We love any excuse to get dressed up, but there’s something electric about getting ready on New Year’s Eve. The possibilities for the next 365 days are endless, whether you’re dressing up to the nines and swilling champagne at a soiree or having friends over to watch the ball drop from the comfort of your couch.
But time is running short to get your best New Year’s Eve attire pulled together. (Not into sequins? We’ve got something for you, too.) We’ve pulled together entire looks, all the way down to shoes and jewelry, that won’t break the bank.
So go ahead; lay your entire New Year’s Eve outfit on your bed in full mood board style. Pop-clink-fizz; cheers to 2016!
Outfits $200 & Under
You can’t go wrong with a classic cocktail dress. Go for the gold in this champagne-colored number. Bonus: spend a little more for sequins and you can skip the jewelry completely and let the dress shine. A slightly strappy pair of heels mimics the simple straps on the dress.
(Dress, Nordstrom $140; Shoes, Nordstrom Rack $40. Total: $180.)
Looking for something other than a dress? Grab a tulle skirt in a midi length — elegance with a voluminous twist. Top it with a chambray button down for a streamlined look, and keep it comfy with a pair of bejeweled black loafers. Add a touch of bling with a large cuff.
(Skirt, bebe $99; Chambray shirt, J.Crew Factory $32; Shoes, Zulilly $15; Cuff GUESS $20. Total: $166.)
Outfits $150 & Under
So there’s six feet of snow on the ground. Bare legs are not an option, no matter how thick the tights. Enter the jumpsuit. Even better? A jumpsuit with pockets. This is not your usual New Year’s Eve look. Not only can you repurpose this for both work and play, you can dress a jumpsuit up by topping it off with a blazer and slipping on a pair of wedges, or dress it down with a denim jacket and some quilted ballet flats for a touch of texture. Skip the necklace and go for a pair of sparkly drop earrings instead.
(Jumpsuit, American Apparel $74; Blazer, Amazon $17; Shoes, Forever 21: $20; earrings, Baublebar $36. Total: $147.)
I can typically only wear a drop-waist jumpsuit or I can’t stand up straight without splitting the crotch open. So for all my ladies with long torsos, leggings are a great alternative. Top off a sequined pair with an oversized mock-layer sweater to balance out the slim line of the pant and add a fun ear cuff for sparkle up top. Ankle booties help ground this look.
(Sequin leggings, Nordstrom $68; Booties, JCPenney $30; Sweater, Kohl’s $25; Earrings, BaubleBar $20. Total: $143.)
Outfits $100 & Under
If you’re on a budget but don’t want to repurpose what you’ve already got in your closet, fear not. Purchase a great dress that you can wear to other functions throughout the year by switching out accessories or adding in a pair of tights.
(Dress, Nordstrom $24; Scarf, Maurice’s $16; Shoes, Maurice’s $39; Earrings, Baublebar $12. Total: $91.)
Not into getting dressed up? It doesn’t have to be all sequins and shine. Keep it ever so slightly real with distressed denim, a simple tee and a blazer.
(Jeans, Forever 21 $25; Blazer, Amazon $19; V-neck tee, Madewell $20; Shoes, Forever 21 $28. Total: $92.)
Are you on the hunt for New Year’s Eve attire on a budget? Check out our Pinterest board highlighting our favorite New Year’s Eve looks: