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New Year's Eve Kelly Augustine gold velvet gown

Congratulations — you made it to New Year’s Eve and the end of 2016! If it feels like you should be expecting some giant “Boss” like at the end of a video game level, it’s understandable: it feels as though we’ve had to Mario or Samus our way out of a lot of crap this year, too.

You made it through the holiday dinners with the family and now it is your time to shine — literally! New Year’s Eve style is ALL about over-the-top glamour and glitz. Think twinkling starlight against wintery palettes, or channel your inner lioness in fierce gold lamé. Whatever the look, just make sure you own it fully. Make the night completely yours!

Here are 20 amazing New Year’s Eve looks to inspire you:

1. Leah Vernon’s Modest Metallic Tunic

Leah Vernon proves that you don’t have to show skin to be a complete showstopper! This look is incredibly gorgeous and bold without showing even an ankle.

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I always think how easy it must be to be basic af… And by basic, I mean a person who always has something to say about what your trying to achieve, a person who cannot see past their own nose, one who has no aspirations and allows others to dictate what paths they'll take. The person who sits around while their whole life passes them by, never overcoming fear and taking the damn dive. The person who sits behind the computer screen and has sooo much to say but comes with very little substance in 'real' life. But then I really think about it. That basic person has it much harder than I. Internally, they are damn near dead. Numb. How hard must it be to stay stagnant, while others pass you in this race called life? Moral is, don't be that person. Let's do something today that we aint do yesterday. I don't care if it's big or small. DO. SOMETHING. I have this little analogy that I tell myself to get back on track (it works, mostly. Lol). For the times that I feel like my effort doesn't mean anything. When I'm running in a damn circle. "Your efforts, seen and unseen, are like little seeds. You toss them around and hope the rain comes and the sun comes and gives it what it needs to latch on and grow. A lot of the seeds won't make it. But one will. And it will flourish beyond belief. All you need is that one seed. Keep planting. Keep hoping." Photo: @stebbell MUA: @theeebeautyqueen Model: @lvernon2000 Dress: @lenaHarbali #leahvdaily #bodypositive #Curvy #turbanista #instabeauty #stylefile #DetroitBlogger #plusmodel #ootd #psootd #ootdshare #fatspo #wiwt #muslimgirl #psfashion #highfashion #effyourbeautystandards #instaquote #Confidence #blackgirlmagic #Bgki #pizzasisters4lyfe #fashionblogger #fashionbombdaily #fatshion #blackgirlswhoblog #midwestblogger

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2. Bronze Sparkles

Kelly Augustine serves us the most perfect bronze sequin look in this Eloquii asymmetric maxi dress.

3. This Incredible Sparkle Midi by Altar

Altar’s incredible house line has done it again with this gorgeous sparkle midi, which can easily be dressed up or down depending on your mood and the occasion. Keep in mind, they are a small business with limited inventory, so while they usually run to an XL on the site, they enthusiastically do plus-size pieces made to order.

4. Simply Perfect

Regardless of your gender identity, sometimes simplicity is key. Dress it up or down, a crisp oxford and black pants will be appropriate for almost any occasion. Rain Dove shows us two looks, one more masculine of center and the other more femme.

5. Black Burn-Out Body-Con

Model Candice Kelly shows us how to rock a black burn-out print in a body-con silhouette. Nab it from DEB.


6. Dramatic Details

Curves On A Budget’s Nicole Simone looks like a goddess in this sequin body-con dress with these amazing sleeves! Perfect if you don’t quite want to commit to a cape, but want to make an impression at the party.

7. Floor-Length Black and Gold

This piece by Symone A. Gaither is a total stunner in form-fitting floor-length black with gorgeous gold lace trim.

8. Golden Romper

Trade in your dress for a romper and the freedom to truly dance. Courtney Hawkins of The Simple Glamazon scored this from DEB, which has really upped its game lately.

9. Colorful Metallics

Alysse Dalessandro shows us how to do amazing colorful metallics with this gorgeous body-con dress by Blair Fashions.

10. Suit Up!

William “Beave” Brooks of Big Guy Fly teaches everyone how to incorporate a bit of whimsy into suits with prints, patterns, and texture. We love it!


11. Golden Goddess Gown

Could Kelly Augustine’s look be any more perfect? This golden maxi is courtesy of ASOS.

12. Mellow Sequins

Barbie Ferreira wears the cutest sequin mini dress by Lovesick. We love the way it has been dressed down for a more casual New Year gathering.

13. Silvery Winter Queen

Jordyn Woods’ silvery look can be layered and dressed up to make you the silvery winter queen who commands everyone’s attention at the party.

14. Undies and (Faux) Fur

What says “Stay the night in and worship me” better than this combo. But don’t feel like you have to stick around the house just because you aren’t wearing much. Embrace your inner-IDGAF and be the sexiest in this combo worn by Katana Fatale.

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Winter Blues 🙃

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15. Casual Elegance

Body-con silhouettes and light metallics aren’t for every femme. This incredibly elegant look combines the casual comfort of a cropped t-shirt with the full ballgown silhouette of a full-length tulle skirt. The result is a simple, fun and elegant look that can be dressed up or down depending on how you accessorize. We love the cowl that Margot Meanie included to keep it more goth minimalist.

16. Casual Knits

You don’t have to give up comfort just because it’s New Year’s Eve. Clair Vintage Inspired shows that you can do an easy knit and still make it look super glamorous with the right accessories, as seen on fashionista, cannabista and DJ Coco Madrid.

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Coco is such a babe.

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17. Warm Velvet Layers

This look screams BABE! while retaining comfort, style, and sensible heels. Can we get a moment of silent praise for sturdy block heels?

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Sliding into 2017 like 👹☠️🥀🖤

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18. Cool ’90s Separates

Keep riding that ’90s wave with this awesome look, seen on model Marquita Pring. A pleather skirt, see-through top, push-up bra and boots will get you there. Top with a simple black choker and look to Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Liv Tyler and Selena for some strong hair and makeup inspo.

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19. Sheer Layers

Marquis Neal and his equally gorgeous friend show us two different sheer black minimalist layered looks that are good for any time of the year and will always slay. Perhaps toss something sparkly in there for a little festivity, or keep it simple with matte black. Regardless of what you do, the look is perfect for any time.

20. Glittery Glam

If there is any holiday that allows us to completely indulge in our love of glitter, sequins and glam, it is New Year’s Eve. Check out these gorgeous looks by The Plus Bus for some total glamspiration.



Laurel Dickman is an intersectional feminist, plus size model, stylist, and fat activist that can also be found via her blogs, Exile In Dietville and 2 Broke Bitches. She grew up in the south between Florida and North Carolina, migrating to the Portland, OR in 2005. All three places inform her perspective of the world around her a great deal. While in Portland, she worked with the Alley 33 Annual Fashion Show, PudgePDX, PDX Fatshion, Plumplandia, and numerous other projects over the near decade that she was there. In August of 2014, she moved to the Bay area with her partner, David and trusty kitty, Dorian Gray. She continues her body positive and intersectional feminism through various forms of activism, fashion, photography projects, and writing from her home in the East Bay. She can be reached at laurel@wyvmag.com and encourages readers to reach out to her to collaborate!

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