Dresses for the office party
Office parties are a chance to let your hair down and develop friendships outside of the workplace, but you should always bear in mind that these people are your co-workers – and as such, you may need to deviate from your customary party habits when dressing for the work night out.
It’s not usually a good idea to wear outfits that are too tight or revealing at office parties, unless your co-workers are accustomed to you wearing such attire on a day-to-day basis. The last thing you want is to stand out too much from the crowd by making the wrong fashion choice, especially as this could have long-lasting repercussions on the opinions your workmates develop about you.
Fortunately, some office parties will already give you a helping hand by specifying a theme, narrowing down your options and giving you something to aim for. Even if no theme is specified, the location and time of the party can offer valuable hints – whether it’s an upmarket venue, for which elegant attire would be appropriate, or a local club, where something more casual would be preferable.
Generally speaking, work nights out won’t be black-tie in nature unless it’s explicitly stated, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still look glamorous when turning up in a stylish party dress. Dressing practically for the season and the time of day should also be a top consideration, whether that means a loose summer dress for afternoon barbecues or a figure-flattening black dress made from luxurious fabrics for evening events in the winter.
Dresses may not always be the appropriate choice however, especially if your office party takes place during the day, or soon after work. No one will expect you to spend hours making yourself glamorous immediately after work, and in many cases you can slip into your work-casual outfit when dressing for the office in the morning. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make the effort for daytime events though – you simply need to find the right balance between professional and casual. One way this can be achieved is by adding a single quirky or interesting accessory that wouldn’t normally feature in your outfit to work, such as a piece of jewellery.
There are many ways to accessorise any outfit for an office party too, by slipping into heels after the working day is over or adding seasonal items that reflect the occasion being celebrated – such as glittery jewellery for Christmas or pumpkin pendants for Halloween.
Paul Buchanan writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.