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. You'll find me wearing one of the looks, below, at MarieClaire.com's own holiday party in a few weeks.
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A sequined jumpsuit is my secret weapon for looking dressy with minimal styling efforts. I just throw it on and add a pair of sparkly studs. Okay...I'm kind of lazy, but the jumpsuit is already shiny and glittery—what more can you want? Top it off with a classic black coat, then go the extra mile, slipping some color into your ensemble with a happy holiday hue like red.
Heels sound like a great idea, until you're three drinks in and trying to dance to Ariana Grande's Thank U, Next. Save yourself the blisters and sore toes on Friday morning by opting to walk into party in flats. Pick a pair with crystal embellishments (flats don't have to be boring!) and wear a minidress to show off your fancy footwear. If your dress feels too short, layer tights underneath.
Get the look: 1. Max Mara burgos coat, $975; 2. Diane von Furstenberg bag, $179; 3. W118 by Walter Baker dress, $109; 4. Karl Lagerfeld Paris flats, $83; 5. Cloverpost pine earrings, $40; 6. J.Crew opaque tights, $20
A metallic skirt is one of the most festive pieces you can wear. Not a fan of silver or gold? Go for a deep green hue like this Pretty Little Thing skirt. The skirt's asymmetrical cut 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 chandelier drop earrings and a peep-toe bootie.
Get the look: 1. Something Navy leather coat, $399; 2. H&M wool sweater, $25; 3. Pretty Little Thing metallic skirt, $35; 4. Nordstrom glitter clutch, $69; 5. Michael Kors leather open-toe bootie, $124; 6. Stella + Ruby dynasty statement earring, $58
This burgundy velvet pantsuit set from M.i.h 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 turtleneck underneath. Classic black accessories make your outfit feel smart and sophisticated.
Get the look: 1. M.i.h velvet blazer, $223; 2. M.i.h velvet wide leg pants, $143; 3. Aritzia wilfred top, $58; 4. Kristen Blake long wool coat, $299; 5. Nordstrom circle earrings, $39; 6. Karen Millen clutch, $299; 7. Sophia Webster pumps, $495
For the daredevils who plan to wear a dress without tights (!), choose one with long sleeves and a knee-length cut. It'll protect you briefly from the winter elements as you make your way through the doors, but more importantly it looks totally meeting-worthy as you slog through the workday leading up to the party. A teddy coat—this season's It outerwear—will keep you warm and cozy while a pair of ankle boots shield your feet from the frigid air (and keep things conservative)
Get the look: 1. Kendall & Kylie faux fur teddy coat, $148; 2. LC Lauren Conrad leaf ring, $10; 3. Cleobella jasper clutch, $138; 4. Shashi solitaire ring, $40; 5. Mango satin tie dress, $100; 6. Zara leather ankle boots, $169; 7. Nina drop earrings, $95
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.
Get the look: 1. Tory Burch turtleneck sweater sweater, $349; 2. Topshop puffer jacket, $100; 3. Veronica Beard leather pants, $995; 4. Alexander McQueen satchel bag, $1,998; 5. Boohoo cross strap heels, $22; 6. & Other Stories pearl pendant earring, $29