50 New Year’s Eve Dresses Under $150
Christmas has come faster than we can yell, “Pass the ‘nog!” which can only mean one thing: New Year’s Eve is right around the corner. If you’re like us, you’re ready to get all pretty and pampered to welcome in this beautiful New Year, but you don’t want to break the bank. That’s why we’ve hunted down some of the most show-stopping outfits for your big night out, all under $150. They’re sure to keep you on point and on budget as you sip that bubbly.
1. Sequined Fringe Cami Dress ($30): A classic black sequin dress combined with one of the best vintage details? Um, yes please.
2. Liquid Shine Mini Dress ($98): This dress is effortlessly cool, but with with the right touch of classy.
3. Ethnic Print Sequined Dress ($129): For all you pattern lovers out there, don’t let a little party harsh your style. Pick up this number and dazzle in an abstract dress that is all you.
4. Mesh-Paneled Bodycon Dress ($18): Form-fitting and flattering, this snug dress is classy but alluring, with long black mesh sleeves and a strategically placed cut out.
5. Snake Foil Bodycon Dress ($68): Walk into the room looking like the diamond that you are, wrapped in liquid silver, and you’re sure to stun.
6. Lace Sequin Mini Pencil Skirt ($35): Separates more your thing? This skirt and top (which can be purchased separately) come together to form a classy ensemble that reads fancy, fun and young, not dowdy.
7. Sequined Stripe Bodycon Dress ($25): Keep all eyes on you with this sequined, horizontal- striped mini. If you’re not a sleeveless girl, this dress has you covered (literally) with a t-shirt-like fit up top.
8. Ciao Bella Navy Blue Sequin Maxi Dress ($59): Show some heart with this dramatic dress. The focus is on the low-cut V neck, balanced perfectly by simple pleats.
9. Sequined Velveteen Dress ($33): Make like Iggy and hug your curves in all the right places with a velvet dress, detailed with sea-green sequins.
10. Hearts Delight Dress ($128): Don’t put away all the bright red just yet, especially when it’s in the form of delicate lace and a modest neckline.
11. Sequin of Events Green and Pink Sequin Dress ($49): Never settle for one sequin color. Outdo every other sparkly party goer with this drippy, dazzling rainbow dress.
12. Olive and Oak Young Money Gold Dress ($67): You’ll always be golden when you step out wearing this bombshell, body-wrapping mini. Pair with a bright red lip, if you’re feeling extra bold.
13. Rhinestone and Sequins Dress ($50): If you’re a “less is more” type of gal, this sweet, relaxed dress is 100 percent your fit. Detailed with rhinestones and sequins, you have enough of the sparkly factor without feeling overpowered by it.
14. Short Work Sequin Dress ($148): Hide curves or accentuate them — your choice — with this angular black mini. Large sequins add some intrigue when placed in an upbeat, razzle-dazzle pattern.
15. Lipstick Boutique Plus Baroque Insert Bodycon Dress ($93): Upgrade your little black dress with these intricate golden appliques that act as one beautifully bodacious border.
16. Opera House Gold and Black Midi Sequin Dress ($49): Headed to the theatre for the evening? Err on the dramatic side with this closing curtain-patterned dress.
17. Metallic Surplice Dress ($25): Dress up like the precious
metal gal you are with this soft, graceful mini.
18. Little Mistress Wrap Skirt Pencil Dress ($57): Show the world what a #girlboss you are with this bold pink dress, adorned with a studded neckline.
19. Sequin Slip Dress ($140): Keep cozy and classy with this gold slip dress. It may not hug every inch, but it still goes the distance.
20. T-Shirt Sequin Fringe Dress ($143): Just because it’s a fancy night out doesn’t mean you have to shake your unique style. Instead, shake this fringe and just do you.
21. Shake It Up Fringe Vegan Leather Dress ($78): Vegan leather and fringe? This dress just exudes awesomely bad-ass babe vibes.
22. Lucky You Blush Sequin Dress ($53): Make that special someone turn an adorable shade of pink by surprising them with this rosy, feminine outfit.
23. Mesh-Paneled Bodycon Dress ($30): Feeling extra courageous? Grab this tight, hot pink dress with flesh-colored cut outs that only accent your bangin’ bod.
24. Bleacher’s Pet Black and Brown Print Shift Dress ($34): It’s a jungle out there. You might as well take a walk on the wild side with this cheetah-print mini.
25. Strappy Pleated Maxi Dress ($105): Be a humble stunner with this maxi dress. Though it’s a bit subdued in color, it still comes out twinkling with gold pleats.
26. Kimchi Blue Satin Salma Halter Maxi Dress ($129): Sit down, sugarplum fairy, there’s another magical lady donning a beautiful purple-pink shade. This gorgeous maxi may have a simple look, but that color screams fierce.
