Tis the season for festive fashion faux pas at the office. Whether you're attending your own company soiree or will be someone's plus one, make sure to keep your holiday inspired ensembles on point. While dress codes have shifted to be more casual at some companies, holiday attire should still be appropriate.
Party invites are out for the season and champagne towers will be high. Consider these events a form of networking for the job you want, not just the one you have. While you mingle with both senior management as well as employees you oversee, avoid making these embarrassing style mistakes.
Don't be a "Sexy Santa."
Office holiday parties are not an opportunity to cut your hemline in half or reveal too much cleavage. Guys, this goes for you too. Keep your dress shirts buttoned and pants shouldn't be overly fitted. Your boss and coworkers don't need to see you in leather head to toe, baring your midriff, or in excessively platformed high heels.
Do dress like a regular work day, make sure your clothing fits well and is not too tight, sheer, revealing or inappropriate.
If you haven't been hired to dress in costume, don't. Leave your Hanukkah Harry and Santa gear at home. Festive inspired holiday wear is different than novelty style touches.
Do wear a red velvet tie or colored outfit like the one below and save your festive onesie to win best-dressed at your neighbor's Ugly Sweater party.
Don't be too wacky.
Office jokesters beware. Do not be the person who carries portable mistletoe or wears clothing that lights up like a christmas tree and jingles. Chances are high alcohol is free flowing, do not add to the mix with an obvious flask of eggnog or by wearing a drink guzzler helmet.
Do keep novelty fashion to a minimum and stick to a couple statement accessories. If you must, don a reindeer headband like the one below, or single light up holiday necklace.
Don't be too flashy.
There is such a thing as too much sparkle. Have fun with the holiday spirit, but there's no need to pair sequin shoes to a matching dress for an office luncheon. Feathers are fun on sleeves or even on a bowtie but leave the boa at home.
Do opt for fun shoes and jewelry for the ultimate icebreaker while you network your way around the buffet.