The Definitive Guide to Dressing for Your Office Holiday Party

December will be here before you know it!  If you want to avoid a rush, it’s time to start shopping now for what to wear to your office holiday party. Plus, you can make the most of sale season, including the Bloomingdale’s Friend’s & Family Sale (that ends Sunday) with an extra 20% off discounted prices. Whether your office party consists of cookies in the break room or a full-blown formal event, here is your guide for what to wear:

1. Casual – If your office party calls for hot cider in the break room, that doesn’t mean you still shouldn’t dress up a bit.  Put on a metallic pencil skirt and a cashmere sweater in cranberry with a sparkly earrings. Add blue suede Tory Burch pumps with a gold heel, a Coach bag in chestnut brown and a silk scarf from H&M.

2. Cocktail –  Bring out the sparkles, a company cocktail party calls for sequins! You can rent this gorgeous green sequined Badgley Mischka dress with a low back for $75, or buy one of these versions to keep for $35 or $70. Dial up the green with a pair of emerald-inspired Kate Spade earrings, a rented cocktail ring, crocodile and gold clutch and gold J. Crew pumps.

3. Dinner – If you’re doing a sit-down dinner at a nice restaurant, opt for a pretty red dress and bold sparkly celestial drop earrings. Every woman needs a perfect red dress for her closet – so use this excuse to get a DVF on sale. Add an envelope clutch, gold bangles and dark red shoes.

4. Formal – I love a chance to dress up in a full-length gown. If your office holiday party is formal, pick a festive floor-length dress but avoid anything prom-like or too boring. Have fun with it! This rental Marchesa Notte gown is a gorgeous fluff of lace and tulle. Pair it with red drop earrings, a red clutch and red peep toe pumps.  You can also look for vintage gowns – often quite affordable.

Need specific advice preparing for your office holiday party? Email me at [email protected] for help!

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  1. MissScientistSF at 11:00 pm

    I just found out that our department party is being held at the Academy of Science (hooray!) December 18th. A) What should I wear? B) Wanna babysit? 😉

  2. MissScientistSF at 11:30 pm

    Actually I don't know much more. 6:30-10:30pm. I am guessing cocktail hour/buffet/etc? Bonus for borrowing from EmilyStyle 😉

  3. Kimberly at 6:33 pm

    Emily, your post could not have been more timely! I just ordered the green sequined Badgley Mischka dress to wear to my husband's office Christmas party; yay! Last year I wore the ultimate accessory – my 2.5 week old baby – with my breastfeedingpostpartum mommy body friendly slacks and black top. I am excited to glam it up a bit this year. Thank you for this post!