Goodwill Gems: Ring in the New Year (Stylishly, Of Course)

Note: This week only, we’ll publish the Gems column on Tuesday instead of Wednesday, to help out in those New Year’s Eve fashion emergencies. Lauren’s column returns to AGoodLook on Wednesday, January 8. And don’t forget to keep your New Year’s Eve style rocking through 2014!

Celebrate the season in Goodwill fashion. New Year’s Eve, the biggest –and some would say– the most overrated party of the year is upon us! But don’t let high expectations for the holiday end up getting you down. Have fun with your festive fashions on “the big night” by relaxing about the whole thing and keeping potentially crazy expenses in check.

Lack of funds at the end of the holiday season doesn’t mean you have to settle for less than stellar New Year’s Eve fashions. Your local thrift will probably have tons of great dress selections, but after you’ve chosen the perfect focal point, you can accessorize it with some beautiful gems right from Goodwill, too, like this glittering crystal necklace. The deep ruby-red colored crystal in the center of the teardrop at the end of the piece is dramatic, and the perfect hue to beautifully complement any festive holiday dress. The clear rhinestones surrounding it and covering the whole length of the chain add extra sparkle and glam factor to this luxurious-looking bauble.

rhinestones and colored crystal necklaceFeel like a million bucks on New Year’s Eve, without spending a fortune, by shopping for glamorous-looking accessories made of less pricey items, like rhinestones and colored crystal instead of real gems.

Instead of going all out, just look like you did. This shimmering, divine necklace would make any lucky lady feel sophisticated and is just right for a special occasion like New Year’s Eve. The longer chain and teardrop shape of the final cluster of crystals makes it ideal for pairing with any dress that shows off your décolletage (in a classy way, of course). The blue dress pictured here (also a thrift store find, of course!), has a lovely and slightly unusual neckline that’s perfect for showing off a gorgeous piece like this one. The straps on either side seem to frame the chest, exactly where the necklace would fall, drawing everyone’s eyes right to your gorgeous, shimmering statement accessory.

flowing bright blue dressFor an easy but elegant New Year’s Eve look, trying pairing a stunning and sophisticated necklace like this one with a simple flowing dress in a beautiful bright hue, with a flattering neckline just made to show it off.

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

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