We all know that the last moment party dressing for the Holiday Office Party can be more stressful than any December business meeting. Especially when you don’t get the exact dress code for the party along with the invitation. Anyway, there is only one thing you need to have in mind when getting ready for a business party in December. Dress smart not sexy. And rather than with your beautiful legs and cleavage, impress your coworkers with your style.
If you don’t get a specific dress code for the holiday office party, then choose from going for a business casual or smart casual. Regarding the venue of the party, your general dressing etiquette and your work position of course.
Well, in case you are not quite sure which category of the office dressing etiquette you fit regarding your work position, note this. Even though you are going to the holiday office party, and your colleagues are your friends, you shouldn’t wear the same outfit as to any other holiday party with friends. Meaning, you shouldn’t style that velvet dress you wore when you went out with friends last weekend in the same way to the office party.
To put it short: don’t wear colourful hosiery, too short dress, large cleavage, don’t shine brightly as a star, don’t wear glitter everywhere, don’t exaggerate with your makeup, nails and hair.
Here is what you should wear
SMART CASUAL HOLIDAY OFFICE PARTY DRESS CODE
First, a small reminder what I mean by Smart Casual. Smart Casual dress code is a step up from business casual. However, it’s not as formal as boardroom attire. Which makes it a perfect dress code for an office holiday party among professionals.
So, what to wear for a smart casual office holiday party?
An elevated little black dress with darker sheer hosiery is more than a perfect choice for women. Go for a little black dress in richer materials or jacquard that give a glimpse of decadence. Or chose an embellished little black dress. The embellishment on your dress should substitute the statement pieces of jewellery. Not forget to mention, your little black dress shouldn’t be more than two finger-widths above the knees.
Another alternative to the little black dress is the midi black dress. Go for a pencil type of dress. An A-type of the midi dress is business casual.
If you prefer to wear a skirt and a blazer instead of a dress, you can bring the holiday party spirit to your outfit in two different ways. Firstly, with a decadent blazer, secondly with a decadent top under the blazer. It is important you go for either one or another and not for both. A decadent blazer means a blazer with a special, rich texture, whereas decadent top means dark prints, non-sheer lace, a glimpse of studs or if you really must, a glimpse of glitter.
Going for a military or a tomboy-inspired style is an option, too. You can wear tuxedo trousers with a double breasted blazer or a boyfriend blazer.
The easiest way to find a perfect office holiday party outfit when the dress code is smart casual is simply by look for a jacquard piece of clothing.
As it goes for the shoes, your heels can be higher than usually. Yet, platforms are still not in order. Even though it is winter, you shouldn’t wear boots. Boots are not an excellent choice for an evening event after all. You could, however, put on ankle boots. Finally, time to wear that lace Dolce Gabbana ankle boots. Anyway, I advise you to wear detailed or velvet pumps this time. Worth mentioning, if you go for velvet pumps, make sure they are in darker hues.
Your makeup can be bolder this time. Still, don’t exaggerate and don’t wear glitter. Go for a dark smokey makeup, spiced up with coloured eyeliner that will give that special edge to your entire look. Choose dark lipstick over the bright red one. No glitter on your nails, please. You can wear dark polish.
BUSINESS CASUAL HOLIDAY OFFICE PARTY DRESS CODE
First, a quick flashback to a glossary. Business casual dress code is a step below from business casual. It still projects a professional, business-like image, yet gives a more relaxed touch. Which makes it perfect dress code for an office holiday party.
There are many options for you to wear to the office holiday party. However as mentioned before, you shouldn’t wear the same outfit as to any other party with your friends.
First, let us start with the hosiery. You can choose from sheer hosiery in darker or natural hues. Note, there should be no pattern, print or glitter on your hosiery.
As said, there are many styles you can go for. I decided to mention only my favourite. Which happen to come from the latest fashion category.
First, there is the velvet. Wear a velvet dress that ends no more than two finger-widths above the knees or a velvet suit. If you go for a velvet dress, wear it with a boyfriend type of a blazer.
Second, tailoring. I wish I could send you to the office holiday party in a fashion favourite velvet suit. Unfortunately, I can’t. However, there is a great alternative to the velvet, that will be big at the beginning of 2017. A satin suit. If satin is not something you would wear, then there is still the jacquard.
Metallic skirt. So you won’t say I entirely prohibit you from shining. This is not an easy outfit to pull off at the office party. Make sure your metallic skirt is not too short, too tight or in an A shape. What is left is a midi pleated and loose metallic skirt. Another good choice is a jacquard or embellished skirt.
With so many different styles available, I almost forgot the classic. The little black dress, obviously. You can go for more different styles than when dressing regarding the smart casual code. Still, mind the length and don’t exaggerate with the shimmering finish. Remember, a dress covered in contrasting panels of sequins that can fall off is never a good option.
As it goes for the shoes, your heels can be higher than usually. Even some platform could go (not more than 1 cm). Still, no boots. I wouldn’t go for sandals either.
Your makeup can be even bolder than the one under the smart casual dress code. Still, don’t exaggerate. And don’t wear glitter everywhere. Go for an intense smokey makeup, in velvet hues. Choose dark lipstick over the bright red one. No bright glitter on your nails, please.
P.s. Don’t forget to follow me Instagram @veronikalipar to see what I wore to my holiday office party. Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter or to come back. And see how to wear the same velvet dress to the office and to the party. And to see what to wear to the party with your friends.