December 5, 2013
As the Christmas holidays creep upon us so does the stress of finding an outfit for the Christmas party. Christmas parties are a fun way for the whole team to get together and let off some steam, although of course, not too much – it’s still a work party after all and you are still representing the company. This article will give you the best advice on how to dress appropriately for the occasion. It will include tips on how to get noticed by that colleague you have had your eye on, what to wear if you are going to spend the whole night on the dance floor and what to wear if you are the new girl and you want to dress to impress. So don’t put off that shopping trip any longer – read on to find out what you should wear to this year’s office Christmas party.
Office Party Profiles
- The New Girl
Being the new girl at the Christmas party is always tricky. You don’t know what people wore last year so you may struggle when it comes to choosing an outfit as you don’t want to look over or under dressed. As the new girl you don’t want to draw too much attention to yourself either. The last thing that you need is to be the talk of the office for wearing an outfit that Lady Gaga would be proud of.
Instead, opt for something simple and sophisticated like a black jumpsuit with a statement belt or a dress with a bold necklace – remember that less is more. You could always ask people what they wore last year as this will give you an idea of what to wear but it will also get you engaged in conversation with other employees – which is a bonus.
Remember to wear a pair of shoes that you can easily walk in so that you can avoid falling over in front of your new boss. It’s important to choose an outfit that you feel comfortable and confident in. Show off your personality but be respectable at the same time as people may still be making their minds up about you.
- Potential Partners
Perhaps you’ve had your eye on that cute guy from another team, and you’re hoping that he finally notices you at the work’s Christmas do. The main thing to remember here is that even though it’s Christmas, it’s still your office party. That means that anything wildly provocative is out of the question we’re afraid.
Instead, try to strike a balance between sexy and demure. You want them to notice you as soon as you walk in the room, but you don’t want to look like an easy target and you definitely don’t want to risk getting into trouble with your line manager for inappropriate attire – you won’t be excused just because it’s Christmas.
So how do you go about this? Well it’s easy. First choose a dress with a flattering neckline – small busted girls can rock a high neck perfectly while busty girls look fab in dresses with a sweetheart neckline. Remember that you show off either your chest or your legs – never both. That means that if you’ve gone for the high neck option, you can afford to go short on the hemline. If you’ve chosen the latter of the two necklines, make sure that your dress falls just above your knees.
If the dress you’ve chosen is plain, opt for killer heels in either a sparkly metallic finish or colourful suede. After all, your main aim is to catch his eye, and how better to do so than with a truly glamorous pair of heels.
Spend time on your hair and make-up. The sultry siren look is always a winner and a flash of your smile may well be the key to his heart. A well-blended smoky eye should be topped with lashings of mascara. Slick on some rouge lipstick and you’re done. When it comes to your hair, stick to a simple style – side swept and curly looks sophisticated and sexy at the same time.
- Party Girl
The life and soul of the party, you’ll be the girl who’s the last one standing at the end of the night. You’re likely to be a people person, and as such, you’ve probably got loads of great mates in the office. Grab your favourite girlies and dance the night away, stopping only for a quick top up on your drink every hour or so.
If you’re going to be dancing all night, it makes sense to consider your choice of shoes wisely. After all, while a killer stiletto will give you great legs, your poor feet won’t thank you when you can barely stand up at the end of the night. The ultimate party girl always carries a pair of comfortable ballet flats in her bag to protect her feet from painful sores and blisters.
If you absolutely must wear heels, opt for a pair of wedges. This will add a couple of inches to your height, slim your legs, and be comfortable on your feet. Basically, wedges offer a win-win situation.
As for your dress, you’ll need to ensure that you feel comfortable and able to move freely to dance. You may prefer to opt for a shorter number – an LBD (little black dress) will never let you down. Choose a sleeveless version to make sure you don’t get too hot.
Hair and make-up wise, it’s probably a smart idea to pin your hair back. After all, no-one likes the sweaty faced look do they? Keep your make-up bright and bold; all the better for photos.
Are you more of an introvert? Do you hate the idea of people looking at you? If so, the understated look will suit you best. The good news is that you can still look hot and blend into the background.
If dancing is not going to be on your agenda for the evening, why not try an elegantly classic maxi dress? Choose yours in a shade that complements your skin tone and hair colour – dark haired ladies look great in emerald green and navy blue, while fair haired beauties suit burgundy and deep purple. This way, you can steer clear of black while avoiding the bold and bright colours favoured by extroverts.
Maxi dresses are perfect for an office Christmas party as they hide any problem areas that you may feel conscious about, and give you a stunning silhouette. When it comes to choosing shoes, opt for a pair of wedge heels. You’ll feel comfortable all night and still look like you’ve made an effort to dress up.
Pin back your hair into an elegant chignon bun and smooth down any flyaways with hairspray. Let your dress do all of the talking for you and keep make-up simple with a flawless base and kohl rimmed eyes. A barely there nude lippie will complement your outfit perfectly.
Office Christmas Party Cheat-Sheet
Just because many will view the Christmas party as an excuse to let their hair down, it doesn’t mean your standards should do the same. Whilst this presents the perfect opportunity to get to socialise with your colleagues outside of the office, remember – they are still your co-workers; so just as you have an image that you project in the workplace, make sure you maintain this representation outside office walls.
Going to great lengths
There’s nothing better than a bit of ladylike camaraderie when it comes to the office fashion stakes, right? This is a great opportunity to do some essential research by finding out what your female counterparts are likely to be wearing. A good idea would be to ask what they wore to last year’s Christmas party; and perhaps see if they have any photos of the event just to give you a bit of inspiration.
The general rule of thumb is to aim for a knee-length outfit – so even if your dress accidentally happens to ride up at least you won’t be revealing too much skin to give your colleagues more than an eyeful! Avoid ‘flashing the flesh’ as you could risk the outfit wearing you, and not the other way round; so keep it elegant and classy by finding a dress that’s right for your body shape, otherwise you may find that your co-workers will be talking about you for all the wrong reasons.
Put your best foot forward
Every woman knows that a decent pair of high heels will instantly give the appearance of longer legs – as well as help you fake a supermodel height. But before you go out and buy those must-have skyscraper heels, think about how much walking and standing you’ll be doing at your office’s festive get-together. Additionally, take into account your entire outfit – your main attire will consist of a standout dress as well as statement shoes, yet while they will be separate accessories, combined they come together to form one knockout ensemble.
Less is more (styles, not clothing)
While wearing less apparel is sure to make more of an impact, it’ll also mean more chance of you becoming the laughing stock of the party come Monday morning. Don’t try too hard, as people will be able to tell from a mile off (the clash of colours will serve as a warning sign). The best and only advice you will ever need is to follow the three S’s:
So long as you stick to these fashionable golden rules, you’re sure to shine. From all of us here at team Glamorous, have fun with your outfit and enjoy a ‘Glamorous’ Christmas party!
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