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December 21, 2011

Union Square New Year's Eve Style Guide

Now that you’ve made New Year’s Eve plans (possibly at one of our swanky clubs, hotels or restaurants), you’re probably beginning to think about logistics – how will you get there (don’t worry MUNI is free and running all night), who will you take, and most importantly, what will you wear? While we can’t find you a date, we can help you with the latter dilemma. Our shops are currently filled with velvet blazers, bow ties, sparkly dresses and top hats all ripe for a dazzling New Year’s Eve celebration. Here are a few of our favorite pieces to get you looking polished and ready to party. 

For the Gentlemen:

You simply can’t go wrong with a tuxedo. No man alive looks bad in a tux. You can, of course, pick up a fabulous tux at one of our fine department stores like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Wilkes Bashford or Barneys, but for a more modern take, you might try our new outpost of the British shop All Saints. In proper British style, they have everything from dapper, slim fit Italian wool jackets to elegant bowties in stripes, solids and even plaids to the perfect crisp white shirt.  For a slightly more casual, though no less handsome look, we suggest a black velvet dress blazer from Armani Exchange on Stockton Street. This blazer can take you from a romantic dinner for two to an all-night dance party without skipping a beat. For a look with a bit more whimsy, you could try a white shirt with gold sequins running down the middle from Diesel. It has just the right amount of dazzle for an evening out on the town without being too ostentatious. One of our favorite stops for menswear with a sense of humor is Paul Smith on Geary Street. They carry many fabulous party duds, including a daringly retro leopard print lapel jacket and a purple leopard print tie. To finish off the look, you might consider a pair of snazzy gem cufflinks. New Year’s Eve is one of the few nights where it’s encouraged for men to wear flare, so you might as well go for it. We’re also big fans of Thomas Pink’s Swarovski encrusted tie and bowtie for a fun but not too flashy look.

For the Ladies:

Ladies, New Year’s Eve is your night to shine both literally and figuratively. We suggest a bit of lace, sparkle, silk or shimmer to ring in the New Year correctly. An adorable little shop filled with all kinds of gems is Métier on Sutter Street. There, you can find a delicate black lace dress that is perfect for a nice dinner out and would look lovely at any New Year’s Eve soirée. This gussied up version of the little black dress has a jersey slip under the lacy overlay, so you’ll be comfy all night long. To complete the outfit, you’ll need the right evening bag – we recommend their Crystal Ball Clutch. Covered in two-toned tan and gold sequins with a black leather tassel, this bag is definitely ready to party. And, for a little bit of flare, you might try their rhinestone feather barrette, which would add a little sparkle without overshadowing your elegant look. Another go-to shop for a flashy dress in Union Square is BCBG, where you can choose from a wide variety of styles and prices to create the perfect New Year’s Eve look. For a night of dancing, we recommend a fun strapless tulle dress. Fading from light gray to charcoal with a cute dotted pattern, this dress makes for an adorable vintage look that will surely make you stand out on the dance floor. For a more girly look, you might try their Janie Tiered Dress in baby pink. New Year’s Eve is a great night to get in touch with your feminine side, and this dress screams girl with its rows of ruffles, lace and big bow. If you really want to go all out, their dramatic floor-length Rita Gown is a truly distinct choice. We haven’t confirmed whether this dress was named for Rita Haworth, but we can definitely picture it on the 40’s starlet with its sheer mesh neckline, lace applique bodice and mermaid cut ending in tons of black tulle. It is the ultimate femme fatale dress. But, perhaps, that’s all a bit much for you. Perhaps, you’d like to go with a sleek, masculine look. If that’s the case, we’ve got you covered too. All Saints has a whole line of tailored women’s suiting that would create a sharp look. Try their single-breasted Brompton Jacket with a classic waistcoat and a pair of sleek trousers, and you’re ready to make a stylish entrance into any New Year’s gathering.   

There’s something about New Year’s Eve, it’s just one of those nights that’s so full of hope and cheer that you want to look your best and feel like a million bucks. We hope we’ve motivated you to put together a chic ensemble, whether it be from your own closet or off the racks of our favorite stores, and we wish all of our readers a very happy and healthy New Year. We’ll be back in two weeks with unique ideas to help you fulfill your New Year’s resolutions!