Whenever you hear about any sort of office Christmas Party (during your work hours or post), the first question that usually pops up is, what am I going to wear? (ok, maybe this is the first question for a fashionista such as myself, but it's always after I wonder what type of food will be served...priorities right?).
If you love getting all dressed up, the holiday season is definitely a fun time to really experiment with your sense of style. If you want to make a great first impression in front of your boss and your colleagues, we recommend leaving the dangerously short hemlines, sheer silhouettes, and plunging necklines behind — but that doesn’t mean you can’t still look stylish! So here are some quick tips from HollywoodLife.com, to help you pick our your perfect outfit:
- Don’t forget to look professional - Avoid anything too revealing or too body conscious – remember to keep your look somewhat professional if the party is work related.
- Pay respect to work guidelines, but elevate your look since you are technically off duty,
- Accentuate your favorite features. If you want to show off your small waist, choose a wrap dress or an A-line dress that cinches in your waist. If you are looking to pull focus away from your hips or waist, try an off-the-shoulder dress,...those are so in right now! If you are worried about hemlines, try out a midi length, its professional while still being modern and on trend.
- Don’t be afraid to be festive! Materials like velvet, silk and sequins instantly make you feel geared up for the holiday season. Give into the holiday spirit by wearing the colors of the season – red, green and metallics, just avoid wearing them at the same time,
- Don’t be afraid to try a different silhouette, like a jumpsuit.
- Don’t over accessorize! Too many accessories clutter an outfit and confuse the eye, If you opt for sequins keep your jewelry minimal by adding in stud earrings and dainty rings. If you choose a simple dress, amp it up with a statement choker or earrings to give your look a focal point.
- If you’re heading out to a party right from your desk - Shoes and outerwear can take your look up a notch. Bring an extra layer, like a trench coat in a dressy fabric or a cool leather jacket, to amp up your look. Q heeled bootie can be very versatile and can take you from day to night.
- When in doubt, add a bold lip! Don’t forget a bold lip color can always take your look to the next level,
- Personally, It is better to be over-dressed than under-dressed at a work party. So here' s a tip, if you feel like you are over the top compared to everyone else, then take something off, such as; your statement necklace or your earrings and store it in your clutch. It's easier to take something off rather than feeling very under-dressed.
- You should feel like the best version of yourself when you step into the party.
For my office team Christmas party, the attire is more casual, so I didn't dress up too much and it was tough trying to find a happy medium! I donned a pair of my dark indigo Levi's with a Lilac lace peplum top from H&M, and my Zara ankle boots (click on the links for more details for the same product or a similar one). I added some crystal earrings and a few rings to add some shine to my whole outfit.
For my office Christmas party, which is much bigger in scale, I decided to wear this gorgeous Club Monaco gold skirt (picture above) with a black off the shoulder top and my Valentino Rock-Stud heels. Currently pleated skirts in metallic are on trend and you will see them everywhere. I was initially determined on buying a pleated skirt in silver from Zara but when I saw the gold skirt at Club Monaco, I instantly fell in love. The gold is very different and I love that it's a little more muted as opposed to the very bright silver skirts that I'm seeing in stores. I feel that I can get more wear from this skirt as it's more versatile than the other metallic skirts in store.
If you are looking for an outift, then I would recommend trying on a metallic skirt and adding it to your wardrobe. It's a very fun addition to anyone's collection.