5 Last-Minute New Year’s Eve Outfits Using One $20 Dress


There’s no time like the present to fall back in love with your local shopping mall (it’s warm, there’s a food court, etcetera, etcetera). In the age of online shopping, it’s oddly easy to forget that there’s an option beyond clicking and waiting, but trolling the mall is a high school-throwback worth revisiting, especially if you neglected to plan ahead and order the perfect thing for New Year’s Eve. We’ve shopped out five different outfits—all centered around one perfectly festive dress—that you can most likely find at a shopping-plex near you.

Dress + Bodysuit

Layer a bodysuit underneath for a little bit of warmth (the leotard-like fit won’t give you the wrinkles or bumps a tee would).

H&M Dress, $20,; Gap Bodysuit, $45,; Ann Taylor Earrings, $60,; St. Xavier Clutch, $115,; Shellys London Mules, $99,

Dress + Faux Fur

Faux-fur wraps and ankle-tie heels feel super glamorous next to anything metallic, but work well with casual denim post-NYE.

H&M Dress, $20,; Forever 21 Scarf, $10,;  Old Navy Necklace, $4,; Edie Parker Clutch, $995,; Aldo Heels, $100,

Dress + Sweater

Pull a slouchy knit on over the dress for a look that feels more like separates (and dress down the shine with sneakers).

H&M Dress, $20,; Charming Charlie Rings, $14 and $12, charmingcharlie.comLOFT Sweater, $60,; Forever 21 Bag, $13,; Puma Sneakers, $100,