Beciga’s Guide to Holiday Party Attire
The days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder, which means the holidays are right around the corner. And with the holidays come holiday parties! When December comes around, it’s common for companies to hold holiday functions and work parties, in addition to the numerous invitations to family and friend parties. If you need some help figuring out your outfit, here are some tips for what to wear to company, house and more formal holiday parties.
Tips on what to wear to the Company Holiday Party:
Some of these are simple parties during the work day at the office, while others are more elaborate events to celebrate the holidays with their employees after hours.
As party day approaches, you might be contemplating what to wear, given that it's not just another day at the office. You want to have fun with your attire, but still keep it work appropriate.
If the holiday party is during work hours:
Some companies prefer to keep their parties small and during normal work hours. If this is the case for you, then you'll likely opt for work-appropriate attire. However, don't be afraid to dress it up a little bit with a nice dress and shoes or a fun holiday-geared blazer with a little sparkle. Typically, you'll need to stick with the office dress code policy unless you're provided with guidelines that it's OK to dress differently for the event.
If the holiday party is after work hours:
After-hours holiday parties can be a lot of fun. They give you an opportunity to let your hair down, relax a bit, and connect with co-workers outside of the typical office environment. However, that doesn't mean you can forget that you are still around co-workers and at a work function. You want to have fun, but consider that what you wear and what happens at the party will be remembered by those you see daily in a professional environment.
Keep the cleavage to a minimum. A higher neckline can be extremely flattering, and it will make a big difference in keeping your look professional. If things still feel a bit bland, a necklace is a great way to add some pop or sparkle while still keeping it appropriate.
Consider where your hemline hits when selecting your wardrobe. You can go a bit higher than the typical “two inches above the knee” rule, but use caution and don't go too short. Also, make sure you test sitting down in your outfit before the party to ensure it doesn't show too much when you sit. After all, no one wants to be worried about fixing their skirt while their manager is speaking to them at the party. Finally, use caution with sheer fabrics. If your party’s venue is going to have bright lights, then try to avoid sheer fabrics — they may end up showing more than you’d like.
Invited to a “home” holiday party?
Consider stepping up your glamour when entering a home holiday party. Wearing lush fabrics such as velvet, lace or faux fur might add a little more pizzazz to your holiday outfit!
Basic black is always in style and the safe way to go. However, the basic black dress with little something extra, makes it special and more fun to wear. Wearing a little black dress that is stylized can also create that WOW factor by adding a ruffle, or showing more skin. When you accept the invitation to a more “formal” holiday event….first thought...UGH…what do I wear?
Why not wear a dress with a sheen and shimmer to create a festive formal look? When selecting styles that are more on the “dressy” side-go for it, have fun! Be festive and celebrate the beautiful holiday season!
Overall have fun dressing for the holidays! When celebrating the holidays with friends and family….glam it up and take advantage of all the holidays have to offer! Don’t forget to accessorize appropriately with wraps, handbags and jewelry. Don’t forget to add a little sparkle/bling to the holidays and enjoy!