What to Wear to the Office Christmas Party


One of my favorite times of year and so Christmas parties are looming – I know some of yours are  happening this week. I’ve had lots of requests for a post dealing with ‘what to wear to the office Christmas party’, so here goes.

Dressing for the office Christmas party can be tricky, it’s a party but you’re still with your colleagues and so effectively it’s still “business”. You can relax and let loose but remember you still have to see those same co-workers around the boardroom table at your next meeting, so avoid embarrassment of being inappropriately dressed or a wardrobe malfunction and have a read of what I’ve learned over the years about dressing for the office Christmas party. How to deal with the “what to wear to the office Christmas Party” conundrum?

A few rules to live by when choosing what to wear to the office Christmas Party:

Do confirm the dress code 

I’ve been to black tie Christmas parties and I’ve been to Christmas parties held at a bar or nightclub. Obviously what i’d wear to the former won’t work for the latter, but their is always a dress code. Find out what it is.

Do keep cleavage on the “conservative” side 

Yes you can loosen up at Christmas but you still want your colleagues to keep their eyes above your neck – if you wouldn’t wear it that low during the office day, I say it’s not one to wear to the office Christmas party. None of those deep v-neck plunge dresses for the office Christmas party, keep those for nights out on the tiles with friends if you must wear them.

Don’t go too short 

I think it’s best to err on the side of caution when it comes to dress/skirt lengths for the Christmas party. I don’t typically prescribe to the “2 inches above the knee” or “Bic Biro length above the knee” kind of rules. If a skirt needs frequent yanking down or adjusting or if it doesn’t cover my bottom when I sit down – its too short, so I stick with that.

Don’t go too casual 

Jeans are too casual for the office Christmas party. You definitely don’t need to wear a dress and I’m a huge fan of wearing trousers to special events but jeans just aren’t special enough, it’s not dress down Friday it’s a celebration make an effort.

Do bring out the party shoes 

Just because your outfit may not have a plunging neckline or be super short, doesn’t mean you can’t go to town with the shoes! Heck, go sky high if you want to, sparkles, platforms (which I say to avoid wearing to the office in this post), feathers – go to town!

Don’t wear anything too sheer

Check the lighting in daylight and bright light and make sure that it’s not too see-through. There will be lots of pics being taken. You have been warned!


What to Wear to the Office Christmas Party

If in doubt, keep it classy and keep it conservative, get to know your colleagues and have fun. Statement earrings, fabulous shoes and a gorgeous bag are great ways to show your personality too. Have fun and keep it professional.




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