Yesterday we talked about what NOT to wear to the office holiday party . . . today, let's focus on what you can and should wear. Generally, the key is that you want to look ready for business and to maintain that professional image, while also acknowledging the merriment of the occasion. So my advice is to wear what you would ordinarily wear to work for an important meeting (i.e., your "good clothes") - but add a splash of color or bit of sparkle. This can come in the form of a single statement accessory, like a rhinestone necklace or brightly colored pump, or a more daring version of your typical sheath dress or pencil skirt. (But no lime green or brocade. Please and thank you.) The most important thing to remember is NOT to overdo it. Choose ONE standout piece . . . not twelve.
Here are a few pieces that you might want to add to your office holiday party look:
Really want to stand out? Rock this shimmering sheath dress, available for $319 at Talbots. Just be sure that the rest of your look is understated. You don't want to end up in the "Remember That Time When" office oral history book!
Whoops - we almost forgot the earrings! Again, because it's a professional setting and the other elements of your ensemble probably pack enough of a punch, I recommend going with some simple studs, like these black diamonds on sale for $349 (down from $1,200!) at Kohl's.