15 ideas to look your best at the holiday party at work

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.

  1. What to wear at the office holiday party at the office
  2. Work appropriate holiday party outfits
  3. 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
  4. 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.

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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.

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midlife woman in printed dress styled for a work holiday party
eShakti printed dress with knotted Moda International cardigan, Hermes collier de chien bangle, GNW tights, Manolo Blanik booties (all own) and JORD wooden watch


over 50 years old influencer in business casual holiday inspired outfit
Vittoria red wool blazer, Oliveo chambray button-down shirt, London Jean boyfriend jeans, Aldo leopard print pumps, pearl necklaces, unbranded knee-high hosiery socks, Festina watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Kieselstein Cord belt and H buckle (all own)


fashion blogger in plaid sheath, red cardigan and tights
Dyed Moda International cardigan, GNW tights, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and Peter Kaiser block heel cap toes pumps (all own)


over 50 years old stylist in plaid shirt with denim skirt tights and sweater
Oliveo casual denim skirt with Oliveo button-down plaid shirt, GNW tight and sweater knotted around the neck


fashion blogger in red top white leather pants holiday outfit
Newport News leather pants, Anne Klein sweater, pearl necklace (all own)


style book author in little red dress with black tights
eShakti motorcycle dress, GNW tight, Harley Davidson booties, Michael Kors wedge booties, Collier de Chien belt and Adea layering top


fashion influencer in red work to office party outfit
Riders by Lee button-down red-white plaid button-down worn with own red dyed Moda International cardigan), G-III skirt, red GNW tight, Manolo Blanik booties, Kieselstein Cord belt, snake tail buckle, and Jodie Gum brooch (all own)


work Xmas party outfit with midi plaid skirt, Russian scarf, red sweater in front of a Christmas tree
Pendleton plaid pleat wool midi skirt, GNW Luxe sweater, Pavlovo fringe printed wool Russian scarf, L.K. Bennett suede leather tall boots, and Jord bamboo wood watch (all own)


style blogger in hunter green top and boots, brown skirt with necklace in front of a decorated tree
Pendleton glencheck wool skirt, smoky quartz statement necklace, Gucci snake boots, Hermes collier de chien bangle (all own) and bracelet c/o Lizzy James


style blogger in ageless office party look
Anne Klein sweater, G-III suede skirt, Hermes collier de chien belt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Hermes enamel bangles, GNW tight, pearl necklace, and Peter Kaiser block heel pumps (all own)


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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

chic midlife woman in plaid Christmas dress over sweater
Plaid fit-and-flare dress c/o Voodoo Vixen over own GNW Luxe cashmere sweater, GNW tights and Clarks booties


style book author in a retro-inspired plaid-dress Christmas dress
Plaid print holiday dress with bow closure and fabric belt c/o Voodoo Vixen styled for the office party by removing the sweater

LBD – at work and party

fashion blogger Nicole of High Latitude Style donning a LBD work outfit
Black boat neck dress c/o Covered Perfectly, own leopard print scarf, BCBG belt, GNW tights, Hermes collier de chien bangle, studded head band and Valentino studded boots


mature lady in LBD and long pearlnecklace as holiday outfit
Black boat neck dress re-styled for an EOB party by swapping the scarf, boots belt and tights with unbranded pantyhose, Swarovski crystal necklace, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and Ralph Lauren silver pumps


When you like these outfit inspirations, you will like the outfit inspirations for all kind of midlife dressing situations given in my style book How To Dress For Success in MidlifeBuy your book now.

It’s also a great gift for all of your fashion and style loving female friends and colleagues.

When you liked any of the outfits, please feel free to pin them to your own pinterest boards so your friends, colleagues and family can see them too. Sharing is careing.

Try a look with sequins

details of trendy belt and sequin skirt
H&M sequin skirt, sterling silver moonstone ring, topas bangle, gemstone suede belt, GNW Luxe cashmere sweater (all own)


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Have a great holiday season!

Photos: G. Kramm

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