Office Party It Girl: Tis the Season to Stand Out for All the Right Reasons
As an HR professional I have seen some
ratchet extremely inappropriate dress and behavior at office holiday parties. I’m talking Jersey Shore bad.
And while I’m certain that none of you Fab Fashionistas would ever act a fool at your office holiday party, maybe you could share these tips with a friend *wink*.
Whether you’re going to your own office party or that of a spouse or friend, you should definitely make note of a few things. This list is by no means exhaustive so use your best judgment.
1. If you don’t take anything else away from these tips, remember this one thing: Dress Appropriately! Your goal should be to display your after-hours personality but still remain classy.
—If there isn’t a specific dress code for the party (Casual, Cocktail and Black Tie are the most common) your best bet is to look to your office dress code for guidance. Feel free to jazz up your ensemble with bold or colorful shoes, a sparkly belt, or dressed up jewelry. Don’t go overboard.
—Avoid dressing overly casual (jeans and tee shirts), overtly sexy (plunging neck lines and too short hemlines), or showing too much skin.
2. Even if your employer is generous enough to offer an open bar, limit yourself to one or two drinks. The more you drink, the more likely you are to say or do something inappropriate. You don’t want to be the hot topic at the water cooler on Monday.
3. Speaking of water cooler gossip, keep your dance moves office appropriate. It will not look good for you to grind on your VP while the DJ is spinning a Ying Yang Twins mix (seriously, this happened).
4. Join in the fun! Don’t be anti-social. This is an opportunity for you to show your personality and mingle with co-workers in a fun and relaxed environment. If you have trouble striking up a conversation, try asking people about their holiday plans or complimenting them to break the ice. Find out about any shared interests and hobbies. Avoid talking about work.
5. If there will be any gift giving, keep the price tag under $30. You don’t want to appear as if you’re trying to buy favoritism from a supervisor or co-worker. Stay away from gifts that are too personal. Stick to fun office supplies or favorite sweet treats.
If you have any doubts about what to wear, a simple black dress is always a good option. Dress it up with Fab shoes and accessories and party the night away!
Get more tips on how to rock your office party look and still have a job in the morning in my Amazon Bestseller: Haute Holidays: A Guide to Office Party Etiquette & Style