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Lara O'Connor

The bSmart Guide to New Year's Eve Looks for the New You

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Does anyone else feel like New Year’s Eve is kind of underrated?  It doesn’t have the gastronomic wonders of Thanksgiving, nor the soundtrack of Christmas, or even the eight-day-long staying power of Hanukkah–but still, there’s something about it.  Maybe it’s the champagne or the feeling of a new beginning.  In actuality, I think my love for New Year’s Eve stems from the excuse to buy a new cocktail dress.  I’ve picked my favorites from across the Internet (most of which you can find at your local mall, too!), so whether you’re wearing them with stilettos or sneakers, you’ll look great and they won’t clean out your wallet before the New Year! 

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The Sequin Dress

Pinko, $176 at Yoox // H&M, $79.99 at H&M

I personally will be wearing sequins – what better way to kick off 2017 than in sparkles? I highly recommend wearing a sequin dress with a black leather jacket. It’s the ultimate cool-girl look, and it looks great with ankle boots or sneakers, too!

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The Little Black Dress

Current/Elliot, $101 at The Outnet // H&M, $12.99 at H&M

Is there anything more apropos than the little black dress?  This Coated Denim Current/Elliot Shift looks great year-round and may even be office-appropriate.  Looking for a wallet-friendly option?  This (extremely well priced!) Satin Slip from H&M looks amazing with a sheer or mesh turtleneck underneath and a pair of statement earrings.

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The Jumpsuit

Norma Kamali, $135 at FarFetch // Madewell, $170 at Net-a-Porter

A jumpsuit goes anywhere with ease and comfort, but this Madewell one is black-tie ready with a pair of strappy heels, and this Norma Kamali one looks just as good with platform peep-toes as it does with slip-on sneakers.

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The Statement Dress

Equipment, $108 at The Outnet // Topshop, $70 at Topshop

This year, so many of my friends have picked out completely over-the-top colorful looks.  There really is something so fun about wearing a dress that takes you out of your comfort zone, and I think that these will look great with subtle accessories and makeup.  This Topshop dress would shine with a pair of tights and glittery heels, and this Eqipment dress is just begging for a dark matte lipstick.

Whatever you’re doing on Saturday night, you’ll feel best if you’re wearing something that gives you an extra boost of confidence and helps you feel ready for what’s to come in 2017.  We only get this opportunity for reflection and resolution once each year, and dressing for the you that you want to be next year is a total power move.

 

Lara is a senior at Scripps College, where she studies Philosophy and Economics. She lives between Southern California, Hudson, NY and New York City.

 

 

 

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