Dressed for Midnight

Published on 28 December 2017

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day – two of the biggest party days of the year. We’ve worked out the ideal get-up for whatever you’re up to when the clock strikes 12, so even if the night turns into a fizzer, your outfit won’t be one. For more inspiration, check out Elle Ferguson’s favourite pieces for the party season or read our story on party dressing tips.

For the BBQ

Spending the final day of the year in Garema Place to catch the fireworks display or having a casual barbecue in a friend’s backyard? A smart casual look is the way to go for a relaxed, sunny afternoon and evening. In the height of summer, it’s shorts season for gents and ladies, but make sure you’re going with something tailored. Men can pair this with a Hawaiian print shirt, which are truly having a style moment this year. Ladies can take their pick of gelato-hued tops or rompers, with either a shirred, frilled off-the-shoulder style or front tie blouse. You want your outfit to reflect how effortless your casual gathering is intended to be. If it’s looking a tad chilly in the evening, classic blue denim jackets are back with a vengeance this season.

For an intimate dinner party

If you’re planning on celebrating by clinking glasses with friends around the dinner table, dial up the glamour a little. The latest trend in men’s suits is all about matching slacks and jackets in un-conventional block colours. Guys can always pare it back a touch by pairing their suit with plain t-shirt and fresh sneakers or dress shoes without socks. For ladies, it’s the perfect time to don a slip dress. An understated dress means you can layer it up with big jewellery pieces and asymmetrical earrings. If it’s too hot for stockings but still want to cover your toes, slip on some bold socks and some sandals or kitten heels to inject a little extra fun into your outfit.

For the party with a dancefloor

For New Year’s Eve, we say dress for the party you want. And if you’re keen for the dancefloor to fill up, that means sparkly and eye catching – just like a mirror ball. Velvets and satins are where it’s at for guys and girls – particularly velvet blazers and dresses, and satin bomber jackets. It’s also the place to bust out bright, contrasting block colours – think millennial pink with emerald green, or royal blue with burnt orange – but you can also go with more subtle combinations too, like the gelato hues mentioned earlier. We guarantee you’ll look good on the dancefloor.