What is festive to wear for your office and what is festive for your home are two entirely different concepts. Simply put, at home it’s okay to look like a Christmas tree and at work, it’s not. But don’t worry, getting it right is just a matter of knowing your options well. So consider some of the following tips for choosing festive, yet formal clothes to wear.
A Simple Tuxedo Shirt
Keeping it simple, yet formal is the foundation of what a festive outfit should represent, so a great item to wear for an office Christmas party is a tuxedo shirt. Nothing says, “formal” like a tuxedo shirt. You can spice it up and make it festive with a fun bow tie and suspenders, but you could also, pair it with some of the other items on this list.
Kind of the middle man when it comes to jackets. The most formal being the suit jacket (only worn with matching pants) and the least formal being a sports jacket. The Blazer is a nice choice if you want a looser fit and doesn’t want to wear matching pants. You can pair it with a white dress shirt and dark jeans.
Tailored Velvet Sport Jacket
One of the easier choices when it comes to deciding what to wear at your office Christmas party is the velvet jacket. Though simple, it is one of the more accepted items to find in your Christmas closet and a quick-fix option if you haven’t had the time to prepared in advance with a formal fitting.
Two Tone Spectator Shoes
What better excuse to wear a pair of spectators than an office Christmas party? Black and white spectator wing tips are a good example. Usually, spectators are too loud for formal environments but excellent for the office Christmas party. Wearing these will mean that the rest of your outfit needs to be rather calm – like solid trousers and a sports coat or a blazer, solid slacks and tie.
Adding a 100% silk pocket square is a quick way to accessorize the outfit to make it a little more festive. It is also an easy piece to add last minute if you are wearing the same outfit to work and just plan on changing a few items for the party. You don’t have to use bright colors (perhaps match it with your shirt) but they could be some shade of the holiday red or green.
When it comes to tops and bottoms – form fitting and tailored are the way to go. They provide the best fitting, ensuring a perfect look. All you have to do now is pick a color. Holiday colors would include a less formal look so avoid black and go with gray or dark blue. You can also be bold and choose dark green or maroon instead.
Polished Vest or Waistcoat
Want to look great and walk tall? A high-quality vest or waistcoat will do the trick. These are great to add a bit of color and still look formal enough for a party. And you can pick from a wide range of options, from classic three buttons waistcoats to knitted vests. A win, win situation.
Cardigans and Christmas Jumpers
Items resembling a typical holiday sweater would be red flagged when it comes to what clothes to wear at the office Christmas party. So, be sure you avoid anything too bright. But it is still OK to wear it if you choose a festive sweater with a classic and subtle pattern such as a green jumper with white patterns instead of a colorful one. And remember to keep the rest of your ensemble rather neutral.
Christmas Themed Socks
Socks are a great way to add some holiday cheer and at the same time keep your cool. Naturally, you don’t want bright red with candy canes. So go with circles, squares, and striped socks. The good thing about socks is that you can easily reveal or hide them. Socks are a sneaky way to show that you like to have fun but can still be all business when it comes to making an effort to look good.
Festive Bow Ties
Usually, this would be an easy option as a festive or creative black tie event and how you decide to tie it could come down to the overall tone (or twist) of the party. Since the color and pattern options for a bow tie are limitless, you can really go in almost any direction here. Naturally working in a nice red will stand out with a darker suit and still maintain some fashion sense.
Here is a tricky one, so let’s start with the basics. Stay away from Christmas Tress and Reindeer shaped hats. But you could play around with a nice Fedora hat instead; choose a checked or striped pattern hat to add a bit of style and color to your outfit.
You Are Ready to Go
Now that you have a nice list of what festive clothes you could wear at the office Christmas party, add some to your early shopping list and make sure you are prepared well before any events. And don’t forget to have fun.