Tis the season when offices and organizations everywhere start putting those holiday events on the calendar. Maybe it’s just a catered lunch, or it’s Friday night fun & drinks, or a full on Corporate Formal. In any event (see what we did there?), don’t shirk your fashion sense! Make sure you choose an outfit fitting the type of event you’re going to.
Not sure where to start?
Our editors have scoured the latest looks from casual to couture. We’ve found some amazing pieces, then made them even more amazing with fabulous accessory finds! Check out our inspirations…
HOLIDAY OFFICE LUNCH
Let’s kick things off with the company Holiday Lunch. Lots of businesses these days are opting for this type of event. First because it’s less pricey than a full-on corporate event, and secondly because it’s during work hours, so people generally tend to do a better job of “self-editing”. So as a middle-of-the-workday function, you could wear your regular digs, or even go Friday casual. Sure. But why miss out on an opportunity? Depending on the size of your organization, there could be individuals there, like your SVP, who hasn’t seen you since your interview. You might even get to meet your CEO, who’s only seen you as part of an All-Hands crowd of faces. This event offers you the chance to get to speak to them one-on-one. As such, looking polished not only presents you immediately in a good light (7 second rule, remember?) it also bolsters your confidence, which everyone will find appealing (especially you!).
Status Print Midi Skirt $119.50
We love this combo, courtesy of Boston Proper. The elegantly tailored top, with its pouf sleeve and little rhinestone cuff buttons, goes so well with this striking paper bag waist statement skirt. We’re 100% certain this outfit will find its way into more rotation than just a holiday lunch.
Like this outfit and looking to style it out? Here’s our advice…
With such a bold print on the skirt, you’re going to need some jewelry that can hold its own. At 3.6″ long, these brushed gold drop earrings by ana luisa are a stunning accompaniment to the ensemble. 14K gold plated, unique modern art design, and they’re made from 100% sustainably recycled metals. That’s a great conversation starter in itself.
Sexy stiletto meets sleek moc-croc embossed leather for a truly polished look. This one’s a keeper, just like you.
Pulling out some color choices from the midi skirt, this deep blue satchel crossbody is just the last bit of haute this ensemble needs. Tre chic!
Alexia Admor, Scallop Trim Sweater Dress Plus $99.97 (from $245)
Talk about a color pop! This scalloped trim knit sweater dress combines office chic with flirty feminine. We love how it reads as ‘holiday friendly’ without going into blinking lights and xmas sweaters territory. You’re welcome. Now, on to the styling…
The open scoop neck of the dress lends itself to showcasing a spectacular necklace. Big chain jewelry is having a major moment this holiday season, and this double strand chain from Kenneth Jay Lane doesn’t disappoint.
With just a hint of a scalloped edge, this chunky heel beauty from French Sole is not only an ideal match for this dress, but will quickly become a wardrobe staple.
Animal prints and reds go together so naturally, it’s easy to just pair them on this alone. But note the chunky gold chain element that matches to our necklace? And the drape of said chain across the bag that resembles the round dip of the scallop trim? Little details like this is what takes an outfit from good to great.
Okay, maybe your office is a little more laid back. So going full on professional might look, well, like you’re trying a wee bit too hard? In that case, we’ve got a look for you! We’re seriously in love with this Nicole Miller floral dress. The midi silhouette is so on trend, as are the colors and print. It’s a perfect combo of casual office appropriate and romantic holiday boho.
Five Layer Gold Necklace $59.50
A little gold, a little pearl and tiny crystals, this five layer delicate piece adds romantic detailing to your flowy winter floral.
The shade of pink on these sandals is fresh but also mature, so it keeps the look from going too junior. The modern block heel also makes it more work appropriate.
Another great example of pulling out the secondary colors on the Nicole Miller dress. This deep plum crossbody with gold chain works for both day and night.
To our last Office Holiday Lunch look, we have this shimmering gold metallic dress from Karen Kane. The silhouette is right at home in an office environment. We love the tie-neck detail and the drapey sleeves which are both big trends for workwear this season.
