Office Party Attire …. I have nothing to wear!
It's that time of the year! Holiday office parties are in full swing. It doesn't matter if you are in a small office or large corporation, everyone (male and female) struggle with what to wear. If you think no one really notices what you wear, think again. Management is mentally observing how you are presenting yourself. According to research done by Harvard University, The Carnegie Foundation and the Stanford Research Institute, more than 85% of job success is based on "soft skills", your personal conduct and abilitiy to put others at ease, as well as your image. Remember this is an opportunity to showcase your skills on many levels. So a few thoughts:
Don't make it complicated:
Women approach the holidays with dread: trying to coordinate outfits. Instead, try a little black/brown (depends on your skin tone) dress, not only is it flattering, it will take you to almost any event in style. Keep your makeup simple but special: Sometimes all it takes is a great red lipstick to dress it up! Your hair should be uncomplicated as well. Opt for sexy half-up/half-down styles or pull your hair back into a low ponytail.
Wearing too much glitz:
Beading, metallic & shimmer are all fine for the holidays. BUT too much glitz can overwhelm and draw attention to the wrong body part (like a beaded chest sweater for a busty gal). You don't want to look like a Christmas tree. Use your accessories
to add the subtle shimmer: a beaded clutch, sparkly shoes & jewelry.
Showing too much skin:
Thigh-high miniskirts and cut to the navel dresses may look great on the runway but in reality they are almost impossible to carry off. Remember you are showcasing your talents.
Being Under or Over Dressed:
You show up in jeans, everyone else wears velvet: You wear a long dress and others wear business clothes. You're not alone in deciphering dress codes. "Cocktail Attire" implies a dark suit for him and a little black dress for her. "Dressy Casual" requires dressy business attire: dress trousers and a nice shirt for him & business skirt and/or pant for her with a nice sweater/blouse.
Flashy is not flattering at an office party. Tackiness gets noticed, but not in a good way. It gets people talking, but not the way you had hoped. During an office party the best thing you can do is represent yourself as a well-grounded sophisticate. When an individual looks attractive in a professional way, others will notice.
Smile, you are on display. On the eve of your event, put on your brightest smile, your best suit and bring some holiday cheer to the party. Jump in and offer to help if you see the host struggling to keep the drinks stocked or the appetizers moving along. Make it a point to be a team player and leave a lasting impression. People remember common courtesy.
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Happy Holidays!!!! Wishing you a season filled with joy, happiness & love.
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