 1990s. Turn to the loose, silky silhouette—ideally paired with a faux fur coat—for a New Year's Eve look that's effortlessly chic. The fact that you could ostensibly head straight to bed post-party is just a bonus.

60's Gold Lamé Dress by Elinor Gay, Doll Parts Collective Local

1920s flappers get most of the attention when it comes to vintage-inspired New Year's Eve looks, but Elinor Gay, a label known for its party dresses, gives sparkly shifts a run for their money with this shimmery mini dress in a flirty, fitted silhouette. It's closest to a modern size small, but be sure to check out the listing for exact measurements. 

Black Sequined Scarf, Luly Yang Local

Luly Yang instantly transforms even the casual Seattleite's favorite party outfit into a sparkling tribute to the new year—yeah, we'd even endorse pairing this with a Patagonia jacket. If faux fur feels more your holiday speed, there's a pretty blue scarf for that, too.


our favorite styles from other retailers

Maeve One-Shoulder Sequin Dress, Anthropologie


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If you've managed to find a Seattle-area event befitting of a floor-length sequin dress (we're super jealous, the Canlis New Year's Eve party looks amazing!), go all-out with this loose-fitting, one-shoulder number from Anthropologie, which offers two-day and overnight shipping for low-stress shopping. (It's also a perfectly acceptable look for a chill, at-home get-together with friends. You only say goodbye to 2022 once.)

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The Empower Velvet Double-Breasted Blazer, Wildfang

$148.00 $198.00

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New Year's Eve is the official holiday of metallics, but that doesn't mean that you have to shy away from color—especially when it's displayed atop an incredibly occasion-friendly velvet blazer from Portland-based Wildfang. The longline style comes in a wide range of sizes, additional (non-velvet) colors, and is made to be gender-neutral.

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Paily Rhinestone Heels, Dolce Vita

$99.90 $140.00

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Rhinestones aren't just for New Year's Eve. These sparkly, attention-grabbing heels—a reasonable, and blessedly chunky, 2.8 inches—will quickly become your go-to shoe for holiday events all season long. Plus, they're on sale.

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Glitter Gold Rip-Resist Tights, Sheertex


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These “unbreakable” tights are seriously champagne-popping-accident-, ice-skate-fall-, life-proof. If glittery intimates feel like you year-round (or if that’s part of your 2023 vision for yourself) this is an investment worth making. 

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