27. Cape Sleeved Straight Dress ($80): For those of you craving a simple black mini, this dress gives you what you want, but with a quietly cool sleeve.
28. In A Flurry Aqua and Lavender Sequin Dress ($68): Snowed in? Who cares! Dress like you’re in the tropics with this sequined oceanic-toned dress.
29. Deep Down Dress ($68): The sky’s the limit with this bright blue mini. A simple low V in the bodice is echoed in the skirt with a wrapped, inverted V shape. V. cool.
30. High Neck Cut-Out Skater Dress ($50): Let’s bring in 2015 with a touch of the ’90s. This velvet mini may have some modern touches, like the side cutouts, but it still reminds us of our favorite decade.
31. Sexy Gold Wrap Maxi Dress ($105): With a skirt that inches up and a neckline that inches down, this liquid gold maxi is definitely not your mom’s maxi (though it does nod to that awesome era).
32. Cameo Night Sky Cobalt Blue Leopard Print Dress ($113): This dress is an animal of a different color, with eye-catching blue spots that are all your own.
33. Chi Chi Plus Plunge Neck Lace Skater Dress ($72): Silver and black are two classic tones that have the power to do amazing things… like create our new favorite dress.
34. Ring My Bell Cutout Dress ($108): The clock may strike midnight, but if you’re wearing this dress, we guarantee no one will be watching that ball drop.
35. Keepsake Romantic Rebel Burnout Lace Skater Dress ($150): Do a large-and-in-charge lace look with this mini, which also has a flirty flare at the waist.
36. Premium Bonded Skater Dress With Lace Top ($124): This dress is a perfect example of why pastels should never go out of style. It’s cute, yet classy.
37. Flying Saucer Silver Maxi Dress ($49): If you can’t tell, metallics are coming back in 2015. Or did they already come back? Either way, there’s no going back to dull with this sleek silver maxi.
38. Illusion Yoke Crepe Sheath Dress ($148): This black dress may cover you up with a midi cut on bottom and a soft mesh up top, but it hugs your hips Shakira-style.
39. Keepsake Reckless Metal-Collar Mini Dress ($130): For the timeless cool girl, this dress can either go punk with some rocker boots or gracefully elegant with black or bright stilettos.
40. Badgley Mischka Glitz Gown ($90): Be runway-ready at a moment’s notice by renting this gorgeous, glittering gown. Nude makeup is a must with a dress this fabulous.
41. Embellished Neck Skater Dress ($58): It’s sweet and simple in black and white. This dress is two opposites that feel right together, especially with a neckline embellished with colorful bobbles.
42. Trouvé Sequin Slip Dress ($98): Expose a little less, but say a little more with this midi maroon number outfitted with a completely sequined front.
43. White Room Embroidered Bodycon Dress ($98): If shapes are your thing, this dress has you almost covered. And we’re not just talking about the modern pattern. With a mesh cut out and skin-tight look, this dress will be giving you shape all night long.
44. Mesh Yoke Color Block Dress ($110): Hello, gorgeous. This dress takes color blocking to a whole new level with an eye-popping color you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere, or on anyone else.
45. Jay Godfrey Red Eye Gown ($125): This exquisite dress covers up in the usual maxi-dress places, but adds some surprising side and chest cut outs.
46. Ecote Starlight Strapless Dress ($89): Get all glitter and glam on the go with this flirty, gold mini. Let the dress take center stage by toning down your makeup or just playing up your eyes with some dark shadow and liner that echoes the black details on the dress.
47. Club L Plus Size Sequin Two in One Dress ($48): Are you a fan of The Great Gatsby? Show the world a bit of your West Egg mentality with this Fitzgerald-inspired design.
48. After Party Vintage Rebecca Dress ($88): Start 2015 by showing your gusty side and a little cleavage. P.S. If you live in a snow-ridden area, don’t forget your faux-fur coat!
49. Jill Jill Stuart Down With Love Shift ($70): Just because you get cold easily doesn’t mean you should sacrifice style! With long sleeves and giant, circular sequins, this dress is practical with a pop of style.
50. Skater Dress in Premium Velvet Burn Out ($124): This dress is a little ’70s and a little ’90s, yet totally 2015.
What are you wearing for your New Year’s Eve bash? Would you rock any of these dresses? Let us know in the comments!
