3 Cool-Girl Approved Party Looks

How many times have you stood in front of your closet feeling totally bored with what’s hanging in front of you? It’s a simple truth: creating chic, affordable, party-ready outfits again and again—without spending a fortune—can be a struggle. Thankfully, Alexandra of To Vogue or Bust is here breaking down a few simple style tricks to help you repurpose those seemingly boring pieces in your closet for your next night out. Read on for three fresh and edgy outfits sure to give your wardrobe a much-needed boost.

Velvet + Animal Print

Velvet was totally on-trend this year, and choosing a piece in a neutral tone (like this black one from Joe Fresh, under $50!) means you can work the trend into your everyday and elevated looks. This results in some solid cost-for-wear, which is often a struggle for more trend-driven pieces. Play up the texture with accessories that create some texture play, like an animal print bag and heels and some glam jewelry layering. (They’ll shine all the more in contrast with the luxe velvet!)


Statement Coat

The easiest way to completely transform a look? Add a statement jacket! Faux fur, shearling, or teddy coats have seriously trended over the years, which means the availability of incredible pieces has never been better than in recent years. If you have a staple gown you adore but you’ve already gotten some serious mileage out of it, just add a statement topper and the dress will get whole new life.


Leather + Sequins

Sequins are an easy way to elevate any party look. Switch up your sequin play this year by choosing an embellished camisole (which can easily be re-worn throughout the year) and add some serious edge with leather pants and a killer moto jacket. Keep the accessories sleek and classic. To enhance your outfit, add a smoked-out eye for a tough, glam edge, or accessorize with a coordinating clutch.