These elegant ball drop earrings, like the tie-neck dress, are fashionable nods to 70’s style, but reinterpreted with a modern profile. And who can say no to more holiday sparkle?
This solid performing work pump has the right amount of burnished gold metallic sparkle to match the glinting gold in the Karen Kane dress.
Christian Siriano New York, Nina Top Handle Crossbody Bag $69.97 (on Sale NOW from $145)
The biggest advantage to the holiday lunch is that you can pretty much leave all the heavy stuff at your desk. This beaded fringe bronze beauty is big enough to hold your essentials but compact enough to just throw and go. We love how the color and texture melds with the rest of the ensemble.
Now we’re starting to up the ante in the Holiday Party department. Being an after hours event, the office holiday dinner gives time for folks to head home and change into something more upscale. These events also usually allow for your significant other to join, so expect a lot of social activity and plan for outfits that will look amazing and comfortable through a series of standing, sitting and potentially even some dancing.
This silver sparkly confection is pretty damn near perfect for this type of event. On-trend billowy sleeves keep it modern, while the non-binding waist and adjustable easy-tie makes it sitting pretty through however many courses your meal may take you.
Jewel by Badgley Mischka, Kayley Platform Metallic Heel $68.98 (30% OFF)
This platform heel makes for the ideal complement to our sequined dress. When you’re spending equal time sitting and standing, you can get away with a mile high heel more easily. And in the event that the dinner includes some time on the dance floor, the the chunky block heel and padded footbed will keep you comfortable.
Rather than compete directly against all that gorgeous bling, try going architectural in your accessories. These gleaming gold geometric earrings by Aurate NY will be just as attention-worthy as the occasion calls for.
Jessica McClintock, Florence Embellished Satin Clutch $19.97 (on Sale NOW from $46)
This champagne satin pleated clutch works to bring together the linear elements of the accessories, along with the fun reflective hues of the sequined dress.
This gorgeous deep green is so very on trend for F/W 2019. The high-end jersey fabric is comfortable like a second skin and we love the touch of sparkle at the waist.
Prada, Satin Point Toe Mule $559.99 (on Sale NOW from $720)
These Pradas will have everyone else’s feet green with envy. The solid thick heel gives good height but won’t leave your feet aching and the high walls of the mule offer excellent support.
This eye-catching cocktail ring by Alex and Ani is adjustable for ensuring a perfect finger fit. Swarovski® green, clear and crystal pearls adorn the shiny gold finish.
Judith Leiber, Speccio Clutch $649.99 (on Sale NOW from $1,495)
How gorgeous is this hard clutch from Judith Leiber? It looks like a giant piece of beautiful sea green glass, and lends that last bit of needed luxury to this look.
Custom embellishments on the mesh overlay elevate this already flattering v-neck dress silhouette. The color pops of red and silver read holiday but could just as easily work for any winter function. This dress is a great investment piece if you know you’ll be heading to more than a few events for the season.
Echoing the play on silver and black, these booties from Alice and Olivia add some holiday sparkle to your feet.
Rhinestone Fan Statement Necklace $54.50 (on Sale NOW from $89)
Like birds of a feather, this silvery statement necklace with its fan-out detail echos the abstracted silver feather design on the dinner dress. Talk about a perfect mate!
La Regale, Satin Framed Clutch $24.99 (on Sale Now from $50)
Rounding out this amazing outfit, we have this chic silver clutch from La Regale. The woven accent creates movement reminiscent of the feathered pattern in the dress, pulling all the elements of the look together.
Rachel Roy, Parker Ruffled Lace Midi Dress Plus $54.97 (on Sale NOW from $139)
Right on trend for this season, this wine-red midi dress is rich and romantic. The color lends itself beautifully to just about every skin tone out there. You could go a number of ways styling this piece, but here are our current favorites…
A fantastic accessory to the rich burgundy lace, these caged, rhinestone studded kitten heels come in regular and wide sizes.
Matching that splash of crystal in your shoes, these long drop chandelier earrings have just the right amount of volume to beautifully frame your face, and the delicate pattern compliments the lovely lace in the dress.
