Attending a holiday party? Get dressed with these easy tips

The most wonderful time of the year is right around the corner. And as you begin to RSVP to all of your social gatherings, let’s not forget the part that requires a more strategic plan: what to wear your office holiday bash.

An office party is the perfect time to show your festive and sartorial skills. However, the key is to always dress appropriately. Here are some tips on how to dress your best.

Note the time

Casual cocktail receptions to formal sit-down dinners at Eldorado Hotel & Spa.
Casual cocktail receptions to formal sit-down dinners at Eldorado Hotel & Spa in Santa Fe, NM.

You don’t want to seem out of place by looking too dressy or too casual. Find out when where the party is going to take place. For instance, luncheons in a conference room may have a more causal or more professional vibe than a dinner party in a hotel ballroom like the Alvarado Ballroom in Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

After work events 

If you’re heading to an office holiday party right after work, choose something that can help transform your attire from day to evening. Wearing cocktail or festive clothing to work can be distracting. Instead of wearing a sparkly dress or a glitzy tie to the 9-to-5, pack your outfit in a workbag. You can also pair your party dress with a blazer for work and bring some fun accessories. 

Ladies, be bold

Rock some fun statement earrings that you normally couldn’t get away with at the office, as well as some colorful heels. Accessories are the easiest way to create a bolder look without being inappropriate. Plus, unique pieces tend to be great conversation starters, which is always a good thing. If you’re struggling to figure out the difference between “Black Tie,” “Dressy Casual,” and “Cocktail Attire,” you can never go wrong with a little black dress (as long as it’s not too little) with great accessories. 

Men, show your festive side

Add some (appropriate) holiday flair and go for a playful vibe with a classic suit and a fun tie. You can also show your holiday spirit by adding some holiday color or a touch of texture to your outfit, like a burgundy or dark forest green pants or velvet blazer. If your company is more conservative, a nice blazer and dark slacks are a safe choice. Don’t overlook the details: make sure you’ve polished your shoes, and that your tie and belt are in good order.

Fashion Faux Pas: Look polished. Wrinkles, holes or clothing that are threading and falling apart are big fashion no-nos. Office parties still qualify as an office event, so don’t wear anything you’re not allowed to wear in the office. This may include: low-cut, tight-fitting, sheer, polo shirts and jeans. You’re sending a message about yourself professionally in the way you dress, so be sure you convey a positive image. Most importantly, make sure you feel comfortable in your clothing.

Remember: Don’t be afraid to add a splash of color or shimmer. Whether you choose to wear an embellished skirt, sequined top or a nice sport coat, find a way to brighten your holiday ensemble.

Do you have a style idea or tip for a holiday party? Leave a comment below.

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