It's office-holiday-party season, which means getting tipsy with your coworkers and getting dressed up. If your company has a theme (i.e. ugly Christmas sweaters), lucky. The rest of us will have to tread the waters between casual Friday and big-meeting-with-my-boss. After all, you do want to feel a little fancy for that group photo booth picture.
Since you'll likely spend the day at the office before heading off to the bar or your boss's house, we found six outfits that pass the 9-to-5 test, while incorporating some seasonally-appropriate sparkle.
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For a special alternative to jeans, try leather pants. (Don't worry, you won't end up like Ross in that one episode of Friends.) Leather bottoms are already a statement look, so you can simply throw on a sweater and call it a day. Dress up your edgy pants with fancy heels and accessories. And, don't forget to cover up with a puffer jacket. It'll be cold after the hot toddy runs out.
This blush pink velvet pantsuit set from Frame has #bosswoman written all over it. Instead of skipping an undershirt (as celebs and street style stars tend to do), keep it work-appropriate by styling a cream satin blouse underneath. A pop of leopard print keeps the ensemble playful but fierce while coordinating blush heels give you that fashion-girl monochrome look.
For the daredevils who plan to wear a dress without tights (!), choose one with long sleeves and a longer hemline like this one from The Line by K. It'll protect you briefly from the winter elements as you make your way through the doors. A teddy coat—one of the season's It outerwear—will keep you warm and cozy while a pair of lace-up ankle boots shield your feet from the frigid air (and keep things conservative). Finish off with sparkly silver drop earrings and a crossbody bag.
Since leggings and sweats aren't viable party attire options around the boss, your next best thing is tights. The bottoms can be tricky to style, but a foolproof outfit is to wear it with a blazer dress, Meghan Markle style. This check option called "peggy plaid" with four side buttons contains just enough intrigue without making you feel uncomfortable.
A metallic skirt is one of the most festive pieces you can wear. Not a fan of solid silver or gold? Go for a deep print like this Tanya Taylor skirt. The skirt's asymmetrical gold foil pattern and hint of shimmer say, "I'm ready to party." Wear with a black sweater that says "but I still know you're my coworkers." Pull it all together with a layered gold necklaces and black ankle booties.
Heels sound like a great idea, until you're three drinks in and trying to dance to "Señorita." Save yourself the blisters and sore toes on Friday morning by opting to walk into the party in flats. Pick a pair with embellishments (flats don't have to be boring!) and wear a glittery dress to show off your black fancy footwear.
A sequined jumpsuit is my secret weapon for looking dressy with minimal styling efforts. I just throw it on and add a pair of festive gold studs. Okay...I'm kind of lazy, but the jumpsuit is already the sleekest, most put-together look I could ask for. Complete it with a classic belted furry coat, then go the extra mile, slipping some color into your ensemble with a happy holiday hue like red.