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Dressing for That Holiday Party in Style!

We all know how difficult it can be to know how to dress for a holiday party. From Christmas to Labor Day, learn what to wear and how to wear it.

As the holiday season approaches, many offices are preparing for their yearly parties. This is a great opportunity to relax with your office mates outside of your cubicles, but that doesn’t mean you should let your guard down. You still want to maintain a professional appearance, even when you’re out having fun. Here are some things to keep in mind when picking out your outfit for the office celebration.

Stay Modest

Just as you wouldn’t wear anything to the office with a hemline that’s too short or a neckline that’s too low, nor should you wear these pieces to the office get-together. This is still a business function, and your outfit should reflect your professional side. Even if you’re just having a drink or two—and especially if you’re hitting the dance floor—you don’t want to wear anything that might make your coworkers think differently about you when you get back to the office Monday morning. Remember: This isn’t your friends’ raucous annual New Year’s Eve party; save the debauchery for the people not responsible for your salary.

Wear Stylish but Practical Shoes

While it’s tempting to break out the four-inch heels to an after-hours bash, that’s probably a bad idea. Let’s face it: As fabulous as they might look, heels are notoriously difficult to walk in. The last thing you want is to wear a pair that will end up hurting your feet so much you take them off (bare feet aren’t the way to make a professional impression), or cause you to stumble even if you’ve only had one drink. Find a pair that will be easier to wear for extended periods but still looks great with your outfit.

Jazz Up Your Outfit with Some Classy, Stylish Accessories

Just because you’re dressing professionally doesn’t mean your outfit has to look the same as it does every day at the office! Look for classy accessories such as earrings, necklaces or bracelets to make your outfit look ready for a festive party rather than a day of meetings. You want to stay professional here as well, so steer clear of the reindeer ears you might wear to a friend’s casual get together. Bonus: By staying professional in your accessory choices, the jewelry you find for this party doesn’t have to be limited to the holiday season!

Carry a Fabulous Bag!

Take advantage of being out after hours and ditch your day-to-day purse in favor of a bag or clutch that looks more classy and ready for a night out on the town. This is an area where it’s safer to show your personality outside of work!

Dressing for an office holiday party is a quest to toe the line between dressing inappropriately—as though you were going out for a night at the club—and dressing the way you do every day at the office. By keeping these tips in mind, you should be well on your way to finding the perfect outfit for your office holiday shindig.

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