With the autumn in full swing, it certainly won’t be long until we start to think about the festive period and all the celebrations that come with it.
One of the most important of these has to be the office Christmas party. With an article from The Self Employed classing the annual work do as the most important event of the working year, it seems that this is an occasion to make an effort for. Not only is it a chance to get into the festive spirit with colleagues but it can also be a significant networking opportunity and a chance to make a good impression within your firm.
With the formality of the Christmas do sometimes questionable, what should you consider when it comes to dressing for this year’s party?
At the office
If your firm still opts for the frugal approach of hosting the office party within the office, it seems excessive to get too overdressed; on the other hand, you don’t want to look the same as every day, despite being in your everyday surroundings. To find the right balance between smart and casual, try to simply wear a heightened, more stylish version of your usual attire, such as skinny ties, Farah shirts and fashionable brogues instead of your everyday work shoes and boxy shirts.
The pub gathering
Due to tight budgets and hectic schedules, many offices simply arrange a meet-up at the pub instead of booking an official venue. For a casual affair such as this, you can wear what you normally would to the pub – think chunky knits, a bomber jacket and a cool pair of trainers for a stylish yet casual vibe. If you want to make a bit of an effort, Farah shirts teamed with chinos and a snuggly scarf will make a great festive pub outfit.
If your firm likes to pull out the stops at Christmas by throwing a sit down dinner or formal affair, your dress code will have to reflect this. For very formal occasions, a white-collar dress code might be necessary; however, you can usually make subtle differences with small details – think expensive cufflinks, a branded belt or a silk handkerchief. Textured garments such as a velvet jacket ooze luxury and can sometimes be found on a budget.