Navigating the office holiday party is tricky — there's that lethal combo of bosses, booze, and impromptu karaoke to worry about, not to mention the eternal quandary of what to wear. So, why not make the getting-dressed portion of it as easy as possible? Inspired by local bloggers, we've put together three road-tested looks that will make you the queen of the conference room. Here's to being this year's MPV (Most Valuable Partier, obvi).
Photo: Courtesy of Be Loud Be You.
Krystin Hargrove of Be Loud Be You knows a thing or two about statement dressing, so it makes sense that she can take head-to-toe pastels and make them feel elegant and grown-up. This soft pink color scheme is ideal for anyone who's bored with jewel tones (or doesn't want an outfit that screams holidays), and the vinyl skirt ensures that the look isn't too sweet. A gorgeous white coat, sandals, and nail polish round out the ensemble.
Clockwise from top left: Proenza Schouler Bouclé Coat, $2,750, available at My Theresa; French Connection Mozart Knitted Jumper, $88, available at French Connection; ALDO Richemaya Heels, $80, available at ALDO; H&M Glossy Skirt, $59.95, available at H&M; Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish in Sheer Bliss, $6.99, available at Drugstore.com.
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Photo: Courtesy of Metropolitan Thread.
Metropolitan Thread blogger, Kendal Stopak, pulled together this pretty-meets-polished look using one of fall's biggest trends: the embellished sweater. Paired with a skater skirt, over-the-knee boots, and just a few gilded touches, it makes for a fail-proof look for almost any office gathering.
Clockwise from top left: Dolce Vita Mimosa Sweater Top, $185, available at Sassanova; J.Crew Factory Gold-Plated Chain-Link Bracelet, $16, available at J.Crew Factory; Mango Skater Crepe Skirt, $59.99, available at Mango; Moyna Beaded Flap-Top Clutch Bag, $95, available at Neiman Marcus; Nine West Pristeen Boot, $179, available at Piperlime.
Photo: Courtesy of Skinny Hipster.
We can always count on Nife Oluwole of Skinny Hipster to come up with why-didn't-I-think-of-that outfits. Here, she tempers a feminine peplum top with distressed denim, and the resulting cool-girl ensemble is ideal for a casual work party. (Say, a happy hour or low-key outing with your coworkers.) A dazzling necklace, colorful pumps, and a statement clutch guarantee that you won't feel underdressed.
Clockwise from top left: 3.1 Phillip Lim Peplum Top, $450, available at FarFetch; American Eagle Straight Jean in Light Destroy Vintage, $34.95, available at American Eagle; Sabine Green With Envy Statement Necklace, $58, available at Piperlime; Sophia Webster Ria Zig Zag Detail Pump, $619.37, available at Sophia Webster; Banana Republic Molly Beaded Box Clutch, $120, available at Banana Republic.