New Year’s Eve Party Staples – 2019

New Year’s Eve Party Staples – 2019

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2019, as a “Year in Fashion” can be pictured as a year of trend mix. From sparkling disco dresses of the 70’s to the statement making 90’s chokers, we saw trends that made us cringe and also the ones that made our shopping list longer.

This is just not the end of another year, but it’s also the end of a decade. Just as we come to make peace with 2019’s fashion choices which were constantly influenced by trends, fashion weeks and fashion magazines, why not look back into fashion’s most iconic moments from the past and stock your wardrobes with classic staples that stood the test of time.

With your table brimming with card party invites for New Year’s Eve, there’s no better time to get your sartorial choices right for the party season. This is the season of holiday glitz and glamour and sparkling ensembles. Time and again we have seen mentions of the jumpsuits and the LBD’s when one speaks of party dressing. One is unconventional, trendy and utilitarian while the other is vintage, versatile and feminine.

Read along to find out who’s your bae for 2019’s New Year party!

In this new millennium, we may not be jumping out of planes, working in weaponries or portraying the King of Rock and Roll – Elvis Presley at a stage show in jumpsuits but it looks like the utility staple is still deeply hooked to its place in the ever evolving world of fashion.

Originally created in 1919 as a functional outfit for the parachuters, this wardrobe staple seamlessly brings together function and fashion in the form of a utility chic trend. It is a classic fashion staple that continues to be re-imagined by the designers like Payal Singhal, Tarun Tahiliani, Amita Gupta, Rajdeep Ranawat and Anita Dongre who are re-innovating the jumpsuit by giving it an Indian twist.

Addressing the design evolution and styling aspects of a jumpsuit, Designer Sameer Madan expressed “Be it the addition of pockets or the boilers that reminded us of the men who maintained coal-fire burners during the Second World War, I think that the evolution of the jumpsuit in 2019 has been more towards embracing utility and mixing styles and prints together. Styling is all about having fun. One can style a jumpsuit by throwing over a statement making oversized blazer or a faux fur jacket. The key tip is to add a high waist belt to keep the whole ensemble together.”

Embrace sharp and tailored look this party season with sequined jumpsuits that are comfortable, utilitarian and fashion-forward. Be it Charu Parashar’s printed jumpsuit or Ekru’s balloon sleeved jumpsuit, why waste your energy coordinating the right top and pant when you have jumpsuits as a cooler alternative!

If sassy dresses resonate with your inner fashion goddess, there’s nothing better than the famous LBD.

Originally found in Victorian wardrobes as a symbol of mourning, this century old staple is sensual, versatile, and exceptionally elegant and, has been a wardrobe must have ever since 1926. “One is never over-dressed or under-dressed with a little black dress.” rightly quoted by Karl Lagerfeld, it is true that no woman is too old, too fat or too skinny to sport the LBD.

With countless design evolutions since its inception, The Little Black Dress ruled the fashion runways, scored big on trend charts this year. Seen in the collections of leading fashion designers like, Tommy Hilfiger, Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna, Emporio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Versace, Chanel, Prabal Gurung, Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior, the timeless staple came back this year with sequins, fringes and asymmetrical cuts along with a lot more design details.

Make your way to a New Year’s Eve dinner in a classic slip dress and team it up a dainty pearl neckpiece and your favourite pair of heels as you channel your inner Audrey Hepburn to steal the show or sport the metallic cut-out dress with plunging neckline and trail by Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna with a classic pair of boots as you get ready to dance your heart out to the Bollywood numbers at a New Year’s party. Scroll through to pin your favorites.

Fashion Consultant Heena Somani on her choice of outfit for the party season, shared that “I would prefer a jumpsuit over an LBD as it looks sophisticated, unique and sassy all at the same time.” On highlighting the styling aspect, she said “Depending on the style of the jumpsuit I would select accessories around it. However, I would style my look with a conversation starter bag, block heels so I am comfortable dancing and some glitter eye shadows to accentuate my overall party look.”

While some of you may choose between Elvis Presley’s jumpsuits and the versatile Coco Chanel inspired LBDs, others may prefer neither and go ahead flaunting a sparkling cocktail saree or a well- tailored suit.

This party season let your inner fashionista decide what suits you the best!

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