12 Casual Yet Festive NYE Outfit Ideas for a Low-Key Celebration

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New Year's Eve—let's talk about it. Arguably one of the more stress-inducing holidays, especially with the party hopping, meticulous planning, and, oh yes, the fashion choices. The societal pressures to be at the most happening parties, snap the perfect photos, and, inevitably, don the most dazzling outfit—it's all very palpable. The number of times we've impulsively bought that “perfect” outfit only to wear it once and then never touch it again? Instant regret.

But here's the thing—it doesn't have to be this way. If you’re planning a low-key evening this New Year's Eve but still want to look festive and fun, we’ve got you covered. From sequined sweaters paired with jeans to festive footwear and metallic moments, we're breaking down 12 casual yet festive outfits to rock this year.

Keep It Classic

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All hail style queen Jenna Lyons. Her ensemble epitomizes the perfect casual New Year's Eve outfit.  Let's dive into the details. The combination of classic blue jeans and the sleek tuxedo jacket is timeless. However, the styling takes it to the next level.  The tie introduces a cool, masculine edge, while the pearl necklace and crystal-adorned shoes add that essential festive touch.

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Have a Metallic Moment

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These silver-coated jeans strike the right balance between casual and festive. While the relaxed fit ensures a laid-back vibe, the metallic finish adds that special touch. The versatility of these jeans lies in the styling. To keep the look effortlessly chic, complement them with silver accessories and a simple top.

Don Denim and Diamonds

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It wouldn't be New Year's Eve without a touch of sparkle! However, if your plans don’t call for a sequin mini dress paired with sky-high heels, there's no need to fret. You can still have your shining moment, more casually. Opt for a dressy upper half, such as an embellished cardigan combined with crystal earrings, and balance it out with a pair of baggy jeans for a more laid-back vibe.

Elevate Your Night In

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Sometimes, the best way to spend New Year's Eve is cozied up on the couch with loved ones. Embrace the occasion and get yourself a pair of festive PJs! They’re the epitome of casual, comfort, and festivity all rolled into one.

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Look for Luxe Velvet

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Valentina Frugiuele/Getty Images

Jewel-toned velvets scream holiday vibes. But mix them with too much sparkle, and it can be a bit much. That's where playing with styles and textures comes in. Like, check out this two-piece set—it feels more laid-back than a stiff suit. And that chainmail top? It adds just the right amount of shine without going overboard.

Accessorize With Statement Jewels

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Need a quick NYE fix? Statement jewels are your best friend. Picture this: you get a last-minute invite to a New Year's party and have nothing to wear. Just pop on some bold earrings and violà! You look ready to celebrate.

Dress It Down

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You might be thinking: a silver sequin midi skirt? That's not casual. We get it. But there's a trick to tone it down. Swap out the dressy top for a simple tank, ditch the heels, and slide into some cool platform sneakers.

Get Festive With Footwear

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These sparkly loafers add a festive touch, truly elevating the look. It's also worth mentioning we love a winter white moment. The silver accessories tie everything together, making it feel seasonally appropriate.

Opt for an Edgy Bag

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Claudio Lavenia/Getty Images

An all-black ensemble is a timeless winter choice. We totally get it—NYE can be freezing, and all you might want is to cozy up in a black turtleneck and pants. No worries! Just add a bold gold bag, some edgy accessories, and a smokey eye. Just like that, you've got a look that's both festive and functional.

Shine in a Chic Sweater Dress

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A sweater dress is a must-have in winter wardrobes, offering both style and versatility. Consider this midnight blue option with a hint of sparkle. It exudes festivity without seeming like a one-off purchase for a special occasion. Elevate it with glittering jewelry and festive shoes, or go low-key with simple studs and stylish boots.

Related: 15 Cozy Sweater Dress Outfits That Aren't as Basic as They Sound

Make It Mini

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Got a sequin micro-mini skirt you've been itching to wear, but feel it might be too over-the-top for your NYE plans? Don’t fret! While New Year's is always a good reason to dress up, you can easily make it more casual. Try an unexpected pairing: Wear it with a hoodie, an oversized blazer, and flat boots.

Try Tweed

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Raimonda Kulikauskiene/Getty Images

If over-the-top sequins don’t capture your style, consider swapping the sparkles for a luxurious tweed option. A great tweed jacket comes in a myriad of colors and styles. Some feature glitter fabric, while others are adorned with crystal buttons. Versatile and elegant, a tweed jacket is festive enough for New Year's Eve celebrations, yet remains a timeless wardrobe staple that can be worn all season long.

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