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'Tis the season to step up your style.
Holiday party invites are a dime a dozen this time of year, but none is more stressful than the annual office shindig, where you're somehow expected to dress for the occasion without looking overly spangly—or overly sexy. (Not to mention the whole drink-with-your-superiors-without-getting-drunk challenge.) Here, blogger Sai De Silva of Scout the City shares five chic outfit ideas that get the professional-meets-party combo just right.
Go all in with the pièce de résistance of party dressing—the metallic accordion midi skirt. Temper it with a simple blouse, patent leather pumps, and a quilted mini bag. "Pile on the rings so you can show them off when sipping your cocktail," adds De Silva.
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Bounce straight from the boardroom to the bar in a trumped-up two-piece suit. Striped trousers and a military-inspired jacket mean business, while metallic touches and a stack of bangles add festive bling. "I love mixing metals; silver accessories are the perfect accent without being OTT," De Silva says.
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Distressed denim gets a serious upgrade with nude pumps, a fringy sweater, and a vest with an exaggerated belt to tie it together. Don't forget the matching metallic bag and accessories to spruce up the laid-back look: "Silver really pops against blue," says De Silva.
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Fact: You cannot go wrong with a winter white shift dress paired with neutral heels and delicate accessories. "This muted look is such a classy combination," says De Silva. Bonus points: A belt bag is a fun, unexpected way to tote your essentials (and enjoy hands-free cocktailing!)
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A mini-dress paired with thigh-high boots isn't always in the dress code, but if there's ever a time to get away with the daring combo at a work-related function, it's at the holiday party. "Over-the-knee boots are so on-trend right now," says De Silva. "But the long-sleeved tie-neck blouse and on-trend silver bangles and stacked rings tone them down."
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