How will you be spending your New Year’s Eve? Perhaps you’ll be having a smaller celebration than usual this year? However you choose to ring in 2021, you’ll find the best New Year’s Eve outfits to choose from below, whether you are celebrating with a small, casual gathering, or you want to dress up.

Take a look below for plenty of New Year’s outfit inspiration whether you’ll be at home with family, enjoying a small party with friends, you are able to attend a more formal event, or you’re just heading out for a New Year walk.

First, some tips for putting together New Year’s Eve outfits

Just as there’s no right way to celebrate New Year, there’s no right New Year’s Eve outfit; so long as what you wear helps you to see in the New Year in the style and confidence you want to project for the year ahead.

1. Be unique

While Christmas tends to be a time of tradition, New Year is a time to make resolutions, try something different, be more daring and stand out.

Think about the style you really want to achieve in the year ahead, and dress accordingly.

You could add a touch of asymmetry to an outfit as another way to help you to stand out.

Karen (above) opts for a glamorous metallic dress that is sure to get plenty of compliments.

Check out these black dress options from Nordstrom and Amazon, and you can wear them with this similar pair of black pumps and earrings.

ALLSAINTS pleated high/low skirt | 40plusstyle.com

ALLSAINTS pleated high/low skirt

2. Don’t be uncomfortable

New Year's Eve outfits - Ashley in flat party shoes | 40plusstyle.com

Style and comfort don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

As you will be celebrating until at least midnight, you won’t want heels you can’t walk in at the end of the night.

If you find stilettos uncomfortable, opt for block or kitten heels instead, or try a pair of statement loafers.

Ashley (above) chooses a pair of flat silver shoes which make an impact.

Recreate her outfit with this similar floral top, jeans, loafers and bag.

Cole Haan loafer | 40plusstyle.com

Cole Haan loafer

There are more ideas here on the most comfortable AND stylish heels to wear.

3. Think about how your New Year’s Eve outfit will move

New Year's Eve outfits - Anita in a flared blue dress | 40plusstyle.com

Are you heading to a party? Will there be dancing? Don’t just think about how your outfit looks standing in front of a mirror, but how it will move with you.

You may like a dress which you can twirl in!

Anita (above) wears a cobalt blue dress which would look fabulous on the dance floor (or just to twirl around her kitchen!)

Get her look with this similar dress, cardigan, slingback shoes and necklace.

NYE outfit ideas - midi dresses | 40plusstyle.com

Ted Baker London houndstooth dress

4. Choose a hero piece for your New Year’s Eve outfit

New Year's Eve outfits with sequins | 40plusstyle.com

If you are struggling for New Year’s Eve outfit inspiration, start with one piece and work from there.

That could be a sparkly pair of shoes or a fabulous pair of drop earrings.

Vanessa (above) opts for a statement skirt from ASOS. Complete recreating look with this similar blouse and sandals.

Eliza J sequin flowy pants | 40plusstyle.com

Eliza J sequin flowy pants

The best New Year’s Eve outfits for you

Now that you’re thinking about the best way to put together a look for New Year’s Eve, let’s get down to some serious inspiration.

These New Year’s Eve outfits have every eventuality covered, whether you are going out, staying in, or watching the fireworks with your kids or grandkids, if you’re able to.

Don’t forget to let me know what you’ll be wearing this New Year in the comments below. I’d love to hear about your outfit choices and what you’ll be doing to see in the New Year.

NYE outfit: A sequin blazer and pants

While sequin dresses will be seen aplenty on the dance floor on New Year’s Eve, how about taking the sequin trend and going for something different.

A sequin suit will make an even bigger impact. Plus, you can always wear your jacket and pants as separates throughout the rest of the year.

A sequin blazer and pants as a New Year's Eve outfit idea | 40plusstyle.com

BLANKNYC puff sleeve sequin blazerClub Monaco cowl neck silk topEliza J sequin flowy pantsNine West pumpNordstrom bow flap satin clutchBaubleBar tassel earrings

NYE dress ideas: Statement dress and knee high boots

New Year's Eve outfits - Mimi in lace and faux fur | 40plusstyle.com

An easy outfit to put together which still creates a real impact is a statement dress which is either bold in color, pattern or fabric choice, worn with a pair of knee-high boots.

Mimi (above) adds a bohemian vibe to her lace dress by teaming with a faux fur vest.

Check out this similar dress, fur vest, suede boots, necklace and sunglasses.

New Year's Eve outfits - print dress and boots | 40plusstyle.com

COS printed bow-detail dressSam Edelman belted coatVANELi knee high bootTory Burch leather crossbody walletVince Camuto hoop earrings

Lace top and dark wash jeans

Jeans and a nice top is always a winning outfit when you don’t want to dress up too much, but you still want to look fabulous. The outfit below features a variety of textures for added interest.

New Year's Eve outfits - lace top and jeans | 40plusstyle.com

Topshop velvet suit blazerChelsea28 lace long sleeve topVigoss bootcut jeansClarks leopard bootieNordstrom bow flap satin clutchArgento Vivo linear drop earrings

A silk shirt and wide legged pants

NYE outfits - Mo wears all neutrals | 40plusstyle.com

Heading out to dinner rather than to a very formal party? How about teaming a silk top with wide-legged pants?

