New Year's Eve Style: Winter-White, Bows & Sparkle

 This time of year wouldn't be complete without a little glitz, glam, and sparkle -- especially as New Year's Eve approaches. Cue all the sparkly sequin numbers! Whether you're celebrating NYE with a bang at all the premiere parties, heading out for dinner/cocktails, or keeping it low-profile with a small get-together at home, this look will have you dazzling for all of them!

Today I'm sharing a quick and simple way to transform a strapless sequin dress into a classy, feminine ensemble by wearing it as a skirt!
Styling a Mini Dress as a Skirt
By now, you know my affinity for re-styling some of my favorite pieces; I love breathing new life into them for a whole new look, getting the most use of them. Well, I'm doing just that by taking this $20 Forever 21 strapless, sequin mini dress and re-styling into a pencil skirt! I've actually done this for several years now with these types of statement pieces to break them up and keep them interesting. I don't like to spend a lot on seasonal pieces like this since I know I'll only wear them a handful of times each year. This dress fit the bill: gold, sparkly, fun, and super-affordable! This one, this one, and this one would also work well if you're searching for similar last-minute options! And since sparkly sequins are pretty much synonymous with New Year's Eve, you really can't go wrong with a splash of them!

Small Style Tip
To get the dress to lay just right, here's my small style tip: pull the strapless dress down a bit, so that the top of the dress sits just below the bust (just below your bra.) To anchor it and to smooth out any small lumps from the sequins, layer a tight bandeau-style bra or cami over it, making sure to cover the top of the dress to keep it secure. It may sound silly, but trust me, it works like a charm! I love that it allows you to wear a mini dress as a skirt, giving you another way to wear it! If it sounds too fussy for you, I've found a similar sequin pencil skirt that keeps things simple, allowing you to bypass this step altogether. ;-)

Partial to Peplum
Since it's been a bit chilly in the evenings, I knew I wanted to add a sweater for this look. What sweater drapes beautifully over a pencil skirt better than a peplum? Peplums are a girl's best friend. They don't swallow up your shape like most sweaters, highlighting the narrowest part of your waist, and then flaring out nicely over the hips for an ├╝ber-flattering silhouette, making you look amazing. See? Best friend. My peplum sweater is older from Ann Taylor, but they released a similar one this season here that would look darling (and it's on sale!). I also found another cute, winter-white one here that's worth a glance!
Put a Bow on It
Adding a bow adds an extra, special touch to just about anything, doesn't it? Bow pumps, bow-neck blouses, bow embellishments -- you know I adore them all! To keep this look dressy and festive, I added a navy, silk, sash belt and tied it into a bow at the waist. Super simple but oh-so-pretty! Any dark sash belt, long ribbon, or even a skinny scarf will do the trick. My sash is actually from an old Anthropologie dress, but here's a similar one for only $10 if you're in need of one! A navy or black sash belt works best in my opinion since it's the perfect contrast against the lighter, neutral colors of the sweater and "skirt."
More Sparkle, Please
If you want an extra dose of sparkle, add a crystal statement necklace and favorite crystal earrings. My crystal logo Chanel studs were a recent gift from my hubby, and I can't stop wearing them! Who says you need a special occasion to wear your favorite pieces? If you love them, wear them; I say treat every day as a special occasion!  

Fun, festive, feminine, and pretty: everything an outfit should encapsulate this time of year... especially for New Year's Eve! 

Thanks so much for reading, and I'm wishing you a fun, dazzling, happy, healthy, prosperous, and stylish close of 2017 and beginning of 2018! I hope it's all-around spectacular!

Much love,
Ann Taylor Peplum Sweater - old (current season here - on sale!, also similar here) //
Forever 21 Sequin, Strapless Mini-Dress - sold out online (similar here, here & here; similar pencil skirt here) // Navy Sash Belt - taken from an old Anthropologie dress (similar here - only $10!) //
Saint Laurent crossbody/clutch - sold out online (similar here, budget-friendly here) //
Chanel Crystal Logo Stud Earrings - gifted (similar here) //
J.Crew Crystal Statement Necklace - old (similar here) //
Jessica Simpson Nude Patent Pumps (here - on sale!, more sizes here)

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