This is not what I wore on New Year's Eve.
I wore a cozy button-down, a fringed and sequined miniskirt ($12.99 at a random store on 86th), and...ok, I did actually wear those boots. New Year's Eve involved happy hour at a Mexican restaurant and a home-cooked meal; it didn't exactly call for ball gowns and pearls.
This outfit? This is just what I wish I'd worn.
There's no reason whatsoever why you can't wear bright, summery colors on snowy evenings; all you have to do is up the intensity of your accessories and add a couple of elements that are 100% winter, like a faux-fur vest and red lipstick. I also considered adding a slim black turtleneck under the dress for extra coverage; it'd be a great addition for a slightly less formal occasion. And I love the idea of wearing rugged footwear with an otherwise glamorous, girly ensemble...if you're not into evening gowns with Hunters, try a chunky ankle boot in navy or wine.
One note about hair and makeup: you may have noticed that I'm much more comfortable in casual stuff, so whenever the situation calls for a fancy outfit I like to take it down a notch by keeping my hair super-simple (here, I just blew it out to give it volume and pulled it into a bun, leaving the ends loose). I also think that in the winter there's nothing more striking than a perfect red lip paired with a simple eye (just a sweep of gold powder shadow, a touch of black liquid eyeliner, and mascara).
Betsey Johnson gown (purchased for $60 at a sample sale last year); TJ Maxx faux-fur vest ($12.99); Hunter rainboots, vintage earrings, Gerard Yosca necklace* ($49 on sale; worn as bracelet); MAC Russian Red lipstick.
Get the look:
Clockwise from top left: Forever 21 Faux Fur Zipper Vest ($29.99); Laundry by Shelli Segal floor-length silk gown (on sale for $40; I've tried this dress on in cobalt before - it wasn't on sale at the time, but I very nearly bought it for full-price because it fits like a dream); Forever 21 Pearlescent Bangles ($7.80); MAC Russian Red Lipstick $14.50); Danielle Stevens Crystal Vintage Earrings ($60); Dollhouse Burkenna Ankle Boot ($32.97 on sale).
P.S. Took these pictures myself! LOVE my new remote :).
*Product sample generously provided by manufacturer.