10 dresses under $100 for a banging New Year's eve
Save money and look good
We don’t know about you, but after the expense of that little thing called Christmas, we could all do with a little thriftiness (okay, a lot). But unfortunately, New Year’s eve doesn’t care that you’re poor.
If anything, it’s going to go out of its way to make sure you have the most expensive night out of the year. But don’t panic.
Whilst there’s not much you can do over the price of your party ticket, there’s a way to keep the cost of your outfit down at least, and, thankfully, it doesn’t involve fashioning anything out of a paper bag.
We’ve found 10 ensembles which a) cost under $100, and b) look more expensive than they actually are, so you can slide right into that VIP section without anyone even batting an eyelid.
NYE is synonymous with glitzy party dresses, but what if you just want to wear a comfy pair of trousers? The good news is, you can.
Although they’re skin-tight, the stretch on the trousers will allow you to show off your curves without feeling like you have to breathe in all night, which is even better news if you want to stuff your face with a good meal first.
The trick with all black is to mix different textures. The vinyl look from the trousers goes great with mesh, which will also dress the outfit up.
Wear with a cami top underneath, or just a bra if you’re feeling more daring. Finish off with some big gold earrings and you’re good to go.
If you don’t want to go head-to-toe sequins, try a bold sequinned top, which you can tone down with a versatile A-line skirt. The high neck on this top also saves the need to find a necklace (win) – just add any pair of silver earrings to continue the glitz and top it all off.
As a bonus, investing in a staple skirt like this means you’ll be able to use it in your day wardrobe too. Just add a jumper or tee to tone it down for the daytime, or even a blouse or floaty top to get away with it in the office.
So really, what we’re trying to say is, it’s a completely guilt-free buy. You’re very welcome.
Don’t be scared of a jumpsuit – style them well and they might just be your new best friend. Apart from when you go to the toilet that is, which is an absolute pain after a few drinks when you’re bursting to go and can’t deal with life. But it’s completely worth the effort because, my oh my, they can look good.
The culotte style adds a flattering look to the leg, and the clingy upper-half will nip you in at the waist. Make sure to pick a good shoe with a decent height heel to elongate the leg, which you’ll need with this style. A patent boot will add sharpness alongside that sumptuous velvet, rounding it all off.
Wear with or without a mesh top underneath, depending on the look you want to go for.
For a Jessica Rabbit-esque silhouette, a clingy bardot with thigh-high slit might just turn more than a few heads. It isn’t for the faint-hearted but if you’ve got the figure to pull this off, what better time than NYE to show it off?
Team with tousled hair and a strappy sandal for a sultry evening look. If you want a bit of sparkle, add an embellished clutch or twinkly earrings, but with a dress this bold, there’s not much else you’ll need to do.
The beauty of a wrap dress is it’s luxurious, classy, looks good, but most importantly, feels kind of like you’re wearing a dressing gown, which is great as the more comfortable you’ll be, the more confident you’ll be too. Not to mention, handy, should you get too drunk and accidentally fall asleep in your clothes, not that you’d ever do that. Obviously.
The elasticated seam and tie belt will cinch you in for a flattering fit without being too tight, and those trumpet sleeves add an on-trend finish.
Pair with simple, sparkly silver earrings to stand out against the black, and hit the dance floor.
Did someone say showstopper? Go head-to-toe gold, why not eh? It’s new year after all, and that dress is just begging to be taken out some place nice.
Go with a bold red lip, which will stand out against the all gold, and highlight those upper cheekbones with a golden highlighter for a sun-kissed shimmer to bring the look together.
Match with a pair of plain block heels or sandals. The chunky heel on this pair from Zalora will stop your feet from hurting after hours of dancing and the slight frill detail adds a nice subtle touch.
This is the last sequin dress we’ll feature, pinky promise, but look at it – how could anyone resist? The simple halter-neck style looks classic and beautiful in all-over pale pink sequins, giving it more of a muted feel even though it’s draped in layers of glorious shimmer.
Add a simple drop earring and keep hair up in a sleek ponytail or bun to show off the halter detail, and keep the shoes light in colour to complete a co-ordinated look.