Ok, so, full disclosure: I love the holidays as much as the next girl, but I find them exhausting – especially in the early weeks of December. I’m very much a homebody and need my weekends to recharge for the week, and when my weekends get booked, my energy level tanks.
Add that to the stress of dressing for 30294832908 holiday events: asdfja;sldkfjasd;fk.
Deciding how to dress for office holiday parties in particular can be stressful because these events are still, in some ways, work. There’s extra pressure to not only look polished and put-together, but also professional. The good news is, making good investments in classic pieces now will make holiday dressing a no-brainer in the future, no matter what type of office holiday party you’re attending.
Here are my best tips on what to wear to an office holiday party:
Casual Office Party
You probably have a small collection of holiday sweaters at this point, but consider dropping a little extra on a comfy holiday sweater you can wear to work office parties like secret santa exchanges, white elephant parties, and potlucks. Look for one that’s cute but not crazy, sparkly but tasteful, and holiday-y without being too Christmas-y.
This sweater will stretch you through several holidays no matter what you pair it with – it would go well with slacks and a button-down in a business casual setting, or trendy double denim in a casual office. Pair with festive accessories, like bow earrings and a classic red lip, for a little extra cheer.
Office Cocktail Party
Office cocktail parties can be particularly tricky to nail, because you want to look dressed up and appropriate for night but you don’t want to look too over-the-top, lest you verge into inappropriate territory.
The trick is pick a cocktail dress in a holiday-appropriate jewel tone (like this on-trend lush meadow green) that brings drama rather than sex appeal. The waterfall sleeve, sheer cape back, and loose fit make this cocktail dress an excellent choice that you’ll want to re-wear.
And if you’re a fan of sparkly accessories, a dramatic jewel-toned cocktail dress is the perfect backdrop for a glittery clutch and glitzy earrings. Finish with a deep burgundy lip.
Black Tie Office Party
I’ll be honest here: If you’re in college, or fresh out of college with your first office job, chances are you don’t just have the cash to drop a couple hundred on a really clutch evening gown. I get it – it’s not like I have three of these just hanging out in the back of my closet.
At the same time, if your workplace has a super formal, fancy holiday party every year, or you get invited to black tie weddings every once in a while, consider spending a little extra on something classic that you can get multiple wears out of, like the champagne sheath shown here. Splurging a bit for something that looks absolutely awesome and that you’ll wear forever is totally worth it – just make sure when you’re spending this much that the fabric and craftsmanship is of good quality.
Pair the look with ace accessories like lace-up burgundy heels, a cute clutch, and a killer smoky eye to really wow at your formal black-tie office event.
What do you think?
What do you generally wear to your office parties? Do you ever get invited to black-tie events over the holidays? What items do you typically spend a little extra on? Let me know in the comments below!