4 Steps to a Fun and Festive Outfit for Your Office Holiday Party

by - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

It’s that time of year again: The Christmas lights are going up, the traffic at the mall is suddenly nuts and your holiday office party is rapidly approaching. Instead of throwing on a potentially inappropriate outfit at the last minute before you hustle out the door to join your coworkers for holiday-themed cocktails, make a plan for a flattering, office-friendly ensemble that will leave a lasting—and positive—impression on your fellow 9-to-5ers.

Step 1: Choosing a Dress…or Maybe Some Pants
Before you decide on the main part of your outfit, consider your office culture. Do you work for a more relaxed, creative company? A sparkly dress or skirt could be a great choice. Is your office a more conservative environment? A reserved shift dress in a festive color underneath a blazer or even a tailored pantsuit with a brightly hued top might be a more appropriate option. Either way, save the mega-short skirts and cleavage-baring tops for a fun night out with your girlfriends.
Step 2: Fancy Feet
We all know shoes make an outfit. The question is, which ones will be the perfect pair to go with your chosen office party togs? A pair of sparkly heels in a neutral or metallic color would work well, or slip into some sequined flats for greater comfort. This is not the night to try out your new sky-high platforms or stilettos; you don’t want to be remembered as the girl who wore stripper shoes to the office party!

Step 3: Accessorize!
Even those who work in the most conservative environments can experiment a bit with fun accessories. Pile on a bunch of bracelets, or layer a couple of necklaces. If you’re going for a more ladylike effect, a simple strand of pearls would go perfectly with a lace dress. You might even don a soft scarf in a solid color that contrasts with your outfit; for example, a bright peacock blue or emerald green wrap would pair well with a simple black dress. Wearing a scarf with your outfit means you can be fashionable and warm!

Step 4: Top off Your Look
Given that it’s December, chances are good you’ll need some sort of extra layer atop your carefully chosen attire. For Pete’s sake, please don’t throw on your usual weekday-afternoon puffy coat! Not only does it not go with your outfit, it’s also not in the least bit festive. Pick a dressier option, like a long wool peacoat in a seasonal jewel tone like green, red or even blue. If you’re lucky enough to live in a warmer climate, a bright cardigan or even a metallic sequined jacket can provide some office-friendly modesty while keeping you pleasantly toasty.

Prepare ahead of time to choose an outfit that celebrates the season while also allowing you to maintain a professional appearance. Your fashion-forward look will give you the confidence you need to have a great time at your office holiday party. Now go enjoy a cocktail with Ted from Accounting. Cheers!

Brooke Samsonite
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