So, What Are YOU Wearing to the Office Holiday Party?

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:

 

Swap your traditional pencil skirt for one with sequins instead! Grab this one from eloquii.com for $98.
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Swap your traditional pencil skirt for one with sequins instead! Grab this one from eloquii.com for $98.
Black too boring? Opt for this multicolored sequin skirt! Available for $79.95 at lanebryant.com.
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Black too boring? Opt for this multicolored sequin skirt! Available for $79.95 at lanebryant.com.
It's best to pair a shiny skirt with a simple top, like this poplin blouse. Currently available for $29.99 at Avenue.com.
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It's best to pair a shiny skirt with a simple top, like this poplin blouse. Currently available for $29.99 at Avenue.com.
Rather rock your sparkle on top? Try a sequin tank! Nab this one for $44.95 at lanebryant.com
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Rather rock your sparkle on top? Try a sequin tank! Nab this one for $44.95 at lanebryant.com
Sequins too much? Go for a bold color and a daring neckline instead. This cowl neckline shell is available for $46.90 at eloquii.com.
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Sequins too much? Go for a bold color and a daring neckline instead. This cowl neckline shell is available for $46.90 at eloquii.com.
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!
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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!
A conservative, tailored jacket would look great paired with any of the previous pieces. Try this tuxedo jacket, currently on sale at Avenue.com for $39.99.
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A conservative, tailored jacket would look great paired with any of the previous pieces. Try this tuxedo jacket, currently on sale at Avenue.com for $39.99.
One simple addition to dress up a holiday look? A sequin shimmer scarf. This one is available at Ann Taylor for $98.
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One simple addition to dress up a holiday look? A sequin shimmer scarf. This one is available at Ann Taylor for $98.
I love this multicolor-stone cross necklace from Iman's Global Chic Holiday Elegance collection. Currently available at HSN.com for $49.95.
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I love this multicolor-stone cross necklace from Iman's Global Chic Holiday Elegance collection. Currently available at HSN.com for $49.95.
I love a bold, bib necklace! It's a great way to offset an otherwise boring look. This blu bijoux onxy facet bib is currently available at maxandchloe.com for $60 (down from $125).
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I love a bold, bib necklace! It's a great way to offset an otherwise boring look. This blu bijoux onxy facet bib is currently available at maxandchloe.com for $60 (down from $125).
With chokers coming back in style, this Ann Taylor starlight stretch choker would be a nice embellishment to your look. Available for $58.
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With chokers coming back in style, this Ann Taylor starlight stretch choker would be a nice embellishment to your look. Available for $58.
I'm not much of a bracelet wearer, but if you are it's a great opportunity to add a little sparkle to your look. This crystal pave bangle is available from Talbots for $49.
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I'm not much of a bracelet wearer, but if you are it's a great opportunity to add a little sparkle to your look. This crystal pave bangle is available from Talbots for $49.
Another pretty bracelet! Available for $58 from Ann Taylor.
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Another pretty bracelet! Available for $58 from Ann Taylor.
Need a belt? Try this skinny glimmer belt for $26.90 from eloquii.com.
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Need a belt? Try this skinny glimmer belt for $26.90 from eloquii.com.
Want to add some extra sparkle? Try some shimmer pantyhose - like these from Ashley Stewart for just $7.95!
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Want to add some extra sparkle? Try some shimmer pantyhose - like these from Ashley Stewart for just $7.95!
Of course, you must rock some awesome shoes! Try these glitter bow pumps from Avenue for $34.99.
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Of course, you must rock some awesome shoes! Try these glitter bow pumps from Avenue for $34.99.
Another great option are these royale black glitter heels from Torrid for $39.50.
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Another great option are these royale black glitter heels from Torrid for $39.50.
And what outfit would be complete without the perfect handbag? Try this black sequin clutch available from White House Black Market for $44.
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And what outfit would be complete without the perfect handbag? Try this black sequin clutch available from White House Black Market for $44.
A clutch not enough to carry all your swag? Try a larger purse like this metallic leather bag from Talbots, available for $89.
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A clutch not enough to carry all your swag? Try a larger purse like this metallic leather bag from Talbots, available for $89.
Still not enough room to carry all your stuff? Go for the tote! I myself am drooling over this glimmer and glitter sequin tote on sale for $94 from Talbots.
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Still not enough room to carry all your stuff? Go for the tote! I myself am drooling over this glimmer and glitter sequin tote on sale for $94 from Talbots.
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.
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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.
Here's a great example of a complete office holiday party look from igigi.com!
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Here's a great example of a complete office holiday party look from igigi.com!

As for me, I fully plan to take advantage of the fact that sequins is one of the hottest trends this season. My black sequin pencil skirt is all ready to go! What about you? What will you be rocking at your company holiday party?


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2 comments for “So, What Are YOU Wearing to the Office Holiday Party?

  1. December 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I love the “slide show” format for the pictures!! Also, that pencil skirt and the sparkly scarf may have to be early Christmas presents to myself!

    • curvyceo
      December 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      I cannot *wait* to rock that sequin skirt!

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