The email has just arrived in your inbox - the annual office Christmas function.
It's a weird combination of secret Santa gifts, alcohol loosened co-workers, end of year stress and holiday high spirits.
Don't make it more stressful by committing a fashion faux pas. Although there is nothing wrong with being the best dressed, you don't want to be overdressed. Even though it's a party, it's still primarily a work function, and your outfit should reflect that.
I suggest that you treat your outfit like a Christmas tree. Choose a simple base outfit, and then add your decorations.
First thing is to find out what the expected dress code is and then put your outfit together accordingly.
Knowing the venue and the time is usually enough to work out the dress code.
What to wear Suggestions:
A little black dress would be perfect as your base. If, like me, wearing black makes you look like you've been dead for three weeks, choose a more flattering colour. Your LBD definitely does not have to black! Add some colour via your shoes, clutch and jewellery.
Dress: Diana Ferrari. Shoes and Clutch: Novo
Lunch at a Winery or Restaurant
What to Wear Suggestions:
A floral / print dress, or a colourful top worn with pants (not jeans). Wear appropriate shoes for both the venue and your outfit. A heel (even a low heel, or wedge) will always look smarter than a flat shoe.
Dress: Phase Eight, David Jones
After Work Drinks at the Office or Pub
As you're probably going straight from work, you'll probably wear what you wore to work. Plan ahead by wearing something simple (think of the naked Christmas tree) and packing a change of shoes and some accessories to quickly change into. Take five minutes to spruce up your hair and make-up.
What not to wear:
Avoid anything that flashes! If it needs batteries, take it off. If you're flashing too much cleavage or leg, take it off. Instead sparkle by wearing jewellery, understated sequins or a fabric with a glittery thread.
Costumes. Unless it's fancy dress party -which would be unusual for a work function - do not be tempted to don your Santa hat and/or reindeer antlers. And if it is fancy dress, don't wear a sexy Santa outfit. No, really, just don't! If you feel the need to wear something more Christmas-sy, add something green or red to your outfit. And I don't mean mistletoe.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with showing more of your personality through your clothing than you usually do at work, but keep it within reason. After all, you do have to show up on Monday morning!
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