Socializing with your boss on a Friday night, watching a co-worker get sloshed on eggnog, and wondering if anyone will notice you are double-dipping at the buffet can make company holiday parties stressful.
But, they can also be a lot of fun. Knowing you look fabulous in the perfect party outfit can help ease your stress when you’re wracking your brain trying to make small talk.
Whether your company holiday party is a large, formal affair or a small, potluck, office get-together, here are a few ideas for what to wear.
For a big, glitzy bash, your best option is a classy cocktail dress. This red embellished gathered sheath dress with a keyhole neckline, and this black sparkly beaded mesh sheath are both dresses I love and would wear. They’re timeless and elegant.
If your legs are not your best feature, skip the dress and go for a beautiful pantsuit. You can still look festive and hip in a pantsuit if you choose a fabric that is rich and elegant. A bit of shine helps too.
If it’s a more casual holiday party and you’re stumped about what to wear, dress pants and a pretty blouse will rarely lead you astray. Your two best choices are:
1) Wide-leg pants: They’re dramatic enough to make your outfit interesting and add instant sophistication. A flat front style in a dark color is most slimming. To keep them from looking sloppy, make sure the hem just grazes the floor and that there’s no pooling fabric at your ankles. The bonus here? Wide-leg pants balance out a fuller hip and bum.
2) Printed Pants: Choose a sophisticated print in darker hues to look winter-ready (you look more holiday glam if it has some metallic in the print). Also, let the print be the focus of the piece. Make sure the cut of the pant is simple. Otherwise they can be over the top [printed straight-leg pants are easier to pull off than printed wide-leg pants, for example].
What Top to Wear to Party with Your Pants?
A shirt in a sumptuous fabric- think silk or chiffon- instantly elevates your look. Look for luxe details like a wrap-style front, sheer sleeves, or light embellishment. If you’re wearing printed pants, your shirt should be muted to balance the print itself. You could pair a printed top or a top in a bold shade with wide-leg pants to add interest to your look- perhaps a vivid red or bright green to feel extra festive!
Dress it Up
If you like dresses or the event is too formal for pants, then a simple fit and flare dress works for every body type.
Embellishment, Embroidery or a lace holiday party dress gives it the glam you need for party time. Knee length is perfect. Go easy on the cleavage (this still works even though you are not at your desk), and don’t forget the sparkle. Some glitzy earrings and a sequined bag add just the right magic. This purple lace dress is festive for Christmas and a perfect color to wear at other times of the year too.
There you go! Whether you end up singing karaoke or posing pretty for the yearly X-mas staff photo, here’s hoping your company holiday party is as fabulous as your outfit will be.
*Guest Contributor: Stylist Morgan Mullin
tags: Holiday party Dresses