It’s that wonderful time of year again where you get to get sloshed on eggnog with the boss. Then pick up your year end bonus and go on holiday.
However come January you have to face these same people for another full year in the office. So make a statement with your holiday dress choice but not a scandal.
Here’s a few tips to choosing an appropriately festive dress for your office soiree.
1. Always err on the side of conservative. Keep the dress at a respectable length. If you like short skirts keep it closer to knee length, an inch above the knee is a good length, any shorter then it’s better to save it for a social gathering.
2. Put the cleavage away. Low cut bust lines are always dangerous territory for work functions. You can still be classy sexy with a sheer back or cut out back. Lace and sheer overlays are also great ways to be sexy without being revealing. However just because there’s an overlay on the dress doesn’t mean you can get away with plunging necklines.
3. It’s great to shimmer and shine but keep it simple. Stay away from overly complex dresses with big bows etc… Sequins are always a popular holiday choice but keep it classy by staying to simple chic silhouettes. Nothing that says dance competition.
Here’s some examples of work appropriate holiday dresses.
And here’s a few contrasting do’s and don’t to help visualize the difference.
Although both are beautiful dresses along the same trend only one is appropriate to wear for a work function. The sheer ultra plunging neckline of the dress on the right along with the sheer waist cut outs make this dress too risque for a company party. However for a social event it would be stunning.
Again sheer overlays are fine as long as it only hints subtly at skin. With the red dress on the left the low plunging neckline is showing too much. Also the mix of lace and sequins is over kill. Keep it simple and elegant especially when it comes to sequins.
Speaking of sequins, there’s plenty of classy ways to wear them right. When done right it is festive and stunning. Here’s a few examples of the great use of sequins.