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November 10, 2015

4 Office Holiday Party Outfits: Appropriate Flare for the Ladies

We’re kicking off our Holiday Festive Dressing Series with the one that can give you the biggest pause in front of your closet…the office party. In this week’s Clothes & Conversation, “The Office Holiday Party: Ladies’ Festive Dressing Series, Part 1 (of 3)” , we broke down the 2 most common types of work parties: 1. Outside the Office; 2. In the office.
Pretty obvious, right? So, it’ll be easy to figure out which one your office party falls into this season. Now, let’s get into what you’ll wear. We’ve got 2 outfits for each type, whether you work in a conservative or more creative workplace. Let us know what you think in the comments below and on social media. We’ll be back next week to tackle those truly dressy parties (and the casual get-togethers the following week). Let the holiday season begin!
https://www.shopbop.com/jackie-dress-black-halo/vp/v=1/1528973208.htm
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Black Halo - Jackie O Dress
Jackie O Dress
Black Halo
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All shades or red, especially deep wines and burgundies are all the rage this Fall/Winter season – and perfect to get plenty of wear during the holidays. Black Halo is known for their contemporary fitting sophisticated pieces – especially this Jackie O dress. It put the brand on the fashion for a simple reason – the fit is so slimming and flattering and the style is timeless. This sheath is made to show off a woman’s curves, but you truly don’t need the perfect figure for this to look good – it just makes you look that way, with carefully placed seams around the mid-section and a beautiful cut. It comes with the black belt, making it easy to pair with black legwear and black heels for a work-ready holiday look.
http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/4120211625043.jsp#/ Bailey 44 - Astin Wrap Skirt
Bailey 44 - Astin Wrap Skirt
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Bailey 44 - Astin Wrap Skirt
Astin Wrap Skirt
Bailey 44
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Outside the Office, Outfit 1. Let’s start with this amazing skirt from Bailey 44. The black leather-like detail makes it easy to wear with black hose or tights and heels, and adds a little modern edge that is still so appropriate for the office crowd. The beautifully deep red fabric is made of a thick and stretchy ponte fabric, so it will move with you from day to night, keeping its shape and staying super comfortable. The faux wrap styling cleverly adds some dimension in just the right places to smooth and slim the belly and hip area. In XS-XL (and Petites) this is a modern fit that will work on everyone. There are lots of ways to wear it, including with just a simple black sweater once the holidays are behind us. But here, we’re showing you a more festive alternative.
http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=70935896 Polo Ralph Lauren - Cotton Poplin Tuxedo Shirt
Polo Ralph Lauren - Cotton Poplin Tuxedo Shirt
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Polo Ralph Lauren - Cotton Poplin Tuxedo Shirt
Cotton Poplin Tuxedo Shirt
Polo Ralph Lauren
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There are a lot of tops that will look beautiful with the skirt featured in this outfit for an office-sponsored holiday party. The one from Ralph Lauren that we’re featuring can be worn without the silk chiffon bow and a couple buttons unbuttoned, for a true borrowed-from the boys tuxedo-shirt inspired look. But for the holidays, we think it’s fun to add the extra touch of glam by including the bow and wearing it as shown. After all, it’s not easy to find festive options that have nothing to do with sparkle and shine – this is the right way to do it for the work crowd. The contemporary fit is trim for a polished look without being too skinny so the buttons won't pull. Alternatively, a solid black silk ruffled blouse will give the skirt a softer look.
http://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/product/608453 Sam Edelman - Bryton Leather Ankle Boots
Sam Edelman - Bryton Leather Ankle Boots
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Sam Edelman - Bryton Leather Ankle Boots
Bryton Leather Ankle Boots
Sam Edelman
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Keep this look modern and stylish by wearing the skirt and top with these slim, heeled booties instead of basic pumps. The lace-up styling perfectly hugs your ankles that, along with the pointy toe and beautiful heel, make your legs look great, with a long and lean look. And when you’re not wearing them with this outfit, they will become a go-to with skinny jeans and wide legs pants, too.
https://www.shopbop.com/portrait-crossbody-bag-foley-corinna/vp/v=1/1511786026.htm Foley + Corrina - Portrait Cross Body Bag
Foley + Corrina - Portrait Cross Body Bag
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Foley + Corrina - Portrait Cross Body Bag
Portrait Cross Body Bag
Foley + Corrina
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Tuck this sleek Foley + Corinna leather bag into your work tote in the morning, so you have it ready to go when you head out of the office for the party. The architectural shape and gold hardware give it the right structured look that works with the lines of the skirt and the overall polished look of this whole outfit. It’s just large enough to carry your essentials, and comes with an optional strap so you can wear it as a clutch, cross-body, or on your shoulder – perfect for whatever activity you’ll be doing.
