The Holidays are fast approaching and it cannot be denied that this is one for the most awaited time of the year. It’s the time of the year when people receive a handful of invitations for different parties, gatherings and events. This could include parties over at a friend’s house, Christmas parties, or annual company events.
Different people have different thoughts regarding office parties. Considering different points of views, some people may view as nothing but a simple annual gathering in the workplace. Others may view it differently-something to look forward since it’s the time when they can relax and socialize with the top executives of the company.
While everybody is expected to enjoy their time at the office party, still some cannot remove the fact that there are still rules that you have to abide with during the party considering the venue. This makes company parties a little difficult to deal with. Even if you want to have fun and be wild at the party, at the back of your mind, you know that your “bosses” are still on the lookout. One wrong move can put your career at stake. One dance out of tune can splinter your reputation and before you know it, you’re already fired. Which brings us to the point: when you’re in a company party, it would be best to limit your alcohol intake, lest you risk your reputation and your job.
No matter how you feel about company parties, one thing that you have to consider is your outfit for that particular affair. If ever you decide to attend the event, you might need to spend a little extra time, money and effort to make yourself look attractive in your chosen suit or dress.
Here are some tips that you might want to consider in dressing up for holiday event such as your company party:
First things first, you have to know the required outfit for the party. This is usually announced beforehand and at times, stated in the invitation. Some companies require casual attire while some would ask their employees to wear their usual office attire donned with something “Christmas-y” like a Santa hat or a reindeer nose.
You should also take into account your company’s theme. Different companies have different kinds of parties or themes which generally sets the mood for that event. These themes also dictate the proper attire that should be worn. If it’s a novelty theme, like Santa’s Factory, you have to dress accordingly. Show your creativity. Try coming like one of Santa’s elves or if you dare, come as a nicely-wrapped holiday gift.
Try asking your officemates about what they would wear. This is a little playing safe but at least, you won’t be out of place. You will be assured that you will not be overdressed nor underdressed for the event. Decency is also the key for costume parties. Play it safe and don’t bear too much skin. Also, avoid wearing anything that can affront a co-worker or somebody else’s religion or race.
A black tie in your invitation would necessitate that you organize your suit appropriately-white dress shirt, black silk bow tie, lapel, dress socks, dress shoes and your tuxedo. But if nothing is indicated, suits and ties are common for most events or parties. Common and safe colors include dark gray or navy blue.
To add a little pizazz on your attire, you can wear light colored dress shirts instead of the usual white. Choose also a matching tie with bright hues that compliment your dress shirt and your suit. To wrap up your ensemble, add an accessory or two. Cufflinks are classics-you could never go wrong with it.