The Female’s Guide to What to Wear to Your Office Holiday Party


There are a lot of things that likely stress you out this time of year. Thinking about getting all of your work done before the holidays, what to get for your office secret Santa pick (this can be a challenging one if you don’t know them), Christmas shopping, and filling out those mass amounts of holiday cards. Regardless of what’s causing you to stress this holiday season, deciding what to wear to your office holiday party shouldn’t be one of them.

Picking the perfect outfit for a work party can get tricky, especially when the dress codes are vague. Are you supposed to dress like it’s the company prom and your ensemble is everything? Or is it appropriate to show up in a pair of casual jeans? Here are a few hacks that you can consider to pull off a great holiday party look. It might not be runway ready, but you’re going to fit in with everyone else.

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Build Your Outfit Around Your Favorite Accessory

It can surprise you just how much an accessory can bring all types of outfits together. Whether you decide to wear a simple back dress and pair it with your favorite necklace or a sparkly clutch; sometimes it’s the accessory itself that can answer your what-to-wear dilemmas. Accessories that are eye-catching can help draw the attention away from your actual clothes.

Wear the Shoes That Always Leave You Feeling Amazing

If you’re struggling with putting together an outfit for your holiday party, you don’t need to go digging into the back of your closet. As long as you’ve got a great pair of shoes to pair with your clothes, you’re going to feel just as confident and fabulous as you actually are. If your party has a lot of dancing involved, it’s best that you don’t wear any new heels or boots. You don’t want to end up barely being able to stand halfway through the party.

Choose a Bold Color

When people aren’t sure what to wear to parties, it’s usually the little black dress that makes the cut. Black, in general, is typically a safe bet, because it fits in with everything. However, holiday parties are different. You don’t want to look like you’re attending a funeral, so wearing a bold color is always a great way to make a statement. Try pairing a red shirt with a pair of black pants; red is the color of the season and bold enough to stand out.

Go for Something Sparkly

Sparkly, shimmery, or metallic pieces are a great way to bring your outfit to the next level, and they’re also holiday appropriate. Have you been looking for an occasion to wear that gold sequin blazer that’s been hiding in your closet for the past few months? Your Christmas party is the perfect opportunity. Choosing something eye-catching and sparkly means that you can keep the rest of your ensemble casual, and still look like you’ve dressed for the occasion.

Focus on Your Face

If you’ve chosen the classic, simple look to wear to the party, that’s okay. There’s nothing better than feeling comfortable at a party. However, if you still want to add something extra to your appearance, you can spice up your look with some subtle, but statement-making make-up. Even if you choose to go without eyeshadow, eyeliner, foundation, and everything else that comes with it, using some mascara with a bold, red lipstick can make a huge difference.

Even if you love a great excuse to go shopping, you don’t need to dish out a bunch of extra money just for your work’s Christmas party. Wear what you love, or what you feel most comfortable in. Use the tips above to help you create your outfit, and keep one question in mind: is the outfit that you are going to wear something that you don’t mind your boss seeing you in? If it’s too flashy, too tight, or too sheer, save it for New Year’s Eve when you’re out with the girls.

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The Female’s Guide to What to Wear to Your Office Holiday Party

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