Holiday office parties are a fun way to ring in the season, but dressing for the occasion can be tricky. You get to show your co-workers that you own items other than black slacks and boring blouses but you’re still in a work environment and should keep it professional. Celebrating the season with colleagues involves a balancing act—refined and sophisticated yet cool and festive—but it can be done.
Tone down the makeup. You can never go wrong with a bold red lip and a subtle liquid-lined eye for a classic and sophisticated look. Save the dark smoky eye for your next party—the one with the open bar and all your friends. The raccoon-eye look around the office is never a good thing.
Keep the cut modest and the fabric fun. Short hemlines and cleavage have no place at the office. Look for dresses with a more conservative cut, like a shift or a sheath dress, and have fun with your choice of fabric. Sequins, metallic, and patterns are more than welcome at the office party
Don’t make it fussy. You want to have fun at your office party. And, surely, the opposite of fun is worrying about your ensemble. Make sure you can breathe, walk, and sit down properly in your getup to ensure an evening that’s completely free of wardrobe malfunctions.
Step up your shoe game. Leave your boring office pumps at home and take a saucy pair out for a spin. Since you’ll be sporting a more conservative dress, your shoes will add the perfect amount of play to your outfit.
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