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December 26, 2012

Sarah Stright-Hartley: Some stylish looks for New Year’s — no matter what your plans may be

NEW CASTLE — Ladies, we're in luck. New Year’s Eve is coming and with that comes a great excuse to either get dressed to the nines or to wear our ultra-comfy clothes — or somewhere in-between.

Depending on what your plans are for the evening, I have an outfit for every event. Look to the right for some great examples.

In the first outfit, we're taking advantage of the once a year event to go all out on glamour. This isn't a time to be shy, so bring out your sparkliest dress and keep piling on the shine! Add gold bangles,gold earrings, a bold cocktail ring, shoes in a bright red with gold accents and don't forget your bright red lip. Does anything say New Year’s Eve more than this look?

To keep yourself warm, black tights (textured if you have them!) and a beautiful but simple cape are perfect completer pieces. And don't forget your finger nails. Try keeping all of your nails red, but painting your ring finger on each hand gold for a fun manicure.

In the second outfit, we're going for a bit more low key-perfect for your best friend's house party. Black skinny jeans paired with a sequin top is the perfect combination to be casual, but still festive. Add in tough booties and you've got instant edge to your look. Keep the rest of the accessories fairly simple but add in bold accents like a bright belt or earrings (or both!). The finishing touch to this look is a super cool coat — so cool that you may not want to take it off — and that's OK because it looks just as good with the rest of the outfit.

In the final outfit, prepare for the coziest New Year’s with your closest friends or family. When board games are around, pajamas are a must! But your pajamas can still be party ready — combine a super oversized, cozy sweater with cute plaid shorts. A warm, chunky scarf and slippers in a matching shade keep the breeze at bay. Don't forget the sparkly nail polish (it's New Year’s, we have to have sparkle somewhere, right?!) or your watch so that you'll know when it's time to start the countdown.

And most important, keep the wine glass and popcorn bowl full at all times!

I'm wishing you and yours a wonderful AND SAFE new year and hope that 2013 is an extra magical year for you.

(Are there any topics you'd like me to cover in the new year? If so, leave me a comment, or send me an email at I'd love to hear them!!)

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