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Things to Wear to a Christmas Party

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author image Lindsay Haskell
Lindsay Haskell enjoys writing about fitness, health, culture and fashion. She is a contributor for "Let's Talk Magazine" and "The Wellesley News." Haskell is completing her B.A. in philosophy at Wellesley College. She's also a fiction writer whose work can be read online.
Things to Wear to a Christmas Party
An office Christmas party taking place in the boardroom. Photo Credit Ulrik Tofte/DigitalVision/Getty Images

If the holidays give you a slew of opportunities to dress up for Christmas parties, there are plenty of different things you can wear. There should be a Christmas flare to your party outfit, without it being tacky or excessive. However, colors and glam -- like red, green, silver and gold, as well as jewels, sparkles and sequins --are definitely appropriate for a Christmas party.

Women

Women typically wear a dress to a Christmas party. You don't have to wear bold green and red. Gold and silver are also Christmas colors and are very elegant for an evening party. You could wear a black dress with silver or gold beads or sequins. Ruby red and emerald green are more traditional-looking Christmas colors and are beautiful colors for dresses. They also complement gold and silver very well. For shoes, wear stunning stilettos. If you live in a place that's cold in December, you might want to wear tights or warm stiletto boots. You could also choose a sweater or cashmere dress if you're concerned about being cold. For outerwear, consider wearing a full-skirted coat or a faux-fur coat.

Men

Men should choose a solid-colored button-down shirt that's not black or white. Choose rich but subtle Christmas colors, like forest green, dark purple and burgundy. It's better to choose one Christmas color for your outfit -- red and green together can easily look tacky. Black slacks or khakis match with any color. It can be appropriate to wear dark, straight-leg jeans too, depending upon the kind of party. Avoid baggy pants and light-wash jeans. Over your shirt, you can wear a dressy blazer or suit jacket, and you may want to dress it up with a coordinating tie.

Office Christmas Party

Depending on the atmosphere of your office, you may want to dress more formal or more casual for your company Christmas party. If there's a dress code, make sure you stick to it. Men should consider black slacks instead of jeans for an office party, as they are a bit dressier and go with anything. Women can wear slacks and a nice blouse, or a pretty -- yet still conservative -- dress. Don't show too much skin; dresses with open backs are probably not appropriate. You could wear classic black closed-toe pumps or you can go more wild with the color than you normally would at the office.

Accessories

Colors and sparkles are appropriate when it comes to Christmas party attire. Use accessories to add glitzy details to your look. Wear classic silver, gold or pearls for a more traditional look, or find a chunky bracelet or statement necklace in ruby red, green or amethyst for a bolder appearance. Bring a purse or clutch embellished with beads, sparkles or sequins. Men can throw in some holiday flare by accessorizing with cuff links that are silver, gold or a dark green, red or jewel color.

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