We’ve all been there, the annual office holiday party and someone shows up in something a little less than PG-rated. There’s no bigger fashion faux-pas than being inappropriately dressed for this event. This season don’t make that embarrassing mistake by following these simple rules:
- If you can see your cleavage, they can see your cleavage. A lower neckline is allowed to show off your jewelry but never low enough to show anything else off. Balance is always important, either your neckline is low or your hem is short. It’s one or the other.
- If you’re questioning your hem length, it’s too short. The tried and true school girl rule applies: your fingertips should, at the minimum, hit the hem. Anything shorter is out.
- The first two rules are the most important but it’s also good to keep in the mind the fit. Ill-fitting and specifically tight-fitting is also inappropriate. As Edith Head (Oscar-winning costumer designer) said “a dress should be tight enough to show you’re a woman and loose enough to prove you’re a lady”.
It’s always best to play it safe and air on the conservative side when in a work environment. Regardless of whether your party is a formal cocktail event or drinks at the local pub, you still have to see these people on Monday. Its best to keep your outfit simple and classy, jazzing it up by adding bold accessories like a statement necklace or drop earrings. Slip on some jewel-toned heels, grab a fantastic clutch and you’re sure to be the belle of the ball, or at least the water cooler. Happy Holidays!
- LBD, $119 www.ustrendy.com
- Skirt, $22 www.choies.com
- Shoes, $235 www.zappos.com
- Necklace, $35 www.aldo.com
Your holiday fairies,
M & R