What To Wear To Your Office Holiday Party

Maybe partying with your coworkers isn't at the top of your to-do list this December. No matter, because there's really no graceful way to decline the calendar invite to the office bash — sent by your boss. Who knows, you might even enjoy drinking with your cube mates. Of course, HR's invited, too, which means some attention should be paid to the dress code.
There's no one-look-fits-all approach to these types of get-togethers, so we styled outfits perfect for intimate team dinners, cocktail hours, ugly sweater parties, and more. This way, you can choose what's right for your specific RSVP and plan in advance — or risk being the topic of water-cooler gossip the next day.
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Casual Happy Hour At A Nearby Dive
Just because the dress code is casual doesn't mean you can't add a festive flare. If there's ever a time to wear a silver skirt, it's now. Teamed with a chunky sweater, it won't feel too formal, either.
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Fancy Fete At A Swanky Rooftop Bar
Whether your office is corporate or dress-code free, chances are you're keeping your 9-to-5 outfits risk averse. But, when it comes to toasting to the holidays at an upscale rooftop bar, you can bend the rules just a little bit. Taking it OOO gives you the green light to let your personal style run free, so long as it's not too revealing. This festive persimmon dress is your safest bet: The flirty and fun silhouette covers all the right places and lays the perfect foundation for your own quirky touches. We recommend pairing it with a classic ankle-strap heel, blingy gold earrings, and a fuzzy topper. Don't forget to hit the photo booth — this is one look you'll want to remember.
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Ugly Sweater Party At Your Coworker's Home
Have fun with this one. You're at your coworker's pad, but thoughts of work should be a far away. Do the theme justice in something emblazoned with candy canes, wreaths, or Santas in pajamas. Bonus points if you pair it with red pants.
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The Midday Cookie Swap
Your excitement is palpable. The cookies are within reach, and scents of vanilla, ginger, and cinnamon are wafting toward your desk space. Meanwhile, your denim jumper and cozy sweater are playing it cool.
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Dinner Reservation With Your Team
There's nothing like a five-course meal (though, we wouldn't turn our noses up to tacos, either) to celebrate the end of a good year. Take pride in your accomplishments with a fancy-pants outfit — we suggest a pleated midi-dress and blazer — to befit the occasion.

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