Festive fashion: How to choose the best outfit for the work Christmas party

With the festive season finally underway, workers across the country have been gearing up for the annual Christmas party - but with venue choices ranging from traditional to quirky, the question of what to wear can be a pretty tricky one. Of course, there’s always the reliable little black dress, but if you’re really looking to go all out this year, we’ve assembled this fail-safe guide to choosing the best outfit, no matter the location. Let the celebrations begin! 

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Ok, so drinking outdoors in the middle of December isn’t ideal – but everyone enjoys a rooftop terrace party! Due to the colder climate of the UK, we don’t get to spend much time outdoors during the autumn and winter so a party on a rooftop makes a nice change. 

If sticking to dark colours isn’t your thing, why not add a pop of bright colour to the evening?

If you want to add a little brightness to a dark December evening, why not choose a dress in a colourful hue? This summer, pink dresses were all over the catwalks and they’re sure to make you stand out. Why not go all out in a sequin maxi dress? Or pair an accordion skirt with a sequin top. Keep your feet warm in suede heeled ankle boots or a dressy loafer.

A nice thick coat will keep you warm when you’re outside – just remember to take it off when you head indoors! This season it’s all about faux fur and we’re loving it! Keep it classic in a black or brown waist-length jacket or go big and bold with a coloured fur coat and chunky collar. If this isn’t your style, you can’t go wrong in a classic leather jacket — match with a cross-body clutch and your outfit is complete.

1. Party on the rooftop

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2. A glamorous stately home

If you’re one of the lucky few workers celebrating the office party in a stately home, you’ll want to go for it in the glamour stakes. Of course, it depends on what’s lined up for you at your party but it’s nice to look the part.  Here, you might be greeted with a medieval banquet, take part in some activities or enjoy a formal ball. 

A smart pair of trousers will never let you down. Plisse trousers have been on-trend in recent years — they’re comfy and fashionable! This style is perfect for flexibility in movement and keeping your legs covered for the cooler temperatures. Pair with a three-quarter sleeve fitted top or a bardot style crop to complete your look. This style goes great with flat or heeled shoes, so where what you feel comfortable in. The great thing about these pants too is that they’ve got an elasticated waist (ideal for tucking into a medieval buffet!).

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The tried and tested formula of a meal in a restaurant followed by a few drinks is probably the most common way to celebrate Christmas. 

But, how should you dress for an occasion like this? It can be uncomfortable to eat a roast dinner in a tight bodycon, but you don’t want to be dressed informally for when you hit the bars later on.

This type of traditional venue calls for an adventurous outfit. Show off your pins in a midi dress and channel your inner party animal with leopard or snake print (two patterns that are very on-trend this season). Pair with barely-there sandals and a matching bag and your good to go! Of course, with the temperature being on the chilly side in December, you might want to try jeans with an embellished cami top. The covered legs will keep you warm when you’re moving from restaurant to bar and your fancy top will be admired over the dinner table. This season, it’s all about sequin embellishments and metallic camis — perfect for this years’ festivities.

3. Traditional meal in a restaurant

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4. Bowling and cocktails

A little friendly rivalry at the bowling alley is a great way to let off some steam! If your Christmas party is at a bowling alley, chances are you’ll probably be heading out for a few drinks afterwards, so you need something that’s suitable for scoring a strike and for when you’re drinking cocktails later on.

In an effort to make your Christmas night more fun, it is recommended that you get your own personalized bowling ball. 

However, it is not necessary though if this is a one-night thing. You can rent it out from the bowling center you will be visiting. 

Pick Brunswick Rhino, a beginner-friendly bowling ball that will make you strike more and outscore your friends. On top of that, it will give you a bragging right on your next hangout with friends. 

You’ll probably be spending a lot of time on your feet here, so comfort is key. Think on-trend jumpsuits and trousers with a cute top. You’ve probably noticed that ‘80s fashion has been back with a bang this year, and it hasn’t stopped for AW18. It’s all about being bold with your colour palette and really owning it! It’s not often your colleagues get to see you outside of your workwear so show them your true colours in a bold jumpsuit. Choose one with a chunky belt to create that ‘80s inspired cinched waist and accessorise with statement hoops.

Culottes were everywhere this year – from the catwalk to the high street. But there are so many varieties now that they certainly shouldn’t be kept for just one season. Play it safe with high-waisted black trousers and jazz it up top with a glitter-infused bodysuit or cute crop — pair with a sparkly clutch and your good to go.