What to Wear to Your Office Holiday Party

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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 (opens in new tab)), 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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What to Wear With Leather Pants

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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.

Shop the pieces: 1. Vince wool coat (opens in new tab), $795; 2. H&M sweater (opens in new tab), $30; 3. Aritzia leather pants (opens in new tab), $148; 4. Isabel Marant sandals (opens in new tab), $875

What to Wear With a Suit

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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.

Shop the pieces: 1. The Line by K top (opens in new tab), $160; 2. Frame velvet blazer (opens in new tab), $575; 3. Frame velvet pants (opens in new tab), $325; 4. H&M gold earrings (opens in new tab), $8; 5. Miu Miu pouch (opens in new tab), $240; 6. Reformation heel (opens in new tab), $218

What to Wear With a Dress

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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.

Shop the pieces: 1.The Arrivals Koda II (opens in new tab), $1,395; 2. The Line by K dress (opens in new tab), $225; 3. Baublebar drop earrings (opens in new tab), $36; 4. Zara lace boots (opens in new tab), $90; 5. Kate Spade New York bag (opens in new tab), $298

What to Wear With Tights

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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.

Shop the pieces: 1. Parker blazer dress (opens in new tab), $203, 2. Lizzie Fortunato earring (opens in new tab), $195; 3. J.Crew black tights (opens in new tab), $20; 4. Balenciaga boots (opens in new tab), $1,490; 5Fendi handbag (opens in new tab), $2,790

What to Wear With a Metallic Skirt

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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.

Shop the pieces: 1. H&M sweater (opens in new tab), $25; 2. Frame trench coat (opens in new tab), $2,495; 3. Tanya Taylor skirt (opens in new tab), $297; 4. Maria Black necklace (opens in new tab), $205; 5. Mejuri necklace (opens in new tab), $285; 6. & Other Stories ankle boots (opens in new tab), $179

What to Wear With Mules

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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.

Shop the pieces: 1. Zara double-breasted coat (opens in new tab), $219; 2. Ulla Johnson dress (opens in new tab), $645; 3. Missoma earrings (opens in new tab), $115; 4. L'Afshar bag (opens in new tab), $990; 5. Sergio Rossi x Rosie Assoulin shoes (opens in new tab), $750

What to Wear With a Jumpsuit

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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 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.

Shop the pieces: 1. Vince belted coat (opens in new tab), $595; 2. Iris & Ink x Julia Restoin Roitfeld jumpsuit (opens in new tab), $230; 3. Corita earring (opens in new tab), $88; 4. Bottega Veneta clutch (opens in new tab), $2,350; 5. Sam Edelman heels (opens in new tab), $84

Marina Liao
Fashion Editor

Marina Liao is the former fashion news editor at MarieClaire.com, where she covered celebrity style (from Meghan Markle to Katie Holmes), fashion trends, and shopping advice, plus conducted original interviews with industry insiders. She's also had many opportunities to write content in other areas such as beauty, food, tech, and even home. Her previous fashion stints include POPSUGAR and Cosmopolitan.