New Year's Eve Columbus: What to wear to the party

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

’Tis the season to be jolly — and that means it’s time to break out the booze and cheers to another great year. But with all the last minute shopping, schmoozing and the never-ending Christmas music, finding the perfect look for each event can become expensive and stressful. Luckily, Columbus’ local boutiques can help with all your mounting outfit anxiety. Whether you’re toasting with coworkers, having a cozy celebration with family and friends, or plan on attending the blowout bash of the year, the Arch City’s shops can ensure you’ll be the bell of the ball.

Company cocktails

The company holiday party can be the perfect way to celebrate last year’s career triumphs and rub elbows with higher-ups. Keep it professional, but add a twist to create interest. A flattering leather jacket in an interesting hue, or a pencil skirt with interesting details or sequins can add the right amount of glam to a look without taking it too far.

Lindsey wears:

White blouse, sequin skirt and rose leather jacket: Cheesecake Boutique

Shoes: Kifle Shoe Boutique

Fetes with family & friends

Spending time with your favorite people is the best part of the holidays. Save the sequins and aim for a comfortable look that expresses your personality. Adding accessories like a floppy hat can bring an otherwise simple look to a new level.

Lindsey wears:

Harem trousers: Royal Factory Atelier

White blouse: Cheesecake Boutique

Faux fur vest: Clover on High

Shoes: Kifle Shoe Boutique

The blowout bash

If ever there was a time to “go big or go home,” a New Year’s Eve extravaganza would be it. New Year’s Eve is basically the only chance to wear head-to-toe sequins without being mistaken for Lady Gaga, so why not capitalize? A cocktail dress with an open back screams sex-appeal without being inappropriate. If full-on glitz is too intense for you, try a pattern party dress with sequin details.

Lindsey wears:

Dress: Royal Factory Atelier

Shoes: Kifle Shoe Boutique

Photo by Meghan Ralston

Model: Lindsey Mahilo

Cheesecake Boutique

1760 W. Lane Ave., Upper Arlington


Clover on High

636 N. High St., Short North


Royal Factory Atelier

1209 N. High St., Short North


Kifle Shoe Boutique

1203 N. High St., Short North