5 Things not to wear to the Office Christmas Party

Hi everyone,

Christmas is definitely the occasion to literally walk around like a traffic light but please beware of the office holiday party. Is there another work event more fraught with peril? The combination of co-workers, forced holiday spirit, end-of-year stress and cocktails can make for an awkward evening. Don't make it worse by committing a fashion faux pas :-). So be festive and don't be tacky. Nobody wants to top her office's worst dressed attendee list. Today I am sharing 5 things not to wear to the office Christmas Party because nobody wants to top her office's worst dressed attendee list.

  • Anything that lights up:  You should rethink wearing any clothing that requires batteries or a power source. Or the infamous christmas sweatshirt. Keep those for a late-night TV shopping network with hot cocoa.
  • Mistletoe Anywhere on Your Body: Definitely not the place, not the time.  Please save the mistletoe for the privacy of your own home. If you're looking for some festive holiday greenery, try a holly- or pine-inspired pin or brooch.
  • Jingle Bells:  Jingle bells necklaces or hats belongs to Hallmark Holiday. Let me just say it: how are you supposed to sneak around and get the juiciest office gossip if everyone can hear you coming? 
  • Holiday Costumes: Unless you've been hired to actually play Santa for your co-worker's children, don't wear a costume to the holiday party. A cute Santa hat might be OK, if that's your thing. 
  • Over the top party dress: Dress appropriately for the function you're attending. That low-cut, skin-tight cocktail dress might work in the club, but it's not the outfit you want to wear in front of your company's CEO. And if your office party is informal, don't show up wearing your fanciest evening gown (just saying...). 

Outfit Details:

So what do you wear? Again read the invitation carefully, and talk to your workmates.  Unless the invite specifies black tie or casual dress, assume you’ll need to wear something just as professional as you would wear to work – but with an evening twist.’ Be festive and be tasteful’.

Thanks for stopping by.



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  1. Gorgeous dress! Lse

  2. Gorgeous dress! Lise

  3. I just loved this post, thank you for making me smile this morning. In fact, I enjoyed it so much, I just added a link to your post to mine from this morning. My link up just went live if you'd like to link your posts >>>>

    Happy Holidays!

    1. Thank you Suzanne. I am glad you like the post :-). Xo,

  4. You look absolutely stunning. I love that dress. And it was fun reading your blog post. I actually have an ugly Christmas sweater that lights up, haha, but I would never wear it to an office Christmas party. Have a lovely day! :)

    1. Don't we all love an ugly xmas sweater? so comforting and festive- lol ;-)

  5. No parties to go to but I do agree with your what not to wear, lol!

  6. I love this sparkly gown, Moumous! I have no parties to attend except one ugly Christmas sweater party at a friend’s house. And the dress code has been clearly stated! I find a lot of my friends are having ugly Christmas sweater parties for work events as well, in which case, I guess wearing jingle bells and light up things is probably appropriate! But I do remember the days of corporate holiday parties and your tips are spot on!


    1. lol - of course if the theme called for ugly xmas sweater and jingle bells of course you must follow the dress code - lol :-)

  7. What a great sparkly gown! :) Each year we get given a reminder with our Christmas party invite about what to wear and what not to wear, haha! I couldn't go this year as i had the kids' Christmas party to go to instead but my colleagues said I didn't miss much - they left to create their own party about half way through, ha!

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    Hope that you had a great weekend :) We went to the movies and another Christmas party.

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  8. Simply beautiful,hopefully there would be one piece of mistletoe on you


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