What To Wear to an Office Christmas Party

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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.

There are two important factors to consider when you are picking your party outfit – whether the party is during working hours or after work.

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.

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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.

Stay subtle

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!

Avoid extremes

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!


  • sandra
    December 15, 2017

    wow I love this dress, its stunning and I love your blog, its beautiful


  • Komal
    December 15, 2017

    My Christmas party just passed and I wish I had looked half as good as you. I it in zero effort but now I wish I did.

  • Bea
    December 15, 2017

    This dress looks absolutely amazing on you !!I can’t pull this off, this color looks terrible on me ^^ Also, tons of great advice for the Christmas Party outfits – agree with you 100%!

  • Angie D Hills
    December 15, 2017

    Fabulous Dress and accessories! I love the Velvet and the Rich color! Great tips, as well as so many people, get stressed out when trying to figure out what to wear to their parties – I’m sure your tips will help many!

  • Joanna
    December 15, 2017

    You have chosen such a beautiful dress for the Christmas office party. Love the color! At my office usually people just wear Christmas jumpers as it’s never a formal event. 🙂

  • Monique elise
    December 15, 2017

    I agree! I don’t know how many times I’ve been to a holiday party and cringe at the outfit choices. I guess that was mean 😫. But the tips you’ve offered are spot on and I am LOVING that wrap dress. It looks phenomenal on you. I may have to copy and get it for myself ☺️

  • Nik G.
    December 16, 2017

    Love the color of your dress. I think the color mustard is so slept on when it comes to evening wear and just fall/winter colors in general. The velvet gives it a nice luxe feel!

  • CLe
    December 16, 2017

    Love this look. Looks so sleek and elegant but super quick and effortless! The shoes are fab too.

  • Agnes Vazhure
    December 16, 2017

    Oh!! Your dress looks so beautiful in you. It really suits you. Perfect for a Christmas party outfit.

  • Thena Franssen
    December 16, 2017

    Beautiful dress, I think that this would be a wonderful choice to wear to a holiday Christmas party!!!!

  • Vasundhra
    December 17, 2017

    This dress is so beautiful. All your tips are great, I agree that it is so important to make an effort to pick an outfit for an office party!

  • Shell
    December 17, 2017

    These are fabulous tips for anyone who needs to work and will have to attend office parties. I don’t work but I absolutely love your beautiful dress!!

  • Angela Ricardo Bethea
    December 17, 2017

    That was a nice idea on what to wear on an office Christmas party! I love your suggestions especially that staying subtle.

  • corinne & kirsty
    December 17, 2017

    You look absolutely stunning! this dress is amazing! so glamorous! I never had a christmas party where i had to dress up that fancy but I would love to wear such a dress

  • Ellie Plummer
    December 17, 2017

    That dress is so gorgeous. The colour reminds me of Belle from Beauty and the Beast.

  • Ariel
    December 18, 2017

    This is a wonderful post, I’m always wondering what to wear to an office Christmas party. Your outfit is stunning. I really love that dress, it looks so beautiful on you! I’m going to have to find that dress.

  • Jagriti Roy
    December 18, 2017

    Thank you for sharing such useful guidelines .. Attending office parties after the working hours sometimes makes me confused about what to wear it how to prepare myself for the party… from now your guidelines are going to be helpful for me..

  • Sneha
    December 18, 2017

    You are looking fabulous in that dress. Those tips are very essential for everyone working and don’t know what kind of dress will be appropriate in party with co-workers.

  • Candy Rachelle
    December 18, 2017

    That is such an awesome office Christmas party outfit! Anyone could be a lot more glamorous with this. So beautiful!

  • Nina
    December 19, 2017

    That dress is amazing and looks amazing on you! It makes me think of Belle in Beauty and the Beast as it’s the same color. I love what you say about it being subtle. That’s always best.

  • Tiffany Yong
    December 22, 2017

    This is a gorgeous piece of dress! It’s suitable not just for an office Christmas party, I think it’s suitable for Gala events or even Dinner & Dance! You reminded me of Michelle Williams~

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