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This article was published 24/12/2005 (4199 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
I've purchased and doled out all my fashionable holiday gifts, picked up a few stylish finds for myself along the way and attempted to look my very best for those many, many holiday soirées I attended.
But there's one day left to plan and primp for. Yes, it's the mother of them all -- the New Year's Eve bash.
This day is so important that countless women will begin their crash diets and exercise regimes in order to fit into this year's outfit -- you know, the one that will be worn only once, then forever forgotten as it hangs in the back of your closet. And during that week I bet every one of us who's heads out to a cocktail party, house party or big bash will also spend the coming week lamenting over what to wear.
For guys, the only things to worry about are: A) if there will be food and B) if it's OK to wear jeans. But for us ladies, the New Year's party is one for which you plan, find the perfect shoes and accessories, and hope no one else is dressed in the same thing you are.
It has been relatively easy in the past few year to plan for New Year's Eve: pick up a pair of pants (any would do, even jeans) and team them up with some stilettos and a shiny, shimmery cami or halter top. This year is a little different, however.
According to the owner of Lucy's Hidden Closet -- a neat little boutique that ventures away from mass labels and into the wonderful world of designer duds -- women are opting for a more feminine look this year.
That's right -- it's the rebirth of the cocktail dress. Lucky for us it's also the year where black will dominate fashion circles so I guess you can say cheers to the renaissance of the little black dress.
For a while, the little black dress has taken a back seat to her cousin, the vibrant and fun party dress, and played second fiddle to pants paired with a fancy top. I'm happy to see the black dress make a comeback, however, as it's always been a party hit, no matter what the latest trend of the day is.
My choice this year includes the strapless look -- always a winner in my book -- and anything with an A-line skirt. I would also look for some razzle-dazzle and why not? New Year's Eve comes but once a year, save the simple, demure dress for other occasions.
The thing is, how do you ensure your little black number isn't the same as the next gal's? My advice: shop at small stores. Boutiques offer lines that you usually can't find in the malls and they usually don't stock as much merchandise as the mainstream outlets, therefore limiting the odds you'll look like a twin.