Dressing for Your Company Christmas Party

There are parties everywhere you turn during this time of year, and you can usually expect the office to throw a gathering or party as it gets closer to the holidays. Depending on your office setting or dress code, there are plenty of party outfit ideas to try on. When it comes to an office party, there are a couple things to keep in mind. First, the time in which the party takes place can help you determine what to wear – for example, if it’s after work then most of the employees are wearing their typical work wardrobe. Secondly, your outfit needs to be appropriate to wear around fellow employees – and your boss. There is a fine balance between dressing professional and changing it up with something festive for the season, so here are some ideas you can try:

Classic Professional

Since many of the higher-ups could be invited to the party, attract their attention with a chic, classic outfit. Sleek tuxedo pants, silk blouse and tailored jacket are glamorous options for any Christmas party. Finish off the look with heels and a clutch to keep the look dressy enough for a party, but still office-appropriate. New York & Company has plenty of selections to create your outfit, and many of the pieces are very affordable. To create this party option, pair the 7th Avenue Tuxedo Ankle Pant with a Pleated Charmeuse Blouse and City Knit Jacket.

Formal Party Attire

If your company is throwing a black tie affair, you can break out the floor-length gowns for the occasion. For formal parties that aren’t black tie, a cocktail dress is perfect. Since holiday parties are more festive, step outside of the box and wear a deep jewel-toned dress, but you can always stick to the classic black. Options for a cocktail dress include the Jessica Simpson Crafted One Shoulder Cocktail Dress or Short Split Sleeve Belted Open Back Velvet Blouson, also by Jessica Simpson. An ideal floor-length option is the Adrianna Papell Tiered Evening Dress, which comes in an array of jewel tones. A classic pump and statement earrings or jewelry are enough to tie the look together.

Avoid outfits that are too showy or sparkly, so you don’t draw unwanted attention from your boss or fellow employees. Always keep your outfit options professional – so avoid plunging necklines or short skirts. The holidays are a great time to get dressed up and socialize with your professional friends, but it’s important to dress appropriate for an office party.

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