fun cocktail dresses for nye

NYE Sparkle and Shine

by Kate Franco on December 20, 2010 · 4 comments

I always like to stand out in the sea of black dresses that is NYE. 2008 – chartreuse. 2009 – cobalt blue. And this year will be no exception. I’ve narrowed it down to 2 looks. A coral mini with a gray long sleeve lace top…evoking this kind of feeling:

…even though you know I don’t look like THAT or anything {oh,Bambi}. You get the picture. Option #2 is a little more classic & I’m really on the fence about it because I don’t usually wear red. Odd that I’m wavering on something so classic & am not scared in the slightest about wearing something so bold as a sheer lace top.

Ruching and pleating? Oh my! Which one would you wear? How would you accessorize?

Where did you do your NYE shopping, and did you come up with any must-haves?  Comments and opinions welcome!


My Mission: The Perfect NYE Dress

by Kate Franco on December 21, 2008 · 2 comments

I’ve been so uninspired by dresses this holiday season; it just seems that everything looks the same. So far I’ve gotten away without buying anything new for holiday parties (unless you count my amazing fur* coat). Now I’ve worn all my cocktail dresses, so it’s time to buy something new and really special for NYE.


After some digging, I found three worthy candidates.

  1. Jasmine Dress by Lauren Conrad, Lauren Conrad, SALE! 70% off $62.97
  2. Nicole Miller Pewter Satin Strapless Panel Dress, Bluefly, $225
  3. BCBG One-Shoulder Cocktail Dress, BCBG, SALE! 50% off $189

I had been thinking that the Nicole Miller dress reminded me of something…but I couldn’t put my finger on it until I saw this: Ms. Houseman in Dirty Dancing, anyone? Works for me, I could use some old-school glamour.

Also, has anyone else noticed the one-shoulder trend that is huge this season? I first remember wearing this look in 2002, and got really tired of it…but am so happy it’s back!

If you’re looking for inspiration too, check out Shopbop…even if it’s not in your price range.

So, which Look do you think I should go for? Vote now, comments welcome. 😉


*note that said fur is fake!