The office holiday party is often a topic of much deliberation. Do you bring a significant other? (No.) Do you enjoy a few drinks? (Focus on the word few.) And the question arises every year, especially when you’re new to a company—what do you wear? By all means, dress festively and have fun, but remember you’ll be back in meetings together tomorrow. Employ a few basic guidelines to ensure you don’t have to have a surprise tête-à-tête with your manager when you get in the next morning. Keep reading for my dressing dos and don'ts.
Holiday parties are an opportunity to have fun and enjoy spending time with your colleagues outside of the office. This is a great chance to wear something sparkly or go a bit more formal with your look. Update your makeup with a seasonal lip color or bold cat eye.
Avoid anything too revealing. If you’re going for a shorter skirt, opt for a modest neckline. If your parents would be mortified to see what you’re wearing, you probably should be too.
Yes, it’s a holiday party. No, that doesn’t mean you should scour the thrift store for an ugly sweater. Keep it polished and sophisticated. You’re still representing your company and your most important brand—your own.
Trade your practical pumps for dramatic crisscross heels, especially if the party involves a seated meal. If you’re going to be on your feet or mingling on a hard floor, go for mid-heels, thick heels, or even festive flats like the Tropica Flats from the Ivanka Trump collection. Nobody wants to duck out early due to aching feet.
With the exception of a lunch in the middle of the day, go for something a bit more glamorous. If it’s a conservative group, wear a beautiful cocktail dress with sleeves—or choose a great dress with a fitted blazer. Avoid jeans, period, unless you’ll be meeting at a bowling alley (#TeamIvanka did last year!).
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