Budget Stylista: New Year’s Eve

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It feels like yesterday that we woke up, blurred eyed and fuzzed headed, welcoming in 2010. But here we are again, New Year’s Eve. The one night of the year it’s perfectly acceptable to kiss everybody in sight at midnight and drink your body weight in champagne. It’s also the one night of the year when it’s totally fine to wear more sequins that a drag queen. New Year’s Eve is a night where you spend hours getting ready only to wake up with what looks like half the buffet table down your dress, and your perfectly applied lipstick all over someone else’s face. It’s also the perfect opportunity to buy something shiny and new.

Everyone has different New Year’s plans, so I’ve created three different outfits depending on your plans- Casual Party, Dressy Party and Night on the Town.  And yes, all three contain sequins. I’m not even sorry.

Casual Party

Shopping Info: Leather Bomber – Bluefly, $78; Skinny Jeans – Miss Selfridge, $30; Tank – Forever 21, $14.80; Pumps – Yes Style, $37.80; Scarf – Yes Style, $28.

This is an outfit for hanging out at a friend’s house with far too many a couple of drinks and watching the ball drop. Of course it’s got just enough sparkle and pizazz to make it worthy of New Years Eve. Red was definitely the color of the season and it adds a punch to a simple black outfit. Sleek skinny jeans look great dressed up with heels, and every girl needs a leather jacket for a rock-chick edge. Of course, the sequin tank top gives you a bit of NYE sparkle. Now is there any mistletoe left…?

Fancy Pants Party

Shopping Info: Dress – Old Navy, $2950; Peep Toe Pumps – Zappos, $52; Bracelet – Forever 21, $6.80.

I LOVE this dress. I’ll say it again; I LOVE IT. It’s as affordable as it is versatile. Plus, that whole one shoulder thing is super sexay. For something easy yet fancy NYE event approp, I paired the dress with some statement sparkly shoes and a large, chunky bracelet to bring in some color. But you could do anything with this! Opt for statement earrings and a stack of sparkly bangles instead. Or throw a glittery/sparkly belt on the dress and pair it with sexy black pumps. Or skip the sparkles all together and let your shoes make a different, but equally amazing statement.

Night on the Town

Shopping Info: Leopard Top – Spiegel, $29; Sequin Skirt – Forever 21, $22.80; Cropped Jacket – Debenhams, $40; Ankle Booties – Lulus, $38; Chandelier Earrings – Forever 21, $5.80.

If you’re going out with the girls then you need something sparkly. And sexy. The club is going to be packed so you’re definitely going to need something, anything to get the barman’s attention. And this sexy leopard print number should do it. Now don’t be spilling your three-times-the-usual-price-because-it’s-new-year’s drink down this baby, because leopard print was a huge trend this season and this gorgeous shirt would also be great with jeans for a cute daytime look. Of course, it had to be  a sequin skirt. And obnoxiously high heels. And chandelier earrings. Because it’s New Years.

COLLEGECANDY Writer
COLLEGECANDY Writer
I'm a 20-year-old British student studying in the USA spending far too much time painting my nails, reading style blogs and drooling over clothes I can't afford. Interested? Check out my blog- girl next door fashion
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