After the year we’ve had it’s time to let off a little steam. I love getting dressed up for New Year’s Eve and always enjoy wearing a bold party dress and embracing beautiful statement pieces to help ring in the new year. I’ve been scouring my fave brands and I’ve come across some great options which are destined for many a party, whether it’s a December 31 soiree or beyond! This year, I’m finding myself gravitating towards pieces that I can dial up the glam on. Whether it’s in the detail, the silhouette or the textures used, these pieces have caught my eye and are currently in contention for my NYE party look. And since I’m showing you what’s on my wish list, tell me what you’re planning when it comes to your New Year’s Eve party look!
You can’t go wrong with an LBD when it comes to a NYE dress that you can wear beyond December 31. This Rachel Gilbert dress ticks all the boxes for me. It’s the ideal style if you want something a little more versatile. The streamlined silhouette, and the high neckline has a classic feel but the cut out detail adds a subtle sexy touch. You could easily change up the look and feel of this dress with a strategic change in accessories.
If I’m going to get all dolled up to welcome in the new year I may as well go all out! This embellished frock is a party dress personified. The sequins and the feather trim are playful and a helluva lot of fun. I like the nod to the 90s with the sleek silhouette, mini hemline and spaghetti straps, I could imagine Kate Moss wearing something similar back in the day. I’d dress it up with a gorgeous strappy heel and I’m so ready to farewell 2021!
If there’s anything that involves bows, I’m there. Rebecca Vallance is one of my go-to labels for events simply because the designs are always so polished, and incorporate a lot of fun details. The triple bow detail lifts this mini dress and adds some depth. I could see myself pairing this with some statement jewellery and killer heels, but beyond New Year’s Eve I could definitely roll it out again to wear to an event or two.
Talk about statement earrings! These disco inspired diamante earrings are the ideal standout accessories to add a special touch to a party look. I love how festive they are and they’re just the thing to liven up an outfit. I could wear these with an LBD to add a touch of glam, or pair them with a sparkly look to take it to next-level NYE attire status.
This bag is pretty much sold out everywhere, but a girl can hope! It’s a limited edition style released by Prada and encrusted with crystals which makes it destined for many a party. Sometimes you can wear a more pared back look but liven it up with statement accessories, and this is just the piece to do it.
Ballet flats are a forever staple in my shoe wardrobe, so it’s no surprise that I wear them quite regularly. I’ll often use them when I’m travelling or when I’m out and about and want to be comfortable but also look polished. A classic black ballet flat is something I’ve always had in my wardrobe, and tend to come back to time and again. I love this particular style from Bloch as it’s got the ideal shaped toe at the front, a sweet bow and I like that it looks like an authentic dancer’s shoe. It’s also one of the easiest pieces to pair back with so many different styles and hues, it can go from neutral territory one minute to a riot of colour the next—as I did with this look!
I was in the mood to wear something bright and bold and what better hue than a vibrant orange? This set by Sir The Label has such an energetic vibe to it that I couldn’t help but fall in love with it. It ticks all the boxes as I adore matching sets, and I like the fact there’s a serious saturation of colour which makes the entire outfit pop. How could you not have fun in a look like this? There’s an option to wear the shirt buttoned up but I opted to wear it open and over a white bodysuit instead. I have become very into bodysuits of late as they help achieve a nice clean line and I don’t have to worry about tucking my shirt in and out all day. They’re also easily paired with a number of different items in my wardrobe, and for a variety of different occasions so I consider them a must-have basic.
To cap off this look I wanted to add some statement jewellery so I decided to go for a layered effect. I often layer my necklaces because it adds an element of interest to a look. I wear my medallion almost every day and as it’s a simple streamlined silhouette, I opted for a chunky gold necklace by Amber Sceats to pair with it. I think working the two together achieves a bold effect but they also counter each other so offer some balance. My fave Prada bucket bag added a casual cool finishing touch, and also worked well with the colour of my sunglasses and ballet flats.
One of the best things about athletic wear going mainstream is that it allows for looks that are not only on trend and ultra comfortable at the same time, but I can get much more wear out of the casual pieces I own.
I wanted to wear a colourful Zimmermann skirt recently and thought that I could rework it into a more off duty look by pairing it with sporty pieces. I wanted the riot of colour on the skirt to take centre stage so I kept the rest of my look quite pared back. I opted to match it with a black singlet to offset the dressy nature of the skirt and really allow the vibrant colours to pop.
I kept my accessories in a similar vein. I went with a black Prada bag which while classic in style can also look a little sportier when paired with certain pieces. Also I couldn’t wait to take my new Chanel sneakers on an outing. The black and white colour palette make them so easy to work back with multiple looks and they’re as comfy as they are chic.
Sometimes you just have to have a fun colour moment and this great skirt suit by Bec & Bridge is definitely one to do it. The mint shade is great for this time of year where everything is about light and breezy silhouettes and fabrics, and dabbling in beautiful bright hues, particularly soft pastels. I also love the textured effect of both the longline blazer and skirt which gives it just the right relaxed feel for the season. While I opted for a long sleeved ribbed top, you could easily pair this with a tee or a cami and instantly dress it up or down.
While I love the overall laidback feel of the suit, I wanted to elevate the look with my accessories. My Prada leather shoulder bag is both dressy but unfussy enough that it doesn’t make my look feel too “done” and is the perfect size for carrying everything I need for the day. I also opted for minimalist Giuseppe Zanotti heels which with its crystal heel feels a little more glam. Topped with playful pink Le Specs shades, I’m ready to tackle the day ahead.