Artist Dev Heyrana On How Bravery, Resilience and Sunshine Influence Her Work
Ever meet someone who you feel immediate kinship with on a deep almost spiritual level? That is legit every person's experience upon meeting Dev Heyrana, the star of this edition of Creative Crushin'. A fine artist, hip hop dance teacher and constant collaborator, Dev's particular brand of creativity is one-of-a-kind. She manages to be warm, welcoming and woke, with a focus on inclusivity, social justice and motherhood that comes through in every piece of art she creates.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and one of many humans who has benefitted from Dev's boundless generosity and kindness. We first connected at a launch event, then I asked her if she and her family would like to model for a B+C shoot (they did!), then months later, I asked the IG universe if anyone would be down to co-parent with me for a day so I could speak at a conference. Dev said yes! And for those that know her, none of these serendipitous moments are surprising.
Now it's time to delve more into Dev's story, her creative inspiration, her thoughtful approach to parenting and what makes her more passionate than ever about bringing her point of view and artistic voice into the universe.
Anjelika Temple: First, foundations. Where did you grow up? What is your heritage? What did you study in school? Where do you live now?
Dev Heyrana: Born in The Philippines and immigrated to the U.S. when I was 9 years old. Me and my family are from the island of Cebu and I'm a proud Cebuana. My childhood in the Philippines felt like freedom. I had my swimsuit in my backpack for whenever we decided to swim and I biked everywhere.
Immigrating here at 9 yrs old was a transition, to say the least. My parents had big dreams but the move was heavy on them. It wasn't easy. I had to grow up fast. I took care of my sisters while my parents worked night shifts. By the age of 12 I would cook dinner and get my sisters ready for bed. Something I didn't realize was that kids my age didn't do those things until I got older. We would play these make-believe games to make, in hindsight, our hard situation brighter.
I think this is really when art played a big role in my life. It was something I could escape in and always felt healing.
I witnessed racism towards my family and didn't know how to make sense of it. These events left a mark. I was a quiet kid and observed everything and everyone around me. I think about my grandparents, Lolo Jose and Lola Rita, a lot as I walk through life. When I make decisions. As hard as it feels, you have two choices, do you let it take you down or take it one step at a time forward. I kept going and it really shaped me as to why I am the way I am today.
I studied Fine Arts at The Corcoran in DC. I owe that decision to my art teacher, Mr Giles, in High School. He was retiring and wore a Hawaiian shirt every day during my senior year. He was a curmudgeon and I felt incredibly special since out of everyone in the school he really believed in me. As grumpy as he seemed to the class, he would tell me things like "Go into the other studio and break some glass, then put it on a canvas." He's the reason why my abstract pieces have elements like clay and sand in them.
I've had incredible mentors and all were teachers. Mr. Giles in High School and Christine George in College. Christine was the one who told me to go either to New York or San Francisco because "D.C. is no place for an artist like you." She told me to not listen to anyone, how I can still paint, be a graphic designer, and, if I choose to, have a family. I've never had anyone tell me anything like that before.
I took a chance because of her. Moved and went to Design School in 2006 and I've stayed in the Bay Area ever since, raising two girls with the love of my life.
Anj: You are one of those magical human beings that has figured out how to be a full-time artist. What was your career path like before you were able to dive fully into your creative passions?
Dev: The most radical thing I could have done in my family, I did, I went to college for Fine Arts. A mix of being so young and having to do it on my own, I went with the school that gave me more scholarships. Even then I worked three jobs to be able to get through it. Hard work is ingrained in me.
With my sculpture background, I fell in love with Print and Packaging and why I came out here to San Francisco. I appreciated the security of having a career in Graphic Design. I also learned how to work with clients and the business side of things. Even then, I never stopped painting.
A few years ago I went through a pretty hard time with my health. I dealt with six surgeries in one year and I still have to do some follow-up ones. That experience almost broke me and what got me through was my family and painting in bed while I recovered.
When I finally got back on my feet, my heart just wasn't in Graphic Design anymore. So I made a two year plan. With a toddler and a mortgage, I wanted to make sure my steps were thought out. I put myself out there as an Artist while I still worked in Design. After a year I worked part time as a Graphic Designer and stepped down from my Creative Director position. I loved it, to be creative as an Artist and as a Designer. I looked at 2018 as my year to make the jump. If my work as an Artist balances out with my salary then I would quit in the Summer of 2019. And so here we are. I also am sharing a studio with my good friend, Naomi PQ, and I feel like my creative drive is just beginning.
Anj: What do you love about painting? How do you feel when you're in a creative flow state?
Dev: Like every part of me is free. Free to express myself through the stroke of my hand. How all of it leads back to my heart. These elements I use to paint have a mind of their own and how I need to respect the process.
It centers me and reminds me that the process is just like the life we lead. I know I still have so much more to learn but while I'm painting no matter how it's going, I'll embrace this moment.
Anj: You reference your roots quite a bit in your work. Talk to me more about how your roots inspire your work.
