Fashion Tips to Shine and Shop Local for NYE


Fashion Tips to Shine and Shop Local for NYE

  • Sarah Merrell

    Sarah Merrell serves as Community Director for Asheville Fashion Week and directs fashion shows in the area. She is the Digital Media and Production Manager for Mary Beth West...

New Year's Fashion

New Year’s Eve is a festive occasion filled with the thrill of beginning a New Year. The fashion reflects this with flashy, glimmering dresses and ties, sequins, sparkling accessories, and dapper and elegant attire. Celebrations of the occasion range from galas to cocktail parties to casual get-togethers. Let’s take a look at tips for creating the perfect New Year’s Eve ensemble that you can source entirely from local businesses in Asheville, NC.


Adorning yourself in glitter, sequins and sparkle is a New Year’s Eve trend that is festive and fun. Women can opt for a sequin dress or top, or even glittery leggings, while men can don a shiny tie. This sequin cocktail dress with a plunging v-neck is a perfect option and is available at Union in downtown Asheville. Union has a few different sparkly options to choose from that will have you glittering in style. 

Glimmer & Shine

If you’re not a fan of sequins, you can downplay the look while adding a touch of elegance with shiny materials. If you’re attending a more formal affair, a gown such as this glimmering ivory dress by Angela Kim Designs is a great choice. The cut of the dress and neck line is daring while also being elegant.  


Accessories that sparkle can be a great touch for any New Year’s Eve outfit. The always versatile black dress, that eternally favorite wardrobe staple, can be transformed into a festive New Year’s Eve look with the right accessories. This black one-shoulder cocktail dress is by Angela Kim Designs.


For an edgier look that is still refined and stylish, textures like leather, faux fur, and smooth silk can be a great fit for New Year’s Eve. Since it may be chilly, throwing on a leather jacket or fuzzy vest along with some textured leggings can add a touch of edgy glam. Underneath, you can pair a dress or nice top that’s a rich color like this olive green one. Both outfits are available at Union in downtown Asheville. 

Casual and Dapper

For men, a casual look can be both stylish and festive with the right choices. A dark jean or gray pant with a slim fit provides a fashionable look. Pair it with a rich plaid in deep colors, or a button-up shirt with a pop of color around the sleeve or collar. A hat can also be a nice stylish touch as well to finish off an outfit. Dress it up by adding a tie or suit jacket. Both outfits are available at Union in downtown Asheville.  


Dark and Shiny

The right makeup can complete your look. For a sultry, edgy vibe, a dark smoky eye makeup is a great fit, and you can add a little flare with glitter. Another festive tip is to repurpose your Christmas ornaments--they can easily be added to hairstyles like buns or braids to add some sparkle, like this glittery snowflake ornament. Dresses by Angela Kim Designs.

Asheville has become a growing fashion destination that offers numerous shopping options for New Year's Eve looks. From boutiques and designers on Lexington Avenue and Broadway Street, to shops in Biltmore Village, Biltmore Park, and many more, it is easy to find the perfect New Year's Eve outfit. Whether you choose something sparkly, edgy, glittery, dark, or casual, you can step in with style for 2016.


Photography: Jeff Haffner Photography ( Jeff is an established head shot and portrait photographer located in Asheville, NC. Call today to book a photo session at 828.575.4852.  

Hairstyling: Zhenya Lazarchuk ( To book a hair appointment, call 828.713.6921 or email  

Makeup: Danielle Southcott. To book a makeup appointment, call 828.290.3991 or email

Location: Isa’s Bistro, The Cellar venue.  Located at 1 Battery Park, Asheville, NC.


Union His + Her Boutique, located at 18 Haywood Street, Asheville.

Angela Kim Designs, can be found at Monkee’s at 7 All Souls Crescent in Biltmore Village, or learn more about Angela and her designs at

Models: Emily Presnell and Sarah Merrell with Gage Models & Talent, Faye Foley, Jaze Uries and Ryan Moore.  

Learn more about Gage Models & Talent at or by liking it on Facebook at