Office Holiday Party Dresses: Do’s & Don’ts

The holidays are a time of celebration, a time of reflection, and… a time to get your best outfit together for your holiday work party! If you’re thinking this sounds more stressful than it does exciting, you’re not alone. As if holiday etiquette isn’t tricky enough, add a dress code on top of that! But don’t you worry– we’ve compiled a few “Do’s” and “Don’ts” to help you steer clear of any fashion faux pas at this year’s office holiday party!

Do Wear a Cocktail Dress

A great place to start your pursuit for the perfect holiday dress would undoubtedly be Forever 21’s cocktail dress category! From standout details like mock necks and peplums to bell sleeves and pleats, you can be assured that you’ll find something right up your alley! And, not to mention, our plus size cocktail dresses come in tons of designs that will hug your curves just right.

If comfort and ease is the priority, a Christmas dress with a shift silhouette would be your best bet. The non-constricting loose fit allows for a more work-appropriate look as well as creates effortless movement. From chiffon and lace options to striped and satin numbers, with the extra element of comfort, a shift dress may just rival your favorite party dress!

On the other hand, if you want something a bit more structured, a cocktail dress with a sheath silhouette will be your go-to. With its high neckline and form-fitting silhouette, the sheath dress is the perfect balance between sensible and chic.

Don’t Go Over-the-Top

At a work party, you definitely want to dress to impress but aim for tasteful and not flashy. Save the frills and sequin-heavy numbers for your NYE girls’ night out and instead, go effortlessly cool with a classic pinafore or sweater dress. Opt for neutrals or deep jewel shades as loud colors can be a bit distracting. Now, don’t think that just because you’ve opted for a muted tone means your outfit has to be drab. Since your dress will be on the simpler side, this means you can really play up your accessories. Pro tip: as opposed to clothing, you can get away with a bolder style when it comes to accessories! So, don’t hesitate to reach for that shimmering statement necklace or those glistening duster earrings!

Do Mind Your Necklines, Hemlines, & Cutouts

In recent years, cutouts have made its way to many of our closets, and it seems to be a trend that is not going anywhere anytime soon. If you are a fan of cutouts, it’s important to consider the location and size of the cutouts. Open shoulders or vented sleeves can break up the monotony on an otherwise too-covered-up dress, and a slim back vent can show a touch of skin without going overboard.

In the same token, hemlines and necklines should also be taken into consideration when shopping for an office party dress. Hemlines can be tricky. Depending on the vibe of your office party, going too short may cause some eyebrow raises but go too long, and your outfit may come off as too formal. If you’re not too keen on the dress code, you can always count on knee and midi lengths to be a safe choice.

As for necklines, one thing is for sure; skip anything too plunging to avoid any unwarranted and potentially embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions! The rest is up to you. Mock necks and turtlenecks are sophisticated choices that are sure to elevate any outfit; while a surplice neckline can be playful yet still appropriate.

Now that you’ve got your outfit on lock; let your hair down, have fun (while still remaining professional!), and get into the holiday spirit because you’ve got one less thing on your list of to-dos!