Getting the New Year’s Eve Look

A new you on an old budget

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Finding the right celebration spot for New Year’s Eve always tops the to-do list for the holiday season. But once that’s covered, finding the right outfit can sometimes make – or break – the night.

Ladies and gentlemen, before you [re]commence your search for the look, check out these tips for shopping on a budget.

Take inventory. Dig through your closet for barely worn shirts, pants, skirts, dresses and shoes, before heading to the store. How many times have you bought an outfit for an event only to wear it once? No need to go through the hassle again.

Accessorize. Ladies, accessories can turn any old ensemble into a lively new piece. If you’re trying to revamp a cute blouse or dress, throw on a pair of ultra-sparkly earrings or necklace. Don’t be afraid to try something new, it’s New Years Eve after all. Forever 21 and Claire’s are just some of the many stores that sell inexpensive costume jewelry. Don’t forget, almost every store has drastically slashed prices, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, and Macy’s.

Mix and Match. Guys, if you already have a button-down shirt, try adding a sporty blazer or sweater for a clean, sophisticated look. Blazers also work well with classic graphic t-shirts. A simple pair of slacks or jeans and a nice smile will bring it all together. Of course, we girls can also do a little mixing and matching too. If you’re trying to bring out your inner diva in 2009 visit Like.com and learn how to make your own celebrity look-alike outfit for cheap.

I’m no fashionista, but I like to visit The-Fashion-Bomb.com for tips for recreating a celebrity look. You can even submit the celebrity outfit you’d like to recreate for a detailed break down on where to find similar pieces at different price levels.

Here’s a little tip I picked up from Lynette Khalfani-Cox, the Money Coach. If you have a favorite store that you’re looking to shop at to complete your look, perhaps Bebe or Express, Google the store name and the phrase, “coupon code.” This will allow you to pull up discounts offers online that aren’t listed on the store’s Website.

Are you doing any extra shopping for a New Year’s Eve look? Share your tips on how you’ll cut costs and manage the perfect look.

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