For the girl who has big plans for ringing in 2013 — but isn't big on frills or sparkle — we're here to give you a different kind of punch up in our latest Countdown to New Year's Eve installment. Alexa Chung's leopard-print ensemble is just the thing to inspire your own take on exotic styling. Follow suit with a printed sheath dress (with a black lace-trimmed slip dress peeking out from underneath for added texture) or get creative with an oversize leopard-printed blouse and lacy shorts. Then layer up with a slick black trench coat and tights. While we're all for showing off some leg, unless you're lucky enough to be in a year-round warm locale, you're going to need some Winter-ready wares for the inevitable chilly trek outside. A glossy pair of flat Chelsea boots, a chain-strap bag, pyramid-shaped stud earrings, and a bold red lip offer up the perfect combination of standout accents to round out an already statement-making outfit. No towering heels necessary. Listen, if you're dressing for the last night of the year, why not take a walk on the wild side, right? Shop our key pieces below to channel your version of Alexa Chung come Dec. 31.Clockwise from top left: Giambattista Valli Leopard-Print Cotton Dress ($889, originally $2,540), Burberry Brit Double-Breasted Trench ($914, originally $1,305), Club Monaco Heavy Opaque Tights ($30), Dr. Martens Flora Chelsea Boot ($140), Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick ($33), Tom Binns Clash Pyramid Stud Earrings ($132), Forever 21 Studded Chain Strap Crossbody Bag ($25)
You don't have to pull out the party dress to get festive for NYE. Drawing a little inspiration from the men's department, Olivia Palermo proved that the tux is a chic (and pretty sexy) alternative to the usual holiday fare. So whether you're a no-frills kind of girl or you're looking to mix up your regular dressing routine, we present to you this all-occasion-appropriate alternative that's also not hard to re-create. Look for a tuxedo-style blazer and slim trousers (note: it doesn't have to be a matching suit). Then, add a white button-down — something silky will look especially elegant. As for the finishing touches, this is where you can glam it up with some feminine flair. Add interest with unique finds, like Olivia's plexiglass clutch, and a pair of statement heels, like a leopard-print pump à la Palermo or a heel in a brilliant color. Because the suiting is pretty understated, it leaves ample room to play with accessories, so even subtle additions, like Olivia's red nails (or a red lip) will have a major, NYE-worthy impact. Just shop our editors' picks below to channel the same chic play on the tux for any of your NYE plans.