How To Look Smart On New Years Eve

by Jamie Wilson

Reviewed & updated: October 19, 2022 by Jamie Wilson BA

New Year’s Eve is the best night of the year for a party. Whether you’re down the pub with your mates, or in central London for the fireworks, what you wear on New Year’s Eve is extremely important. Although your outfit will depend largely on what you’re doing, you can always keep it smart. 

New Year’s Outfits

Heading into the New Year in style is a necessity. You should start the year as your mean to go on so pulling out your favourite suit or scouring the shops for something new to wear should definitely be on the December to-do list. So along with present shopping, hitting the pub as much as possible and seeing those long lost relatives you only seem to see at Christmas, you need to think about what you’re going to wear on New Years Eve. To help will all the hassle, we’ve got some outfits and advice for you to take on board so you can enjoy the festivities without stressing about getting a whole new outfit.

The Smart Option

A fancy New Year’s Eve party is the best excuse to dress up and embrace the Bond inspired look. Depending on the dress code of the event, wearing a black tie outfit is a simple and stylish way to impress. If you need inspiration, think Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby, or James Bond’s Casino Royale tux. Both looking smooth AF and ready to take on whatever life throws at them – not that you’ll be wiping out the Bond moves at a New Years party, but you never know. If you’re not willing or ready to go full on Tux, a black suit and crisp white shirt will look equally as smart. Make sure your shoes are shinned and all scuff marks have been polished away. There’s nothing worse than a spot on suit and awful, dirty shoes.

New Year’s Eve Casual Outfits

The freedom of choice is one of the best things about New Year’s Eve. Whether you prefer spending the evening down the pub with a few close friends over going to a swanky party, it’s completely up to you. However, this does change the type of outfit you’ll be wearing. So if you’re planning on entering the New Year in the comfort of your local pub, you’ll want to keep things fairly casual but as it’s a bigger occasion than your standard pub night out, you may as well go a little smarter. A casual pair of trousers are a good option, not too smart and not too casual. Wear with a simple T-shirt and jumper and you’ll have a casual look that’s ideal for the New Year.

Although keeping things casual is important, you also have to take the weather into account. Layering your outfit with a thick shearling jacket or overcoat is perfect for a cold New Year’s Eve out in town. You don’t want to be walking home in the freezing conditions without a jacket. Plus, a jacket can really make your outfit, so think of it as a style staple.

New Year’s Eve Smart Casual Outfits

If you’re unsure of what to wear to a New Year’s Eve party for men then a smart casual outfit is probably the safest option. If you’ve been invited to a party but haven’t been told the dress code, then going for a good balance between smart and a more chilled aesthetic covers all bases. The best way to keep things smart (and warm) is a knitted jumper. This piece is a good middle ground between smart and casual, especially if you pair it with a pair of smarter jeans.

Another piece that’ll work well for a smart casual house party is the men’s turtle neck jumper. This is, and has been, a big trend piece this year and what better way to finish off the year with something that’s been so popular. A slim fit roll neck and casual pair of trousers will bring your casual outfit up that extra level. Trainers will work well, or if you’re after something smarter, brogues or loafers are a good alternative.

New Year’s Attire for Men

So let’s break it down. You know where you’re going, you know who you’re going with (hopefully), and you know what the dress code is. Now all you need to think about is what piece goes with what.


Shirts are a staple piece of any outfit and can work especially well in any New Year’s Eve ensemble. The versatility of shirts makes them perfect for any look you’re going for. If you’re going for a formal vibe, then wearing a white crisp dress shirt will work with the suit you’ll be pulling off. On the other hand, if you want to tone down your outfit then wearing a flannel or check shirt is a great smart casual alternative. This can be worn buttoned up or open over a plain tee, it’ll all depend on the type of dress you’re going for.


Choosing the right trousers for your New Year’s Eve outfit is extremely important. Much like a shirt, depending on the situation and event you’re going to, the style of your trousers will change the tone of your look. It ultimately comes down to what you’re most comfortable in. If you’re staying in you could even wear some joggers for extra comfort and warmth. Smart trousers are always a better option than a pair of jeans if you’re wanting to look smart or even if you’re going for a smart casual look. And as New Years is an occasion, you may as well swap your normal jean attire for some fitted trousers.

Coats and Jackets

If you’re going out to a fireworks display on New Year’s Eve then wearing a warm winter coat is a necessity. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t look stylish whilst keeping warm and toasty. The main thing to remember when choosing an outer layer is that it should match the aesthetic of your look. For instance, wearing a bomber jacket with a three-piece suit might look a bit out of place. So if you’re going formal and suiting up, an overcoat or duffel coat is the best choice. For the smart casual outfits like trousers and jumpers, a bomber, or even puffer jacket will keep you warm and looking good.


Despite what you might think, your shoes are an integral part of any New Year’s outfit. As anyone who has lived in the UK will know, the weather is extremely unpredictable, especially during winter. It’s a good idea to wear a pair of durable shoes in a darker colour so you don’t have to worry about them getting dirty or ruined and you can have a good time. Some good quality desert boots or hard wearing trainers are perfect for any casual or smart outfit. If you need some extra formal footwear then try some leather lace up’s or loafers or brogues.

How To Look Smart On New Years Eve

  • New Years Eve gives you a chance to show off your formal attire, so a tux or smart black suit will be the best option for a fancy dinner and drinks.
  • Smart casual attire suitable for the pub can vary, however a safe option to go for will always be a jumper, shirt and trouser combo.
  • Roll neck jumpers are a smart alternative to the crew neck jumper if you want to smarten up a cosy outfit.
  • Shoes and coats are an important part of your outfit, they need to be smart, warm and go with your outfit.

On That Note

New Year’s Eve is great for a whole number of reasons. It’s a time when you get to spend quality time with friends and family, make New Year resolutions, get excited for the year ahead, and get really drunk. What’s not to love? Getting the tone of your outfit right is, therefore, an integral part of making your evening one to remember. So, check out the type of event you’re going to and then adjust your style accordingly.

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