With the office Christmas party just a few short weeks away and the festive season well and truly underway, workers all over the world have been left with a seasonal predicament – what to wear? Recently, bosses have been branching out with their choice of venue, opting for something a little different to the traditional restaurant meal, so just how do you prepare? Of course, your trusty LBD will never let you down, but if you’re really looking to dazzle your co-workers with something more glamorous, we’ve put together this helpful guide on how to be the most stylish guest at any venue:
Option 1: Keeping it traditional
Most of us are used to the traditional Christmas party format – a nice meal at a restaurant followed by a few cocktails.
But, how should you dress for an occasion like this? It can be uncomfortable to eat a roast dinner in a tight bodycon, but you don’t want to be dressed informally for when you hit the bars later on.
If you’re tired of sticking to the same outfits for these occasions, you may want to branch out a bit and go for something daring. Show off your pins in a midi dress and channel your inner party animal with leopard or snake print (two patterns that are very on-trend this season). Pair with barely-there sandals and a matching bag and your good to go!Of course, with the temperature being on the chilly side in December, you might want to try jeans with an embellished cami top. The covered legs will keep you warm when you’re moving from restaurant to bar and your fancy top will be admired over the dinner table. This season, it’s all about sequin embellishments and metallic camis — perfect for this years’ festivities.
Option 2: Sophisticated glamour
If your boss has decided to go all-out this season and treat you to a Christmas party in a stately home or castle, you might want to emulate the sophisticated glamour of your surroundings. Of course, it depends on what’s lined up for you at your party but it’s nice to look the part. Here, you might be greeted with a medieval banquet, take part in some activities or enjoy a formal ball.
For a night filled with lively activities such as dancing or medieval sword fighting, it could be wise to opt for a good pair of trousers. Plisse trousers have been on-trend in recent years — they’re comfy and fashionable! This style is perfect for flexibility in movement and keeping your legs covered for the cooler temperatures. Pair with a three-quarter sleeve fitted top or a Bardot style crop to complete your look. This style goes great with flat or heeled shoes, so where what you feel comfortable in. The great thing about these pants too is that they’ve got an elasticated waist (ideal for tucking into a medieval buffet!).
Option 3: Raising the roof(top)
Ok, so December might not be the ideal time to be drinking outside – but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a good rooftop party! Due to the colder climate of the UK, we don’t get to spend much time outdoors during the autumn and winter so a party on a rooftop makes a nice change.
If sticking to dark colours isn’t your thing, why not add a pop of bright colour to the evening? Pink dresses or colourful side-split maxis are bound to turn a few heads. Why not go all out in a sequin maxi dress? Or pair an accordion skirt with a sequin top. Keep your feet warm in suede heeled ankle boots or a dressy loafer.
As you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors, it’s a good idea to bring a warm coat. This season it’s all about faux fur and we’re loving it! Keep it classic in a black or brown waist-length jacket or go big and bold with a coloured fur coat and chunky collar. If this isn’t your style, you can’t go wrong in a classic leather jacket — match with a cross-body clutch and your outfit is complete.
Bowling and drinks:
Who doesn’t love a bit of friendly competition at the work night out? If your Christmas party is at a bowling alley, chances are you’ll probably be heading out for a few drinks afterwards, so you need something that’s suitable for scoring a strike and for when you’re drinking cocktails later on.
As you’ll be moving around a lot and spending a lot of time on your feet, it’s a good idea to opt for a comfortable outfit. Think on-trend jumpsuits and trousers with a cute top. You’ve probably noticed that ‘80s fashion has been back with a bang this year, and it hasn’t stopped for AW18. It’s all about being bold with your colour palette and really owning it! It’s not often your colleagues get to see you outside of your workwear so show them your true colours in a bold jumpsuit. Choose one with a chunky belt to create that ‘80s inspired cinched waist and accessorise with statement hoops.
Culotte trousers were one of the biggest trends of summer 2018 and it looks like they could be sticking around for a while. But there are so many varieties now that they certainly shouldn’t be kept for just one season. Play it safe with high-waisted black trousers and jazz it up top with a glitter-infused bodysuit or cute crop — pair with a sparkly clutch and your good to go.