Now that I work for myself, I don’t get to attend too many office holiday parties. But back when I worked at E! we had such a fun bash every December. When it came to picking out a dress to wear to a work holiday party, I generally followed the same guidelines. In case you’re figuring out what to wear to an office holiday party wanted to share them in Day 8 of 12 Days of Holiday Style.
I personally like to stand out at office holiday parties. Social environments are a great place to bond with your boss and colleagues. But there are good ways and bad ways to stand out. Here are my dos and don’ts:
DO go for a bold color or print
Colors and prints are a great way to stand out in a crowd. In a sea of little black dresses, a vibrant shade will get you noticed in a good way. I went for a hot pink velvet dress. If you’re not a fan of bold color, you can do a black dress with a metallic print.
DON’T wear anything revealing
Anything too low cut or super short is bound to get you noticed in a bad way. Sure, Christina Hendricks looked killer in those form fitting dresses on Mad Men. But that much cleavage is best saved for a different type of holiday party.
DO opt for moderate necklines and hemlines
To be safe, I like to go for a high neckline and a midi length dress. If you prefer a shorter dress, that’s fine too as long as it’s not too short. I always recommend to my friends to think back to high school when we had the fingertip rule for our schoolgirl skirt: try keeping the hemline below your fingertips when you have your hands down at your sides.
DON’T try out new shoes
There is nothing worse then hobbling around a party. A) it’s painful. B) your coworker might thinks you’re drunk! Save the new shoes for your friend’s holiday party and instead slip into shoes you know you can walk in. I can dance the night away in my pink satin pumps.
DO have fun with your accessories
Accessories are great conversation starters. You don’t want anything to showy or blingy but a unique piece of jewelry or handbag makes it easy for your coworkers to notice and spark up a conversation.
I hope my dos and don’t help you if you’re planning on what to wear to an office holiday party!