Good morning, and happy Monday! Today I have a look I’m calling a New Year’s Eve party outfit, but it would work for any type of holiday event that calls for a festive sweater, black jeans, and pumps.
I was immediately drawn to this sequin pullover when I saw it on the White House Black Market website. It’s elegant but also wearable. It seems like so many holiday tops this year are difficult to wear — whether they’re off the shoulder, one shoulder, or sleeveless (brrrr…)
This is just a simple pullover, but the flattering cut and the addition of the sequins make it extra special.
The back is plain, but the sweater has metallic threads throughout that keeps it looking dressy and festive from all angles.
I also like how it has an even hemline with a slightly banded waist — not too tight, but it allows you to place it where you want it and flatters the waistline. For size reference, I’m wearing the small.
You may notice my skin-colored bra is showing through the sweater. I had no idea until I started editing these pictures! #ooops
The sweater doesn’t seem thin, and I doubt it would show in real life, but sometimes the camera picks up on that sort of thing. All that to say, I will definitely wear a darker bra next time, and I’d recommend doing the same.
This sweater has been 40% off for a few days, along with the entire White House Black Market website, but that ended last night. I woke up this morning, and it is now 50% off!!!
If you ordered it at 40%, I apologize. I had no idea it would go on a deeper discount, and WHBM doesn’t do this deep of a discount very often.
At any rate, if you like it, grab it . . . although now I also see that sizes are extremely limited. #igiveup
Oh well, the show must go on!
For this New Year’s Eve party outfit, I paired my sequin pullover with black jeans because I’ve already done holiday looks with coated denim and black dress pants, but this sweater would be gorgeous with either of those alternatives, depending on the look you’re going for.
If you want a more conservative look for a company party or maybe an event at church, go for the pants. If you want an edgier vibe, the coated denim would really take this look up a notch. My favorite DL1961 Emma coated jeans are 45% off now at Nordstrom!
I have a pair of pumps that are almost the exact color of this sweater, but I thought that might be too matchy-matchy so I went with these d’orsay pumps with the ankle strap. These are an old favorite from Lucky Brand, but I’ve linked some similar options at the end of this post.
I love pumps with an ankle strap because I find them so much easier to walk in than traditional pumps. Plus, a d’orsay pump is super flattering, and then add the pointed toe, and you’ve got a winning combination!
As far as the black jeans go, I’ve mentioned that I’ve been wanting to find a new pair of go-to black jeans that don’t slide down, and I finally bit the bullet and ordered these AG ankle legging jeans in super black. Normally I wait for a sale, but I had some Amazon bucks to spend and I’m really tired of hiking up my Frame skinnies that I usually wear when I want to wear a dressier pair of black jeans.
These fit like all of my other AG ankle legging jeans, and I love them. The black wash is very dark and inky, perfect for when I want a dressier look with the comfort of jeans.
I wore these Kendra Scott earrings with the bordeaux tiger’s eye. I thought they were fun because they coordinate so well with the sweater, but a bigger, more glitzy earring would look great with this.
It all depends on your venue and the look you’re going for, but generally the dressier you want to be, the bigger and shinier your accessories should be. With a New Year’s Eve party outfit, I’d probably go with something a little more glam.
I also wore 3 gold bangles that aren’t super dressy, but I felt like they worked since I was toning down the look with plain black jeans and my earrings aren’t that sparkly. I wanted something gold since the earrings are gold, and I don’t have many dressier options to choose from.
I also switched to a more delicate watch than the one I normally wear, but it’s an old one that is no longer for sale… just something to consider when doing a dressy look. Sometimes I just opt for no watch.
I’ve said before that I often leave accessories to an afterthought, and that’s not really the way to do it. Accessories can really make an outfit, and in this case, I think I could have found something better if I’d shopped for it, but I just used what I had.
It works, though, and this sweater is exactly the kind of piece I tend to keep for years and wear once or twice a season — changing out the pants and accessories as needed depending on the formality of the event.
sequin sweater (50% off) // AG legging ankle jeans in super black // similar d’orsay pumps; also at Nordstrom (other options with ankle strap here, here, here, and here) // similar clutch // earrings // assorted KSNY bangles
Because this sweater sold out and it was the hero piece for this post, I’m rounding up some other festive tops that are also on sale today. Any of these would look smashing paired with black jeans or pants and pumps. I hope it’s helpful if you’re still looking for something for one of your holiday events this week!
Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the winter outfit she’s styling today.
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