Many companies and organizations hold their office holiday parties right after the workday is over, or even during lunch. There’s no reason to go all the way home to change into your party clothes. You can dress appropriately for work and, with a few of my quick holiday fashion tips, you can go from powerhouse to partygoer in a flash.
It’s all in the accessories!
Ensemble 1: Wear a neutral-colored sheath dress to work during the day. It’s work appropriate with tights, tassel necklace, geometric print jacket, Chanel-inspired quilted handbag and tall boots in the same color family. The outfit is seasonally appropriate and customer-facing worthy.
Speedy change: Keep the sheath dress and have fun with a faux fur cinched jacket. This one is as soft and cozy as a robe. The statement necklace matches the white fur. This outfit would look great with high heels in red tones. It’s a fun and luxurious look that’s perfect for an ice bar or tree-lighting event.
Ensemble 2: It’s “casual” Friday at the office, but that is no reason to look drab. On the day of the office party, don a pair of winter white (cream, not bright white) trousers and a comfortable but sleek turtleneck in a jewel tone. The color teal is universally flattering on all skin tones. A structured work bag and classic statement necklace complete the look for work meetings during the day.
Time to party: Little did your co-workers know that inside of your work bag was your on-trend faux fur infinity scarf, beaded drawstring evening bag, designer sunglasses and your fun fedora. Change your accessories in the car on the way to the venue. I see holiday carols and eggnog in your future!
Ensemble 3: A structured jacket, printed silk blouse and jeweled necklace top a slim ankle pant for a perfectly professional picture. The comfortable and sleek wedges say, “I walk the walk AND I can do it all day in comfort and style.”
Dash to the executive washroom: Keep the slim pant. Did I tell you they are tone-on-tone damask fabric? Perfect for transitioning from powerhouse to partygoer. Change your work top to a shantung silk top with peplum and beaded detail. The royal blue color looks fabulous, festive and is universally flattering on everyone. The small velvet clutch is the perfect addition to the holiday outfit. Trade the work wedges for a more delicate ankle strap number. You are ready for the holiday concert or play.
Where to find these great holiday fashion accessories: NSW found all of these wonderful clothes at one store – The Closet Exchange. A well-stocked consignment store at 3005 Old Alabama Road in Alpharetta, The Closet Exchange is co-owned by a friendly mother-daughter duo, Martha McKay and Gwen Baker, who say now is a great time to come in for fun and affordable accessories for your holiday party. Their welcoming demeanor makes shopping in this spacious and well-lit boutique a relaxing and rewarding affair. Thanks, Martha and Gwen, for allowing us to use your store as the backdrop for all of these great outfits.
Special thanks: This leggy model is Sarah McCrory from Johns Creek. She is the mother of two boys and is involved with the children’s ministry at Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church. When she is not modeling holiday fashion attire, she can be found at the Red Door Playhouse in Roswell performing improv. Sarah’s performance skills helped make her adaptable for the many business-to-party fashions she modeled for this article. Bravo! ■