What to Wear to Your Work Christmas Party
The office Christmas party is one of those annual events that arrives as both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand it is a prime opportunity for some bonding with your co-workers, an excellent opportunity to relax and to get to know your colleagues in a whole new light and setting. However, it is also an occasion during which many of us feel under a certain amount of pressure to look our best, and this is often an understandable source of stress.
That is why we are here to help. We have put together some simple words of advice to help you make the most of the office Christmas party. Once you have settled on an appropriate outfit, one that you feel that you can pull off with confidence, then the entire thing becomes much less stressful. This guide is intended to reduce stress and inspire confidence in whatever outfit you finally settle on.
Choose an Outfit Which Reflects Your Role
Whenever attending a work event, be it a Christmas party or any other work event with your co-workers, you should always give some consideration to your position in the business. This applies to all levels of the hierarchy, for example, if you are a manager, or in another senior position, then you don’t want to show up to your work do wearing an expensive suit while your employees are all in casual wear. What you wear should reflect your role, and therefore managers should aspire to appear smart. If a manger turned up in their jogging clothes, for example, then this might look more sarcastic than anything else.
Your outfit should reflect the seniority of your position, but it should in no way make other attendees feel inferior. Striking the appropriate balance isn’t always easy but it will help a great deal in making everyone feel comfortable.
Keep it Casual
Regardless of your individual role in the company, or your seniority relative to the other people at the party, a Christmas work party should always be a casual event. It is particularly important that the outfit you choose is not one that implies a position of superiority. Sure, it is always tempting, for both men and women, to don an outfit which shows you at your most stylish. This needs to be balanced though. Obviously simply owning expensive clothes doesn’t betray anything negative about an individual’s character, but if there are other people in your workplace who pine for such things, and yet, through no fault of their own, are unable to attain them, they might find your outfit intimidating.
The office Christmas party is all about having fun, it is where wine connoisseurs feel comfortable ordering a porn star martini rather than their usual drink of choice. Equally it should be an occasion where you feel safe relaxing your personal dress code. Have fun and choose an outfit which is friendly and casual.
The office Christmas party is a perfect opportunity to show that, when it comes to fashion, you understand the importance of dressing appropriately and yet aren’t looking to elevate yourself above your colleagues.