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What to Wear To A Company Holiday Party

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 Christmas party dress can help ease your stress when you’re wracking your brain trying to make small talk. Whether your work party is a large, formal affair, a small potluck office get-together, or something in between, here are a few ideas for what to wear to a company holiday party.




1. Wear A Festive Sweater Dress

This pretty sweater dress is perfect for the holiday work get-together that takes place during your lunch break or just after work for an hour before you go home. It’s classic enough to wear all day at work, but the gorgeous cranberry color, ruffle sleeves, and hem make it festive to say holiday season.

2. Wear Anything Red or Green

When in doubt, anything red or green is perfect for injecting a little ho ho ho into your workplace. This red wrap jumpsuit would be lovely at a dressy work party. Or simply wear a red or green blouse with  a black skirt or dress pants to look festive but professional.  Keep your accessories classic, streamlined and polished. It’s still business, after all.




Office Holiday Party Outfit l Black Sparkle Pencil Skirt, gray cableknit sweater l styled by Fabulous After 40

5. Wear Luxurious Fabric and Shine

An easy way to add a little razzle day to a casual office party is by wearing a classic piece that incorporates sparkle. For example, I’ve teamed up this lovely gray cable knit sweater with a black pencil skirt and a sparkly black pencil skirt to add some holiday shine. These sleek, pointy gray leather booties add a professional touch, and this gorgeous green suede back is fabulously festive! Add a pair of cute earrings, and you have a glam, office-ready holiday look.

P.S. Not only is this festive for holiday parties during work hours, but it would also look chic at neighborhood holiday parties.


6. Try Cropped, Black, Flowy Pants

Some company holiday get-togethers involve a sit-down dinner at a fancy restaurant that calls for dressy. Striking the right note when the dress code is ‘Dressy’ can be challenging. You want to wear something more unique than every day but without being too over-the-top.

One idea is a pair of flowy black cropped pants worn with a silky blouse or luxe velvet top. This stunning velvet wrap top looks party-ready paired with these glam culottes. Worn with a pair of sexy pumps, this is a very chic look. Don’t forget gold, dangly earrings to add some sparkle and shine.

Holiday Work Party - Black Lace Dress

7. The Classic Cocktail Dress Always Works

You can never go wrong with a bit of black dress for a cocktail party or big, glitzy bash.  With its sheer lace neckline, this classic style sheath is a little bit sexy without letting everything hang out. Always remember it’s still a work function and to err on the conservative side. Keep your look simple, classy, and chic. This dress would be a good choice.

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Holiday - Green Velvet OTS Dress

8. An Elegant Velvet Dress is Holiday Perfect

A velvet dress is sophisticated but not flashy when your company party is billed as a formal event. There are many velvet dresses for Christmas, but I think some of the most beautiful gowns are blue or green velvet.  

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What will you be wearing to your holiday party?

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14 thoughts on “What to Wear To A Company Holiday Party

  1. I have a black dress with silver sparkle built-in but it iveless. It would be great for the company holiday party, but it is December. If I got a Calvin Klein black faux fur shrug which looks fantastic with it, is it appropriate to take the shrug off inside, leaving me at a party with a sleeveless dress in winter, or is it appropriate to wear the shrug the entire time leaving it open in the front so the dress and jewelry shows? Thanks so much.

    1. Hi Jeanine, It depends on how heavy the shrug is. If it looks more like an outside coverup, it will be hot and funny, but if it is lightweight and looks fantastic, as you say, it is hard work left open. Why don’t you show it to a few friends and see what they think?

    1. Hi Sarah, That red one sold out, but I bet more will follow, so I will keep my eyes open for that. I found another red one: and a black one: and link: There’s also this short-sleeved one in green which is cute: Suppose the red becomes available again. I will post it here. Cheers, Deb

  2. Thank you! I was helping a friend try to find “what to wear to a husband’s corporate Christmas celebration weekend.”
    We are both at the age where our clothing doesn’t fit, our boobs have gotten HUGE, and no matter how hard we work out, we still have a gut; yes, I wear two pairs of shaping garments under my work clothes. You posted clothes that we both could envision wearing. Thank you!! Is there any way to see where the various items can be purchased?
    Again, Thank you. You indeed find your calling! God Bless!

    1. Thanks, V; I’m so glad you like these selections. Do you see the little photos below each collage? Click on those to go directly to the store to buy. If you have a problem, just let me know. Thanks!

  3. It happens to be winter here, and wearing bare legs is inappropriate, so do I wear nude or black hose with a Fuschia dress to a Christmas dinner? I have beige and black heels. Thank you, and there is nothing on any websites for dressing in the winter.

  4. Everything looks great. Although, my figure would look pudgy in the red sleeveless top or the straight pants. Thanks for showing options for all kinds of figures! The last purple dress, the one with the sleeves, would be my choice.
    I would love to see dressy clothes (not just pants, but dresses and skirts) shown with flats. I can no longer wear heels, not even kitten heels, so I am stuck with no heels. Please help those of us with the wrong feet!

  5. I’m a 45 yr old. I am going to a holiday party at a Cleveland Night ub. My dress is gold on top and black just above the knee skirt. I only have black open-toe hoes. Is that ok this time of ear? Or do I need closed-toe heels with black tights?

    1. Hi Barb, The black tights should look OK with the open-toe shoe…however you might also want to try a sheer black hose and see which one you like the best! Have fun, your dress sounds lovely!!!

    2. I agree with Deborah on the sheer black hose. It’s inexpensive to add sophistication (and sexiness) to your dress and look less heavy and valuable than a solid tight.

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