Men’s Outfit Ideas for New Year’s Eve 2021. The last NYE of the decade is upon us, gentlemen, and before us lies a whole new year. No matter how 2020 developed for you, the chance to start afresh and take the coming 2021 by storm is yours for the taking.
With tidings like these, who wouldn’t want to mark the occasion by dressing to the nines for whatever celebratory event is presenting itself to you? Whether you plan on schmoozing in front of the television with family, braving the wintry night air for fireworks, attending a dinner party, or partying with a date, we have got you covered with 27 fantastic outfit choices to pick from. Let’s get started!
What to Wear on New Year’s Eve for Men
Before we start looking at our roundup of outfits, we have a couple of go-to tips, as well as some dos and don’ts to keep in mind when dressing up for NYE:
- The nature of the event will determine your outfit choices. Are you braving the club scene? Are you attending a black-tie soirée? Or are you planning on a date with your significant other? Each type of event requires something a little different, so keep reading to see our outfit picks for the same.
- Keep an eye on the weather if you are planning on partying outdoors. A sturdy (but stylish) winter coat should definitely be calculated into your ensemble if you have any intentions of starting 2020 off on a healthy foot (and not with hypothermia).
- NYE is the one event you can depend on that justifies dressing up – so don’t be afraid to go all out. While it’s unlikely you’ll need to drag out the old wedding suit (don’t do that… unless you are going to a black-tie event – but more on that later) ditch the basic tee shirt and sweatpants combo and opt for an outfit that stands out and makes a statement.
- A house party and a dinner party are two different things. What you wear to chill at your best mate’s house is going to differ from what you wear to your boss’s dinner party. Keep this in mind and dress accordingly.
With these tips out of the way, let’s look at some outfits!
↓ 27 – NYE House Party Outfit
For a house party, aim for a look that bridges the narrow gap between casual and smart-casual. A tee-shirt under an open blazer with jeans or slacks is one option. You can wear this outfit with white sneakers or polished up Oxfords depending on how smart you want to look.
↓ 26 – Be Confident
For a slightly more classic look, you can opt for an Oxford shirt under a thick cable-knit sweater with black jeans or Chinos. This kind of outfit is not so dressy that you’ll feel like a tool but stylish enough that you stand out in the room. After all, this is your chance to get off on the right foot for the coming year. Get it started right with a look that radiates confidence and masculine appeal.
↓ 25 – Polished Look
For our third house party look, why not try playing with some contrasting tones like a light gray jacket over a navy blue sweater. This sharp and sophisticated look can be tweaked and adjusted to suit your own style, like switching out the polished dress shoes for white sneakers or ditching the jacket to make it look a little more casual.
↓ 24 – New Year Dinner Party Outfit
A dinner party calls for smart-casual wear so think Oxford shirts, suit jackets, blazers, and Chinos, amongst others. For this kind of occasion, you can be a little sleeker with your outfit choices and, dare we say it, a little bold. Suits are definitely acceptable but you can forego the tie to keep it from getting too formal.
A suede or velvet blazer over a pale blue or gray Oxford shirt is an excellent option. It’s incredibly stylish and looks fabulous with some charcoal gray pants and dress shoes. Check out the image below to see what we mean.
↓ 23 – Bold
If you love something a little less conventional, give a look like this a try. A dressy ensemble like this makes a bold statement and showcases your individuality. Opt for tailored pieces to make the greatest impact.
↓ 22 – Tailored Pants Can Make A Difference
Here is another twist on the deep red jacket that carries strong NYE vibes. Fabric options include corduroy, suede, and velvet. Tailored pants and a contrasting tie take the look to a whole new level.
↓ 21 – Fun & Fabulous
Our final dinner party outfit incorporates jeans with a suit jacket and a pale blue Oxford shirt. This smart-casual ensemble hits all the right notes and looks stylish without being showy.
↓ 20 – What to Wear to an NYE Black-Tie Soirée
Heading to a proper black-tie bash this NYE? There’s no need to stress. While the demand for formal-wear might seem a little daunting, the rules for black-tie are usually the same and only require a few things. With that being said, check the dress code of the event to ensure you know what to look for.
While the classic tux is the obviously traditional go-to, you can also get away with a black suit and crisp white button-down if you don’t have a tux. Wear a bow tie, not a necktie and make sure it’s hand-tied. Dress shoes are important and should be well-polished.
↓ 19 – Black Tie Event Outfit
When it comes to black-tie, your individuality will shine through with things like accessories. The shape of your bow tie to the style of watch you wear are ways you can express your personal sense of style, so feel free to experiment but keep it classy, gents.
↓ 18 – Dressing Up For Semi-Formal or Formal NYE Event
The changing of the year is a momentous event and all sorts of opportunities may crop up for you. If a formal or semi-formal event lies on your NYE horizon, then here are some ensembles for you to choose from.
A bow tie can take your look to the next level instantly. Pairing a sleek dinner jacket with a button-down and sizable bow tie is a class-act move and is sure to make you stand out, no matter the kind of event.
Looking for some more inspirational ideas to rock a suit? Have a look at our 16 Amazing Men’s Suits for a Sharp Look.
