November might seem a little early to be thinking about the office Christmas party, but now is the perfect time to start preparing.
Buying your outfit now has three distinct advantages
- Most people will shop for their dress on the high street in December, therefore last minute panic buying will increase the possibility of rocking up in the same outfit as someone else.
- You’ll have plenty of time to find the perfect accessories, break in your shoes and make sure everything fits perfectly.
- You can bask in the smugness of being incredibly organised.
But shopping for an office Christmas party outfit is a bit more complicated than shopping for other parties. There are a few things you should bear in mind when making your choice.
For example, remember that your colleagues, boss and possibly clients will be in attendance, so you want to make a good, and classy, impression. Avoid anything too short or low cut. That doesn’t mean you can’t show any skin; cold shoulder styles are still totally on-trend and perfect for the party season, especially in shades of red.
If you’re heading straight to your Christmas party from the office you have an added dilemma. You could bring your whole outfit into work with you then change into your now very creased dress a cramped toilet cubicle.
Or you could start planning now and put together a clever outfit that will take you from day to night with minimal effort. A classic black shift dress can be transformed just by adding a bit of bling and some metallic heels. Put a few bobby pins in your bag to create a quick up-do and touch-up your make-up before you leave, and voila! Party perfect in no time!
Alternatively you could wear tailored black trousers with a white blouse for the day, then just change your top before leaving the office. Go for something in a bright colour for maximum contrast between your two looks.
While you may need to be a little more reserved than you would be on a regular night out, remember that it’s CHRISTMAS, and a little sparkle is essential. Look out for styles with sequin or diamante embellishments, or choose glittering accessories to give your look a festive twist.
Some final advice when it comes to office party etiquette: remember to mingle, it’s always a good networking opportunity. Don’t be the first to arrive or the last to leave, and don’t treat the free bar as a personal challenge – calling in sick the next day will not be a good career move career-wise!
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