Congratulations: you've survived the gift-giving guessing games, the frantic mall parking, and those ridiculous ugly sweater parties that the Yuletide guarantees. But the holiday "joy" ain't over yet, folks. A bigger social threat looms on the horizon of 'Ole Saint Nick's departure: New Year's Eve.
Now hard-hitting questions arise: "What do I do?" "Where do I go?" and "How the hell am I going to get my drunk ass home at the end of the night?" (hint: Uber equals financial suicide). And as crucial as every one of those queries may be, all of them pale in comparison to perhaps the most daunting of New Year's Eve questions: What am I going to wear on those last hours of 2014?
In order to quell your sartorial anxieties, Cultist has buddied up with some of the best menswear and women's boutiques in Miami to outfit three main designer breeds living in the 305. Not only have we whipped up suggestive ensembles to rock at night pre-countdown, we've also put together six additional day-outfits so you can gracefully bid adieu to 2014 and ring in 2015. Let the shnazzing-up begin!
For The Soho Shmoozers:
The thought of welcoming in the new year with a quiet night at home shatters your sanity to its core. Instead, being seen in crisp designer rock-a-wear while flocking among Miami's elite in a Soho House-type setting is your version of cozy. And before the champagne-shower shenanigans of the night ensue, mimosas served up at the last brunch of the year consume your hectic daytime schedule.
Where: MVM in Wynwood
Who: MVM store owner, Melissa Mosheim, and MVM publicist Iman Hasan of The Workshop
Melissa: "It's a festive day and I love color so this day-to-night transitional skirt from Bailey 44 and my favorite sweater from Clover Canyon is the perfect combo between flirty and sporty."
Iman: "The skirt has got a summer feel to it, yet the jacket on top keeps it wintery. I'm feeling blues this season, so I have a blend of light and dark blues working for me here. But the best part is the elastic waist band on the skirt, that way I can really stuff in the carbs before really behaving myself next year."
Melissa: "This Jay Godfrey dress just screams New Year's Eve. It has a nice shimmery sheen without being over the top sparkle."
Iman: "I just moved down from London seven months ago so this outfit represents what I would wear there - minus this fur coat! I love the color of the dress and the chunky accessories really bring it all to life. I paired the dress with Alejandro Ingelmo booties (courtesy of Capretto in South Miami), who always does a great job of coming up with a sexy shoe without bordering on hoochie-mama."
Where: OFY in Mary Brickell Village
Who: OFY storeowner, Ofir Farahan
"I feel cool as fuck in this; I always dig a neutral palate."
"My strategy for New Year's Eve has always been underdressing is overdressing - not too stuffy. A Marino wool blazer with a fitted checkered shirt on top of a pair of J Brand skinnies and United Nude Chukka boots (exclusively sold at OFY) makes it all feel very solid yet comfortable."
For the little Hipster Around the Corner:
NYE celebrations of rooftop gatherings with fancy wine names you dare not attempt to pronounce, and tailored anything, make you queasy. The only place worth chilling at on the beach is The Broken Shaker with an Old Fashioned in one hand and a burning cigarette in the other. New Year's Eve consists of last minute outfit-grabbing and "throwing things together" because procrastination is your hobby-turned-profession of choice - and because you're just cool like that.
Where: Electric Boutique
Who: Look-book stylist and Assistant Buyer, Carol Perez
"December in Miami is still pretty hot, so this denim cape is light and perfect for an added flare to an otherwise basic outfit."
"This outfit is far from sparkles, but will totally set yourself apart from the rest this New Year's Eve. The white of oversized shirt dress symbolizes new beginnings, and adding the fur coat and thigh highs off sets the masculine look of the dress, automatically making it sexy."
Where: The Webster South Beach
Who: Markus Ekman, Store Manager of The Webster South Beach
"I like to dress easy during the day: Fear of God from Los Angeles is making some really cool tee's and are perfect for warmer climates. I always try to add some fun color to my looks, hence the Valentino sneakers."
"It's a bit of a rock'n'roll but still dressy. The Neil Barrett shirt adds a lot of detail with the neutral contrast. And you can't go wrong with a good leather jacket."
The New Miami Set:
A street-style photog's sauciest fantasy in the making, your steeze paves the way for the future of Miami's fashion scene. Based off your affinity for layering and bold statement pieces, New Year's Eve was pretty much gifted to you by the holiday gods. And while everyone else will opt to be land-locked this year, you'll settle for no such nonsense and celebrate the arrival of 2015 on your friend's souped-up boat docked off of the Mandarin by night and seek New Year resolution inspirations at a local street-art gallery by day.
Where: Style Mafia in Wynwood
Who: Founder and storeowner, Simonett Pereira
"The faux-angora hand plus the color of this boxy top is great; this is totally something one should wear on the last day of the year."
"I'm all about wearing suit-sets and I love how special this piece is; all of the beads and studs are hand sewn on, and give a very festive look to the overall outfit. The set has an Aztec-y print vibe, but somehow it's dressy."
Where: UNKNWN in Aventura Mall
Who: Assistant Manager Reggie Barthelemy
"This outfit is designed for a man who is in love with tonal color and materiality: a vintage-inspired, boucle sweater by APC partnered with a fleece jogger with gold hardware complete a look of youthful sophistication."
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"Our store revels in edge and defiance to kick start the New Year, and this outfit couldn't have captured those elements more flawlessly. A punch of print brings an elegant rawness to a lightly layered knit under shirt and ripped denim jeans in a look that is part Gentleman's Quarterly and part Army Surplus."
There it is Miami -- your guide to looking great as you kiss another year goodbye. So get shopping, get dressed, and throw back a few drinks.