The office Christmas party. The one night of the year where everyone lets their hair down and you finally get to know the real Wendy from accounting.
Whether you love it or hate it, it’s a fantastic excuse to dress up and get in the festive spirit. There are few things to consider when picking out your party look however, for example how formal you need to be and what really is suitable for your boss to see you in (Dave, put the mankini down)!
So, if you’re not sure what kind of look to go for this year, look no further, as we’ve put together a failsafe guide for dressing for your Christmas do.
For the men….
A laid back legs up…
If your work do is simply consisting of a relaxed trip down to the pub or a bite to eat, there isn’t really any need to dress up too much for the occasion, however it’s still nice to make an effort and look your best. For these smart/casual occasions, a nice (unripped) pair of slim fit jeans and a shirt is usually a failsafe combo, though a smart piece of knitwear, such as this roll neck jumper by John Smedley is also a great choice. Complete the look with a pair of leather or suede boots, which are not only great for tying together a smart/casual look, but will also protect you from the ghastly winter weather! If you’re aiming for the smarter end of the scale, a pair of Chelsea boots will fit the bill perfectly, whereas a Derby or Chukka boot is ideal for giving off a more laid back vibe.
SHOP: Polo Ralph Lauren Gingham Shirt / Kenzo Optical Print Shirt / John Smedley Belvoir Roll Neck / Replay Anbass Jeans / Nudie Jeans Skinny Lin Jeans / Paul Smith Jarman Derby Boot / Hudson Tamper Chelsea Boot
A formal affair…
If your company is going all out with a big fancy Christmas do, then it goes without saying that you should dress to impress! On the basis that you’re not required to wear a tux, you can’t really go wrong with a suit for this sort of occasion. To add a bit of individuality to the classic suited and booted look, mix and match with a jacket and trousers in different hues – for example a grey blazer paired with black trousers. Keep your shirt simple to avoid going overboard, as you can add in some subtle hints of colour or print via your accessories.
SHOP: Boss Hutson Jacket / Michael Kors Slim Fit Shirt / Boss Kaito Slim Fit Trousers / PS Robin Derby Shoes / Boss Woven Tie / Vivienne Westwood Tartan Suit /Boss Plain Silk Tie / Hudson Keating Brogue
For the ladies…
A chilled get together…
Christmas is a special time of the year, so even if your plans aren’t that glamorous it’s always a great opportunity to dress up. Plus it allows you to show off a bit of your personal style, as you have the opportunity to venture from the usual workplace dress code. A stylish dress paired with boots is a great way to nail the smart/casual look, as the combination can easily be dressed up or down according to the occasion. Don’t forget to finish off your look with some statement accessories, such as this gorgeous faux fur bag by Patrizia Pepe.
SHOP: Michael Kors Leopard Print Dress / M Missoni Laser Cut Dress / Kenzo Cut Out Dress / Hudson Mimi Heeled Boot / Giuseppe Zanotti Over the Knee Boot / Patrizia Pepe Faux Fur Bag / Diane Von Furstenberg Saddle Bag
A corporate event…
The LBD, it’s a timeless classic and there’s no time it’s better suited than Christmas time. Though you’ve got to remember that your Christmas do is still a work event, there’s nothing wrong with slipping into something a little bit slinky. Lace is perfect for adding a bit of extra oomph to a simple cut and is just what you need to create a classy, yet striking look that doesn’t reveal too much skin. When selecting your outfit, remember that the darker the colour you choose, the more formal it will look, so black or navy are probably the best options for a formal affair. Elevate your look with a sophisticated pair of court shoes to maintain an air of elegance, while completing your outfit with a simple clutch bag to hold your essentials.
SHOP: Polo Ralph Lauren Off-the-Shoulder Dress / Michael Kors Lace Jumpsuit/ Diane Von Furstenberg Lace Dress / Giuseppe Zanotti Pointed Heel / Sam Edelman Studded Heel / Vivienne Westwood Borset Clutch Bag / Michael Kors Zip Clutch Bag