Christmas party outfit sorted

Helen Venables shares her dos and don’ts for Christmas Party outfits that will have you standing out for all the right reasons.

Women at a party

Whatever the dress code; the following ten tips for outfits ideas will make this year’s festive party outfit planning that little bit easier.


For Christmas work parties it is essential that you still dress appropriately, but do add a bit of sparkle for the festive season to show a bit more of your personality, whether that be by wearing different jewellery or colours you wouldn’t normally wear to work.

Dress Code

Remember the dress code. Is there a Christmas jumper or dress-to-impress theme? Make sure you know what the arrangements are so you’re not standing out for all the wrong reasons.

Tack free

Try not to be over-festive-enthusiastic! Santa hats, red noses and flashing earrings might be a bit too much around your conservative boss. Be festive, not tacky.


Christmas is all about the accessories, although it is best to avoid decorating yourself in tinsel and flashing lights! Big earrings will make a statement, or swap your work flats for an amazing pair of red heels to add something special to your usual style.

Add some lace

Leave it to the imagination. It may sound unfair, but the amount of skin you show has an inverse proportional relationship to the amount of authority that you have. Lace may be a way to bridge this gap depending on your style or jewellery or a scarf.

Primer first

Try starting your makeup regime with a base primer followed by a foundation that gives you a flawless radiant glimmer. Applying a loose shimmer powder will ensure you sparkle all night long.

Treat yourself

Treat yourself to a winter gel nail pedicure so you feel comfortable flaunting your feet in those new heels.  Choose a colour from your seasonal palette that will go with lots of different festive outfits.

Add some sequins

If you are feeling bold, don’t be afraid of sequins. Keep it appropriate by just selecting one item like a glittery shawl or cardigan and wear with neutrals.


Yes, you can wear party-ready dresses to a work do. There’s something about a tailored jacket or a fitted cardigan in the right shade that will instantly smarten up your look.

Think twice

Chose an outfit that you are happy to be publicised on social media or on the company intranet, with the hype of Snapchat and Instagram still on the rise, someone will probably be taking a photo of you.

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Last modified: January 8, 2021

Written by 3:30 pm Fashion, Fashion & Beauty