Christmas is a time to set all your office woes aside. If you have business to talk about, leave it at the office. If you have differences with some of your co-workers, place those differences aside for the night. If you have personal problems, leave them at home. Just dress your best self up and go to the party. Here are five ways to put your best self forward for your office Christmas party:
Festive colors. Be sure to honor the dress code. For instance, if the party calls for casual dress, then dress casually. Overdressing might make someone feel out of place, and it might even be yourself that comes up feeling this way. Do opt for festive colors and fabrics, though, to add to the holiday spirit. For instance, the Eight Sixty Shiny Blazer would serve as a festive holiday item. (You can find this item at Nordstrom.com.)
Clothes that cover. Remember, you’re to attend a Christmas party for your office. You’re not going to a bar, so leave your flashy, revealing clothes at home. Likely, spouses will attend, too (or significant others), and you don’t want to come off as the office player by the way you dress. Low-cut or otherwise revealing clothing can cause other party goers to steer clear of you because they might not be sure of your message.
Subtle fragrance. Cologne is good, but be careful to not over do it. Some people actually get headaches when they are subjected to strong cologne. Too, people have allergies, and you don’t want to trigger allergies, now do you? As well, strong cologne can send the message that you’re trying too hard. Just shower, powder, and add only a touch of cologne. Your office co-workers will thank you for it.
Comfortable shoes. Skip the spiked heels or the too-tight Sunday school shoes. Opt for a nice pair of casual shoes, like loafers. If your feet are relaxed, so you will be, also. Hurting feet can change a good mood into a bad one really quickly. Plus, if you plan to drink at the party, your feet will likely swell some, causing your shoes to become even tighter. So, save yourself the pain of tight shoes and the embarrassment of not being able to walk in them if you get tipsy.
Brightest smile. Your most important accessory to wear to your office Christmas party is your bright smile, so brush your teeth, use some mouthwash, and clothe your mouth with the most genuine, full-teeth smile you have. This is important because holiday get-togethers (even with co-workers) is a time for camaraderie. If you attend the party with a grim face and a sour attitude, you might send the message that you don’t enjoy your co-workers’ company.
*The bottom line is to do your best to foster good relations with your co-workers while you are at the party and appropriate dress can help this effort.