Office holiday parties are tricky dress-code wise. On one hand side, one wants to dress up, but still has to navigate the HR dress code. This post provides some outfit ideas for an office holiday party.
- What to wear at the office holiday party at the office
- Work appropriate holiday party outfits
- Holiday office party outfits made by swapping accessories
- Plaid holiday dress – at the office and at the party
- LBD – at work and at the party
- Try a look with sequins
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What to wear at the office holiday party at the office
In recent years, many work places celebrate their office holiday party in their meeting room. They either make it a potluck or outsource the cooking to a party service. These kind of work holiday parties at the office are as tricky to dress for as going from work to a picnic.
These parties typically start at the end of business, or in the hour before. This means your outfit must do double-duty. It must work for your typical work duties, but should also have some holiday spirit or at least be switched into a Thanksgiving or easy Christmas outfit by just swapping some accessories. You can’t block the restrooms for a full change at the office. 😉
When the office holiday party is in a hotel, you know at least that it is a formal office holiday party dress code.
Work appropriate holiday party outfits
Thus, what to wear to these EOB (end of business) holiday parties? Here is the solution: Riot your closet for items in holiday colors or colors close to the traditional holiday red, green, black and white. Typical holiday associated patterns like plaid are a good choice too. When you won’t have a meeting that day, you may even dare to wear a sequin skirt, especially as wearing metallics at day is a hot trend right now. By all means, stay away from the holiday sweaters.Holiday sweaters don't look cute on anyone over nine! #agelessstyle Click To Tweet
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Holiday office party outfits made by swapping accessories
A traditional retro-style holiday dress is a save idea when it can be made work appropriate with a sweater (see photo below) or cardigan. A little black dress is always a good idea, but hence bears the risk that many other colleagues have also this good idea. 😉 This fact is especially true, as a LBD can easily swap the vibe by exchanging a scarf, dress pumps and pearl studs with chandelier earrings or a long Swarovski crystal statement necklace and pointy toe silver pumps.
Plaid holiday dress – at the office and party
LBD – at work and party
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Try a look with sequins
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Have a great holiday season!
Photos: G. Kramm
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