Chances are you already have your office Christmas party in the diary. Dressing for the occasion can be tricky to navigate if you work in an industry where the dresscode is usually quite formal. Plus, it’s nice to make a special effort for the occasion, but especially if you leave straight from the office and don’t have a lot of time to get changed, you’ll need an outfit that can carry you through the workday and the party.
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So we've asked our favourite stylists for their most effective style tips for busy women during Christmas party season. Shop the party collection here.
Think shoes first – Perhaps you don’t normally plan your outfit from the shoes up, but for some occasions it makes a lot of sense. Are you someone who will very happily change into flats or is your commitment to heels unshakeable? If comfort is key and you’re likely to put on ballet pumps later in the evening, bear in mind that these look better with some outfits than others.
On the other hand anything A-line – skirts or dresses –, culottes or generally wider leg trousers, as well as pencil skirts that end at about the middle of your shin look best with heels.
Daytime or evening – If the do is likely to end after a long lunch or dinner, you might be most comfortable in a mid length or longsleeve top, such as a premium quality knit top, a longsleeve dress made of a great fabric or midlength sleeve jumpsuit.
If you’re planning on staying out, think layers. Sleeveless dresses can come in handy, layered with a smart cardigan or suit jacket.
If you have a client meeting the same day – It can be tricky to dress appropriately for an important meeting as well as a party. The fail-safe outfit in this case can be smart dress made of a luxurious fabric such as a fine-knit or silk, which can be styled up with a statement necklace and a contrasting slim belt for the evening – think black and gold, or navy and silver.
A clever option is also a dress that can not only be styled, but in fact worn, in different ways – with the V neck at the front and a shirt underneath during office hours, and on its own with the V at the back for the party, for example. Two outfits in one, that's where a capsule wardrobe really comes into its own.
Don’t change your personal style completely - If you don’t usually enjoy wearing dresses, don’t feel the need to wear one now. Wearing something you don’t feel comfortable in is never a good look, and your outfit above all else should always make you feel great. If dresses aren’t your thing, do consider wearing a jumpsuit. A well tailored jumpsuit with a cinched waist is very flattering for most bodyshapes, and can look like a strong style statement in a room full of dresses.
A final, perhaps slightly random, thought. If you are likely to end up in a club, beware of white shirts. It may not be the 80s, but Christmas parties more than other occasions have a tendency to tempt you into places you wouldn’t normally frequent (Karaoke? Yep, we’ve been there), which could have black light. The last thing you want is for your shirt, or even worse, your bra, to glow in the dark.
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