Dressing for a party at work is something that can bring a lot of anxiety to women around the globe. Obviously, you want to wear something cute and festive, but you still need to present yourself in a manner that is appropriate for your work culture. After all, while it is a party, you are always going to have to see your colleagues after the evening!

Depending on your usual office dress code, what you should wear for work parties will be different. If your office vibe is usually more on the casual side, then you can probably have a bit more leeway in what you wear.  

If you aren’t sure what to wear for an upcoming work-related soiree, party or event, read on for five timeless rules on dressing for work parties.

  1. Do pay attention to the time and location of the party.

First things first: You should have a look at the invitation and discern what the time is and what the location of the event you will be attending is. If it is a daytime event, then it is more likely that it is a more casual dress code than an evening occasion. If it is taking place outdoors, it may be more relaxed than an event at a hotel or a similar location.

If the event is taking place in your office, opt for a slightly more elevated version of what you would typically wear.

Keep in mind what you will be doing at the party and use this knowledge as a starting point for planning your outfit. However, no matter what the event details are, you want to ensure you still try to look your best and be sophisticated.

  1. Don’t show too much skin.

The number one rule for work parties is to err on the side of caution when it comes to showing too much skin. Cleavage, short skirts, sheer tops and crop tops are all off limits when it comes to dressing for work-related social affairs, and you should save these pieces for your next beach vacation or a night out with friends.

  1. Do embrace your classy side.

Parties are a great time to show a different part of your personality that your colleagues don’t necessarily always get to see. It is a social function, but that doesn’t mean you should throw all classiness out of the window.

When choosing an outfit, embrace your classy side and opt for fancy materials like hand-weaved organic cotton or tops in solid colors with fun accents such as a patterned hem or embroidery details. Not only will these combos help you look classy and collected, but you can also re-wear the pieces for a variety of occasions.

  1. Don’t wear sneakers.

When it comes to shoes, it is best for you to leave your sneakers at home. Unless the event is something active, generally it is better to wear a more elevated shoe style. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to wear your highest heels, but a court shoe, a mule, an espadrille or a heeled ankle boot can work well for more casual outfits.

And, while discussing footwear, don’t wear brand new, never-been-worn shoes because you don’t want to spend the whole event distracted and uncomfortable by new-shoe pain. If you have bought a new pair of shoes, opt to wear them around your house (with socks) a day in advance — just to be on the safe side!

  1. Do talk with colleagues about what they are wearing.

If you are feeling really stuck about what to wear, don’t hesitate to reach out to fellow women colleagues to get a sense of what their vibe is going to be. After all, you will feel more confident in your outfit choice if you know it is on the same wavelength as another member of your team’s.

By speaking with them, you will know whether they are planning on wearing a cocktail dress and heels or a denim vest with espadrilles (or something in between!)

What is your go-to outfit for work parties? What are your tips and tricks? Let us know in the comments below!

AUTHOR BIO

Ethiopian-born and Dubai-based fashion designer Feiruza Mudessir discovered her curiosity to mix the traditional with contemporary at a young age, and this has become the trademark of her designs today. When you slip into one of Feiruza’s creations, you can almost hear the rhythms of Africa, the beats of India and the vibrancy of Dubai – this distinctive and colourful mélange is just what Finchitua is about.

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