Let’s be serious: December 31st is all about fancy outfits, beautiful shoes that hurt your feet, copious amounts of glitter and confetti, nonstop flowing bubbly and lip locking at midnight. It’s also a time for #YOLO moments and maxing out credit cards on the actual eve, or even leading up to it, trying to get your outfit in order. Don’t be that girl this year. Instead, heed the advice of these pros when it comes to looking chic, when you’re broke AF.
Turn to the Apps
You should never pay full retail prices when there are so many good deals around the holidays. Just ask Kate Franco, Senior Director of Merchandising and Product Marketing at Poshmark.
“New Year’s Eve is one of those times where everyone scrambles to put together the perfect look and then they end up spending too much money on something they’ll only wear once. Poshmark is a great place to discover amazing pieces, without spending your whole paycheck,” she says.
When those amazing pieces also happen to be by designers like Louis Vuitton, Prada, Rag & Bone, and Marc Jacobs — at up to 70% off — that’s even better. Plus, you don't have to wait on long annoying lines. You can shop from your couch, on your phone.
“Another great thing about Poshmark is that you have over two million ‘Seller Stylists’ at your fingertips that can help style an outfit for you, and answer questions you might have about an item in real-time, much like the experience of shopping in a physical boutique,” says Franco. “And of course, one of the best hacks of all is to create a revolving closet. You can resell your clothing and accessories on Poshmark and use the funds to purchase new winter staples, without leaving the app or depleting your savings.”
Make the money you just spent on that NYE dress back? Sounds like a win-win to us!
Another successful hack is to go the rental route, with options like Rent the Runway and VillageLuxe, a new app that lets you rent major pieces like Hermes bags and Alaïa heels directly from their owners.
“Women in New York are really the most daring and unique and the closets on VillageLuxe reflect this,” says designer Charlotte Ronson, who even has pieces from her own wardrobe on there. 85Y86type87text88contents89our dream closet is essentially at your fingertips for a very affordable price. It also gives you the chance to wear something a little more frivolous that you wouldn’t necessarily feel right buying.90type91text92contents9394
New York socialite and DJ Harley Viera-Newton agrees, saying, “I love that VillageLuxe creates an opportunity to wear something you really love as a sort of ‘Cinderella’ moment.”
We can definitely relate to having #CinderellaGoals when the ball drops, so now’s the time to charge your batteries and start perusing these stylish sites!
Don’t Knock the LBD
“You could be wearing a basic little black dress from your closet, but if you have the right bling you're good to go,” says My Style Pill blogger and personal shopper Christine Cameron.
“Buy some pretty jewelry from BaubleBar (most items are under $50, but look $$$$) and dress up your LBD with statement heels or an oversized necklace. That way you won't break the bank and this hack allows you to shop your own closet.”
DIY Your Mani
Between hair, makeup, nails, and any other type of pampering you want to partake in, the cost for beauty services can start to reach scary territory. You may want a bottle-popping gel manicure, but those tiny little designs can be $70+ sometimes. Take matters into your own hands (literally) with these tips from celebrity manicurist Mar y Soul, who perfects the tips of celebs like Gigi Hadid and Lady Gaga.
229imPRESS Gel Manicure won’t peel off because of their dual layer adhesive and they have an improved cuticle area that won’t snag. They also come in tons of mix and match designs. Even if you’re running late for your party you can run to Walgreens
If you’re not in the Miami or New York area, there’s also Glamsquad, which offers similar packages at a higher rate, but they have locations in LA and will come directly to you. First timers also receive $25 off their booking, so woo hoo for newbie deals!
Now, get ready to get your party on.