Move over 2019, it’s time to enter a new decade, and we are so ready for the 20’s. New Year’s Eve tends to inspire the embracing of the new. Whether it’s your attitude or your wardrobe, change can be a good thing. This could be the year we all finally lower our expectations and let the night and our feelings take us where they may. I’m always expecting New Year’s Eve to be this extravagant night filled with awesome parties, exclusive booze, and unforgettable stories of hilarity and bonding. While those moments have happened, I normally find myself over dressed and under impressed at some random house party stuck between wanting to leave and not wanting to spend the night alone.
As I enter my mid -20s, I’ve learned no one is having as much fun as they say they are on social media, especially on this high pressure night where everyone is expected to be having the time of their lives. That being said I’ve learned to enjoy New Year’s Eve by lowering my expectations, and finding joy by being surrounded by friends. I got to say it has severely increased my party experience not worrying about what bar to go to, if there is a cover charge, or what kind of shitty music will be played, and instead enjoying the moments spent exchanging conversations with friends in between beer and the charcuterie board.
So if you or your friends are looking for a sassy yet casual outfit or if your on the more flamboyant glitter and lipstick side we got you covered here at 2nd Street. Take a chance on some unique vintage that will have all your friends and fellow bar attendees asking where you got the piece from or stick to classic designers like Chanel and Louis Vuitton for a more traditional or formal look. We’ll have you styling from head to toe with the best accessories and accoutrement that would put Gatsby’s roaring 20’s closet to shame. Let’s check out these looks curated from our Melrose store!
This first look is sleek, modern and includes a hint of Blade Runner-esque style. A fitted body- con dress taken out of 2012 and placed right here in 2019 with distinct differences and enhancements. Rivets along the side of the dress add a little rock and roll to the outfit along with an artsy turtle neck that Simon and Garfunkle would drop dead for are added to take this classic piece and transition it into the modern area. This dress was styled to the max by adding an intricate necklace/body chain accessory to break up the bust and waist of the dress.
Along with the renovated body-con dress the knee length blazer-style coat has also had a facelift to give it more of an edge compared to any old plain rain duster. The white mesh material brings a lightness to the “nighttime” outfit. A normally heavy jacket turned lighter by both the material and color perfectly ties in the fast paced city vibe this outfit is giving off. This look also features a classic pair of black sock heels. Lastly, the New Years Eve outfit is paired with a classic Chanel handbag because this outfit basically yells classy hipster. This metropolitan look deserves to be wined, dinned, and shown some respect.
This next outfit would be great for a romantic date for two New Year’s Eve addition. This outfit calls for being picked up in a limo, champagne already poured upon entering the car, only to then be whisked off to an unknown destination (probably a five course dinner by one of the chefs featured on Chef’s Table). Anyway, this golden era of Hollywood movie star dress is to die for. The dress includes a very well constructed bust line and is a comfortable and stretchy material easy to walk around in. The dress while it is glittering its a darker blue and gives off a more subdued light (not that there’s anything wrong with being loud and proud in your glitter attire).
If you're going for a show stopping look, but on the subtle side this ones for you. While the fur coat featured here is not faux, you can take comfort in the fact that the coat is vintage and is contributing to the up-cycle of clothing and consumer goods, and does not contribute to the waste of fast fashion. Because the coat is real and has been kept in pristine condition (and because we at Second Street only accept the finest of vintage clothing), you’ll find it to be a great addition to your wardrobe. To add to the old Hollywood cinema vibe of the outfit we added a good old fashioned scarf - of which we have a plethora of styles to offer- and made it into a fashionable winter head wear. The scarf allows you to keep your ears and face warm while allowing you to maintain the dignity that a beanie (while warm) steals from you. And you know we had to pair the fit with a great pair of shades to keep all the flashing lights of the paparazzi out of our eyes.
For me this is the epitome of a quintessential New Year’s Eve outfit — a short, cute, sparkling dress that shows off your legs. You’ll need to drink lots of alcohol in order to keep warm, but it’s all worth it for a dress like this. Of course we would pair it with the perfect femme bot disco silver metallic boots. I mean come on — look at the CLEAR HEEL, I would wear them even if they were a size too small! The outfit would almost be too much without the starkness of a black faux fur coat to bring it back to earth. The whole look is topped off with a small Louis Vuitton bag. The look is a little Twiggy in the 60’s meets the flamboyant Jetsons. Sparkles, sequins and glitter can be a little cliche for New Year’s Eve, however we are entering the roaring 20’s so paying homage to our fore-sisters and brothers in fashion by mimicking their flapper glitz and glam would seem to be the move. Alright, anyone who has ever had a Gatsby themed party, time to break out those cheesy decorations and absinthe and let's get this party popping.
Last but not least is a more casual approach the New Year’s attire we’ve seen previously. Warmth is her game and power is her name. One of the main draws for me about this outfit is the pants. It is winter, people, and leather pants are a great way to show off your legs in the winter. The leather in this look says it all: tough gal with a nostalgic taste in jewelry. The top and pants combo are very Olivia Newton John in the final scene of Grease, but the layered jackets give this look so much more depth. A sequin jacket is hidden beneath the hard external metallic jacket, as to provide a look into the person’s psyche — a tough nut to crack but once you do the fun and surprises never end. Other vintage statement pieces featured include the thick gold belt buckle complemented by the thick anklets both taking me back to grandma’s costume jewelry she wore in the 80s, but is ever so relevant now. The necklace is a slight nod to vintage Hollywood as well, and again adds a little funk and moxie to the outfit. Whoever made the rule that dresses were the go to attire for the night clearly had not seen this look killing it.
Finally, we have made it to the end of 2019 and to the end of our Second Street New Year’s Eve look book collection. Again, all of these pieces were taken from our Melrose location and can be found there. We hope you enjoyed the styling and curation of outfits we provided, and hopefully some of you readers will go grab one or some of these amazing pieces to wear this New Year’s and for others to come. So grab some champagne or a cold pressed juice if your are sober and let us raise one up for all the fashion do’s and dont’s we witnessed this year. We hope to see you next year either in our shops our reading online, and we thank you so much for your support all of 2019 and can’t wait to grow and learn with all of our customers and readers. Whether you're going out to dance the night away with your friends or staying in to have a casual night have a happy New Year and let your last minutes of this decade be spent in bliss.