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What To Wear To A Work Holiday Party

By Kassia

Deciding what to wear to a work holiday party is tough. Is your dress too short? Are your heels too high? Does your blouse show off too much cleavage? There are a lot of factors, and it can be really hard to make them all work.

Luckily, we have some outfit ideas and a list of dos and don’ts that’ll make it easier to put your holiday outfit together so you can party stress-free!

Formal Work Holiday Party

Formal Party Looks

If your office is conservative and throwing a formal party, go with the flow. Higher necklines, longer skirts, shorter heels, and not-too-flashy jewelry are all good ideas. For the look above on the left, we chose a sparkly Paul & Joe skirt, an emerald green Equipment blouse, a gorgeous-but-not-outlandish statement necklace (doesn’t it look like holiday lights?) and a pair of reasonable black heels. On the right, we chose a red and gold dress from Milly, a black blazer with gold lapels from Rag & Bone, and a House of Harlow 1960 bracelet. Sparkles and sequins are great for the holidays, just don’t overdo it!

Casual Work Holiday Party

Informal Party Looks

If your office is a little more casual and informal, feel free to spice up your outfit a bit. Still, it’s never a good idea to wear a too-tight-too-short dress, the highest heels in your closet, or a plunging neckline – this is still a work function! For the look above on the left, we love this Ted Baker printed dress, and we went with a more exciting shoe – black with a gold heel. Top it off with a statement necklace and a matching clutch and you’re good to go. On the right, we picked a sequined, long-sleeved Diane von Furstenberg dress with a mint-green cap-toe shoe and added matching earrings with a cute studded clutch. Voila! If you want to add some warmth and show a little less skin, throw on some Spanx tights with either look.

Holiday Party Dos and Don’ts


  • Wear gold, sequins, or sparkles! It’s the holidays, so feel free to shine. Just don’t go crazy.
  • Throw on more accessories than you normally would. Again, it’s okay to sparkle!
  • Put on a pair of fun shoes. If you’re sick of black pumps every day, go for that royal-blue pair (but make sure you’re not too matchy-matchy and that the heels aren’t super high).
  • Wear a cardigan or blazer. It’s easy to make your look a little more formal with one of those!


  • Wear a dress that’s both short and tight. Fitted is fine, but if you’re bursting out and having to continuously tug your dress up or down, that’s a bad sign.
  • Put on sky-high heels. Even if your company is letting loose, keep your heels in check!
  • Wear something that’s hard to sit or dance in. You never know when your holiday event will turn into a dance party, and you don’t want to be falling out of your dress!

[images via polyvore]

About Kassia

North Carolina native turned Chicagoan who attended Northwestern University for journalism and Spanish. CakeStyle's copywriter.

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