Ah, the office Christmas party. The chance for everyone to get together and enjoy each other’s company free of the constraints of the workplace. Not so fast! Even though it’s a party, you still need to make sure your behavior is appropriate. This includes the way you dress. The way you look and behave at the office holiday party is something that can haunt you forever, so here are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare for the festive event! After all, you wouldn’t want a seriously unflattering picture of you to surface in the company newsletter or business Christmas card.
Ladies – Try not to wear clothing that is too tight, or too revealing. If you want to dress up for the special occasion, by all means, feel free. After all, it is a party! But a skintight dress or a blouse that reveals a little too much décolletage is definitely inappropriate for a business setting, even if it is a celebration. You probably look great though, so save that slinky number for a night out on the town.
Gentlemen – Try to jazz up your regular work clothes a bit. Maybe a bright, seasonal tie or that great new sweater you have. No matter how casual your office environment, you don’t want to show up in your jeans and the t-shirt you received at your company picnic. Looking sloppy reflects poorly on you, and you certainly don’t want to stand out for the wrong reasons.
Both men and women need to keep in mind the type of party that your office is having. Unless you are lucky enough to work for a company that rents out a hall and throws a huge bash, you most likely won’t need any formal wear. Keep your mode of dress celebratory but appropriate for the setting, and you’ll be good to go!