https://www.shopbop.com/vihona-blouse-theory/vp/v=1/1589150782.htm Theory - Vihona Blouse
Theory - Vihona Blouse
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Theory - Vihona Blouse
Vihona Blouse
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Outside the Office, Outfit 2. This Theory blouse has blazer inspirations, without the bulk of wearing one – what can be more perfect for an office party? No matter where you are headed, this top will transition with ease – and you’ll feel perfectly appropriate, even if you have a serious meeting during the day. The silk fabric is luxe, working for the office and any party atmosphere later. And Theory’s contemporary fit keeps this top sleek while being cut for a looser fit, easily flattering all figures, with the wrap styling that gives your waist just the right amount of definition. Add a simple black cami, to ensure proper coverage for the office crowd.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446868483 Vince - Contrast Piped Pants
Vince - Contrast Piped Pants
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Vince - Contrast Piped Pants
Contrast Piped Pants
Vince
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With our featured blouse’s party-ready take on a blazer, Vince’s subtle interpretation of tuxedo pants is just the bottom that will make you feel confident all day, and all evening. The red/purple color is very deep and rich, so it’s as slimming as any black pants – and just as appropriate, even in a more conservative work environment. The slim black stripes down the sides of the legs add a festive flare that also ties these pants back to the black top with ease. Vince’s modern fit, in 0-14, isn’t too trim and these pants have a higher rise that sits at the belly button, ensuring a smooth line under the blouse in this outfit (and ensuring you can indulge in comfort.) Alternatively, you can keep your look monochromatic with these sophisticated black satin-striped tuxedo trousers.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/baublebar-princess-y-chain-necklace/4109618 BaubleBar - Princess Y-Chain Necklace
BaubleBar - Princess Y-Chain Necklace
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BaubleBar - Princess Y-Chain Necklace
Princess Y-Chain Necklace
BaubleBar
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The blazer-like blouse and tuxedo trousers in this outfit have simple, clean lines. To jazz up your look, add this black crystal Y-style necklace before you head to the party, making this outfit party-ready in an instant. It is the perfect style for the open neckline of the top, adding some sparkly glam that turns this outfit from serious to fun.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/shoes/flats/PRDOVR~E0229/E0229.jsp J.Crew - Gemma Glitter Flats
J.Crew - Gemma Glitter Flats
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J.Crew - Gemma Glitter Flats
Gemma Glitter Flats
J.Crew
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J.Crew’s ballet flats get a glam finish with this metallic fabric that is just right with this outfit. They weave gold and silver together so they have shine without being overly sparkly –you can get away with wearing them during the workday in most offices. (If not, just bring them with your and change before the party.) The pointed toe and simple shape look great with the trousers in this outfit, and you’ll be able to stand for hours so you’ll be ready for any activity the office has planned. If you prefer a heel, these tailored black-and-white plaid pumps are a perfect accent, with the slightest hint of deep red.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Magaschoni-Cashmere-Embellished-Keyhole-Sweater-magaschoni/prod180950590___/p.prod Magaschoni - Cashmere Embellished Keyhole Sweater
Magaschoni - Cashmere Embellished Keyhole Sweater
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Magaschoni - Cashmere Embellished Keyhole Sweater
Cashmere Embellished Keyhole Sweater
Magaschoni
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In the Office, Outfit 1. The Magaschoni sweater is simply amazing. The cashmere is soft and luxurious, exactly what we would expect from the brand, and the neckline detail is truly one-of-a-kind. The keyhole that’s made from the twist in the neckline is subtle enough for your co-workers and stylish enough for everyone. The crewneck is also partially beaded, creating a touch of fabulous sparkle that means you don’t need a necklace, without being over the top. Just sophisticated and gorgeous. Here, we’re showing you how to wear it for the office party, but you’ll be able to re-wear it with jeans or sleek black pants all season long. The modern fit is tailored and not too trim, so it looks great on everyone.
http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1034259&vid=1&pid=171129002 Banana Republic - Metallic Jacquard Pencil Skirt
Banana Republic - Metallic Jacquard Pencil Skirt
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Banana Republic - Metallic Jacquard Pencil Skirt
Metallic Jacquard Pencil Skirt
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A pencil skirt if always appropriate for the office, and Banana Republic offers a version in a gunmetal fabric that makes it right for the office party, too. Click through the ‘shop it’ button to zoom in on the fabric – you’ll see that the larger stitchwork and black threading throughout keeps this skirt from being too sparkly and gives it a really sophisticated feel that is an ideal match to the sweater in this outfit. (And makes it just sporty enough to work with opaque black tights.) Banana Republic’s modern fit, in 0-16, is lovely in the clean lines of this skirt. The slim shape is simply beautiful with the banded hem and tailored, easy fit of the sweater.
