After another long year at work, the Christmas season is upon us again. We can look forward to glasses of mulled wine, mince pies and time with our families but before all of that comes the work Christmas party!
Are you a little overwhelmed at the prospect of being able to dress your best for once in front of your work colleagues, who normally see you in drab office wear or a uniform?
Don’t despair! Read our guide below to learn how to dress to kill for your work Christmas bash.
Grooming and Make Up – Don’t Tone It Down, Tone It Up!
The office Christmas party is your chance to break free from the ‘toned down look’ when it comes to your grooming or makeup.
Men: Pay special attention to your hairstyle and either shave or neaten up your facial hair. And don’t forget to wear your best aftershave.
Women: You don’t have to stick with a pale lip or a light dusting of nude eye shadow; it’s your time to shine. Christmas is the season to embrace the red lip and a beautifully rich shimmering eye shadow. There is a simple rule to abide by when it comes to Christmas makeup; if you are going for a bold coloured lip, ensure the colour you use on your eyes is a nude. For example a bright red lip with a shimmery beige eye shadow works a treat and vice versa.
Colour – Goodbye Browns, Greys and Blacks
Going for a colour scheme is usually a fool-proof way of looking your best. As it is Christmas, you could indulge in the colours of the season such as greens, reds, whites, silvers and even gold. This time of year gives you the perfect excuse to go for a bold and vibrant colour you wouldn’t normally choose.
Men: Choose a rich coloured seasonal shirt such as royal purple, navy blue or even a rich burgundy. Match it with charcoal suit trousers if going for a slightly more formal look.
Women: If you go for a classic Christmas look by selecting red, pair it with some gold stilettoes, a gold clutch and some perfectly polished red nails, you can apply this principle to any colour you select.
Strut With Style – Take Steps to Success
Don’t be the colleague that fades into the background.
Men: It’s time to put away those trusty office shoes, retire them to the shoe rack for the night and go for your best pair of shoes. Enjoy the fact that you don’t have to be good with your footwear and embrace your favourite pair of patent shoes or boots.
Women: Not only do heels look great, they also make you feel great by elongating the leg, flattering your figure and instantly giving you that essential confidence that boost.
Accessorise – Make a Bold Statement with Your Jewellery
Men: Accessorise with jewellery you would never wear for work! Be it that perfectly polished Rolex or diamond earring try and stick within the colour scheme of your outfit to keep it looking polished.
Women: You can add a subtle touch of glitter nail polish, or a bold statement necklace to your outfit. If you are feeling particularly festive you could even add some Christmassy earrings or a themed charm bracelet.
When it comes to dressing for your work Christmas party, the most important thing is to take the opportunity and welcome it with open arms. Treat it as your chance to shine and be the best version of yourself you can be for the night. No more fading into the background, no more keeping it simple and wearing colours you feel dull in, it’s time to mix it up and stand out from the crowd while embracing this beautiful time of year.