Searching for that one jaw-dropping outfit to make your New Year’s Eve totally unforgettable (and highly Instagrammable)? Well, sometimes to go forward in the fashion realm, you need to take a step back. Mentally transport yourself to a few decades ago, and you’ll be smack-dab in the middle of an era where being glamorous was the norm and getting dressed up to the nines for even the most casual A-list soirée was non-negotiable.
You couldn’t have turned up to Studio 54 wearing jeans and a tee. Oh no, it was all lights, camera, action when it came down to choosing party ensembles. The sparklier the better. The more risqué the better. The more elaborate and memorable the better. All of which is to say it makes sense that many looks from the time are still inspiring new generations of partygoers.
We’ve delved through the archives to select the after-dark celebrity looks of the past that have stood the test of time, looking just as iconic now as they ever did. From Bianca Jagger’s glitzy red halter dress through to Edie Sedgwick’s saucy take on the LBD, keep reading to see our favorite old-school party outfits.