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23 Dec 2015

HOLIDAY OUTFITS. Keep in mind to dress for the occasion at your next office Christmas party. Screengrab from Instagram/hm

HOLIDAY OUTFITS. Keep in mind to dress for the occasion at your next office Christmas party. Screengrab from

MANILA, Philippines – As fun as it is to let loose after a year of hard work, partying with your colleagues isn't the same as partying with your friends. In situations like office parties, how you dress can do a lot for striking a balance between personal and professional.

It's best, then, to get the balance before the party even starts.

To keep the embarrassing photos and memories – not to mention future awkward situations – to a minimum, be prepared! Keep these things in mind while youre getting ready for your next office party:

Depends on the occasion

Not all office holiday parties are very formal. You'll have to consider not only the nature of the occasion, but also the company culture. Is it a lean, fast-moving start-up, or an older, established institution with more rules? Is the general mood loud and celebratory, or a little more subdued?

These will help determine what you'll bring and wear, especially when it's an away trip.

How much skin to show?

Party dresses and, in the case of beach trips, swimsuits and cover-ups come in tons of designs. But you may want to err on the side of safety when it comes to how much skin you'll show.

Here are a few options that look great and won't be too shocking or jarring at a work function:

In the photo below, the look on the left is great for a laid-back, casual gathering with workmates.

The outfits below are very pretty options, too – perfect for a daytime gathering or brunch with the bosses.

Accessories and colors

Just because you're around colleagues doesn't mean you won't look festive. Instead of the wilder cuts for the different outfits, experiment with larger statement accessories that you wouldn't normally wear to the office. And instead of the usual office blues, blacks, grays, and navies, try deep, dramatic, and romantic jewel tones in emerald, sapphire, or ruby, or glittery metallic shades.

Shoe situation

For a holiday party, trade in your usual office pumps for something in a different color. Sparkly stilettos (though perhaps not sky-high), cute peep-toes, or pretty booties are all great alternatives to give your usual look a nice twist for a fun holiday party.

Small details

Tiny details can really dress up a look, and it's no different for office parties. A luxurious sweater with a very modern cut and buttery fabric works great, too.

Luxe accessories, worn one at a time, make a simple, posh statement. A lovely and appropriate time to show off your investment pieces.

What will you be wearing to your next office holiday party? Got any tips of your own? Share them with us in the comments below!


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