How To Dress For A Holiday Work Party

How To Dress For A Holiday Work Party

December 4, 2013

What To Wear To A Holiday Work Party


The office where my boyfriend works is throwing a holiday party next week. It’s at a restaurant, which I’ve never been to—looks nice but not overly fancy. I want to make a good impression on his coworkers, but also don’t want to look overdressed. I’m looking for a classic look on a budget…any suggestions?

-Lisa, Long Island


Dear Lisa,

Ah, the dreaded holiday work party what to wear conundrum. This sounds all too familiar.

While you want to dress to impress, there’s always that person at the office party dressed inappropriately or embarrassingly over- and/or under-dressed, like they didn’t get the memo. I have a feeling you won’t be that person if you’re concerned to begin with.

In my book, you can’t go wrong with something you would wear to an office when attending an office party—makes sense, right?

Of course you want to look a bit more dazzling in honor of the holidays, so what better way to stay in your budget than update what you already own with some dazzling accessories?

You can dress up a classic little black dress with some sparkling jewels, a shiny clutch, and shoes that wow, but are still demure, so it will feel appropriate no matter wherever your party may be.

Some holiday friendly makeup that’s classic and not sparkly, like a winged cat-eye and a matte red lip, will be sure to take your office-friendly look into night time appropriately without breaking the bank.

A classic a-line dress, especially in a metallic brocade with a nod to “Mad Men’s” office style will be sure to wow and never go out of style. Pair it with a pointy toe heel, which is classic and incredibly on trend for this season.

Lastly, if you want to wear some sparkle, do it in only one of your garments. You could look like a Christmas tree lit up otherwise. Try a metallic sparkle pencil skirt, with a chiffon blouse tucked in and you’ll be good to go.

Whatever you end up wearing, make sure to drink plenty of water (and not as much of the holiday punch) and enjoy yourself. It’s important that your personality shines more than your clothing this season!


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