Bid a stylish adieu to 2014

As New Year’s Eve draws closer, the foremost question on our mind is - what towear on the biggest night of 2014? Well, ditch that LBD for one and stand out in palazzos, blazer-dresses, sequin leggings, crop tops and more. sunday mid-day brings you five looks that are sure to make heads turn when you go dancing. Get spoilt for choices

The year 2014 is almost coming to an end. You are going to the hottest bash in town but you are stumped by the eternal  conundrum — a wardrobe full of clothes but nothing to wear. But fret not. We have compiled five looks that will make you the cynosure of all eyes at the most packed party.

Roberto Cavalli
Take a cue from Roberto Cavalli’s 2014 line-up and opt for sequinned leggings and jackets

All that glitters
Sequinned leggings: Sequins have been trending on the runway this year. Now it’s time to infuse it into your party wardrobe albeit with a twist. Ditch the good old sequin skirts and dresses for sequin leggings. Take a cue from Roberto Cavalli and Saint Laurent’s Fall Winter 2014 line-up and make a dramatic statement in these shiny outfits. Unlike matte leggings, these cling to the body like liquid metal while cutting a slender silhouette. Team these glittery gems with solid-hued tees, blazers, crop tops and oversized sweaters or capes in cool pastels. Bold prints and neon colours are a strict no-no with sequinned leggings unless, of course, you want to look like a Christmas tree. Keep accessories and make-up to a bare minimum to make a statement. “It goes without saying that a bit of shine always glams up the party look. Controlled shine in form of embellishments and sequins are in vogue this season and with the proper makeup and hair-do, the look could make one stand out in the crowd,” says designer Namrata Joshipura.

Sum of all things
Separates: It’s time to break free from the classic LBD (Little Black Dress) and opt for separates in geometric, graphic and Aztec prints. Choose a well-tailored crop top and team it with below-theknee bottom. The crop top should just end below the navel baring a bit of the midriff. Slip into a pair of sky-high stilettos to complete the look. “Print on print doesn’t necessarily mean mixing patterns from head to toe. You can go easy on the trend by mixing only two prints and adding solid colours to the rest of your outfit. You could also pick prints that feature colours belonging to the same family, like neutrals, for example,” opines designer Monisha Jaisingh.

Ditch the LBD and opt for printed separates
Ditch the LBD and opt for printed separates

Try keeping accessories to a minimal as it’s easy to go overboard with this look. “Printed separates are perfect for casual brunches and is the hottest trend for this party season. The look can be styled in coordinated outfits, like a graphic crop blouse with a pencil skirt or a monochromatic combination of a jacket and skinny trousers,” adds designer Sonaakshi Raaj.

The long and short of it
Tea-length skirts: Here’s a simple solution to the too-hightoo-low skirt dilemma. Go tea-length. These have been around since the ’50s and hit the bull’s-eye when it comes to feminine cuts. Tea-length skirts sit in comfortably below the knee and above the ankle and are the best substitute for the yawn-inducing age-old minis.

Settle for a boxy top and a tea-length skirt for an elegant look

Pair a solid-coloured skirt with a boxy top, knotted chambray shirts or tucked-in lacy blouses to cut a beautifully feminine silhouette. “The proper cut lends sophistication to petite women and gamine charm to tall ladies. Adapting a tea-length skirt to your wardrobe is simple. Pair it with a crop top and sandals,” suggests Jaisingh. For a vintage-meets-contemporary-chic look, go for a fuller, flared skirt in satin or raw silk and pair it with a fitted crop top and strappy heels. You will exude oodles of elegance with this look.

Opt for wide palazzos in solid colours and pair it with a sequinned top to make a style statement
Opt for wide palazzos in solid colours and pair it with a sequinned top to make a style statement

Playful in palazzos
Wide-legged pants / palazzos: Go effortlessly chic in wide-legged pants. Pick from solid colours in neutral palette, bold prints or classic linen or cotton. To work this street-style trend into your party wardrobe, pair it with a sequinned top or a bright-coloured blouse and a statement earring or neckpiece. Cinch your waist with a slim belt for a chic look. “Flared culottes are trending high this season. It is advisable to wear something tailored with wide-legged pants. One may play up the length of the pants too — sweeping, three-quarters, ankle length — the options are aplenty.” says Joshipura. Go bold in exuberant neons or sublime in pastels or cool in solid neutrals. Get in a pair of comfy yet chic palazzos and strut in style!

Borrowed from the boys
Blazer dress : Step in style in this fabulous androgynous look that is sure to make you the ‘it’ girl at the New Year’s Eve party. From Ri Ri in Stella McCartney to Gwyneth Paltrow in Dior, Miley Cyrus in Jean Paul Gaultier and our very own fashionista Deepika Padukone, we have seen celebs carrying this power dressing with panache. Slip into a contrasting tank inside a tailored blazer dress. Let the top peep through for an added edge. 

Rock the androgynous look with a blazer dress
Rock the androgynous look with a blazer dress.

Complete the look with bright make-up and block heels or peep toe booties. “Blazer dresses are trending in the fashion circuit. One can wear a black and gold intricately embellished blazer dress with pearl earrings and a chic clutch. If you opt for white, keep the look simple yet stylish with a dash of bling. It’s important to keep the accessories to a minimal and let the ensemble stand out,” advises Raaj.

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