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NYE: Five Scenarios, Five Dress Codes

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Women: Think sensual, smoldering sexy understated classics - blacks, deep dark reds, emerald green, navy ruby red and aubergine richness. In couple situations for NYE you should always wear a dress that is suited to your body shape. You want to ooze beauty and grace appropriate for your age, you can’t go wrong with a LBD (little black dress) and hair pinned into a low bun or straightened. Team your elegant gown with simple accessories, your garment and yourself more importantly is the star.

Men: You are the glass that holds the wine that is your partner. You want to compliment and work with their style. Suits in a more formal occasion are always proper and add some flair with a complimentary tie and shirt. For NYE again sophistication is key in this scenario so you want to think James Bond and tie up the ends with cufflinks and shined shoes. Navy and white or charcoal with cream or goose grey with black, added with a burst of your partner’s color scheme and you’re ready to impress.


Scenario 4. The Dress Up Party.

Aim of night: To be silly, be creative and laugh at yourself and others in themed style and potentially meet Superman or Wonder Woman.

Fashion Goal: To be someone or something else for a few hours and get lost in character and flaunt your acting skills.

Scene: These parties can range in venue from starter drinks at a friend’s place to a pub or club crawl to clubs and private functions and can include masked balls through to following a theme such as Disney characters.

Both men and Women: Dress according to the invitation requirements. A great place to look is Carol’s Costume Corner in North Vancouver (open today) who offers a great variety of stuff from provincial French Marie Antoinette through to Frodo and Gollum.  Otherwise head down to the local Op shop and pull an entire outfit together and enjoy the adventure as you allow your creativity to run wild.

NYE costume

Scenario 5. The Gay and Lesbian Club NYE.

Aim of night: “Get off your tits” as my friend Chris would say and let the techno and house beats rip your soul, make out with as many hotties as possible, start the evening civilized and then hit the clubs as hard as possible. You’re going all night long before continuing to a private party.

Fashion Goal: To be as fashionably forward as freaking possible, show off your personality and meet the boi or gurl of your dreams (for the New Year anyway).

Scene: Lots of sexy bodies, lots of cocktails (not just of the alcoholic variety), the hottest DJs, probably skin, possibly foam, maybe leather and chains, smoke machines, laser lights, sexy bar tenders willing to hear you bitch, fag hags and a hell of a lot of independent style.

Both men and women: As Samantha says in SATC “first come the gays, then the girls, then the industry.” Quite simply, you guys know what you’re wearing 5 months in advance and don’t need my advice, but be unique and fashionably forward by going against the current trends and start one yourself.

So however you’re spending tonight, do so in style and remember to pace your drinking with glasses of water because believe me falling all over one’s self with a little bit of the leftover turkey, cranberry sauce and a mixture of mango daiquiri and beer all over your front isn’t very attractive to anybody and neither is the hangover the next day. Cheers.

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