Love it or hate it, if you’re going out on New Year’s Eve you need to look good.
Like, really good.
Luckily, there’s no shortage of no-fail options in Toronto when it comes to the big night – whether you opt for a group dinner or an over-the-top party.
So if you’re still looking for your NYE-worthy style, these four spots can help…
1. For Going Glam: Poor Little Rich Girl
A visit to Poor Little Rich Girl is worth the mission to North Toronto; there’s a reason why it’s a staple for some of the city’s red carpet regulars.
In an environment that feels as though you’re shopping in your best friend’s closet, the boutique offers everything you could possibly want when it comes to event wear with a selection that covers all price points and styles. This means everything from a fancy dinner or cocktail party, to an over-the-top gala. A well-curated assortment of brands include celeb favourite Torn by Ronny Kobo, BCBG, Nicole Miller, Wish, and Keepsake, just to name a few.
But because your dress isn’t complete without accessories, the store also has you covered in the jewellery department, offering favourites like House of Harlow and Shop Jayu. The best part? The store is known to be generous in the sales department (especially this time of year), making it easier to look get that editorial-worthy NYE look for less.
2. For the Fabulous Dinner or Cocktail Party: JoshuaDAVID Pop-Up
If you’re heading to dinner at a hot restaurant to ring in 2015, you’ll find what you need at the JoshuaDAVID pop-up store in The Atrium at Bay (595 Bay St.).
The popular Montreal-based women’s boutique is here until the end of January and offers a range of stunning separates (and ones that photograph well for NYE) and dresses that are “cocktail attire” appropriate but not over-the-top fancy. They also have an assortment of fun, affordable(ish) accessories, like Rebecca Minkoff and Mackage purses, and jewellery by Jenny Bird. The store even does footwear, so you can complete your look with boots or pumps, depending on where you’ll be counting down to midnight.
As an added bonus, the store is currently offering up to 60 per cent off remaining fall and winter fashion and accessories.
3. For Everything Accessory-Related: Gilding the Lily
Just because the ever-so-popular Christmas Market has shut down for the season doesn’t mean The Distillery District should be ignored until the warmer months return.
If you’re looking for a stunning assortment of unique accessories to complete that NYE look, Gilding the Lily is busting at the seams with them, some of which you won’t find anywhere else in Canada. Its latest addition includes accessories from Canadian womenswear and jewellery brand Beaufille, which has exploded onto the Canadian fashion scene as of late.
Gilding the Lily is owned by celebrity stylist Annie Jagger, who’s worked with half of Hollywood, including names like Jessica Simpson, Bradley Cooper, Matt Damon, Nicole Ritchie, and Vanessa Hudgens, among many others. So, yeah, she knows her stuff.
For a Revitalizing Blow Dry: Civello Salons
If there was ever a time to splurge on a blow dry, it’s on New Year’s Eve.
Actually, it’s pretty much mandatory.
A far cry from your typical run-of-the-mill blow dry bar, a trip to one of Civello Salons’ three Toronto locations (downtown, midtown, and uptown) is an experience in itself. You’re able to unwind from the holiday craziness and prep for the big night with perks like a scalp and shoulder massage with soothing Aveda oils while you sip on some signature Aveda tea. Not to mention, only Aveda products will be used on your hair – which means it will probably look just as good the next morning when you roll into 2015.
Cover image from: Gilding the Lily