It’s that time of year. Weekends are filling up quickly with ugly sweater parties, family get-togethers and gift exchanges with friends. Your busy social life may be the highlight of the season, but there’s a good chance your work calendar is filling up too. Between figuring out what to get your Secret Santa and balancing an already full workload around extra days off, figuring out what to wear to your upcoming office holiday party can cause a bit of stress. We know it can be tricky (especially with vaguely defined dress codes), so we’ve rounded up four festive looks complete with expert styling advice that’ll be sure stun your coworkers.
Holiday Happy Hour
Must-Have Piece: The Velvet Jacket
While a bomber jacket is often associated with an athleisure style, the velvet texture and rich color make it a fun and festive piece. You’ll be lookin’ bomb and feeling cozy at casual celebrations over cocktails.
Contrasting textures in your ensemble exudes confidence, so don’t be afraid to shake things up a bit. Start with your focal piece (lookin’ at you, bomber jacket), add in accents of faux suede and faux leather, and you’ve nailed a look that feels both effortless and edgy. If you want to ditch the pants, swap them out for a slip skirt. It’s this seasons trend that pairs with everything, and we’re all for sneaking it into our ensemble at any opportunity.
Must-Have Piece: The LBD
If your office holiday party is during the work-day, it can be hard to figure out what to wear that works both for the conference room potluck and bouncing from meeting to meeting. When in doubt, reach for the always-versatile LBD. It still maintains an air of professionalism while being a knockout piece that’s sure to impress your colleagues.
A simple Ponte is comfortable and provides the perfect blank slate for adding your personal touches. Select pieces that set your style apart and have fun with accessories you may not wear on a day-to-day basis. Try pairing it with a printed jacket (we’re particularly fond of animal print, ATM), edgy moto, or layer a cropped chunky knit over it for an even cozier ensemble.
After-Hours Hors d’Oeuvres:
Must-Have Piece: The Major Blazer
If your office has planned an elaborate holiday party, reach for sparkling metallics or satiny sheen (oh, fancy). A tweed blazer with modern updates like shimmering threads and frayed edges feels classic enough to wear around your coworkers but daring enough for the special occasion.
Take your party get-up to the next level with coated denim and a sleek camisole. Sticking to all black feels sophisticated while the edgy textiles make for a fun ensemble that you wouldn’t normally wear on any other workday. For a more relaxed look, layer your statement blazer over a tailored sweater, a pair of clean wash denim, and booties.
The Wild Card
Must-Have Piece: The Suede Skirt
If you have somewhat of an untraditional office setting, your office holiday party may be more laid-back than most. While a skirt might not feel like the most obvious choice for winter, a faux suede finish feels aligned with the season. Experiment with different silhouettes like a pencil, midi, or mini to find what best suits your shape and style.
As the temperatures continue to drop, we’re looking more and more to Joey Tribbiani for layering inspiration (could we be wearing any more clothes?!). That means, we’ve already brainstormed a few ways to style this mini without shivering. Our personal favorite? Pair your skirt with tights and knee-high boots for a little extra warmth and throw on a cropped jacket for the finishing touch. If you opt for a mini, pair with a long cardigan or trench coat to visually balance out your look.