I always go through phases with my wardrobe but at the moment I’m gravitating towards bold prints as I find they’re such a great statement piece and will always lift any outfit. This top and shirt by Kate Sylvester is such a fun look— the playful print and bright hue is great for the wearing during the day for a polished casual vibe but it can easily be dressed up for the evening with the right shoes and accessories. Additionally as they’re separates I can easily work them with other pieces in my wardrobe giving them a different spin.
While it’s easy to dress this co-ord set up or down, I opted for a smart off duty look that could easily transition to lunch out or a meeting depending on where my day is taking me. I bought these white Gucci sandals last summer and have found them to be such a worthy investment. They go with virtually everything in my closet and are also really comfortable so are ideal for when I’m on the go. This Prada bag ticks the boxes in my book as it can be worn in different ways, either using the top handle or utilising the strap to go hands free. It’s also a great size for housing all my essentials around but not so big that it’s cumbersome to carry around. I can see myself coming back to this look time and time again and if there’s one thing that can never go astray it’s a failsafe outfit that’s guaranteed to always work.
What I love about fashion at the moment is that there are so many different iterations of casual. Case in point: this white two-piece set by Hansen and Gretel. Whilst visions of an off duty look usually involve denim of some sort, I love the fact that this skirt and top combination is equally as comfortable but is just that little more polished. As an added bonus both can also be worn as separates with other pieces in my wardrobe which extends the wear of this set.
Who else loves the fact that sneakers are the go-to shoe for myriad occasions? Whilst the Chanel pair I’m wearing below are a little dressier than other sneakers I have in my closet, there’s no doubt that they are equally as comfortable. Plus I love the pink shades which soften the overall silhouette of the shoe.
For an on-the-go outfit, I like to incorporate a bag that allows me to go hands-free so I decided on my Prada bag with crossbody strap to pair with this particular look. I finished it off with white Emma Mulholland frames and layered statement necklaces—adding a stylish touch that’s understated and works for a relaxed look.
I’m really feeling dresses at the moment and loved the boho feel of this sheer silk dress by Lee Mathews. Anything translucent can be tricky but I think when paired with the right pieces it can be a really striking look. I decided to wear a black slip and a lace bralette underneath the dress which provides just the right amount of coverage but also adds a touch of sexiness to my outfit. Layering pieces can often be a great way to create an entirely new look—and give it a new look and feel. I love the contrasting textures of sheer and lace too, as it breaks up the all black look and softens it a little.
I thought that the dress needed a little grounding with a strong shoe so I opted for a pair of pointed Mary Janes by Jimmy Choo. They’re a great shape and style and made for the ideal complementary piece to my dress. Keeping to the all black theme, I wore black cat eye Miu Miu sunglasses and accentuated my ensemble with a black and gold Dior clutch and choker.
Photography by: Sophia Athas, Hatrik
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Dress: Emily Silk Gathered Short Sleeve Dress by Lee Mathews
I think it’s important to push your fashion boundaries and explore different looks and as I tend to favour neutrals and subdued prints more often than not I was in the mood to do something a little different recently. Enter this red, leopard print co-ord set by Veronika Maine which most definitely fit the bill. The vibrant, fiery red worked back with such a striking print really made me stop and take notice. There’s an element of fun with it but I also like the fact that the shirt and skirt are such a classic silhouette that it provides some balance to the overall look.
Black and red are such a great combination that I knew that I wanted to keep the colour scheme throughout, including with my accessories. I opted for a pair of triangular cat-eye sunglasses which I think ties in well with the edgy vibe of the print and colour of my outfit. I wanted a slightly more modern looking bag and a really cute option came in the form of this diminutive Prada bucket bag. It also ticks another box for me, which is versatility, as I can carry the bag by its handle or alternatively use the bag strap to go hands free. Topping off my look were these sleek Aquazzura heels. I love the simple, streamlined silhouette but with a ladylike bow at the back to help soften the look. A definite welcome addition to my wardrobe.
I wore something quite classic yesterday but today I wanted to mix it up a little. My look today is a little edgier and all about playing with different textures. Usually my outfits start with a single piece and in this instance it was all about the cropped Prada denim jacket. The feathered collar really upped the glam factor and seemed so fitting for the occasion. I also loved mixing relaxed denim with the dramatic nature of the feathers for a truly striking centrepiece to my look.
With such a statement piece already in place, I thought I could take it up a notch even more by opting for a black polyurethane Georgia Alice skirt. I thought it provided the perfect contrast piece to the softer and more playful nature of the jacket.
As far as shoes go I decided on simple black heels to temper the dramatic nature of the rest of my outfit. But I think you can always afford to have a little fun with your accessories! With the current trend towards sunglasses with smaller frames I gravitated towards these Poppy Lissiman sunglasses. Sharp with a slightly futuristic vibe I thought they went perfectly with the rest of my ensemble. My trusty Gucci Dionysius bag can always be called upon to add a fun feature to any look and in this instance it was the perfect fashion full stop.
I am all about a wardrobe that can work virtually all year round so when I saw this dress from Bec & Bridge‘s latest collection (in-store now) I could see myself wearing it now and through to summer. I love the little details on this dress such as the cutout detail and draping and I am always on board with anything in monochrome! While the weather is cooler I’ll be wearing this dress with my leather jacket and come summertime, it will be ideal for long lunches in the sunshine.