New Year’s Eve was set to be a write-off this year, with most of us expecting a night of socially distanced television-watching. However, with restrictions easing across the country thanks to some wonderfully low coronavirus case numbers, we’re now looking forward to a midnight countdown with close friends and family.
You might still be keeping things chill at home, or maybe you’re making a night of it on the dance floor at your local pub or bar. However you’re celebrating, we’ve got some great outfit ideas – from relaxed to super-sparkly.
Matching your threads to the fireworks? Yes, please. We’re particularly enamoured with the Bec & Bridge mermaid dress (that colour), but if you want to go the sequinned route, the It’s My Birthday dress by Pink Dusk will make you look like a disco ball (in a good way). Speaking of discos, Runaway’s disco pouffe mini is a rowdy party in dress form. The Ana cut out dress from Suboo is a `70s pool party dream, but for a more subtle sparkle the Simone Eyelet mini will offset a great (fake) tan. If you want to go for separates, this crop from Virgo’s Lounge is super fun. Perth label Dyspnea is known for its sparkly pieces, although they’re pretty out there – the Paris Circa 2004 dress gets our tick of approval both for its flattering shape and excellent name. And if you're looking for a bit more of a low-key sparkle, Bec + Bridge's Starlight top pairs back beautifully with denim.
Looking to turn heads? These bold-coloured pieces pretty much guarantee it. Alice McCall’s latest season is filled with pops of colour – we love the Memory Lane jumpsuit in particular. Loud pants are always a good mood – these Mara Hoffman trousers in punchy orange get our pick. Melbourne label Sister Studios is doing a lot of colour in its latest collection – we love the Chloe mini in aqua and the puff-sleeved Gigi dress. And Gorman’s Leopard Lemonade slip is a heavenly mix of teal and mandarin shades. If you want to team a bright skirt with a cute party top, this cobalt blue Lioness skirt is a good time.
Got more of a backyard barbeque thing happening this New Year’s? Go for dramatic shapes in more relaxed materials such as linen and cotton. Bec & Bridge has some great options in its Havana collection, including the Bowie midi in mustard. Sir is always releasing effortlessly chic dresses and two-piece sets that feel laid-back yet a little dressed up – one current standout is the Alena shirred strapless midi. This dreamy floral print from Bernadette comes in a range of styles, including a three-quarter-sleeved shift and a slip (we love options). Aussie label Posse has plenty of two-piece sets right now, including the Luna top and midi skirt. And if you want to go really dramatic, you can’t look past Aje’s Impression dress with its billowing sleeves and flouncy skirt.
Are you one of those types who flat-out refuses to deviate from all-black? (Or simply can’t, no matter how often you try?) We’ve got you. This shirred mini from Bec & Bridge is still summery with its tie straps and ruffled bodice, as is this maxi from Sir. (If you want more of a dramatic look, the Maelie gown is entirely sheer – just add black togs underneath.) This Erdem dress has a flattering fluted skirt and is a bit more cocktail-party energy, as is this structured Montique jumpsuit. For a more casual twist on black, Posse’s Ducky pant paired with one of Posse’s many crops makes for a great outfit (just add statement earrings and a sleek bun).