https://www.shopbop.com/floral-baguette-button-earring-oscar/vp/v=1/1598830528.htm Oscar de la Renta - Floral Baguette Button Earrings
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Oscar de la Renta - Floral Baguette Button Earrings
From Oscar de la Renta, these stunners are made with Swarovski crystals and create a beautifully vintage flare to this outfit. They are bold enough to pop, regardless of your hairstyle, but in a matte black metal that gives them a subtlety for the office. They compliment the crew neckline of the sweater featured, without fighting it. And you’ll love them with a cocktail dress or simple sweater and jeans, too.
https://mgemi.com/w/the-brivido/the-brivido/01_1151_01.html/#!/color/001 M. Gemi - The Brivido
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M. Gemi - The Brivido
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The pebbled leather and curved throat give simple black pumps a stylish update that complete the party feel of this outfit. Yet, the closed toe is still appropriate for work – and the Winter weather, making it easy to wear tights without ruining the festive look. This brand, M. Gemi, offers free shipping and returns through the ‘shop it’ button. But better than that, they really pay attention to quality, making their shoes in Italy with an artisan approach to ensure their shoes are stylishly unique and wonderfully well made – without a ridiculous price tag.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/dresses/day/PRD~E5532/E5532.jsp?Nbrd=J&Nloc=en_US&Nrpp=48&Npge=1&Ntrm=Overlapped+long-sleeve+shift+dress&isSaleItem=false&color_name=ACADEMIC%20GREEN J.Crew - Overlapped Long-sleeve Shift Dress
J.Crew - Overlapped Long-sleeve Shift Dress
In the Office, Outfit 2. The deep green of this lined shift dress from J.Crew turns a simple work-appropriate silhouette into a dress that will take you right into the office party with ease. The overlap detail ensures the relaxed, modern fit doesn’t sacrifice any style, which still keeping you comfortable all day – and night. The rich color flatters most skin tones and is a color that is so beautiful and on trend this season, you’ll wear it all through the Winter. (It does come in black through the ‘shop it’ button, too.)
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s//4007113 Nordstrom - Delphine Wool & Cashmere Scarf
Nordstrom - Delphine Wool & Cashmere Scarf
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Nordstrom - Delphine Wool & Cashmere Scarf
Delphine Wool & Cashmere Scarf
Nordstrom
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Play into the festive green color without going the traditional plaid route with this watercolor floral scarf. The combination of greens, blues, and purple add some dimension to the dress in this outfit, without being too matchy, and are all great face colors so it’s beautiful with all skin tones. The lightweight wool and cashmere fabric is easy to wrap around your neck without being too warm.
https://www.shopbop.com/hyperdrive-cluster-ring-erickson-beamon/vp/v=1/1525621698.htm Erickson Beamon - Hyperdrive Cluster Ring
Erickson Beamon - Hyperdrive Cluster Ring
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Erickson Beamon - Hyperdrive Cluster Ring
Hyperdrive Cluster Ring
Erickson Beamon
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With the scarf and dress in this outfit, this Swarkovski crystal ring is perfect. (Even if it wasn’t, we would find a reason to show it to you because the colors and style are simply too gorgeous to ignore.) You’ll wear this ring with so, so many things – it’s made of all the deep jewel tones of the season, and will add stylish flare to a simple black dress or jeans and a casual top. In this outfit, the subtle sparkle can be worn all day or added as you head in to the party for something a little special to complete your outfit. You can even go with the matching earrings without it feeling like overkill.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/charles-by-charles-david-veer-pointy-toe-bootie-women-online-only/4005582 Charles by Charles David - Veer Pointy Toe Bootie
Charles by Charles David - Veer Pointy Toe Bootie
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Charles by Charles David - Veer Pointy Toe Bootie
Veer Pointy Toe Bootie
Charles by Charles David
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These booties from Charles David create a lovely leg line, since they don’t come up above the ankle. They’re the perfect blend of pumps and booties, and the black suede is wonderful with opaque tights, playing into the leg-lengthening appeal of these shoes. The shape looks great with skirts and dresses, making them an easy choice for this outfit – and they work just as well with pants and jeans, so you’ll get plenty of use out of them all Winter. Tip: Spray your shoes with a suede protector to help fight the salt and puddles that you’re sure to encounter throughout the season.
 

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