This $36 Zara Dress Is The Fashion Girl Way To Do NYE


If you’re balancing a packed social calendar and work deadlines, you've most likely had zero time to think about what you'll be wearing to ring in 2019. Adding to the stress of finding an outfit is the hefty price tag that can often come along with securing something special to sip Champagne in while you count down. You'll be happy to learn that you don't need to start off the new year low on funds from an expensive outfit, because there are seemingly endless amounts of cheap New Year's Eve dresses this season just ready for you to slip on for the night.

Don't let the word "cheap" fool you — in these cases, it only applies to the price tags. Retailers you know and love have elevated styles that'll still bring the festive flair, but won't make you cringe when you pull out your credit card — a win-win in any shopper's book.

For those who want the traditional glitz of an NYE ensemble but don't care to look like a human disco ball, you can rejoice in knowing there are inexpensive options available. Dresses like this dark silver long sleeve style from Zara, $35.90, bring the sparkle and shine in a more understated way that'll still turn heads. Plus, with a pair of sleek ankle boots, it's a ridiculously chic look that'll stand out in a crowd of outfits covered in sequins.


Animal prints were a huge trend this season, and if you're in search of something different this year, the print could be the way to go. Make a statement in this velvet leopard print dress from Shopbop; it's regularly $99, but you can add this power print to your wardrobe for only $59.40 right now — just add in a little shimmer with your makeup look or jewelry. Looking for a longer silhouette? Try this tiger print satin slip dress from Topshop for $75. Wear it with a faux-fur black stole on Dec. 31, and then slip a black turtleneck underneath as you make your way through winter.

You can't go wrong with a little black dress, especially when it's under $75. One like this ruched mini from Pixie Market, on sale for $59, provides a blank slate for adding in all your favorite glittery accessories. Take the dress to the next level with a pair of shoulder dusters dripping with crystals or an embellished shoe. An even less expensive option is a fitted velvet dress for $45.99 from Mango. Looking to keep it minimal? All you need is a sleek pump, a pair of drop pearl earrings, a red lip, and voilà — you'll have an elegant look that'll wow all night.

No matter what you're looking for — metallic, velvet, satin — you'll be able to find a frock that suits your style and your budget. Ahead are 15 dresses that'll have you ready to toast to a new year.