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A few tips to dress for the oft-dreaded office holiday party.
Christmas is ten days away, for those of you who celebrate it, and we are officially in full holiday mode (though, to be honest, some people have been since Hallowe'en ended). This next two weeks is holiday party after holiday party for most people, and each invitation brings with it the new question of what to wear – which, in case you don't know, happens to be my speciality. Perhaps I can't solve world hunger or fix the droughts, but at least I can help you feel more confident.
Many offices hold holiday parties before their winter breaks, and this tends to be the type of gathering where no outfit seems appropriate. Generally, people either go too night-out and end up looking a little over-the-top and unprofessional – or they wear office-appropriate clothing that seems stiff and buttoned up, which then ensures that they feel stiff and buttoned-up all night long. My advice is to avoid anything tight or short and instead get your glamour through luxe fabrics (e.g. velvet, (faux) fur or suede, corduroy, lace) and a controlled amount of glitz. Gold and black is a classic combination that always looks both elegant and festive; burgundy and gold, as well as navy or emerald with silver, have similar effects.
Photography by Annika Cleland-Hura | Top: Thrifted | Pants: Thrifted | Shoes: Thrifted | Wrap: Thrifted
By wearing a high-necked top with high-waisted, wide-legged pants, I'm fully covered up with no chance of an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction. But I also half-tucked my top (to define my waist) and wore open-toe, high-heeled sandals to feel a bit more dressed-up and party-ready. The gold of the top and its intricate folding also help, because its inherent glamour and its halter silhouette balance each other out to create what is just about the perfect office-party top. In fact, the gold top is so striking that I didn't even feel the need to wear any jewelry, beyond a few sweet gold rings. Lastly, to cover my shoulders and keep warm, I added a faux-fur wrap. If you ever feel like you may be underdressed, just bring a glamorous wrap – you can always take it off, but it adds this polish and sophistication to anything.
In terms of makeup, I wanted something classy but elevated, so I just put a little bit of gold eyeshadow on and really added a lot of mascara, then finished it off with a dark red lip. It feels very seasonal and interesting, but it's not vampy or gothic and still very appropriate. I also painted my nails gold for a little more sparkle.
I hope this post gave you a little inspiration, if you're in need! More coming soon...