What do Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, and Liz Taylor, have in common besides their monumental acting careers and great hair? They lived at a time when it was common to use words like pocketbook, divine, and darling. Aaand they all got to wear excessively lavish gowns on a regular basis. I mean jeans are ideal for your day to day hustle, but sometimes it’s nice to have an excuse to dress up like a celebrity and have your own “Pretty Woman goes to the opera” moment.
New Year’s Eve is the one day of the year where it’s not only acceptable but encouraged to wear as much glitter as possible. You can be as over the top, over the moon glamorous as you so desire, and no one will think anything of it. So today I’m showing off two gorgeous gowns and my New Year’s dress picks that will make you feel like a Hollywood starlet. We shot these photos at my Uncle Ken’s townhouse on the Upper East Side. He’s not actually my uncle, but he does have impeccable taste so I’m happy to pretend we’re related. His house is absolutely beautiful, and I knew that it would be the perfect backdrop for a 50s glamour photo shoot.
In the spirit of sparkle, I chose two gowns from Sherri Hill in classic Hollywood colors: silver and gold. These silhouettes are perfect for a high brow cocktail party, a fancy dinner and a show, or a black tie holiday bash. And just in case your agenda does not include any of the above, I’ll include some of my favorite shorter dresses that can be worn to any type of NYE party.
I was really smitten with this gold sequined gown with a mermaid shape. The dress hugs your body, emphasizing curves and flaring out gracefully at the bottom. The beads flow in sweeping patterns, tapering off around the knee where a tulle train takes over. It’s the perfect dress for twirling around a dance floor, but a steep set of stairs could quickly become your worst enemy. I decided to style my hair with a dramatic side part and some loose waves. A red lip and drop earrings complete the starstruck vibe.
This silver dress is more of a modern take on the classic gown. It’s actually a two piece if you look closely, and both pieces are fully decked out in beads that sway when you walk. The top has a mock neck collar with delicate cap sleeves and fringe that hangs down over your torso, making the two-piece seem like one. An Angelina-esque slit in the skirt hits at the top of the thigh, in case you need to strike an urgent pose for a photo op. For this look, I styled a half up ponytail with statement stud earrings and red cut out heels.
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I would highly recommend treating yourself to a dress that makes you feel like a red carpet muse for your New Year’s event. We all deserve to feel like the star of the show because hey, glamorous looks are not exclusive to celebs. Check out some of my favorite Hollywood worthy dresses below, and you’ll have all the modern day Humphrey Bogarts, Cary Grants, and Jimmy Stewarts, lining up for a dance.
Photos by George Elder