My $25 New Year’s Eve Dress and Full Outfit Photos

Dear Friends,

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas with friends and family! I took Wednesday off work to have a little downtime after the holiday busyness. I did some shopping at Hobby Lobby and TJ Max for a few new décor goodies for my living room, then had my six-week hair appointment. I met friends and had some delicious Thai food at Saffron, followed by a glass of wine at PrimoVino/Cask. I even got some more reading in and finished my current book–The Famous Bouvier Sisters. If you admire Jackie Kennedy Onassis, I definitely recommend this book about her and her sister, Lee Radziwill.

Really there couldn’t be a better post to drop Jackie and Lee’s names than one about fashion! They were both the epitome of fashion in the 1960’s, with Jackie shaping an entire generation of dress during her brief 1,000 day stint as First Lady. Lee, however, upstaged her sister in this department for a lifetime. I wonder if they would approve of the outfit I’ve put together for New Year’s Eve!

img_5841As I have for each of the two previous years, I turned to ThredUP for a New Year’s Eve dress search. For the last two years I opted for a knee-length dress, which was a great idea for dancing. However, last year we had a bitter cold snap on New Year’s Eve and it was just seven degrees when we left shortly after midnight. Last year’s royal blue dress at least had long sleeves, but it did little to keep me warm with my legs fully exposed to the frigid air. This year, I decided to search for a full-length dress. I found a gorgeous ivory dress from Lulu’s with rhinestones around the collar, and a lovely thick fabric for $25–brand new with tags still attached!

It fits like a dream, it covers my legs while still allowing movement for dancing, and perhaps the best part–I can take my Chucks along to wear on the dance floor and no one will be the wiser! The first year that I attended the St. Jude’s fundraiser event in my town, I wore heels and didn’t take flats. The dance floor was covered in spilled drinks, so going shoeless to dance was not an option. My heels were comfortable enough that my feet felt fine, but my knees were screaming the next day. I spent my New Year’s Day on the couch with my feet propped up and ice packs on both knees! This year I’m going to dance to my heart’s content, while keeping my knees and hips happy.

earringsNow for the fun part–the outfit! Since the dress has rhinestones around the collar, I didn’t need to worry about a necklace. I did, however, need some pretty dangly earrings that would go with the rhinestones on the dress. When it comes to costume jewelry, sterling silver tarnishes quickly, so I went on Amazon and looked for an inexpensive pair that I could wear for just this one occasion, so I didn’t need to spend a fortune to buy something that would never tarnish. I found these dangly cubic zirconia’s that will sparkle just long enough to make it through New Year’s Eve. They were only $8 on Amazon!

img_6027I already have a pair of sparkly silver Guess pumps that I purchased from someone on Poshmark for my New Year’s Eve dress last year, so I will wear those with this dress. I also already have a small, deep purple Newport News clutch from ThredUP that I bought for my New Year’s Eve dress two years ago, and that shade of purple looks stunning with this dress. Which means the earrings were the only purchase I needed to make to complete this outfit!

So without further adieu, I give you my finished New Year’s Eve outfit, for a total price of $33!


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I wish you all a very happy and safe New Year!


Author: Loren Miller

I'm a Midwestern woman living my best and healthiest life, fueled by passion and caffeine. I follow the Mediterranean diet, I'm a yoga newbie, and a hiker and general explorer of the outdoors. I adore fashion and dressing up, and finding amazing, quality designer pieces through thrift shopping. Most all of my outfits have at least one thrifted item--saving my wallet and the planet one designer top at a time <3

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