How To: Dress for the Office Holiday Party

You wanna let your personal style shine. You wanna enjoy your limited sartorial freedom. You wanna celebrate the season! For many of us, the office holiday party is the one time of year where our coworkers see us outside the norm—outside a uniform, a suit, or any of our other fashion restrictions. Toeing the line between showing off your personal style and remaining appropriate for a work fete can take a little investigative work and savvy navigation.

Asking veterans can be a great place to begin your ensemble search, but like anything work related, we’d suggest you err on the side of caution. The notorious no-brainers include minding your hem and necklines, as well as avoiding anything that requires tape, petals or backless bras—save it for New Years.

For an office party outfit that’s talked about for all the right reasons, read on.

Office Holiday Party Outfits

Blazers and Tops

Little black dress

If below the knee feels a bit too stuffy for the celebratory spirit, try adding a polished blazer over shorter numbers. Showing a little (keyword: little) leg never hurt anybody, but to balance it out, a tailored tux jacket with satin lapels, velvet texture or festive print up top keeps the sophistication factor solid.

Maxi Dresses

Who says a mini is the only path to glamour? Drop the length to the floor and go for a maxi to glide through the cocktail hour with unexpected grace. We love the idea of kimono and sleeved styles to help ward off winter’s chill.


Maintain your edge with a trendy dress alternative—the jumpsuit. Wrap front, wide leg or tailored, a jumpsuit throws everyone for a chic loop with a one-piece ensemble that’s equally as appropriate as it is contemporary.


Melissa is creative communications professional with 9+ years of experience writing for the beauty and fashion industries.