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3 Blake Lively-Inspired New Year’s Eve Outfits That Don’t Involve Dresses


What's the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions a New Year's Eve outfit? More likely than not, you probably conjured up thoughts of a sparkly, sequin-adorned dress, and while that's certainly a great, festive staple, it's not the only thing one can wear to ring in the New Year. Pants are just as much a party staple — they're practical, comfortable, versatile, and, most importantly dancing-friendly. If you want to break away from traditional party attire (read: you just aren't a dress person), look toward Blake Lively's style for some guidance in terms of party-ready pant ensembles that are sure to impress.

While the actor certainly isn't one to stray away from trend-forward tuxedo dresses and statement-making red carpet gowns, she's no stranger to a great pair of pants, either. Just take Lively's suit parade as a prime example. During the month of Aug., the actor almost exclusively wore trouser-and-blazer combos, dishing out what may be some of her most copy-worthy looks to date and proving that pants can look just as elegant as a dress or a skirt.

Ahead, three of Lively's very best pants outfits, along with The Zoe Report's favorite bottoms with which to recreate each look yourself. Warning: Even if you are a dress person, one look at the below looks will have you rethinking that classic LBD you reach for every New Year's Eve.

The Palazzo Pants

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Are they pants? Is it a maxi skirt? While walking the red (well, pink) carpet during the MTV Music Awards on Aug. 20, Lively donned a pair of super-wide-leg white trousers that undoubtedly caused the fashion-obsessed to do a double take. If you're not ready to fully commit to pants for your New Year's Eve celebration, make like Lively and pick a pair that combines the gracefulness of a skirt with the practicality of pants. What's more, it's almost impossible to not want to hit the dance floor in bottoms as flowy as these.

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Looking for something seriously dramatic? These pants by Brandon Maxwell, one of Lively's go-to brands, are you calling card. Best of all? Your styling options are endless with these, thanks to their versatile hue and fun, easy-to-wear silhouette.

It's impossible not to picture Lively donning these high-waisted pants, which are rendered in a stunning antique-rose hue and feature side-slit detailing. Come New Year's Eve, style them with a fitted black top, accessorizing with oversized hoop earrings and metallic heels.

Hello, palazzo pants! Not only are they super affordable, but they're also so easy to wear. Style them for your upcoming New Year's Eve festivities with a metallic top, statement hoops, and a bright-red lip.

The Luxe Velvet Pants

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Lively kicked off her suit parade on a high note. On Aug. 17, the actor was photographed out and about in New York City, donning a pair of wide-leg, liquid velvet pants that hailed from Italian fashion brand, Brunello Cucinelli. She styled the bottoms with a coordinating velvet vest, topping off the outfit with a luxe oxblood blazer.

Velvet pants are elegant, warm, and so cozy, deeming them the perfect party bottoms. This New Year's Eve, take note from Lively and swap your skirt for pants, preferably a pair rendered in the glistening fabric. If Lively's triple-velvet look feels like a bit too much for you, stick with a basic top and a few glitzy accessories.

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These track pants are the epitome of sporty-chic and work just as well when styled with a cropped hoodie as they do with an embellished mesh top. Plus, the tapered hem is perfect for showing off your party shoes, so come New Year's Eve, go big with your footwear.

Meet the fuss-free velvet pants you didn't know you needed until now. The wide-leg cut is subtle, and the elastic waistband ensures all-day comfort. Rock them on New Year's Eve with an embroidered top and eye-catching heels, finishing off the look with a slicked-back ponytail.

Nothing beats velvet pants in an elegant jewel tone, so it should come as no surprise that these are almost sold out. Style them with the matching blazer for a cool-girl approved party look, or go a simpler route and wear the bottoms with a sleek black top.

The Sleek Black Trousers

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Black trousers are the ultimate wardrobe staple — they're incredibly versatile and can be styled in a myriad of ways. This New Year's Eve, copy Lively's perfect pants outfit and pair sleek bottoms with a sheer, statement-making top. Add in glitzy accessories and fun heels for the ultimate party-ready look that's equal parts stylish and practical.

These slim-fit pants are as comfortable as they are elegant, thanks to the scrunch of elasticity at the back and their timeless silhouette. Take these straight into the New Year by adding just a few dazzling pieces, like chandelier earrings and embellished mules.

These classic black pants are designed from a lightweight stretch-fabric that promises to lift and sculpt. They're comfortable, look so elegant, and are from one of Meghan Markle's favorite brands, so really, what's not to love about them?

These pants are truly timeless and are guaranteed to become your new pair-with-everything bottoms. Make like Lively and team them with a sparkly mesh top and fun accessories.