↓ 17 – Hottest Color For 2020 – Burgundy
Another option is this fabulous combination of black suit and burgundy-red turtleneck (a welcome choice for the time of year, certainly). Top this ensemble off with a wool coat for traveling to and from the event venue.
↓ 16 – Can You Wear A Suit For New Year Eve?
You can also opt for rocking a three-piece suit. This classic choice will never go out of style and is the perfect expression of classic style and masculinity. A silk square is optional. If it’s possible to get your suit tailored then consider investing in the option. It will take the look and fit of your outfit to the next level.
↓ 15 – Buttoned Up
Here’s a great outfit breakdown you can take inspiration from:
↓ 14 – How To Dress for a Date on New Year’s Eve
If you have the lucky chance of a date on NYE, then use the opportunity to wow your significant other with a contemporary, well-styled outfit. We think this button-down shirt and leather jacket combo is a perfect choice. Ladies love a well-dressed man and with an ensemble like this, she will most definitely be blown away.
Things to keep in mind: the fit of your outfit. An ill-fitting pair of pants or oversized jacket will take away from your look.
Another classic option is a suit jacket over a button-down. This is a great date-night look for NYE as it will show that you put thought and time into your appearance and she will appreciate the effort.
↓ 13 – Formal & Dressed Up For Her
Our last suggestion for an NYE date night outfit is this one right here. Take a page from a throwback Zac Efron look and go monochrome with your outfit. It’s classic and classy and she will love it.
↓ 12 – Budget-Friendly Outfits
Are you struggling to find options within your budget? We have included a video tutorial to help you out. Check it out below.
Video Tutorial: Affordable Men’s New Year’s Eve Outfits
Also, be sure to have a look at How to Make Bow Tie and 16 Cool Ideas to Wear Bow Tie.
↓ 11 – Outdoor NYE Party Outfit
When it comes to outdoor celebrations on NYE, the most important factor is the weather. If it’s a chilly night, then it’s best to plan an outfit that you look and feel good in. Consider a thick turtleneck sweater with a jacket (a fur-lined collar is an easy way to up the style factor instantly, plus its extra warmth). You can pair it with jeans and boots.
↓ 10 – Comfortable & Warm Outfit For New Year’s Eve
Not only will you be super warm with an outfit like this, but people might have a hard time keeping their eyes on the fireworks with this level of sleek, sophisticated style in their midst.
↓ 9 – With The Leather Jacket
If you prefer a more casual option, this hoodie sweater and leather jacket combo is killer.
↓ 8 – What to Wear for Staying-In
Even if you are staying-in this NYE, you should still dress to impress. It’s a special night and if you’re lucky, you’ll get to spend it with special people. Commemorate the experience with an outfit that shows thoughts and effort, even if it’s a nice tee and jeans. You can go all-black, which makes you look instantly cooler or go a step further by swapping the tee for a pullover sweater or button-down.
↓ 7 – For The NYE Family Events
↓ 6 – What to Wear to go Clubbing on NYE
If you are going clubbing on NYE, you are a brave dude indeed. Showcase that bravery with a bold look like a standout blazer with slacks. This kind of blazer is something you can only get away with on NYE, so take the leap and give it a try!
↓ 5 – Rugged
But because sparkles and sequins don’t appeal to all guys, here is a more tame look for you rugged fellas. Ripped black jeans, boots, a soft green jacket is a great understated look that commands attention in the most subtle way possible.
↓ 4 – Smarten Up Your Ripped Black Jeans
Another stylish option is to go all black with a crewneck sweater, jeans, and shoes, and add a contrasting colored jacket like a creamy brown or beige. Style your hair a la GQ to really tie the look together.
↓ 3 – Smart Casual Attire
For our final clubbing outfit suggestion, check out this slightly more casual look that incorporates a russet autumn brown hoodie topped off with a charcoal gray jacket and light-wash jeans. The colors are the magic with this look. Stick to warm tones and mind the fit. A baggy jacket doesn’t sell this look as well as this fitted jacket does.
↓ 2 – Sweater Weather
We hope we have covered all potential forms of NYE celebrations that may have come your way this year. But if not, here are two incredibly stylish outfits that may fit the bill:
Whatever the occasion, wow the crowd with this fitted navy blue crewneck sweater and pants combination, perhaps even showing off your months spent at the gym. The accessories are key to this look. A sleek pair of sunglasses, a brown leather belt, and an expensive watch tie the look together.
↓ 1 – Classic Modern Attire
Last but certainly not least is this classic-modern ensemble that incorporates a crisp white perfectly tailored button-down and a gorgeous charcoal gray suit. It is all about the fit with this look so consider getting the whole thing tailored.
And that wraps up our NYE outfits for men post! We hope you at least got some inspiration for whatever event you are attending and clocked some good ideas to tuck away for anything else that may crop up in 2020. Remember, whatever you do wear, it’s all about confidence and style. So wear what you feel good in and have fun with it. After all, the best outfits are the ones you enjoy wearing.
R.H. Elias is a freelance writer, aspiring author, and freelance transcriptionist. She is a homebody all the way and loves curling up on a cold, rainy day with a good book and a warm cup of tea. Her favourite pastimes include reading, writing, and watching period films. She currently lives in Puerto Rico.