La Regale, Partially Beaded Clutch $34.99 (on Sale NOW from $75)
We love how the floral elements of this sweet clutch reflect and match to the lacy flowers of the Rachel Roy dress, while the black, silver and gunmetal tones play nicely with the other accessories.
HOLIDAY PARTY FUN & DRINKS
This is the least structured of all the potential holiday events on our list. Because there’s no meal or structured agenda (beyond maybe a quick 5 to 10 minute “Congrats on everyone and your hard work” speech from the boss), people can feel free to come and go as they please. And as the night carries on, so too goes the party. Some folks may want to kick the energy up a notch and take it to the club. Others may want to grab a late bite. Or both. For this occasion you can go full on holiday glam! Just bear in mind you’ll be on your feet most of the night, and won’t have the advantage of a secure location for your stuff. So keep your friends close, and your handbag closer…
Sequin-fringe was made for the dance floor. The mesh overlay top keeps you cool while you’re showing your moves. And of course the go-with-everything black will work especially well if you end up venue hopping from upscale bar to casual clubbing and anywhere in-between.
A2 by Aerosoles, Silver Dress Sandals $34.50 (on Sale NOW from $69)
It’s no secret that dancing the night away without the next day blisters comes down to your choice of footwear. These silver darlings from Aerosoles are your new secret weapon. These 2.5″ heels are made with the company’s patented Heel Rest Technology. What’s that exactly? It’s an ergonomic design that helps alleviate the weight shift away from the balls of your feet, and back into the heels where it’s then dispersed. Technology is beautiful.
Modern, fun and edgy, these 4″ long gold plated statement earrings are the perfect pairing for your fringe dress and a great night out.
Ted Baker London, Amellie Leather Crossbody Bag $84.97 (on Sale NOW from $175)
This heart shaped cross body will inject some cute irreverence to your outfit. It’s meant to be a light night on the town, after all! Show folks your cheeky fun side while keeping your valuables close by.
When you’re ready to flaunt it, this deep v-neck cutie with its beaded and rhinestone details will dance-kick your party look up to 10. With just the right amount of spandex stretch, it moves with you.
The crisscross straps on these heels help support your feed while showing them off. Comes in sizes up to 11 extra wide so you’re sure to find your fit. The padded insole and 2.5″ inch heel should keep your feet happy all night.
Modern and drapey, these Swarovski crystal studded mesh earrings form a triangular shape to compliment the v-neck neckline of the cocktail dress, and will add some flirt to your fun as you shake it on the dance floor.
Jeweled Holiday Clutch $98.50
This shimmery silver clutch gives you the option of holding you valuables as a clutch (via the jeweled bar handle) or wear it cross body style via the gunmetal chain strap. Either way are great options to keep your items close by in style.
We’re loving the trending puff shoulders on this red metallic stunner. The asymmetrical cut adds visual interest (perfect for dancing) while the fit shows off your curves.
Keep the modern look going with these sassy heels by Katy Perry. This is a girl who knows a thing or two about dancing all night in sequins, amirite? The architectural, flared heel keeps your dancing moves going and the lipstick red leather is a perfect match for your sequined red stunner.
Royal Gemstone Earrings $21.50 (on Sale NOW from $40)
These hoops will have you in a party mood in no time. It’s like your own personal bag of confetti!
Taylor, Sleeveless Lace Dress Plus $69.97 (on Sale Now from $128)
The length on this velvety, lacy number is a bit more demure, making it ideal if you know your venue will be changing quite a bit….say, if you know you’ll be grabbing dinner with your coworkers before or after hitting up the holiday party. Or if you’re going to more than one event, which can happen during this busy holiday season.
Keep the play on transparency going with these fun numbers by Nina Shoes. The kitten heel will help stave off those aching arches while the tie-around strap supports your lovely ankles as you go dashing after that Uber…
Black Gold Jeweled Earrings $49.50
These gold and black chandelier earrings have just the right amount of vintage vibe to jam with your gorgeous velvet dress.
