New Year’s Eve is Overrated, Your Outfit Doesn’t Have to Be

Don’t trick yourself into going out just because you want to get dressed up — the two experiences are not mutually exclusive.


Popularly held belief: New Year’s Eve is both overrated and overpriced (I paraphrased this sentiment from Entourage’s Ari Gold).

Unfortunate fact in spite of the above: We still make plans and waste money and wake up feeling especially let down by the expectations we set at a bar so high that not even LeBron James could dunk on them.

New theory: In spite of the fact that intellectually, we know that New Year’s Eve is the overwhelming manifestation of exactly the kind of pressure we resolve to abandon at the start of a new year, we also always remember the night. And thus there is palpable pressure, you see, to make memories we want to remember.

So how does one reconcile two disparate beliefs in order to achieve satisfaction?

Goal modification.

Mindset reorientation.

An excuse to get dressed up that is not mutually exclusive with doing something that requires you to get dressed up. This is the important one — and I don’t know if this is the case for you, but often times I will quite frankly make plans just to have an occasion to wear a new dress, or head band, or robe. Which I didn’t realize until I started writing this thing and now that I’m here, I feel my head exploding!

Example: This New Year’s Eve, I will refuse to attend a dramatic restaurant with a menu of (g)astronomic prices you’d think were fixed for domestic dwelling space fees. But this will not count out the outfit I anticipated to be perfect for the occasion. Indeed, the striped ankle-length dress and starry stole and heels so high I’m forced to make another reference to LeBron James dunking will weather the lack of weather experienced indoors, where I plan to drink libations with 3-5 of my closest friends over crudités and hummus.


Céline dressCreatures of the Wind fur sole (another option here), Charlotte Olympia shoes

And for the gala being held where dreams come true at Grand Prospect Hall? Here’s my RSVP, “No.” I’ll be far too busy whipping cream into my hot chocolate at the all-you-can-eat, breakfast-for-lunch buffet.


Johanna Ortiz polka dot outfit, J.Crew turtleneckPaula Mendoza earringsBenoît Missolin headbandSimon Miller bag with Shourouk tassels coming out of it

And because there is a possibility you already planned to stay in, here’s a recommendation that betrays your classic robe and pajama pants. Go silk or leave home!


Thakoon robeDries Van Noten pantsVilshenko shirtSanayi 313 shoesEdie Parker bag

The holidays may be over, people, but if my clothes can do anything, it is prove that my spirit and cheer can’t be crushed.

Photographed by Krista Anna Lewis


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  • How lovely you look Leandra. I really love all three of these outfits on you. My favourite is the first one. Have a lovely New Year! Gemma x

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  • claudia

    Love the look with the stripped dress and the star scarf, such a cool mix pf prints! The sandals are really gorgeous too!



  • Natali

    Thakoon robe and Celine dress are incredible pieces!! You look amazing from head to toe!

  • me

    – love the striped dress! very cat-in-the-hat. (except that the cat’s hat is red/white stripes).

    – also love photo bomb dude in photo #7.

    => and i really love the graffiti! nyc has the best graffiti: it always provides the perfect, complementary backdrop for Leandra photo shoots : D

  • olive

    Love the polka-dotted outfit. Very much agree – constantly reminding myself I can wear whatever the heck I want whenever I want! Unless I am going to work…

    This attitude has been recently including an “ear broach,” (a term I maybe coined?) that is my mom’s old Dior earring. It’s pair is missing, but I think I like it that way.

  • Yep. The only good part about NYE is an excuse to get dressed up. I love the Celine look!


  • Linnéa

    Best use for the face on picture 32: when your friend (for the hundreth time) tries to make you to leave the couch and your newfound partner Netflix to go out dancing. Also works the other way around – when you’re the friend dragging your friend from the sofa to get her/his ass to a dancefloor.

  • Yara & Jude

    Perfect outfits! Love the man who photo-bombs in one of the pictures hahah

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  • Elizabeth Tamkin

    Who wants to buy me a Celine dress!?

  • I do very much agree in spirit if not in deed: will be celebrating at our neighbors’ but cannot dress up in expensive clothes for a simple reason:
    (OK, anyone else prone to spilling, staining, creasing …? Please?)

    So Swedish fashion will have to do: very tight black jeans and a lacy dress. Plus my favorite slippers with glittery cats. And LED studs. You know, for ears …

  • Joanne&Margaret

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  • Catherine Xiang

    That Celine dress is amazing. Your looks and writing are always unique and inspiring. Thank you Leandra, and happy new year! 🙂

  • Yakshi Malhotra

    Gosh, I absolutely adore the Polka Dot outfit!!! A lovely new year to you ladies x

  • Stephanie

    I love all of your look! So stunning and high fashion 🙂

  • high fashion + Lebron references? genius strikes again.
    FYI I remember every single NYE outfit but hazy on the actual events, particularly true of last year’s too high Stellas.

  • Erin

    What are you wearing on your mouth in the photos with the Thakoon robe? It’s the best thing you’re wearing in the feature.

    • Leandra Medine

      Dior addict lip glow!

      • Erin

        Thank you!

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      • tiffany dalton

        coral or pink? i agree – stunning!

  • The CO shoes is soooo cute!

  • Amy

    In actuality, there is no beginning of the new year on January 1st.. It’s all been bastardized, calendar is fucked so it means nothing. Then when you pair that with the kerfluffle of trying to do something “important” on nye… it makes all the stupid sense in the world. Just sayin….

  • Pandora Sykes

    Shirt worn backwards 😉
    Also who needs New Year’s Eve when you have walls like those? Nice work from the wall bookings editor

  • Malu

    These looks are all phenomenal. I am always swooning over your looks! The striped dress with the fur stole is my absolute favorite, and I love that none of these looks are typical for the holiday (i.e. sparkling pieces that can almost blind you). I love your unique look and I think these are great outfits to use as a guide for whatever plans you come by for NYE. I hope you enjoy yours. Cheers!

  • clau

    The second look with the Celine dress: A very chic Hamburglar burglarized the Russian Czar’s palace and stole his star stole. *Praise hands*

  • Anna

    This post totally inspired me and got me out of my jeans to have dinner at home with my daughter, my mother and my husband. Thanks Leandra!
    That Celine dress is amaze-balls.

  • Alina Bendikova

    Love your style! Happy new Year from Arethé Stockholm, Sweden


    happy new Year !
    nice colors!

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  • Marion

    Leandra, please stop posting such inspiring articles, I don’t always have time to read them and it’s getting very frustrating.
    Great post as usual, and Haaaappy New Yeeear !!

    • Leandra Medine

      no tiiiiiiime? but but but, you can just pull us out of your pocket n read us from that tiny machine that commands your life!

  • Sam

    I always love all your looks Leandra! I just became addicted to this new women’s luxury fashion discovery
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  • Mandy

    You look so happy in that second outfit with the Celine dress!! You should wear that always.

  • Perfect outfits! Love the man who photo-bombs in one of the pictures hahah

  • Anna

    Hi from Russia! So happy I found your blog!:) Outfits are just perfect, but the celine dress link isn’t working:( How can I find this dress? It it just perfect!