New Year's Eve fashion

Von Z owner Jenna Zielbauer (left) pictured out a head-to-toe outfit from her store for New Year's Eve. (Samuel Gove / For RedEye / December 3, 2013)

"For New Year's Eve, it is fun to get a new dress, something that's really flashy, but how many times are you going to wear that dress again?" said Jenna Zielbauer, owner of Bucktown women's boutique Von Z (1872 N. Damen Ave. 1N 872-206-5954). "Probably never, and it's probably going to be really expensive."

So when we asked Zielbauer to put together a countdown-ready look with items from her shop, she kept a few key things in mind. "The biggest thing for me is [to] pick an outfit that you're comfortable in. You don't want to be in a dress that's too tight, too short, 'cause that is going to affect your evening," she said. Versatility is also important. "With this outfit, I tried to put together pieces that you could incorporate in your daily wardrobe after New Year's Eve is over. It's fun to step it up a notch ... so these pieces are a little quirky."

STATEMENT NECKLACE
A wow-worthy necklace is the easiest way to dress up an outfit. "It doesn't require a lot of thought; you don't have to think about mixing and matching bracelets and what not. It's just the right amount of sparkle for the outfit."
Pictured: Jeweled necklace, $38

SKIRT
"The faux leather legitimately feels real," said Zielbauer of this blue-and-black skirt, which has the dramatic look of leather without the price tag of the real thing. "It drapes like it's real, feels real to the touch and it has a little bit of stretch in it too, so it's meant to be form-fi tting ... but you can move and dance and be wild."
Pictured: Pink Stitch faux leather skirt, $86

FUR VEST
A fur vest, whether it's real or faux, "is a nice touch," Zielbauer said. "It adds a chic element to it." Unlike a bulky coat that you'll likely have to check when you get to the party anyhow, this functions as a part of your outfi t with the bonus of keeping you toasty.
Pictured: Jin Diao fox fur vest, $143

TOP
"It has a chiffon feel, [and it's] a little bit see-through, so if you want to wear a black bra under it for New Year's Eve, that's really fun and sexy."
Pictured: Dex striped blouse, $48

SHOES
Zielbauer picked gold heels for this ensemble, but said that any shade of metallic—from bronze to silver to rose gold—is fun for holiday parties. "I think its nice to wear a statement shoe, just because you might be dancing and it's a good focal point," she said. "And I do like the pointed-toe stiletto; I think it's a really sexy shoe, regardless of whether it's metallic or not."
Pictured: Schutz leather heels in gold, $190