One of the most confusing events to plan an outfit for is the office Christmas party. The cliché is to just wear what you’d normally wear to work but throw on a red sweater, holiday themed jewelry, or a Santa hat. Let’s be real guys – this is boring! I’ve never worked in a real corporate environment before but I find options for business attire very limiting. And the rules about office holiday party attire confuse me. Add some sparkle, but don’t blind your boss. Don’t wear a cheesy Christmas sweater. Keep that cleavage covered up, but don’t look like a nun. It’s tough to balance classy and festive while drinking some champagne with your office-mates, so I’ve given you a couple festive options, and don’t be surprised if there is a little black dress.
Do companies still throw “Black Tie” events? Seems like something that petered out in the 90s but that’s too bad because there is nothing quite like getting dressed to the nines with your date and going to great big old school formal ball. But Black Tie or not, if your office is on the more serious side then your Christmas party will likely be a dressier event that calls for some sparkle. Go for a pretty but fairly covered up dress and a long ladylike coat. I chose a little black dress with an embroidered sequined skirt. Feminine but not too little girly, just classy and a great compliment to that flute of champagne you’ll be holding. Use a rich lipstick to make your lips the focus in the middle of all that stunner jewelry and to also add some color and fun.
Casual work environments give you a lot more freedom when dressing up for your Christmas party. But instead of going with something red, think bright. The more festive you look, the more festive you’ll feel, so we have a rhinestone collar, sparkly pumps and some beautiful dangly earrings. Instead of plain slacks we have slouchy green velvet pants. Basically I’m encouraging you to think of a pretty Christmas stocking, hanging off your mantle, and then go find some classy pants in a similar material. Any neutral coat could work for this but I wanted bright! This outfit is all sorts of fun but it really is that coat that sets the tone – if you walk into a party wearing a bright piece like that people will know you’re there to have a good time.
– Julia of Style and Cheek