What to wear New Year’s Eve

Nikki ParkinsonFashion 26 Comments

Before I get into today’s post, I want to send out my thoughts to all those impacted by the siege in Sydney’s CBD yesterday.

I had to switch off Twitter and the TV as it was all just getting out of control. The GOOD reporting lost in a sea of dodgy journalism and a public undercurrent of racism.

It all makes me sad.

The talented Emma from Emma Kate Creative (the designer and co-creator of Scatter Love cards) so beautifully and creatively summed up where our hearts should be in the graphic below.

I choose love too and next time I catch the bus into Brisbane CBD #illridewithyou

Emma Kate Creative

What to wear New Year’s Eve

Ahh, the last evening of the year. It’s always fraught with so much anticipation, yes?

So much pressure played out on one night of the year.

If you have kids and don’t have a selfless babysitter on tap then the reality is a night in hoping that you’ll stay awake past the kids’ fireworks; if you have teenagers then you’ll most probably fall asleep sober and have an alarm set ready to do a pick-up; if you are free of all such handbrakes on a night out or you’re hosting one at home, then this post is for you. Good luck with the taxis!

We’ve already tackled the First World issue of what to wear Christmas Day, now it’s on to New Year’s Eve.

What to wear New Year’s Eve will of course depend on if and how you’re celebrating.

Staying in and not seeing anyone, nothing wrong with some pyjamas, I say.

Having friends over or heading out? Then think about the level of dress required and go from there.

The below examples will also work for any party invite or gathering through the summer holidays.

Use them as inspiration to shop from your own wardrobe or shopping ideas.

The family barbecue

It’s most probably going to be hot. You want to be comfortable but still feel put together. A frock – maxi or regular hem length – will work a treat. Keep is loose and flowy, team with strappy sandals and an accessory or two.

What to wear New Year's Eve - casual

1. Surafina maxi dress $99 | 2. Adrift Majique bangle $44.95 | 3. Bella Lido Roman sandal $79 | 4. Pratten tote bag $89 @ Blue Bungalow

Dinner out at a restaurant

Depending on the chosen restaurant, New Year’s Eve at a restaurant will often be one of those all-inclusive affairs. It may be cheap and cheerful or super fancy. With this outfit I’m erring somewhere in the middle and will let you ramp it up or down to suit the venue.

What to wear New Year's Eve - restaurant

1. Collette by Collette Dinnigan dress $299 @ Birdsnest^ | 2. Adorne clutch $34.95 | 3. Verali heels $79.95 @ Styletread^ | 4. Adorne earrings $10 (on sale)

Cocktail party

If a night of glitz and a whole lot of glam is on the cards then think, “what would Nikki do” when deciding on the level of sparkle. This is not a night for holding back. Hey, I’ll probably be sparkling it up at home on the couch! You have permission to do the same.

What to wear New Year's Eve - cocktail

1. Metalicus tee $89.95^ | 2. Dannii Minogue Petites loung pants $59 @ Target | 3. Salita Matthews necklace $490 @ Zambezee Boutiques | 4. Mollini heels $119.97 (on sale) at Styletread^ | 5. Adorne clutch $69.95

Tell me … do you have plans for New Year’s Eve? What kind of outfit is on your mind?

Comments 26

  1. Very well said Nikki re Sydney’s siege. I’m with you!
    I adore a good maxi dress and IF I do anything special NYE (not fussed these days!) that will be my go-to style! I am in need of a good maxi shopping fix though!

  2. Cocktail party is definitely more my look but it’s mocktails for me. I’m really wanting to do something this year but my girls are now 13, 15 & 16 and possibly a tad too old to require child minding but a little too young to be left at home alone for New Years Eve.

  3. Although my building in Sydney’s CBD is some distance from Martin Place, we were in lockdown most of the day while other threats and rumours were investigated.It was an anxiety filled day (even from a distance- so can only imagine the feelings of those more directly impacted), but last night I went to bed still hopeful of a safe outcome for the hostages.

    This is an attack on our freedom and safety- whatever the motives of the criminal involved. I feel fragile. But my resolve is to try to be a little kinder to all I encounter.

    On to brighter things, once I heard the news early this morning I put on my bright fireworks print tights and a bright blue tee and headed out for an early walk. I’ll be doing the same over the Christmas and New Years’ festivities to come: wearing sparkles, shimmer, sequins and bright colours in my resolve to fight negativity and anxiety.

  4. I am so in agreement with you Nikki and living in Sydney and just having been to the city on Saturday night it just brings home how close to home things can happen I had to turn off the TV too,why can’t we just be kind to each other!!
    I am not a fan of New Years eve actually but we usually go to friends houses but this year I’m not fussed.I love all the outfits you have featured especially the maxi as I’m a big fan ,have a good day Nikki xx

  5. Beautifully expressed and I couldn’t agree more. X In relation to New years, we have no plans and that’s quite alright with me because I’ve been up till Midnight for the past year. I might have an early mark this year. 🙂

  6. hear, hear! … I’m feeling the same nikki! … so sad! …….
    on a nice note though, I am loving your book, and your story! … it’s a lovely connection with all women! … you are doing good work in the world! <3
    I've still got a country road tote! ;0 … it was my daughter's!
    as for NYE I'm wearing a jumpsuit … I like it! … it's black!
    sorry nikki but I don't know how to send photos to you … only email but you don't do email, I think!?!?… have to get some new skills …as I'm just a luddite! I am not on facebook or instagram but possibly need to change that!
    lol m:)X

  7. Beautifully said, Nikki. x
    I love that pink Pratten tote and those black Mollini heels. We’ll be hosting a casual BBQ/pool party at our place with close friends. I’m thinking a cute and comfortable dress, sandals and plenty of Champagne. x

  8. No, not a lot of fun and games in Sydney at the moment.
    I’m in Prague for New Year’s Eve. I’m only taking one ‘good’ outfit. So the Leona Edmiston wool dress will get another workout. I’m hoping to convince my better half while I’m there that I NEEEEED a new pair of boots.
    My packing strategy is to take very little shoes on my trip so that I can justify shopping during my travels – suitcase weighs 11kg so according to my calculations I can shop 9kgs worth. Lol.

  9. I know this isn’t the correct forum, but in our recent holiday in Thailand we stayed in a mainly Muslim area, and honestly they were the most beautiful people. I hope they don’t all cop the backlash from what has happened in Sydney. Anyway, back to your post. I love the Surafina dress. My son and his family are coming down from Mackay for a week yahoo! they will be here for NYE. I haven’t seen him for over a year so I am looking forward to that. My birthday is New Years Day so I may just have to self gift that dress!

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