• Madelynne Juenger

Thrifted Thursday: New Year's Eve Look Book

It's that time of year again, folks! Time to say goodbye to the old and hello to the new! A new year! A new resolution! Even a new "you"! (If you're into that.)

But not everything has to be necessarily brand new. Sometimes a tweak or a twist will do just fine. Especially when it comes to your closet.

If you're anything like me, you'll want to use this night as an excuse to become the human embodiment of a disco ball. And if you've done any shopping in your local mall lately, then you'll know that this feat is quite easy to attain. A five minute trip to any store, and you'll be walking out with a bag full of glittery tops galore.

However, fast forward to the night of the party, and you might realize that a few other people

had the same exact idea. Not only are there five other gals sporting the same glittery top as you, but the seams of said top began to rip somewhere in-between the conga line and your stellar rendition of the cha cha slide. Ah, the never ending let downs of fast fashion.

But have no fear! For I present to you: a thrift store! The cheap alternative that benefits you, your wallet, and the environment!

I dragged my lovely friend Meghan along to our local Good Will in order to scour the racks and to supply you with some inspiration for your own unique NYE finds.


As I said before, New Year's Eve and glitter are one and the same in my mind, so finding myself drawn to a black velvet dress was a bit of a shocker. However, when thrift shopping it's important to consider the outfit as a whole rather than as an individual piece. A simple long dress will become quite the opposite once paired with shoes, jewelry, and the works.

I spotted these heels soon after picking up the dress and they were just the right amount of outrageous purple that I needed. Not only were they exactly my size, but they also perfectly matched a lip color that I already owned. A true match made in heaven.

The rest of the outfit fell into place after that. A borrowed pair of earrings, a necklace from my sister, socks from my suitcase, and voila! A colorful, quirky New Year's outfit for less than $10!


Meghan's dress was already a golden, polka-dotted dream, so it made more sense to stick with a classic NYE color scheme rather than to throw in any unexpected colors to the mix. The layered dress matched perfectly with a small golden handbag we picked up and reaffirmed my faith in fate and thrift stores.

We later paired it all with another necklace from my sister's closest, brown flats from mine, and a box of sparklers. Because they are truly the perfect New Year's accessory.

Happy New Year and happy thrifting!



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