Here’s a holiday recipe for How to Dress for an Office Party and 10 Tips for Holiday Parties. Take one Little Black Dress, very chic – not overt (See Tip #1), add a bit of sparkly glamour (See Tip #2), then pull out the stops with a spectacular pair of stilettos and have a ball! We went holiday shopping with our friends at HALSBROOK and found three LBD’S to wear again and again. We appreciate their curated collection of wearable, affordable fashion. The stylish accessories add a pop of bling and bright to the festivities. Nordstrom’s has an excellent selection of sandals and pumps to have you skipping merrily through the spectacular season.
dresses left to right: Elie Tahari Crepe and Lace Dress $488 / Paule Ka Black Flared Hem Wool Dress $730 / Elie Tahari Lace Paneled Sheath $448 earrings: Elizabeth Cole Sunburst $95 SALE / Oscar de la Renta Red Tassels $345 clutches: J. Markell Stringray Clutch $650 / Nina Loom Box Clutch $275 / Oscar de la Renta Bold Pearl Collar $553 SALE / Evocateur Raj Horse Cuff $325
KK’s DOs AND DON’Ts FOR A COMPANY PARTY
#1 DO: Dress modestly. Nothing low cut, too short or too tight – no matter what others are wearing. Save your sexy dress for a night out with friends. DON’T: Show décolleté. It is distracting and sends the wrong kind of message.
#2 DO: Dress festively. Fun sparkling earrings, some rhinestone brooches and a big crystal cuff, high heels and black patterned stockings are also a fun way to make an outfit special. DON’T: Overdo it.
#3 DO: Set up a strategy in advance. Is there someone in the company that could help your career? Remember this is an opportunity to socialize with some higher-ups. Do some research so you will have something intelligent to talk about. DON’T: Be obviously sucking up to the bosses.
#4 Speaking of bosses, DO: Be on time. The mucky mucks tend to arrive on time and and leave early. DON’T: Be the last one to leave the party.
#5 DO: Be social. Go out of your way to mingle with some new co-workers and try to speak to everyone. DON’T: Flirt – everyone is watching. If you are interested in a co-worker make other opportunities to get to know each other – no making out in the corner – trust me.
#6 Speaking of social . . . DO: Put away your phone so you DON’T have morning-after regrets plastered all over social media. Ouch!
#7 DON’T: Pre-drink – wait until you get to the party to start to party. DON’T: Overdrink. Start with water and alternate every other drink. And going out to bars “with the guys” afterwards is also not a great idea although it will seem brilliant at the time – trust me.
#8 Do avoid eating seafood hors d’oeuvres, nothing is worse than fish breath. DON’T eat anything that needs two bites. It is likely to end up on your dress.
#9 DON’T forget to thank the people who have organized the party, whether it is the head of the company, the head of your department or your co-worker. DO: Send a hand written note. Is still the best way to express your appreciation.
#10 DO: Have a wonderful time and DO send us your own DOs and DONT’S!