Don’t Be Tardy for the Party

A pair of experts break down how to achieve a great look for the holidays—and where to buy the pieces

Whether you’re planning on partying it up on New Year’s Eve by shutting down the club, or ringing in 2012 at a more intimate affair, follow these tips from the Style Congress—fashion expert Marco D’Angelo and beauty maven Kate Stromberg—to create a full-proof fashion and beauty plan.

The Verdict: For Her

With New Year’s Eve almost upon us, it’s time to embrace your inner disco ball and dazzle your way into 2012.

1. Metallic Apparel

With endless styling options, a metallic skirt is the perfect piece to keep on rotation for multiple holiday bashes.

2. Ankle Booties

Step into 2012 in style by wearing the extremely on-trend, and versatile ankle boot to complete your getup whether your party plans are uptown or downtown.

3. Eye Appeal

New Year’s Eve is the night to bring out the big beauty guns, so channel your inner bombshell with this rule of thumb: Anything goes. Splurge on that one beauty must-have you’ve been putting off. Try a bold and smoky eye, go super sex kitten by extending that cat-eye farther than normal, then sweep a line of glitter above it. Step outside the box with foiled eyes, a technique that uses metallic hues such as bronze, gold and silver and then boosts the effect by wetting your brush before application.

4. Foot Petals

You have to wear those heels for at least a couple hours (if for no other reason than to show off your sexy shoes); so, why not protect your feet in the meantime with Foot Petals Stiletto Stylist Kit., $45.

5. The Hair

Now that you’ve picked out the perfect dress, it’s time to think hair. Play up an everyday style by adding colored extensions, a feather headband or a unique beaded hairpiece. Accessories can also be added to updos or braided styles for a more formal look. Create styles that feature big curls, loose waves, bouffants and French twists. You can even add clip-ins to your locks that showcase glitter or bright colors for a fun New Year’s feel.

The Verdict: For Him

This holiday season, fashion and beauty for the boys is all about bringing back a classic look from hair to toe.

1. The Blue Suit

If you’re spending New Year’s Eve in a nightclub, it’s important to stand out from the regular Joes. This year, try a light-blue suit. Step away from the standard black tuxedo and opt for something more colorful. Our favorite is by Vivienne Westwood. But other great brands such as DKNY, Hugo Boss or Andrew Marc can achieve the look for a fraction of the cost.

2. Studded Sneakers

The studded sneaker is all the rage for fall/winter 2011. But follow this rule: Keep the rest of your outfit simple. Opt for a solid suit and a white button-down shirt. When it comes to being a stud, less is more.

3. The Bow Tie

Here are a few tips on how to pull off a bow tie on New Year’s Eve. 1) Opt for grosgrain or velvet for a more contemporary vibe. 2) A pre-tied bow tie is perfectly acceptable—as long as it’s not bright yellow or orange.

4. Fragrance

When it comes to choosing the right scent it’s all about individualism but when attending a crowded party, go for something neutral like Dolce & Gabbana Anthology L`Amoureux Number 6., $59.

5. Rise and Shine:

Upgrade your hairstyle from boyish to manly with a nice taper and a sharp, crisp part. To get that handsome, Cary Grant shine, you’ll need to man-up your hair products. Try Polish Up Defining Pomade by Redken., $12.

What to Avoid, Boys

Poor-quality leather jackets, oversize vests, Christmas sweaters unless you are going to an ugly-sweater party, earmuffs and, most of all, jeans on New Year’s Eve.