Dev: One of my earliest memories is of my Lolo Jose teaching me how to water mango saplings. He converted to Buddhism when my mother was young, so he viewed the world with love and kindness. I didn't realize it then but watering those mango trees were life lessons. We need to take the time to nurture, practice patience, and respect all living things. I still imagine him walking beside me often, carrying his teachings as I find my way in this world.
Nature and the Sun drive my pieces. My abstract works are fragments of moments. Like the sunset I grew up with when I was seven years old in the Philippines, like how I saw the water in Cebu when I dove in as a young adult, and like when I saw the redwoods with my children for the first time.
I see earth in our skin and especially when I paint people. How our mango trees grew and blossomed because the dark earth was rich with nutrients. I imagine the Sun piercing through these women I depict. I paint their love and bravery because their resilience cannot be contained. I want to celebrate all of it.
This is the beauty of Art, I am able to paint exactly how I see it.
Anj: Motherhood and your daughters are also central themes in your work. How has motherhood changed your approach to creating artwork?
Dev: Everything. I was still deep in my Design Career and I would paint at home. One day Quinn, who was 3 years old at the time introduced me at the park to a mom. "This is my mom, she's an Artist." It struck me that my toddler knew who I was more than I knew myself. That's really when I really owned it. I am more fearless because of my girls.
I own my body, I thank people when they compliment me, and I am selective but fearless when I use my voice. I am more in tune how I speak about myself because of them. When I paint these women I want to celebrate them. I notice how I embrace myself is translated in my paintings.
Anj: What advice can you give to parents who are trying to tap into their kiddos' innate creativity?
Dev: I don't have a lot of guidelines set up. I'll say "Let's draw the biggest fish we can draw" or "how many silly lines can we make" and I let them lead me. They ask me questions, show me things, and I sit there with my coffee watching their eyes wide with excitement. Watching them in their creative process is pure joy for me. Those silly lines can turn into a dragon or waves and next thing we know, we're drawing a big beach scene. My advice would be that you can suggest something to start it off but be open to how they take it. It is such a beautiful window into their minds.
Anj: Shifting gears to HIP HOP DANCE! Talk to us about his component of your creative expression.
Dev: I loved the Hip Hop scene in DC and discovered how much fun the clubs were in college. My friends told me about this Hip Hop Crew I should try out for, I was so scared because I've never taken a dance class in my life. I got in and it was like having another family. We competed all over the East Coast, it was a blast!
I found hipline when I started my first Design Job and needed an outlet. It was exactly what I needed and one of the owners asked if I was interested to teach. I've been teaching there since 2009 and am still going strong. It's a wonderful community of women. Now we're virtual and reaching clients all over.
Anj: What does a typical [pandemic] day look like for you? How does it differ from your rhythm before COVID?
Dev: I've been practicing being kinder to myself lately. Both me and my husband work full time and so having the girls at home is a challenge. Some days we are amazed by how smooth it went and then there are others where if the girls are clean and bellies are full, it's a total win.
Now that we're on month 8 our rhythm before covid felt more chaotic to be honest. I felt like we were always rushing out the door while carrying so many bags. Now my husband and I try to have coffee together, if he has a break from his meeting, and we sit with Quinn before school to see what she has to do for the day. Rowan's preschool closed down but we were able to find a wonderful speech therapist for her and she has an Adventure Pod we go to two times a week.
The one thing we really try to do is go outside once a day. Have some magic in their childhood no matter how small. It could be just going up for a hike by our home and picking up leaves, riding our bikes, or watching the sunset from our window. Seeing how the girls' react to these adventures we have is pure magic.
Anj: When you get creatively blocked or burnt out, how do you reset? Do you have tips you can share?
Dev: I go outside. I go out for a hike or go to the beach. Even if it's 15 minutes, something about grounding yourself in Nature is really healing. I also do exercise where I doodle for two minutes because it feels doable. Judgment-free doodles, always opens the doorway to more.
Anj: I know firsthand that community-building is huge for you. Tell us more about what your support system and creative community looks like.
Dev: I feel a lot of love and strength when I think of my community. My relationship with my sister led the way what women supporting women looks like. It's listening, asking questions, remembering, cheering for all the wins, being there even if it's hard, and taking time to invest in them. The way me and my sister show up for each other is why I have these amazing women in my life. I can talk to them about my family, motherhood, and we're all trying to balance it all while sharing my most recent project. I feel really blessed especially looking back in my college years where I don't know where Art would take me.
Anj: When you need to give yourself a pep talk, what does it sound like?
Dev: I usually take a deep breath then say or think "One step forward". Most of the time, I'm scared (as shit) but the thought of not trying scares me more. That one step forward can be hard as hell and maybe even heartbreaking, but I have to try.