New Year's Eve parties: We all love them, but a lot of times we can't figure out what to wear to them. It's never fun to be the only one in a gown when everyone else is wearing cocktail dresses, but then again it's not great to be wearing jeans when everyone else has on dress pants. How do we decipher what to wear? Better yet, once we do, what's in this year? Fear not, I have the answers to all your New Year's Eve party questions right here!
When it comes to determining what's appropriate, first, start with your invitation. If this was a verbal invitation from a friend to a get-together, ask them what they're wearing. Word-of-mouth invitations are usually low-key events, but just to be safe always ask your invitee for a little guidance. If this is a Facebook event, send them a direct message about the party, or try to determine based on the event description's wording what's appropriate to wear.
For example, if the picture for the event is a guy doing a keg-stand, it's pretty safe to say that jeans and a nice sweater will be A-OK. If the wording reads something along the lines of you being "cordially invited" to the gala of the year, consider something a little more formal.
Finally, if you received a hard copy invitation in the mail, consider this an occasion to dress up. Physical invitations are a rarity today, so if the invitee took the time to use them, I would consider this to be a more formal event. When in doubt, ask other guests what they're wearing or suggest what you might wear and gauge a response.