The goal is to create an outfit that’s appropriate but still remains true to your personal party style. Although it’s a company party, you don’t have to be too conservative or boring. You just need moderation and don’t go overboard just because it’s a party, you still have business peers around you that you leave an impression on.
There are two solutions that will let you maintain your personal style without making a spectacle of yourself: Outerwear and Accessories.
First, exchange your usual business casual attire of a pencil skirt and blouse for a solid colored dress. If you decide you want to wear a vibrant colored dress, then make sure the hemline is just above the knee. If it’s any longer it’s too much color and any shorter it’s not business appropriate. If you like neutrals then your have more freedom with the hem lines. Essentially, you want to pick out a dress that can be easily transformed for a downtown party, replace the business jacket with a little leather jacket and swap the classic pumps for ankle boots OR you can turn into a more glamorous uptown look and add metallic heels, major jewels, and a little skin in the form of bare shoulders.
One of the most perfect flexible dresses with the most versatile style is the sleeveless dress. The sleeveless is perfect, all you need is to accessorize. However, for strapless dresses which are great too, for a company party or cocktail party you will want a little more coverage for the strapless dress, so add one of your favorite jackets, blazers or even better a tuxedo style jacket over your dress. Give the business jacket a little twist and roll up the sleeves just once and push them up below the elbow. You can also add a jacket to any sleeveless dress.
For the shoes, you’ve got many options. It’s always nice to go for something more fashionable instead of your 9 to 5 classic pumps. If your wearing a solid black dress, try a pop of color or an animal print shoe, or a great strappy heel. Just use your judgement wisely, you don’t want to wear shoes that put off the wrong image like “working girl” shoes.
If you want to add some touches to your dress, try a skinny belt, maybe patent leather or metallic. You can add a bit more jewelry than you would wear to work like bigger earrings and a couple of bracelets, but pick only 2 places for the jewelry such as earrings and a bracelet, or earrings and a necklace, maybe a nice cocktail ring. A good rule of thumb is you shouldn’t do all three area unless the pieces are very subtle.
Most company parties or corporate cocktail parties happen at night, so it’s totally fine to kick up your makeup with some extra eye makeup or even a darker lip. Swap out your day handbag for a nice clutch for the final touches which is perfect for a party, clutches are perfect evening bags. Now your set for your company party.
- Go for solid colored sleeveless or strapless party dresses, tuxedo jackets, and fashionable shoes like ankle boots and great strappy shoes.
- Stay clear of plunging necklines, long gowns, glittery pieces and daytime fabrics
- It’s risky business to wear high platforms or high platform boots
Next time when your wondering what to wear to a company party, just pull out your perfect dress and change it up by adding a jacket and great accessories like a belt or shoes.