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Oh Joy | What I'd Wear to a Company Holiday Party

Oh Joy | What I'd Wear to a Company Holiday Party

With holiday soirees aplenty coming up, it often feels like you need so many different outfits for different kinds of parties with different groups of people and different levels of dressiness. Sometimes you have to attend your partner's more conservative holiday party; sometimes it's a more festive cocktail-style party you're headed to. So I like to wear accessories that can go with lots of things and simply change up the main component of the outfit depending on the occasion.

For a company holiday party (especially when it's a spouse's or partner's, I try and stay on the more conservative side (no cleavage and nothing too short!). Paired with some colorful heels and a fun clutch, in this look my personality still comes through with the bit of color and pattern.

01. Jewelmint earrings, 02. J.Crew dress, 03. Kate Spade glitter bow belt, 04. Kindah clutch, 05. heels from Mod Cloth.

Oh Joy | What I'd Wear to a White Elephant Party

For a more laid-back and festive party with friends (a White Elephant party, perhaps?), I'd wear a sparkly number like this striped sequined dress. Topped with a blazer (in case it gets chilly) and the same heels and clutch, I'm ready for a holiday celebration filled with present-swapping and my closest girlfriends.

06. Ban.do smooch hair bobbi, 07. Madewell tuxedo blazer, 08. Forever 21 sequined dress (similar), 09. Kindah clutch, 10. Heels from Mod Cloth.

{illustrations by Jennifer Vallez for Oh Joy}

28 comments

  1. i totally agree! it’s never cool to show too much skin at a work party, but skin in the RIGHT PLACES is ok… like showing off a back or shoulders, but never cleavage or too much leg.
    here’s a photo from my work party with the manhattan skyline in the background:
    http://www.beyondthestoop.com/2012/12/classic.html
    haha windy, cold, trying to get hair outta our faces for a snapshot of the girls, and one of the boys snagged this hilarious candid. we’re divas and we didn’t even know it 😉

  2. I wish I’d seen this post before I went looking for a dress for my company’s holiday party Friday. I totally would’ve rocked that outfit from top to bottom. Cute looks but wish that Forever 21 dress was still available. Boo!

  3. I’m dying for a good dressy holiday party!
    All mine are super casual, I think I’m going to have to throw my own.
    Ok maybe when the kids are a little older.

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