Ah, the office Christmas party – the time where getting blind drunk is the best yet at the same time the single worst thing you can do. It’s not all about avoiding colleague small talk and tracking down the free food, you need to dress the part but not overdo your outfit.
As we all know, it’s easier said than done looking sharp for Christmas time, but if you need some inspiration, keep on scrolling and we’ll explain exactly what you need to wear for your office Christmas party – or any Christmas party for that matter.
The Formal Christmas Party
Christmas parties with work or family can be eventful enough at the best of times without you grabbing people’s attention with any garish or overly bold outfit choices. That’s why we recommend you polish up your act with a selection of refined items that still look smart. Suits are an easy choice when the party calls for formal wear, but it’s important you don’t wear the same suit you wear every day to work.
A simple navy two-piece suit looks great with a pair of brown brogues and a light blue shirt. This is your easiest option if the party is formal. Or if things are a little more casual, then a suit jacket can go a long way, paired with black jeans and matching chukka boots.
The Smart-Casual Christmas Party
Some of us wear a suit throughout the working week, so a staff Christmas party is the perfect opportunity to ditch that tie and go for something more casual. The trick here is to not go too casual. You don’t want to be the only one in a pair of trackies at the sit-down meal. Remember, it’s always better to be over-dressed than under-dressed.
Nothing bridges the smart casual divide better than an open neck shirt and blazer combination – especially if you avoid the standard black and white co-ordination. A pair of brogues will be suitable for any smart or casual occasions and if you choose to top this off with a slim pair of black jeans you are surely on to a winner.
The Casual Christmas Party
It often takes a bit of jovial spirit – or large amounts of alcohol – to put up with spending prolonged amounts of time at a dull Christmas party, but nothing improves the mood better than a good old festive jumper, the cheesier the better if you’re not bothered about looking a little silly. If you want to dress to impress at the casual party, then rollneck jumpers are a chic choice this winter and are easy to match with jeans or grey chinos, and chukka boots. We recommend this roll neck jumper from Versace for a casual but tidy outfit.
If your office party includes cocktail sausages and karaoke… then smart jeans, trainers and a festive jumper are an easy choice for a casual party.
Office parties over the festive period is the real time to relax and let your hair down and we all want to look sharp for the big occasions such as new years eve when the champagne glasses come out. From Oliver Sweeney’s footwear to Ralph Lauren’s shirts, Mainline Menswear have all the names you need to stay a cut above the rest- the only thing we can’t help you with is that weary head the morning after.