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Let’s (New Year’s Eve) party: Sparkle as brightly as your bubbly

FashionAlison Baitz, Gap Inc. bloggerComment

Everyone loves a party — and whether you're out for a night on the town or celebrating with a small circle of friends, dressing to the nines is undeniably half the fun of New Year's Eve.

Sparkle as brightly as the bubbly in your glass with seasonal separates from Gap and Banana Republic.

Shine on

Metallics are a no-brainer for the midnight countdown festivities, and they're easier to pull off than you might think when paired with familiar silhouettes. Banana Republic's Sequin Pencil Skirt takes a familiar shape — the office-appropriate, knee-skimming pencil — and upgrades it with tons of light-reflecting sequins. Pair it with a crisp poplin button-up for work, or with a solid mohair sweater for drinks out.

Want just a pop of metallic sheen? For a bolder, more masculine statement, grab Banana Republic's BR Monogram Gold Blazer — a handsome, elegantly tailored topper over a blouse, skinny black pants and heels.

Speaking of bold — on the feminine side of the spectrum, Banana Republic's BR Monogram Gold Fit-and-Flare Dress, with its stunning deep-V neckline, fetching gold sheen waist-nipped silhouette and disco-holiday vibe, is a standout choice for any gathering.

Left to right: Banana Republic's BR Monogram Gold Blazer, Banana Republic's Sequin Pencil Skirt, Banana Republic's BR Monogram Gold Fit-and-Flare Dress

Left to right: Banana Republic's BR Monogram Gold Blazer, Banana Republic's Sequin Pencil Skirt, Banana Republic's BR Monogram Gold Fit-and-Flare Dress

Back in black

Black needn't be boring or basic. And you'll find that all of these not-so-basic black pieces toe the line between formal and fun. For example, Banana Republic's Heritage Lace Shirtdress combines the appeal of a comfy shirtdress with a delicate lace fabric reminiscent of Stevie Knicks; try it with sparkly tights for extra holiday panache. Meanwhile, Gap's Slim Cropped Tuxedo Pants look great with a white blouse and pointy heels, a look that'll take you all the way to the wee hours of 2016.

One-piece standout party wear also comes black — like Banana Republic's Fringe-Hem Dress, with its easy shift silhouette and flapper-inspired fringed hem.

And now for something completely different: Banana Republic's Cross-Back Jumpsuit, which combines the best of both worlds — voluminous straight-leg pants and a feminine top with twist cut-out back.

Left to right: Banana Republic's Fringe-Hem Dress, Gap's Slim Cropped Tuxedo Pants, Banana Republic's Heritage Lace Shirtdress

Left to right: Banana Republic's Fringe-Hem Dress, Gap's Slim Cropped Tuxedo Pants, Banana Republic's Heritage Lace Shirtdress

The showstoppers

Bored with skirts and pants? Why not both? Like Banana Republic's BR Monogram Flocked Midi Skort. Voluminous yet tailored, these are next-level bottoms. Or, what's more festive than confetti? Gap's Confetti fit & flare dress is sure to stand out against the passed appetizers.

Finish it off

A sparkle here and there on your footwear, clutch, or accessories is just what the doctor ordered. Especially as statement jewelry takes hold as one of the biggest macro trends of the season.

If you need a pair of shoes to finish it all off, Banana Republic's stunning Villa Platform Pump combines metallic gold with a tried-and-true platform shape. For true dance-all-night comfort, go for Gap's Solid Ankle-Strap Ballet Flats — the ankle strap and metal sheen scream festive — and Gap's Lace-Up Ballet Flats in old gold, which finish any all-black ensemble with grace.

Clockwise from top left: Gap's Lace-Up Ballet Flats, Banana Republic's Shearling Clutch, Basil Racuk bags available at select Banana Republic stores, Banana Republic's stunning Villa Platform Pump

Clockwise from top left: Gap's Lace-Up Ballet Flats, Banana Republic's Shearling Clutch, Basil Racuk bags available at select Banana Republic stores, Banana Republic's stunning Villa Platform Pump