This Is How to Do Party Dressing in 2016

'Tis the season for celebrating! Well, almost. There’s only seven weeks left of 2016, which means your inbox is about to start overflowing with end of year party invitations. We’ve all been there, done that with the LBD and sky-high heels combo. This year, you’d be doing yourself a disservice by going down that path. While there'll always be a place in our hearts for a classic LBD, why not try something different this festive season?

Australian actress Natasha Liu Bordizzo was recently in Sydney for an exclusive Byrdie Australia Self-Directed shoot, so naturally we tagged along too. We styled Natasha in three totally different party dressing looks, perfect for the Australian summer. Deciphering dress codes, and hopping from party to party without having to change, can be tricky. Which is why each of these looks is in line with our ‘After Five’ dress code. Elevated, without being overly trend driven.

Keep scrolling to peep our shoot with Natasha, and discover the three outfits you need for party season.


If last summer was all about the off-the-shoulder dress for end of year parties, make this year about the one-shoulder. You still get the elegance of an exposed shoulder, but it feels like a fashionable step forward into new territory.


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Pictured: Dion Lee Axis Sleeve Knit Dress ($690) (coming soon), Natasha Schweitzer Overtue Earrings $520 (via The UNDONE).


Is there anything that feels as fresh as slipping into a white summer dress after a day on the beach? With your (faux) sunkissed skin, and wavy, sea-salty hair, a white dress makes a strong statement without trying too hard. 

If your wardrobe is close to bursting with little black dresses, we say reach for white. It's clean, crisp, and with each accessory change, it'll feel like a brand new dress.


Tāne Coffin

Pictured: Alice McCall The Jean Jeanie Dress ($290), Susan Driver Sunrise Earrings ($290), Tiffany & Co. Out Of Retirement Pyramid Ring ($6600), Christian Louboutin Samotresse Heels ($1445).


Truth: There's nothing as versatile as a black silk jumpsuit. With the one-piece as your base, you're free to transform it every time you wear it, with different shoes (embellished flats, perspex heels, midi-mules), jackets (raffia, denim, leather), and jewellery. It will always feel different, which makes it a necessity during the busy end-of-year parties.


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Pictured: Mister Zimi Black Silk Delilah Jumpsuit ($320), Lucy Folk Relic Hoop Earrings ($385), Ginger & Smart Traction Jacket ($699), Christian Louboutin Samotresse Heels ($1445).

Photographer: Tāne Coffin; Creative Director: Lisa Patulny; Stylist: Amanda Stavropoulos; Hair: Luke Davis; Makeup: Elsa Morgan.

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