What to wear on New Year's Eve

Stumped for what to wear to ring in 2009? Digging through your closets may have surprising results if you mix and match clothes and accessories. Here's what I found--outfits for any kind of event!

1. "Festive attire" party at your super cool artist friend's loft where you'll mingle with writers and actors. Own anything sequined? Mix sparkly pieces with heavier seperates. Here I pair a shimmering minidress with a 3/4 length sleeve blazer and satin pumps. The blazer and pumps add just enough gravitas to keep the look sophisticated, not trampy.

2. A colleague's cocktail party, perfect for networking. LBD to the rescue! I've had this simple dress for years, but it looks extra special with a statement necklace and show-stopping red satin heels. Dressy but appropriate. Take a cardigan or wrap for more coverage or to fight chills.

3. Dancing the night away at the city's hotspot. Go with shine but comfort. I pair my favorite jeans with a satiny top. Sure, heels look sexy for dancing, but I'd wear flats to last past midnight. Maybe not the most original look, but on a chilly night, you'll be more comfortable hailing a cab home in jeans than a flimsy dress! Add flashy earrings with some sparkle and movement.

4. Chilling at the bar watching the ball drop on tv. Favorite jeans again, this time with a soft fitted tee. Unless you're trying to get free drinks, anything shiny or low cut is trying too hard in this scene. Add the red heels again for just a touch of flash (you'll be sitting down anyway!). Silver hoop earrings (not pictured) will add interest around your face but not be too dressy.

5. Sitting at home watching the ball drop on TV with popcorn and hot cocoa. Whether you're with someone special or all by your lonesome, you can't go wrong with a pretty nighty, cosy robe and warm wooly slippers. Accessories may include heated blanket and a facial mask.