Holiday parties are in full swing and while we love dressing up in fierce, festive outfits, there are certain situations that require a bit more strategizing — and once such gathering is your office holiday party! Not sure if your get-up is appropriate enough for the party? Celeb stylist Lindsey Dupuis Bledsoe, (who outfits the likes of Nikki Reed and Peyton List!), offered up her tips for mastering the art of looking neat and chic this holiday season!
If you love getting all dressed up, the holiday season is definitely a fun time to really experiment with your sense of style — but as much as we love rocking all of the trendiest looks, it might be best to tone down your get-up for the office holiday party. If you want to make a great first impression in front of your boss and your colleagues, we recommend leaving the dangerously short hemlines, sheer silhouettes, and plunging necklines behind — but that doesn’t mean you can’t still look stylish! Celeb stylist Lindsey Dupuis Bledsoe offered up her tips for finding the perfect outfit, just in time for your holiday party.
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Step one: don’t forget to look professional! “I would avoid anything too revealing or too body conscious – remember to keep your look somewhat professional if the party is work related,” Lindsey said. “You should feel like the best version of yourself when you step into the party. Pay respect to work guidelines, but elevate your look since you are technically off duty,” she advises. “When dressing for a party, try to accentuate your favorite features. If you want to show off your small waist, choose a wrap dress or an A-line dress that cinches in your waist. If you are looking to pull focus away from your hips or waist, try an off-the-shoulder or cold shoulder dress, drawing attention to your clavicle and bare shoulders. And if you are worried about hemlines, try out a midi length, its professional while still being modern and on trend.”
Although you don’t want to serve up an eyeful of cleavage or risk suffering a wardrobe malfunction in front of your coworkers, that doesn’t mean you can’t totally glam up your look and rock festive trends. “It’s all in the details – don’t be afraid to be festive! Materials like velvet, silk and sequins instantly make you feel geared up for the holiday season. Give into the holiday spirit by wearing the colors of the season – red, green and metallics, just avoid wearing them at the same time,” she said.
Don’t be afraid to try a different silhouette, like a jumpsuit. “It is time to end the year in style, so slip into a festive dress, perhaps a silk or velvet slip dress, paired with a duster draped over your shoulders. If you don’t feel like donning a dress, dress up a black jumpsuit with fun accessories like statement jewelry or a flashy clutch.”
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While we’re all for embracing stylish new looks, that are a few trends that you should save for another occasion. “Leave the athleisure trend for daytime and keep this look night time appropriate! Also, if you choose something flashy, like sequins, pick one piece and let it shine on its own, don’t overdo it,” Lindsey warns.
Adding some statement bling to your look is the best way to take your outfit from desk-to-dinner, but don’t go overboard. “Don’t over accessorize! Too many accessories clutter an outfit and confuse the eye,” she warns. “If you opt for sequins keep your jewelry minimal by adding in stud earrings and dainty rings. If you choose a simple dress, amp it up with a statement choker or earrings to give your look a focal point.”
If you’re heading out to a party right from your desk, Lindsey offered up a few tips for transforming your get-up. “Shoes and outerwear can take your look up a notch. Bring an extra layer, like a trench coat in a dressy fabric or a cool leather jacket, to amp up your look. Since I don’t always have time to orchestrate a shoe change, when I plan on taking a look from day to night I wear a heeled bootie throughout the day because they are so versatile,” she recommends.
When in doubt, add a bold lip! “It is better to be over-dressed than under-dressed, and don’t forget a bold lip color can always take your look to the next level if you are feeling a bit casual,” Lindsey said — and never forget, your best accessory is always a smile!