Holiday party season is upon us, which means it’s time to start dusting off your finest work-appropriate festivity garb to enjoy some quality off-duty time with your coworkers. Unless it’s strictly an ugly sweater fete, you might be a little torn about what to wear.
The bottom line: Stay comfortable, but don’t be afraid to add a little pop of something interesting, like a statement necklace, a hint of faux fur, or a jewel-toned accent. Here are some ideas to help you look and feel your festive best.
What To Wear To The Office Holiday Party
1. Dress Up Your Denim
If you want to go the casual-dressy route, keep it simple in your favorite pair of jeans. Step into a pair of heels, and create balance with something chic and shiny on top.
Pencil skirts are always appropriate for the workplace, but your go-to choices for everyday are probably more neutral than bright. Swap your usual for something that looks like it was made for celebrating.
If you’re going from desk to party, or don’t want to veer too far out of your comfort zone, you might consider swapping your usual topper—a cardigan or blazer, for example—with a chic, faux fur coverup.
The Nina Leonard Faux Fur Capelet features a crystal button and adds a posh accent to any look, whether you pair it with a black sheath dress or wide-leg pants.
4. Go for the Glitz
When the office party is held in a more formal setting, like a ballroom in a hotel or an upscale restaurant, treat it like the high-end affair that it is.
This Adrianna Papell Embellished Skirt Gown is appropriate for the holiday season and beyond, making it a fabulous investment piece that won’t cut too deep into your budget. Top it off with a luxe layer, like a faux fur or metallic wrap, for added glamour.
5. Transform Your Work Outfit
Another way to play it safe if you don’t want to venture too far outside of your comfort zone is to dress up what you normally wear to work. This is a particularly smart option if you’re going from the office to the party. It’s the little things that make an outfit more festive, so think about what’s easiest to swap.
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