It’s again the time of Christmas parties and for many women what to wear to the office Christmas party is one of the thorniest issues of the year. You have two options: dress to dazzle or dress for escape.
In my opinion it’s your moment to shine and impress your colleagues and clients. Surprise everyone but still keep in mind the dress code of your workplace. It’s not the time to dress the sexiest in your life but it doesn’t mean you have to look boring.
If your Christmas party is during working hours:
Some companies prefer to keep their parties small and during normal work hours. If this is the case for you, then you’ll likely opt for work-appropriate attire. However, don’t be afraid to dress it up a little bit with a nice dress and shoes or a fun holiday-geared blazer with a little sparkle. Statement jewellery is always a great option to add a twist to your usual work outfit. Typically, you’ll need to stick with the office dress code policy unless you’re provided with guidelines that it’s OK to dress differently for the event.
If the Christmas party is after working hours:
After-hours Christmas parties can be a lot of fun. They give you an opportunity to let your hair down, relax a bit, and connect with co-workers outside of the typical office environment. However, that doesn’t mean you can forget that you are still around co-workers and at a work function. You want to have fun, but consider that what you wear and what happens at the party will be remembered by those you see daily in a professional environment. For work evening events; you want to wear something that reflects your role and that you feel appropriate in, but also show a more glamorous side of yourself. Everyone likes a good excuse to get dressed up but it’s all about balance – don’t overdo it with a neckline that leaves nothing to the imagination, or so much make-up that your colleagues don’t recognise you.
Go for subtle details and shiny materials. Velvet (this season’s trendiest fabric) is a great choice for a dress or a blazer.
Shop The Look
These are 4 tips I suggest to consider when you are picking your office party outfit:
Be yourself and stay in your character
Pump up your usual style rather than making a radical switch. Sometimes it’s enough to change shoes and add dressy accessories.
This is a chance to show co-workers your more glamorous side—discreetly. Forget anything overtly sexy.
Make an effort
Buttoned-up, business-as-usual suits or Casual Friday outfit suggest that you’re clueless or lazy. Not a good message. Dress up!
Your boss won’t be impressed by the fabulousness of those crazy-high stiletto platforms or your super mini dress.
Photos by Marcel Herciu Photography
Thank you so much for reading and have fun at your party!