How to Dress for Your Company Christmas Party

It’s that time of the year!

The days are getting shorter and the weather is getting cooler (for many), both of which mean the holidays are right around the corner. November and December are popular months for company functions and work parties. Some companies have simple parties during the workday at the office, while others have more elaborate parties to celebrate the holidays with their employees after hours.

As the party day approaches, you might be contemplating what to wear to a company Christmas party, given that it’s not just another day at the office. You want to have fun with your attire, but still keep it “work appropriate,” unless, that is, you want to be the talk of the company when you return to work the following day.

If the party is during work hours…

Opt for work appropriate attire. Don’t be afraid to dress it up a little with a nice dress and shoes or a fun holiday-geared blazer with a little sparkle. Stick with the office dress code unless it is stated that it is OK to dress differently for the event.

If the party is after work hours…

After hours holiday parties can be a lot of fun. They give you the opportunity to let your hair down, relax a bit, and connect with co-workers outside of the office environment. That doesn’t mean you can forget that you are still around co-workers at a work function.

Tips for picking out your company holiday attire:

Confirm the dress code

First things first, get clear on what the holiday party dress code is, and go from there. You can also go more formal or casual than the code if you choose, but use good judgement and use the following office holiday party attire tips as guidelines.

Keep the cleavage to a minimum

Yes, you can let your hair down and loosen up a bit at the holiday party, but that doesn’t mean you need to let it all hang out. Avoid showing off your cleavage. You still want people to make eye contact with your eyes and not anything below your neck.

Don’t let the thigh-highs show

Consider where your hemline hits when selecting your wardrobe. You can go abit higher than the usual two inches above your knee rule, but use caution and don’t go too short. Also, make sure you sit down in your outfit before you wear it to ensure it doesn’t show to much when you sit. After all, who wants to be pulling at their skirt to make sure it’s covering their tush when their manager is speaking to them at the party?

Use caution with sheer fabrics

If your party is going to have bright lights, then avoid sheer fabrics that are sure to show everything you have underneath your outfit.

Be comfortable

If you’ll be dancing and walking around a lot, you not only want to feel good about what you’re wearing, you also want to be comfortable in it as well. Make sure your buttons will stay buttoned, and if you sweat easily, you might want to avoid wearing silk.

Consider purchasing item that can be worn again

Unless your party is super formal is super formal, then it’s a smart move to purchase a dress or pieces that can be worn again. To save money, you can even dress up pieces you already own.


In general, my advice on what to wear to a company Christmas party is to keep your look class and conservative, while also finding ways to show your personality and have fun. On a final note, if your company function offers alcohol, keep in mind that you’re around co-workers and that any embarrassing behaviours could be remembered by your managers and peers. Happy holidays, and have fun!

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