One of the occasions I constantly get asked for advice on is how to dress for work parties.
Can you look sexy?
Are sparkles acceptable?
Can you wear a sleeveless top?
What should you wear?
The answer to all of those questions is: it depends.
I know, that's not the most incredibly helpful answer, but it's true. Each work environment is different. If you work in an office and have to wear a pantsuit everyday, I wouldn't recommend showing up to the holiday cocktail party in an all-sequin mini dress. If you work for a tech company that allows you to wear t-shirts and jeans everyday, you may be able to shimmy into that faux leather mini skirt & long sleeve v neck without getting side-eye during your boss' toast.
Though each type of career is different, I do have a few general tips that may help you decide how big of a risk you should (or shouldn't) take.
Stick to neutral colors—or holiday colors.
Only show one goodie at a time.
Wear close-toed shoes.
Avoid full-glam by only focusing on your hair or your makeup.
Make sure your nails are done.
Don’t wear it if you wouldn’t wear it to meet your significant other’s parents.
Avoid ugly Christmas sweaters (save those for casual Friday).
If you’re in doubt, don’t wear it.
Dress up more than you would in the office.
Over the weekend, I attended a work party. The company's dress code is typically dressy-casual for those who work in the office. I ended up wearing a black halter jumpsuit from H&M, black heeled Guess booties, and a small black Rebecca Minkoff purse. I kept the focus on my makeup and tossed my hair into a casual yet polished top knot. I chose to go for warm-toned neutral eye shadows with a hint of shimmer on the lid, a golden highlight, bronzed contour, a light blush, and a warm-toned nude lip.
Jumpsuits and midi sweater dresses are two types of outfits that I feel are guaranteed appropriate for most holiday work parties. They are trendy, simple, chic, and versatile in how much, or little, you want to dress them up.
I hope this post helped you get an idea of what to wear to your job's holiday party. Stay tuned for the next look in this series!
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