New Year’s Eve

If you’re fretting about what to wear for New Year’s Eve, The Lady’s Maid has rounded up a few of her favourite picks from the Christmas Sales to help you welcome the New Year in style.

Outerwear can be a bit of a conundrum when it comes to evening clothes – you don’t want to spoil your party look with the final layer, so it’s worth investing in one coat that will cover all evening outfits. A long-line black coat is a safe bet, but The Lady’s Maid’s favourite look for evening is winter white. A white coat is a classic wardrobe staple for evening events and will go with every outfit. Bright colours especially, like the dazzling pink dress from L. K. Bennett shown below, will be neutralised by a white or off-white cover-up.


dark pink sequin dress, L.K. Bennett, £275 (reduced from £550); white wool wrap coat, Max Mara, £730, Black box clutch, Dune, £40 (reduced from £65); black satin stilettos, Karen Millen, £65 (reduced from £99); rose gold tourmaline drop chain earrings, London Road, £295, MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour, “To Matte With Love”, £17.50; Dior Vernis Nail Polish, “The Icons, Bonheur 661” £20.


Another option for evening cover is the cape – a chic way of shielding your shoulders from the cold winter’s night, while still revealing a glimpse of your glad-rags below. The one pictured here is not on sale, but works well with a black jumpsuit. The black jumpsuit is turning into the new Little Black Dress in terms of its wearability and versatility. This one from Whistles continues the summer’s “cold shoulder” trend and is now half-price.


black jumpsuit, Whistles, £89 (was £179); black pearl studded court shoes, Dune, £84 (was £120)
Ivory cape, The Row, £1,375, studded clutch bag, Carvela, £39 (was £79); Starry Night diamond star stud earrings, London Road, £595; Dior Rouge “Precious Rocks” Lipstick, £35; Opi Nail polish, £12.50.


The Lady’s Maid loves this metallic fitted coat by Bruce Oldfield at John Lewis. More of a statement piece in itself, you’ll want to keep it on all night! Shown here with a metallic blue dress from Ralph Lauren, available from House of Fraser, and pewter accessories.

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metallic navy chevron dress, Lauren Ralph Lauren, £90 (was £180); Metallic dress coat, Bruce Oldfield at John Lewis, £114.50 (was £229); pewter clutch bag, Dune, £32.50 (was £65); Pewter heels, Steve Madden, £85; claret red lipstick, Bobbi Brown, £24; OPI nail polish, £!2.50; drop earrings, Ted Baker, £59.


If you’re staying at home but still want to dress up a little, why not go for fancy flats – velvet embellished flats, like these from Aquazurra, are a simple way of dressing up a plain outfit. 2017 has seen flat footwear appear more frequently in evening wear, which is a relief for those who struggle with the discomfort that the lofty heights of heels can cause after a night of partying. If you have to carry your shoes at the end of the night, you know it’s time to go home.


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silver midi skirt, Reiss, £150; off-white top, Reiss, £85 (was £130); stellar embellished velvet flats, Aauazzura, £318 (was £636); swarovski crystal drop earrings, John Lewis, £25 (was £50). Gathered midi skirt, Reiss, £65 (was £130); sparkle jumper, Jigsaw, £68 (was £98); bronze leather flats, L.K. Bennett, £67; baroque faux pearl and crystal antique gold drop earrings, John Lewis, £8, (was £16)


Happy holidays!