(Original story published on Monday December 15th, 2014, on Slice.ca.)
Now that we’re about halfway through this party-packed season, we’re finding ourselves a little bored of our typical festive fashion. To ensure we end our 2014 fashion game with a bang, we’re looking at the most amazing party looks from the past 50 years as inspiration for our own attire.
1. Kate Middleton’s Sequin Stunner
In 2011, Kate Middleton wore this spectacular Jenny Packham gown to a gala in London. Steal her look for NYE with a sparkly dress in a cool pastel hue.
2. Holly Golightly’s Bubblegum Pink Dress
Of course, the iconic black Givenchy dress Audrey wears in the opening sequence of Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a fabulous classic, but our favourite look from the film has to be this bubblegum pink date night dress. Channel Miss. Golightly in a fit-and-flare dress in the same girly hue.
3. Keira Knightley’s Multi-Purpose Wedding Dress
Whimsy, feminine and elegant, Keira Knightley wore this stunning Chanel dress as her wedding dress, then again and again for various parties throughout the year. We mean, when a dress is this cute, we don’t blame her for wanting to wear it over and over.
4. Vivian Ward’s Cocktail Dress
The fit, the lace, the built-in choker, there are so many reasons we love Julia Roberts’ cocktail dress as Vivian Ward inPretty Woman. Want to get the look? Pair a low-cut, black lace dress with your hair in a bouncy ponytail.
5. Black Lively’s Scarlet Dress
The perfect blend of sweet and sexy, Blake Lively’s red hot Marchesa number is simply unforgettable. Channel her look with a dress boasting a range of textures like lace, mesh and feathers.
6. Brigitte Bargot’s Gingham Skirt
Bridgitte Bardo teams a fitted black tee with a full, wasit-cinching gingham skirt for a look that’s the perfectly country-chic. Copy the blonde bombshell’s look with a printed full midi skirt and simple tee. Of course, donning that sex-kitten mane and luscious pout would be ideal, too.
7. Diane Kruger’s Spotted Party Dress
Constantly on our best-dressed list and never afirad to take a fashion risk, Diane Kruger always seems to give us some serious style envy. We’re loving this dramatic black and white Giambattista Valli number she donned at the 2013 Vanity FairOscar Party. Copy her look by teaming a boldly printed dress in a standout silhouette with equally loud footwear.
8. Gwyneth Paltrow’s Slinky White Dress
It’s safe to say that Gwyneth Paltrow earned her fashion mogul status back in the 90s, when Brad Pitt was on her arm and minimalist fashion was the norm. Always one to rock spaghetti strap dresses, we’re loving the simplicity that is this slinky white dress.
9. Lauren Hutton at Studio 54
Equal parts glamorous and sexy, this iconic look Lauren Hutton donned one magical night at Studio 54 has to be one of our all-time favourite looks. Copy Lauren’s style with a relaxed fit dress that features a low V-neck and cinch it tight with a skinny belt around the waist.
10. Carrie Bradshaw’s Ballerina Look
The quintessential party dress, Carrie Bradshaw’s fitted tank and tulle skirt is the ideal dress for every girly girl, and quite the easy look to mimic.
11. Molly Ringwald’s Classic ’80s Dress
Our favourite ’80s girl Molly Ringwald wore the perfect frock for her prom as Andie Walsh inPretty in Pink. Want to get the look? Choose a pink oversized number for your next bash, and rock a wild ‘do.
12. The Silver Slip Dress
Back in the 90s, Kate Moss stepped out in this revealing silver slip dress. The iconic look will never get old, so we say channel it this NYE with a classic spaghetti strap number of your own.
13. Grace Kelly’s Two-Tone Fit and Flare
Go the elegant 1950s route this season and channel Grace Kelly’s Edith Head gown that she wore in Rear Window. All you need is a capped sleeve top, a full skirt, and a seriously cinched waist.
14. Twiggy’s Mod Club
Back in 1966 everyone’s favourite lashy girl, Twiggy, posed in this classic sleeveless pink shift dress that remains completely timeless today. Modernize the look by teaming your shift with simple jewels, but pay tribute to Twiggy with perfectly defined eyes.
15. Bianca Jagger at Studio 54
Considered a style muse by many, Bianca Jagger dramatically showed up to her birthday party at Studio 54 on a white horse, yet donned a perfectly simple (but utterly elegant) shoulder-draping gown. Ditch the sparkle this NYE and go the plain and sophisticated route with a fuss-free, shoulder-baring dress.
16. Mia Farrow’s White Ensemble
With Frank Sinatra on her arm, Mia Farrow wore a relaxed, sleeveless white dress to Capote’s infamous black and white ball. Copy her perfect ’60s look with a sleeveless shift dress and–if you dare–a cropped ‘do.
17. Princess Diana’s Dancing Dress
The Victor Edelstein number Princess Diana wore as she spun around the ballroom floor with John Travolta is easily one of the most iocnic party dresses to date. Copy her look this season with an off-the-shoulder dress, teamed with a fabulous statement necklace.
18. Marilyn Monroe’s Champagne Dress
Curve-hugging and glistening, Marilyn Monroe’s champagne dress that she wore out for date night with hubby Joe DiMaggio in 1950 is still equally glamorous and current today. Copy her look by pairing your version with a red pout and luscious curls.
19. Jennifer Lawrence’s Metallic Number
Jennifer Lawrence has easily been ruling the red carpet looks over the past couple of years, so this list wouldn’t be complete without including one of her fabulous party dresses. We’re loving this Tom Ford mini dress she wore to the Vanity FairOscar party this year. Steal her look by donning a long-sleeve sequin mini dress to your NYE bash, teamed with dramatic eyes and a nude pout.
20. Catherine Deneuve’s Sexy Back Dress
French actress Catherine Deneuve unforgettably donned this LBD with a sexy strappy back decades ago, and we’re still obsessing over it today. Want to get the look? Pair your peek-a-boo back dress with simple accessories and a half-up, half-down hair style.