New Year's Eve conjures up some mixed emotions — there's the excitement of a fresh start, the anticipation of a perfect celebration, the nostalgia for the past year, the anxiety of finding the right outfit and the right person to smooch at midnight. And then 3, 2, 1 ... and you're done. It's a bit of a letdown, right?
Now, we like a good party as much as the next girl, and we jump at the chance to wear something extra-special — but we want to make the most out of this no-holds-barred, no-sequin-left-unturned time of year. And since we love a smart purchase, we're hooking you up with some party-ready pieces that you can wear well into 2012. These genius finds will blend seamlessly into your wardrobe for work and for weekends, and some of them are pretty darn affordable, too. If we had some confetti, we'd toss it up in the air right now — that's how excited we are.