Six Looks for a Well-Dressed New Year's Eve

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Raise your hand if you’d pretty much do anything to get out of your New Year’s Eve plans? Yup, us too.

Leave it to "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver to perfectly summarize the most universally despised holiday of all: “New Year's Eve is like the death of a pet. You know it's going to happen but somehow you're never really prepared for how truly awful it is." Preach!

Regardless of your feelings about the holiday, the eve of December 31 is happening—and soon. And while we can’t really help you get out of your plans (Oliver suggests telling your loved ones you are on a cleanse), we can help make the dressing up part easier and more enjoyable.

Our rule for life: if you look good doing it, feeling good follows.

So we've carefully put together six late-night-worthy looks for inspiration or outright purchase—whether your plans involve a dive bar, bottle service, or as Oliver puts it, "sitting on a friend’s sofa watching hummus turn brown all night." (The latter sounds pretty good to us, especially with a bow tie and festive velvet slippers.)

Corduroy Blazer and Slacks


The Plans: Prix fixe group dinner

The Look: Alternative black tie

Clockwise from top left: Slim-fit corduroy blazer by Etro ($1,330,; white satin evening shirt by Eton of Sweden ($275,; knitted silk bow tie by Lanvin ($145,; captoe lace-up shoes by Giorgio Armani ($595,; polka-dot socks by Dolce & Gabbana ($65,; grey wool-blend trousers by Reiss ($220,

Outerwear and Chunky Knit


The Plans: A friend of a friend’s loft party

The Look: Casually luxe

Clockwise from top left: Double-breasted wool coat by Suitsupply ($569,; wool-blend pom-pom hat by Paul Stuart ($128.50,; wool cashmere cable weave turtleneck by Suitsupply ($149,; Petit New Standard medium-wash jeans by A.P.C. ($200,

Tux Jacket and Biker Jeans


The Plans: Guys night

The Look: Eased-up

Clockwise from top left: Slim-fit leather-trimmed tuxedo jacket by Sandro ($810,; graphic crew-neck t-shirt by Marc by Marc Jacobs ($98,; brass bracelet by Maison Martin Margiela ($560,; distressed biker jeans by Balmain ($1,500,; Robert Geller x Common Projects Chelsea boots ($980,

Suit and Tie


The Plans: A colleague’s dinner party

The Look: Like a boss

Clockwise from top left: Slim-fit wool suit jacket ($625, and pants ($295, by Gant Rugger; gingham check dress shirt by Paul Stuart ($228,; knit tie by Charvet ($195,; velvet dress slippers by Stubbs and Wootton ($495,

Sporty Shirt and Tailored Sweatpants


The Plans: The club

The Look: Grown-up club kid

Clockwise from top left: Long-sleeve colorblock shirt by Neil Barrett ($605,; leather and cotton backpack by WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie ($495,; low-top trainers by Common Projects ($453,; French terry sweatpants by Bonobos ($98,

Leather Jacket and Denim


The Plans: Watching the ball drop with cheap champagne—and the only one who matters

The Look: Comfortable, but not effortless

Clockwise from top left: Moto leather jacket by Belstaff ($3,995,; ombre wool and silk scarf by Lanvin ($255,; Matchbox slim straight jeans by AG Adriano Goldschmied ($188,; army lace-up boots by Saint Laurent ($895,; cashmere sweatshirt by Todd Snyder ($595,

Nic Screws is the style director at Bloomberg. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram. Moti Ankari is the associate market editor. Follow him on Twitter @motiankari and Instagram @themetroman. They are both conflicted about their New Year's Eve plans, as they love confetti blasts at the stroke of midnight, but hate finding an Uber at 12:26 a.m.

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