A few weeks ago I was emailed by my work fashionista friends at Cubicle Chic on starting a series of blogs with a group of like-minded bloggers. The topic? Why, work fashion of course! The hashtag? The ever-so-appropriate #workstyleweek. I loved it and immediately hopped on the bandwagon!
This week the Cubicle Chic blog will feature a series of work fashion blog posts on workwear for the winter months. And I’m oh so very proud to share that TheWorkingWardrobe is kicking off the series! Throughout the rest of this week, I’ll be posting an excerpt of each post being featured during #workstyleweek with a link leading to the original post on CubicleChic. So to kick things off, we are proud to bring you our #workstyleweek post: Fashioning Up the Work Holiday Party!
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I am so excited to be participating in #WorkStyleWeek – a week long series of blog posts by fellow work fashion bloggers on workwear for winter, for the holidays, and workwear in general! I’m kicking off this soiree with thoughts on soirees in general, specifically the work holiday soiree! The season is upon us, and that means the never-ending work holiday parties. The fetes may be held through your office, through industry network events, or through associations. No matter the event or location, there will be that ever-nagging question: What do I wear?!
No matter your office setting, the work holiday party is not an occasion to err on the side of casual – no matter how business casual your office. The work holiday party is one of those few occasions where people at work can see you a little bit outside of your work zone. People can get a glimpse into who are you when not stuck in meetings or answering emails behind a desk. Show them that you’re someone who is worth knowing outside of work!
There are usually two different scenarios upon entering the work holiday party – one is going to the event straight from work, and the other is being able to go to the event straight from your home so you don’t have to worry about the work-to-party attire conundrum.
Let’s start with the conundrum. Luckily when people from work go straight to the holiday party, most don’t expect you to do a quick change in the company bathrooms. You will probably see most people not even adding anything to their ensembles. However, you are going from work to an event – don’t you want to at least feel like there’s some change to your look?
If I attended a party in the exact same outfit I was wearing a mere few hours earlier negotiating contracts, I wouldn’t feel that embedded in the holiday spirit. So pack some heels, throw on a silk blazer, pin a brooch on your cardigan or don some dangly earrings and smack on some red lipstick. These may be small changes, but you’ll feel different enough to be able to leave work behind and celebrate.