We made it! We’re collectively off the clock after another pandemic-disrupted year full of uncertainty. Christmas chaos is behind us and the only thing left to do is slip into something fabulous, let our hair down and enjoy the champagne as it flows freely. 

Whether you’re staying in, having a small cocktail party with friends or a BBQ at the bach, a New Year’s Eve outfit calls for something special. If you’ve left your party look to the last minute, never fear. We’ve compiled a mix of fabulous pieces to don while you kiss 2021 goodbye and open your arms wide to welcome in 2022.

Acler blouse, $440 from Sisters & Co 
If dresses aren’t your style, choose a statement blouse and team it with dress shorts or wide-leg pants. The diaphanous nature of the fabric allows you to show a hint of skin while staying modest. The cinched-in waist works well to create an hourglass shape. Shop

Asuwere linen chinos, $180 (or $100 members’ price) 
I love nothing more than well-cut white linen pants on a gentleman, especially at a summer soirée. Team these dapper pants with something short-sleeved and cut in a boxy fit. Shop


Isabel Marant Albi printed dress, $1829 from Workshop
The Isabel Marant Albi dress is equal parts sculptural and elegance. The signature exaggerated Marant shoulders play perfectly with the gathered nipped-in waist, creating an hourglass shape. Team with your most comfortable heels and hit the dance floor. Shop

Zambesi Coast shirt in Eden, $795
Sometimes it’s nice to whisper and sometimes you just want to SHOUT. This festive shirt from Zambesi has everything going on all at once and I am 100% here for it. If you want to break up the loud pattern, wear it unbuttoned and open over a white tight tank top and team with lightweight wide front-pleat trousers. Shop

Benjamin Alexander Isaac dress, $409 from Father Rabbit
Benjamin Alexander is the eponymous brand of the talented winner of the only season of design competition Project Runway New Zealand. Alexander is known for his ability to create timeless structural pieces that are never too “on trend” to be a flash in the pan. Wear alone as a dress or over loose-fit, low-slung silk trousers. Shop

Jasmin Sparrow Bernique gold and pearl earrings, $849 
A standout piece of jewellery creates a centrepiece for an evening look. These beautiful baroque-pearl and 18-carat-gold-plated earrings from Jasmin Sparrow were inspired by the conical shell of a limpet and play on the hard and soft. Shop

Working Style Bernd orange shirt, $199
The orange may be unexpected but it feels sunny and optimistic – which, of course, is just what the doctor ordered for the New Year break. Team with lightweight trousers in a light colour and accessorise with an Aperol Spritz. Shop

Harris Tapper Lea top, $349, and Carla skirt, $459
These pieces would work magically together but equally well apart. Team the bubble top with something simple like denim and pair the Carla skirt with a classic shirt for a more conservative look. It’s refined minimalism at its best, which is true to form for the design duo at Harris Tapper. Shop

Kate Sylvester square-toe pump in turquoise, $499
Choose your footwear wisely if you plan on an end-of-year boogie. Comfort is key during the holiday season and with a modest one-inch kick, these shoes are made for dancing, not prancing. Team with a white dress or blouse to make the turquoise pop. Shop


Crane Brothers sky-blue camp-collar shirt, $325
Simple, sophisticated and effortless. Bring your best nonchalant mood in this camp-collar number, which is lightweight and a breezy fit for the hottest of climates. Team with oatmeal linen suit trousers and loafers for an understated but well-put-together combo. Shop

OAS camp-collar floral-print shirt, $187 from Mr Porter 
OAS is quickly becoming one of my go-to brands for all genders and ages. Bring the good vibes to the party with this groovy number and team it with something relaxed and linen. Shop

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