It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year—and the busiest! From fancy soirées to family festivities, your calendar is filled to the brim with seasonal parties, including the much-anticipated office get-together. The holiday work party is a chance for you and your co-workers to let loose, celebrate successes, and get fancy.
And that’s where we come in! Whether you’re heading out for cocktails or attending a holiday gala, you’re going to need something festive—yet work-appropriate—to wear. With a little help from our favorite style bloggers, we pulled together perfect looks for every office occasion.
If your company has a relaxed dress code or the invitation calls for casual attire, why not dress up just a little? It’ll make the occasion seem more special if you don a dress instead of your usual jeans. Break out a simple black dress, opaque tights, and a metallic belt. To keep things low-key, balance the dressy pieces with a plaid button-down, an everyday bag, and casual booties like Kendi from Kendi Everyday.
If you work in a trendier workplace or you’re going to dinner with your close co-workers, try dressing up a pair of skinny jeans or black pants with a bold, sparkly sweater. Oversized sweaters are huge right now, and when embellished and paired with sophisticated accessories, they have just the right amount of glitz for a holiday get-together. Don’t forget to top off the look with a swipe of bright red lipstick and a pair of leopard pumps like Jules from Sincerely Jules.
If your company is hosting a holiday cocktail party or happy hour, we love Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere’s classic-feminine attire! Try tucking a lace top into a black skirt, and pair with your sparkliest pumps. Layer a few pearl necklaces and choose a sleek clutch to balance the girly touches. And for hailing cabs and post-party hopping, be sure to grab a winter-white coat!
Our go-to for a dressy holiday dinner party? A metallic jacquard dress! Keep this glam piece polished and professional by pairing it with a peacoat, sheer tights, and pointed heels. Take a tip from Julia of Gal Meets Glam and add textures and colors for contrast, like a fur collar, glitter bag, and emerald jewelry.
Nothing says formal holiday attire like crushed velvet. If you’re going to a holiday charity gala or black tie affair for work, find a fit-and-flare in this material. Blair from Atlantic Pacific pairs her full-skirt dress with a fur jacket, bow belt, gold baubles, and cap toe shoes for a preppy-glam twist. Trying accenting your updo with an embellished headpiece, and finish the look with a dramatic burgundy on your lips.
Molly works in Indianapolis as a fashion blogger for Scarves Dot Net. When she’s not creating looks for less, she loves a healthy dose of retail therapy, getting creative in the kitchen, and spending time with her crazy (yet lovable) family. Follow her on Pinterest and Twitter @mtborter.More from this Author