The countdown to New Year’s Eve and 2022 has officially begun and planning an outfit to wear with the right accessories is as exciting as deciding how you will be spending the big night.
Whether you’re hosting at home, celebrating abroad or having a low-key night in with friends and loved ones, there is something from African designers and Black-owned brands to suit every mood.
The black-tie event
Dressing up for a formal occasion to ring in the new year calls for something truly special. Celebrate in style with a bold dress that commands attention. The Idowu Dress by Nigerian brand Fruché has an Old Hollywood feel to it, thanks to its feathered sleeves. The color-block dress has a draped duchess satin bodice with a knotted detail at the midriff that cascades into a full skirt with a handkerchief hem. It’s a dramatic look that does not need much else with it so finish it off with simple heels and a pair of South African accessories brand Lorne’s Hi Sunny earrings.
The night out
A smart look doesn’t have to be conventional, or boring. Suit up in the Baba and Soke style by Ivorian brand Kente Gentlemen, which has been handmade in Abidjan from locally sourced Senuofo fabric. The striped suit has just landed in a purple colorway to join the blue and pink versions, meaning you won’t have to worry about looking like anyone else. Style it with a white turtleneck sweater and matching sneakers for a low-key look that makes a high impact.
The house party
If you’re attending a dinner party, or hosting a soirée at your home, comfortable yet flattering attire is the best way to go. it also helps it it’s a bit of a conversation starter, like the Lidaju Metallic Dress by Fruché. Inspired by and named after identical twins and singers the Lidaju Sisters, the slim-fitting black crepe dress features hand-beaded pink and orange embroidery that depict two faces. Make great use of the deep V-neckline and accessorize with a statement necklace.
The cozy night in
If feeling rested and curling up on the couch is your definition of the ideal New Year’s Eve celebration, there are worse ways to do it than in a comfortable set of knitted separates. Just because you’re staying in doesn’t mean you can’t dress down in style: the waffle-knit Tamarind Work Wear Jacket and Trousers set from South African brand GOOD GOOD GOOD is perfect for those off-duty moments. The pieces are spun from a cobble weave made from soft cotton in yellow, orange, white and gray hues, and the oversized fit means you’ll be cozy and comfortable all day—and night—long.
The dinner date
Cut-out dresses are a big trend this season and this Cut-Out Round Neck Dress in bright red from SELFI is the perfect choice for a dinner date on New Year’s Eve. It’s made from soft cotton lycra, which means it hugs the body in all the right places, while the shoulder and waist cut-out details are strategically placed to show off just the right amount of skin. Add a little sparkle to your look with elegant curved earring such as the Isha Stone Embellished Hoops by New York accessories brand KHIRY.