Turkey day is over, which means we are a few weeks away from Christmas and the celebration of the holiday season. You just got an invitation to a holiday celebration with the boss and fellow office staff. As with any function that involves senior executives in your workplace, you should dress appropriately. That means nothing too high at the hem or low at the neck, or so tight that you dare not sit down. Save the real party girl outfits for the club or the celebration with close friends and family.
It’s always wonderful to go out and buy a festive new dress, skirt or pants for a special occasion, but is it a good investment piece? Why not be creative with what you already have in your closet. If you are like most women you have a festive thing or two hanging in your closet just waiting to see the light of day or sparkly jewelry stuffed in a drawer for years. If you do need to add one of these items to make the transition to a holiday outfit, you may want to keep the investment at a minimal cost by shopping at a local thrift or consignment shop or a discount retail location. I love to shop H&M and Forever 21 for trendy accessories at a low cost.
Add a jewel colored top, one that makes your skin and eyes shine, to a current pair of pants or skirt. Accessories with a little sparkle and shine go a long way. Add a statement necklace or dangle earrings to a current dress. Pashminas are a must for every wardrobe and if it has some sparkle to it all the better. Throw it around your shoulders in case the event is chilly. A pop of color or shine in your footwear will complete the outfit.
Here are some suggestions on how to take an office outfit and turn it into a holiday celebration outfit with little to no additional investment.
Swap out your sweaters and booties for a sleeveless top, statement accessories and shoes with a heel.
Leave the sweater at home and change up the shoes for heels. The red sleeveless blouse is a great holiday look with a gold belt (this should be a staple in your closet). Or add a glittery top! No other accessories necessary.
Think you can’t make an office dress work for a party? Change a jacket or sweater for a shrug, fringed top (trendy) or go sleeveless. Add some jewelry, a different belt and different heels. Even a sweater dress can look great.
What outfits are hiding in your closet?