You can always add a little extra glamour with a faux fur topper and stylish jewelry.

Mo (above) looks incredibly stylish in her all-neutral outfit.

Check out this similar top, blazer, jeans, flats, handbag, necklace, earrings and sunglasses.

New Year's Eve outfit - satin top and wide pants | 40plusstyle.com

Vince silk blouseASKK NY wide leg jeansCC Corso Como ankle strap pumpSole Society leopard crossbody bagArgento Vivo linear drop earrings

Navy jumpsuit and silver accessories

A jumpsuit is always a great way to stand out at any party where most people will be wearing dresses.

Add some seasonal style to yours with metallic accessories.

NYE outfit idea - navy jumpsuit and silver accessories | 40plusstyle.com

Urban CoCo blazerDonna Ricco belted cowl neck jumpsuitZAC Zac block heel pumpNordstrom clasp minaudièreKarine Sultan linear drop earrings

Sequin top and your favorite pants

New Year's Eve outfits - Madeline in a red sequin top | 40plusstyle.com

Sequins always come into their own during the party season.

Madeline (above) wears a figure-flattering top in a striking shade of red that is sure to get her noticed for all the right reasons.

Check out these sequin top options from ASTR the Label and Spadehill, and you can wear them with this similar pair of pants, sandals and clutch.

New Year's Eve outfits - sequins | 40plusstyle.com

Cinq à Sept puff sleeve topMing Wang ankle pantsVince Camuto square toe sandalTory Burch leather crossbody walletKarine Sultan linear drop earrings

A cozy coat and leg lengthening jeans

If you want to stay warm and look great, then a wool coat will keep you cozy until you get to your party venue.

NYE outfit idea - a cozy coat and leg lengthening jeans | 40plusstyle.com

VERO MODA wrap coatCOS silk vest topCinq à Sept flare jeansSteve Madden rhinestone bootieLiaTalia hobo bagArgento Vivo hoop earringsKate Spade New York pendant necklace

A sweater dress

New Year's Eve outfits - Adaline in a sweater dress and boots | 40plusstyle.com

Want to wear a dress, but want to be warm and not too dressed up, then a sweater dress is the perfect option.

Adaline (above) opts for a black sweater dress and matching over-the-knee boots, showing off just a little bit of leg.

Recreate her outfit with this similar sweater dress, boots, clutch, earrings and sunglasses.

NYE outfit - sweater dress and leather leggings | 40plusstyle.com

Fraiche by J tie waist dressJag Jeans faux leather leggingsSole Society leopard crossbody bagThe FLEXX quilted bootClarks leopard bootieKate Spade New York pendant necklace

Bohemian glamour

A touch of faux fur is always a good look during the festive period. Add a short faux fur jacket to your jeans or to a full skirt, depending on how “dressy” you want your outfit to be.

Bohemian glamour for New Year's Eve | 40plusstyle.com

Simplee faux fur jacketBOSS sleeveless sweaterScotch & Soda burnout skirtTory Burch leather crossbody walletNine West riding bootArgento Vivo linear drop earrings

Warm coat and cozy sweater

Joanna in a gold puffer coat | 40plusstyle.com

You may not be spending your New Year’s Eve indoors at a glitzy party.

If you are outside watching fireworks with family or friends (if you’re able to this year), you will want an outfit that is both warm AND stylish to keep you warm. Or perhaps, you’re simply heading out for a winter walk.

A long coat will get you noticed while keeping you cozy.

Joanna (above) looks stylish AND warm in her gold puffer coat worn with leather leggings.

Check out this similar coat, sweater, leather leggings and booties.

A warm outfit for New Year's Eve | 40plusstyle.com

Lauren Ralph Lauren belted coat with faux fur collarChelsea28 cowl neck sweaterNine West riding bootVigoss skinny jeansFrye leather bagKate Spade New York pendant necklace

Cozy but stylish loungewear

2020 has certainly been different! Perhaps you’re not going anywhere at all to see in 2021. If you’ll be at home, maybe with family or friends, or with a good movie and a glass of something bubbly, you can still look incredibly stylish in your loungewear.

Cozy loungewear for New Year's Eve | 40plusstyle.com

Barefoot Dream cardiganrag & bone cheetah printed t-shirtLulus lounge pantsUGG slipper

There’s more inspiration in this article on the best loungewear for women over 40.

Your New Year’s Eve outfits together in one capsule

Below you can see the outfits used in this article together in one capsule. You can see you can mix and match many of the clothes and shoes to create plenty of different outfits for New Year’s Eve and beyond.

You could, for example, wear the faux fur jacket with the jeans or the sequin pants. Or, you could wear the red sweater dress over the white pants, or the sequin sleeve top with any of the bottoms.

New Year's Eve outfits capsule wardrobe 2020 | 40plusstyle.com

More New Year’s Eve outfit inspiration for you

The capsule below is previous season, but you can see that the looks included are timeless and should still give you plenty of inspiration for 2021.

New Year's Eve outfits capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

Read our ultimate guide to creating a capsule wardrobe that works best for you.

What will you be wearing for New Year? Don’t forget to tell me about your New Year’s Eve outfits in the comments below. Happy New Year!

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