The holiday season is upon us, and while it’s only October, the holiday work festivities are about to begin. The holidays are some of the best times, but they can also be extremely overwhelming, and the last thing that you need is to be stressed about what you’re wearing to the company party later this week.
We all treat work events a little bit differently than we treat a normal night out, and for good reason. Corporate events are also times where you want to showcase yourself but appropriately, so figuring out what to wear is of the utmost importance. You want to dress somewhere between formal and festive. But with all that gray area, we know that it can be a never ending debate, but hopefully with this blog post you can get some more insight on what to wear. Keep reading to learn more!
Things to Think About Before Hand…
The Company Culture
This can be one of the most helpful things to think about when deciding what to wear. A good rule of thumb is to think about what most people wear to the office, and then bumping that up just a few levels. By no means are we saying that you need to be in a ballgown or full suit, but you want to look nice. If your work requires you to dress in a certain way that may be a bit more formal, opting for an outfit like that with a statement necklace or fun pair of shoes is an easy way to look professional, but still fun. If your company has more of a casual office dress to it, you may be fine wearing a pair of nice jeans and a button-down shirt. At the end of the day, you know your company best, so trust your instincts. If you’re new, ask around and see what people are planning on wearing. Utilize your resources, there’s truly nothing wrong with that!
The location of the corporate event is also something to keep in mind. Is your event at a fancy upscale rooftop lounge or is it at your bosses home? Will there be an outdoor element to the event or will you be inside the whole time? Are you going to be active or are you sitting at a table? Thinking about all of these factors will help you figure out how and what you should wear. For example, if you’ll be walking around and standing up, you may want to opt for comfortable shoes versus a pair of high stilettos. However, if you’re going to be sitting at a table for most of the time, you might be able to get away with those high heels.
You also want to consider the weather. Here on the east coast it can be extremely cold and while we love fashion, keep yourself warm. Hopefully there will be some type of coat check at your event so that you won’t have to lug that jacket around with you all night, but even if you do, don’t sacrifice your well-being for your outfit!
Who Will Be There
While you should always look professional and work-appropriate, think about who is going to be at this event. If it’s a company wide event, you may want to put a bit more effort into making sure that you look presentable.
However, if it’s a casual get together with your close coworkers, you can probably dress like you usually would, and maybe a bit more dressed down.
No matter what, it’s important to understand that dress has a very strong factor in the way that people perceive you. Of course, no one should really judge anyone until you get to know them, but it wouldn’t be smart to ignore the concept that it doesn’t always happen like that. In fact, various business leaders say that promotions have been withheld due to their employees’ lack of appropriate dress. This just reiterates the fact that it is so important to dress your best for these types of events.
So on that note, let’s discuss some dress options that are sure to get you turning heads, in a good way, of course.
Remember Less Is More
Understated is always better when it comes to your outfit choices for the workplace. While metallics and bold patterns tend to be popular during the holiday seasons, when it comes to work events keep it a bit more subdued. If you’re someone who doesn’t wear a lot of color, you’re in luck. Black is always a good option, especially because it can easily be dressed up with some simple accessories. However, if you are someone who loves colors, jewel tones are a wonderful way to use your self expression without going overboard. They also tend to be universally flattering and like black, can be easily dressed up.
Not only does the phrase “less is more” apply to the colors you decide to wear, but it also plays a key role in choosing what type of clothing to wear. Stereotypically, us women have to be a bit more careful in choosing our wardrobe. The last thing you want to do, is look too provocative at a work event. However, just because you have to look professional does not mean that you can’t look feminine and feel confident.
Due to the colder weather, it’s usually a lot easier to cover up for a holiday party versus a summer corporate event. With that being said, you still want to make sure you’re covering up. Clothing that showcases a low neckline, low back, high hem or any type of leg slits should be avoided. You may also want to be aware of how tight the clothing that you’re wearing is.
Men also need to make sure that they are dressed appropriately. Many times, men tend to fall on the more casual side of things and can be looked down upon for underdressing. Once again, most likely, there’s no reason to have to wear a three-piece suit, but you may want to overdress more than you think. A pair of dress pants with a button up is always a great option that can be dressy but still casual. As far as shoes go, make sure that you’re wearing something nice and not a pair of old tennis shoes. You’ll also want to make sure that your clothing is either steamed or ironed, because wrinkly clothing can take your outfit in a negative direction real fast.
All in all, no matter where your event is or what you’re doing, make sure that you are comfortable. If you’re debuting a new style or trend, try wearing it out a few times just to make sure that you’re comfortable in it. Walk around the house and make sure that nothing is riding up or pinching you in an uncomfortable place. Trust us, the last thing that you want to be doing is having to pull your skirt down or readjusting the collar of your shirt. Allow yourself to feel confident and comfortable this holiday season at your upcoming work event.
Once again, we know that the holiday season can seem stressful, but instead of stressing on your outfit, enjoy your event! Let us take the stress off of you and help you plan an incredible holiday party that your employees will actually want to go to. With gourmet food, handcrafted drinks, and a beautiful rooftop view, what more could you want? Connect with us today to learn more and book your event with us! We know its a bit early but you can never be too prepared right? With a Chicago location and a New York location, you couldn’t ask for a better place to host your next event. Visit https://www.bouncesportingclub.com/ to book your event.