Once November and December come around, it’s not uncommon to find most workplaces holding functions and holiday parties for their employees to attend. Some are simple get-togethers at the office during or after the workday, while others are more elaborate, after-hours events. As the day of your work party approaches, you’ll probably be wondering what to wear – after all, it’s not just another day at the office. You’ll want to have some fun and show off your style with your attire, but still keep it appropriate for the office – especially if the party is being held there or if you’re going straight there after work. We’ve put together some top tips to help you look your best.
The Holiday Party During Work Hours:
Some workplaces like to have small holiday parties during usual working hours – if this sounds like your company, then you’ll probably be better off opting for your usual work-appropriate attire unless of course, your employer has requested that everybody dress up, in which case a dress code will usually be given. Even if you’re just dressing as normal, however, don’t be afraid to add a bit of sparkle and bling with a nice dress or a sparkly blazer – check out these gorgeous plus size work dresses that double up well for an office-based Christmas party.
The Christmas Party After Work Hours:
If your employer is putting on an after-hours event for the holidays, then you’ve got more of an excuse to get dressed up, let your hair down, and have some fun with your co-workers outside of the office. However, when choosing your outfit, remember that although you are there to have fun, you’re still socializing with people who are your work colleagues, so keep this in mind. The type of office culture you’re used to and the industry will probably be a deciding factor too – if you tend to dress more casually at the office then you should be fine dressing as you normally would for a night out.
Confirm the Dress Code
If your employer is holding an event elsewhere and you suspect there might be a strict dress code or you’re simply not sure what kind of outfit to choose, then don’t be afraid to ask. Once you’re clear on what the expectations are and whether or not there are any rules on what or what not to wear, then it will be easier for you to go from there.
More Attire Tips
Make sure that you are comfortable with what you’re wearing! If you’re expecting to be walking around talking to people and doing some dancing, then you don’t want your clothes to restrict you. And, even if it’s a casual affair, don’t go too casual – think ‘dress down’ Fridays at work – avoid anything like sweatpants, for example. And finally, don’t overestimate the power of nice accessories for adding some interest to an otherwise plain outfit.
What do you plan to wear for your work holiday party this year?