Last but not least, we have the main event (pun intended), namely the Holiday Corporate Formal. These are usually precluded by a series of HR email confirmations that include things like attendance, name of your plus one, and in many cases an actual hour by hour breakdown of the whole venue. There is an expectation of social decorum with these events, and that includes an outfit to match. Probably the best rule of thumb for formals is, when in doubt, go long, and get your fancy on…
This gold-etched, red and black floral gown is stunning and perfect for a holiday formal event. No bra? No problem. The sweetheart neckline comes with built in padded cups and double hook-and-eye closure in the back straps. And our absolute fav on this beauty are the generous side seam pockets, perfect for carrying your phone and/or small items without distracting from your lovely silhouette. Ready to style this? OHY…
Red Holiday Drop Earrings $39.50
These big juicy red rhinestone fashion earrings are exactly what you need for a full on holiday gown.
With front straps that delicately echo the shape of flower petals, these gorgeous heels can hold their own, even under a long gown.
Elegant, classic, and regal. That’s what your outfit conveys, so it only makes sense to add something equally classic and regal.
City Chic, Romantic Drape Gown Plus $52.97 (on Sale NOW from $140)
The dramatic drape on this maxi dress hits all the right spots. Side boning gives corset style support (removable straps are included if you prefer that look).
Jasmin by Kat Maconie, Showstopper Heel $199.50 (on Sale NOW from $298)
A dramatic dress deserves an equally dramatic heel. With a name like Showstopper, this block heeled wonder by Kat Maconie delivers that and more. The holidays never looked brighter…
Swarovski, Darling Bezel Set Multicolored Crystal Statement Necklace $249.97 (on Sale NOW from $499)
With a mix of interesting crystals, colors and cuts this Swarovski statement necklace will be the centerpiece for your outfit.
the Nude Face, Mirrored Spider Swarovski Crystal Embellished Clutch $249.97 (on Sale NOW from $500)
What better way to complete our bold look than with this stunning crystal embellished clutch. With just enough room for the bare essentials, it is the felicitous feature this outfit craves to finish the ensemble.
If the idea of a holiday formal has you feeling a bit ‘meh’ because jewel tones aren’t your thing, we’ve got you covered. This silk blend hi-low gown takes holiday gold and marries it with this season’s F/W pink floral color trends. The sophisticated v-neck and cap sleeves keep the look from reading too casual.
Lesa Michele, Rose Gold Plated Ring with Cushion-cut Watermelon Tourmaline $17.99 (on Sale NOW from $25.00)
The perfect bit of blinger for your finger. The watermelon color of the Tourmaline stone plays beautifully with the multi-tones in the florals of the dress. Best part? It looks like a million bucks but cost is a real steal!
Casey, Beige Baby Glitter $44.50 (on Sale NOW from $89)
If Dorothy lived in the 21st Century, these would be her slippers…
Serpui, Cecilia Clutch $189.99
In keeping with the rosy metallic tones, this fantastic rose gold clutch by Serpui completes the look beautifully.
Keyhole Sequined Halter Gown in Silver $49.99 (on Sale NOW from $130)
Sumptuous silver sequins from head to toe make this gown a must for your formal event. The cinched waist and keyhole top draw the eye while the flared fishtail hem makes for easy movement.
Salvatore Ferragamo, Double Bow Satin Slingback Pump $359.99 (on Sale NOW from $795)
These black satin slingbacks from Salvatore Ferragamo have a fun bow detail to add a peek of interest from under your gown as you walk. Comes in several wide sizes.
Layer on the luxe with these teardrop CZ earrings. The teardrop shape mirrors the keyhold top in the gown while the 2.5 ” length is big enough to command attention.
This unexpected minimalist clutch is one cool customer next to all that reflective material in the gown. The clear beading complements the rest of our accessories, and adds to the whole sleek vibe of your outfit.
So there you have it – SIXTEEN looks, all styled and ready to go for you. How’d we do? Give us a shout and let us know, and from our work family to yours – Happy Holidays!!