We've made it to the holiday season, everyone. Unlike attending your best friend's eggnog-fueled Netflix binge session, the office holiday party comes with added stress. Besides the anxiety produced by attending an event with your co-workers and your boss, there's also the question of what to wear. The official dress code can often be needlessly confusing. Business fun? Relaxed cocktail? Elegant holiday? What do these even mean?
With all the ambiguity, you might find yourself sitting in a pile of dresses contemplating what, exactly, works for the evening. If you're stuck, that doesn't mean you should just give up and wear your everyday work clothes. The office will be dressed up in tinsel and lights, so why shouldn't you step up your game as well? Although toeing the line between professional and chic can be difficult, we are here to help. Ahead, you'll see a variety of work party looks vetted by Who What Wear's own editors…
"It's always better to play it safe at work parties with a simple midi dress; have fun with the accessories like the below diamond drop earrings."
"I don't like to get too decked out for a work function, but I also don't want my outfit to look like it's just another day at the office. I love this pajama-inspired set, but I'd be sure to pair it with heels and fun statement earrings to avoid looking like I'd been napping."
"Embrace the holiday season in both hue and spirit with a jewel-tone midi dress and crystal-adorned heels. The combo will read festive and work-appropriate."
"For a work party, you can't go wrong with an easy printed dress and low heels. It's comfortable and boss-approved."
"I think a satin midi dress—especially this one with a twisted knot detail—is conservative enough for a work party without losing any of the fun. I'd top it off with elegant pearl-drop earrings to dress it up a bit."