Party Time! Need Some Cheap Going-Out Clothes?

Put together a memorable outfit by shopping these great bargain sites

My birthday is in a few weeks, and while I am not excited to be another year older (especially this year — it's a real doozy of a milestone b-day) I'm still very excited for the plans that are in store. My friends are taking me out for drinks, my long distance fiance will be in town, and I have tickets to a live taping of one of my favorite shows. Everything's set except for one major detail: what the heck am I going to wear?

My goal is to look simple and polished but young, hip, and well, a bit dazzling (hey, it's my birthday!). I'm thinking about sleek skinny pants, fabulous pumps, and a notice-me shirt in a bright color, like this tangerine Woven Mix One-Shoulder Top (shown, $34.48 at ASOS). The viscose material is soft and form-fitting, and the color is so juicy and fresh. I also like how the asymmetrical style adds a youthful, modern vibe. If you haven't checked out ASOS, don't delay — the UK-born store is teeming with trendy clothes at budget prices, and the looks are unlike anything you'd find in your local mall.

If I do end up wearing this top, I'll need some bold accessories to complete the look, such as an eyecatching cuff. I love this pricier RJ Graziano bracelet in gray, but I was able to find something similar on the cheap — the Studded Stretch Bracelet ($10.80 at Forever 21). Forever 21 is another go-to site of mine for affordable party pieces, especially the vast jewelry section. I spend a lot of time drooling over bracelets and earrings at high-end boutiques, and I'm usually able to find wallet-friendlier versions here. Think I'll also be picking up these Chains Peacock Feather Earrings ($3.40 at Forever 21) as the finishing touch on my birthday look.

When you need a fun, fresh party outfit, what's your go-to store? Chime in!

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