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Outfits Under $100: 3 Sparkly Looks for New Year’s Eve

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Mark Twain once said,

“New Year’s is a harmless annual institution of no particular use to anybody, save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks and friendly calls and humbug resolutions.”

He failed to mention sequins. And sky-high heels. And va-va-voom make-up. Yes, New Year’s Eve is an excuse to put on your best party attire, toast to the good times, and dance the night away. And in my opinion, there’s no better time to wear something sparkly. It’s one night of the year when you’re encouraged to dress to the nines — anything goes.

Regardless of whether you’re hitting the hottest club or just staying home to watch the ball drop on the tube, infuse some sparkle into your New Year’s Eve outfit with these tips and suggestions:

  • When wearing a sequined or sparkly garment, keep your  jewelry basic. You don’t want something that competes with your item’s sheen.
  • Keep everything else simple. You don’t want your outfit to get busy, so let one shiny garment stand out – the other items will act as accents.
  • Try one bright pop of color. If your sequined/shiny garment is neutral (such as black or white) pair it with another item in a bold hue for extra pizazz.
  • Stay classy, not tacky by balancing how much you reveal. An outfit that’s tight and sparkly and sheer and has cut-outs might be too much for most party atmospheres. Those elements are all trendy in their own right, but combine them into one look, and you risk channeling a Jersey Shore wannabe – so proceed with caution!
  • Take beauty risks. Changing up your usual make up routine is a must for special nights out on the town. Try false eyelashes for an instant dose of glamor or put on a bold red lipcolor for a pout that’s ready for that midnight kiss.

Now that you’ve read our tips for dressing for NYE, here are three New Year’s Eve outfits under $100 each!

Outfit #1: Hot Pink & Hot Pants

Outfits Under $100: NYE - Hot Pink & Hot Pants
Product Info: Cardigan, Top, Shorts, Booties, Tights, Bracelet, Necklace

Sequined shorts are a modern, trendy way to add sparkle to your outfit. They’re unexpected, sexy, and fun – everything a proper New Year’s Eve look should be! Wear them with opaque tights so they’re cold-weather-ready. The tights, paired with dark wedge booties, will make your legs look mile-long. Tuck a loose-fitting white top into the shorts to balance the proportions of the ensemble. Finally, slip on a hot pink boyfriend cardigan for a fabulous pop of color and warmth to boot.

Outfit #2: Sophisticated Sparkle

Outfits Under $100: NYE - Sequined & Sophisicated
Product Info: Blazer, Dress, Heels

This luxe look is sure to turn heads at any New Year’s Eve shindig. With a neutral dress and classic shoes, the bedazzled blazer takes center stage. But that micro-mini dress is fabulous in its own right, too; the color may be basic, but the crisscrossing layers of tulle are anything but. Because the sparkly blazer makes up a majority of the outfit, jewelry isn’t necessary.

Outfit #3: Dancing Queen

Glitter dress for New Year's Eve
Product Info: Dress, Heels, Tights

Light up the dance floor in a disco-worthy sequined dress, a New Year’s classic. This sparklicious number has a flattering sweetheart neckline and a simple shape that works on most body types. For an unexpected jolt of interest, wear with opaque, jewel-toned tights like these teal ones. The black shoes play off the black accents in the dress, and the cut-outs on the heels allow the teal to come through, making your legs look super long!

Beauty Bonus: Try these on NYE!

Liven up your beauty routine for New Year’s: Try a bold lip, smoky eyes or sparkly nails!

Makeup and beauty products for New Year's Eve
Product Info: (Clockwise) Gold Shadow, Silver Shadow, Glitter Eyeliner, Gold Nail Polish, Sparkle Nail Polish, Silver Nail Polish, False Eyelashes, Berry Lipstick, Red Lipstick, Plum Lipstick

What do you think?

What are you wearing for New Year’s? Do you usually dress up and go out, or stay home and watch the celebration? Do you have any NYE traditions? What do you think of these outfits? Please leave a comment!

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20 Responses to “Outfits Under $100: 3 Sparkly Looks for New Year’s Eve”

  1. 1
    December 21st, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    The last dress, the sequined blazer, and the shorts are all amazing! (A bonus – I love the pop-of-color cardigan!) I love these ‘Outfits Under $100′ posts – thanks for all the great work, Ali!(:

  2. 2
    December 21st, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Ooh, the last is my FAVORITE. I’m all about sequins year round but for New Years it makes it okay.

  3. 3
    December 21st, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Also, speaking of sequins, this was totally my prom dress:
    http://images3.chictopia.com/photos/PeachyMomo/3762536600/3762536600_400.jpg

    I’m thinking of getting it tailored into a mini dress and it would be perfect for New Years with a black blazer!

  4. 4
    December 21st, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    You have some really interesting ideas here – I think for a few I’d actually have to SEE the pieces all together on an actual person (Idea! You guys should start MODELING your outfit ideas!). But you really sparked my interest here – now I need to make my plans to THEN get my outfit correct! Love NYE dressing!

  5. 5
    December 21st, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    I LOVE sequin blazers, but word of advice– try it on before you get it. I’ve tried a couple in Forever 21 and the fit can be unflattering so I don’t recommend just purchasing online.

  6. 6
    December 21st, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    I love dancing queen last year I wore a mini with shoulder pads and ankle booties have to think what to wear this year

  7. 7
    December 21st, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    They’re all very unique and I love number two!

  8. 8
    December 21st, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    I love that last outfit! :)

  9. 9
    December 22nd, 2010 at 12:02 am

    i love all of these!! I have a pair of sequin shorts and a few sequin dresses, but I haven’t tried a sequin blazer yet…I just might have to!!

  10. 10
    December 22nd, 2010 at 3:16 am

    love sequins
    damn i hvnt even though about wat to waer fr new year
    love all three ideas
    im thinkin about goin with the shorts

  11. 11
    December 22nd, 2010 at 6:52 am

    I love this trend! Outfit #3 is my fav, although I would definitely pair it with a black blazer! I’m all for sequins, but I don’t know if I’m ready to go full-on disco ball…yet ;)

  12. 12
    December 22nd, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    The second outfit is nice, but there has been a lot of posts on sequins lately. I’d like to see what other trends I can look forward to.

  13. 13
    December 23rd, 2010 at 2:05 am

    I agree with Erica on the sequin thing… that being said, I love all of the looks you put together! My NYE plans are always pretty casual, so I never get the opportunity to dress up like this :/

  14. 14
    December 27th, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Love the 3rd outfit!

    Ali-
    I’m going to Mizzou next year and I think it would be awesome if you would do some “Looks on Campus” like the other authors do, I’m not from around there and I would love to see how others are dressing. :]

  15. 15
    December 28th, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Have to have some big eye lashes for new years….!

  16. 16
    December 29th, 2010 at 4:55 am

    That many sequins on any piece of clothing isn’t something I’d try, but I like the pink minidress :) and I usually just wear whatever and stay at home on new years’ eve.

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