21 accessories that make any New Year’s Eve outfit shine

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After spending last New Year’s Eve socially distanced, it’s finally time to get back out there. Of course, not all New Year’s plans involve extravagant dinners or black-tie parties, but the holiday is usually an excuse to don your finest wears. 

While some like to start building the night’s look with the bones of the outfit — the dress, the pants or the top — I prefer to start with my accessories and work my way in. In fact, I love to start with a great pair of shoes, a sparkly handbag or even a pair of opulent chandelier earrings. If you’re heading to a dinner reservation with friends, start with a pair of glittery high heels — then choose the dress that best helps show them off. Heading to an intimate dinner party, where the dress is slightly more casual? If you’ll inevitably have to take your shoes off, stay on theme with a pair of sparkly socks. You can make a cozy night in feel more special than a regular evening by finishing your look with a bold chain necklace

No matter how you choose to adorn your look, know that the right accoutrements can elevate even the most casual of choices. Ahead, 21 fun accessories for New Year’s Eve that’ll make any outfit shine.


The right pair of shoes can transform an otherwise simple outfit. For instance, a well-tailored suit can veer casual when you pair it with lug-sole boots, but when you swap them out for a pair of sparkly stilettos, you’re ready for any fanciful evening ahead. (Don’t be afraid to shop the bridal section for a pair of sparkly heels that can transform your look.) Similarly, try adding a pair of over-the-knee boots to a mini-dress and rejoice: If you’re in a cool climate, you’ve just gained an instant layer of warmth.

Zara Glitter High Heel Shoes, $59.90

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Oak & Fort Square-Toe Boot, $128

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ASOS Design Over-the-Knee Boots,$95

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Badgley Mischka Women’s Cher II Embellished Pumps, $265

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Mango Crystal Stiletto Shoes, $99.99

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Betsey Johnson Women’s Juelz Rhinestone Dress Booties, $159

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Schutz Rowenah Sandal, $148

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Sure, you could grab the same black clutch you’ve taken to every wedding or girls’ night in the recent past — or you could up the wow factor with a truly eye-catching bag. But keep in mind that not every on-theme purse has to be silver or gold, either: Try a shiny handbag in pink rhinestones, or ditch the metallics and go cozy with faux-fur instead.

Mango Rhinestone Baguette Purse, $59.99

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H&M Soft Shopper, $34.99

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INC International Concepts Doris Sparkle Mesh Pouch, $79.50

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Susan Alexandra Onyx Soiree Bag, $425

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Olga Berg Luiza Crystal Fringed Box Clutch, $110

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Rhinestone Shoulder Bag, $22.50

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Cult Gaia Hera Nano Rhinestone Shoulder Bag, $428

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Scarves, Belts & Jewelry

Don’t limit your accessories to just bags and shoes: Take advantage of the fact that chandelier earrings are making a resurgence — or add a belt with some visual interest like a chain or knot detail. And if your outfit calls for it, a scarf is always a good idea: Tie it around your bag, or secure a hairstyle with it for a fun twist on a braid or bun.

Source Unknown Interlocking Chain Necklace, $48

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Aritzia Super Puff Mittens, $55

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& Other Stories Striped Light Wool Scarf, $59

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Zara Jewel Earrings, $22.90

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Kelsey Knot Belt, $29

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Darner Red Tinsel Shimmer Socks, $40

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Petit Moments Heartless Chain Belt, $45

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