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Dressing for your office Christmas party

With the Christmas party season now in full swing, it’s time to outshine your colleagues in the style stakes. Here are a few of the do’s and don’ts when it comes to Christmas party attire, because what you wear matters. You don’t want people talking about what you wore the next day….for all the wrong reasons!

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Do’s

DO dress to impress – you do want to make a good impression on your colleagues who are used to seeing you in drab formal business attire everyday. Keep it smart, fancy and classy!

DO pamper yourself – why not fit in a quick 15 minute blowdry or a speedy mani/pedi in your lunch break? You could even push the boat out and get your make up done at your nearest department store or get yourself a nice facial to ensure your skin is prepped and glowing (before the drinking starts) You want to look well-groomed and show you’ve made the effort.

DO ask other people what they’re wearing. Not only will you feel more comfortable with a similar wardrobe, but you are also less likely to wear something inappropriate.

Top 3 fave party dresses:

& Other Stories Dress, £95

& Other Stories Dress, £95

60S CROP FLORAL JACQUARD DRESS; TOPSHOP

60S CROP FLORAL JACQUARD DRESS; TOPSHOP

Karen Millen Floral Mesh Dress; £235

Karen Millen Floral Mesh Dress; £235

Don’ts

DON’T look too dressy or too casual so that you look out of place – understand your venue. This will give you an idea on how to dress. For example, a party in the office during the day is going to have a completely different vibe and dress code compared to going to a posh restaurant in the evening or a fancy nightclub on a Friday night.

DON’T wear what you would normally wear to work- show your colleagues you can make an effort!

DON’T wear anything too revealing or distasteful– slinky dresses, low cut tops, miniskirts, hotpants are all a big no-no. Men should avoid leaving their shirts unbuttoned and should stay away from skin tight t-shirts/shirts. It may be a party but you’re still in a professional environment with colleagues AND your boss.

DON’T wear shoes you can’t even walk in (ladies) If you’re going to wear skyscraper heels, make sure you can actually walk and dance in them.

What have your Christmas party experiences been like?

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