What to Wear to a Holiday Office Party

Happy hump day, and welcome back to 20 Days of Winter Fashion! Today I’m sharing the perfect dress for a semi-formal holiday office party or winter wedding.

It takes me a while to find the perfect dress for my husband’s holiday office party, so I try to start looking early. I know what I want, but it’s not always easy to find — something modest but still festive, not too long, not too short, not too bare, not too covered up, something fitted but not too tight… you get the idea!

This little sequined cap sleeve sheath by Eliza J nails it. It has a gorgeous geometric sequin design covering a rich navy velvet, a boat neck, cap sleeves, and it’s about 37″ from shoulder to hem. On my 5’5″ frame, that’s an inch or two above the knee.

The navy is fun and a little more unexpected than the usual little black dress, but not as va-va-voom as red or a metallic, and yet it still has amazing sparkle and shine. I also really love the exposed zipper detail in the back.

This sheath is fitted and figure flattering but still quite forgiving. It doesn’t cling or settle into the creases shapewear tends to create… youknowwhatImean.

For reference, I’m wearing a size 8 — my normal size in Eliza J dresses. It’s also available on Amazon, and they have petite sizes as well.

I debated my footwear for this dress and finally settled on these black suede scalloped ankle strap sandals.

I almost wore my metallic mesh Yaro sandals, and they would certainly work, but I wore those to this party last year with a burgundy velvet dress, so I wanted to do something a little different this year. I also thought they might be taking the sparkle and shine thing a little too far since there’s so much in the dress, plus I have the bracelet too.

Also, these scalloped ones have a slightly lower heel, making them a lot more comfortable to walk and stand in all night. This dress also looks amazing with black suede pumps, if you don’t want to deal with bare feet. Also, the pumps allow you to wear hose if you so desire.

Yes, I’m team pantyhose as long as they’re verrrrry sheer and good quality; I recommend these. I even have a blog post about what hose to wear with a black cocktail dress — and it applies to any color, really.

I often get asked what shapewear I wear under dresses like this, and these Spanx Shape My Day girl shorts are my go-to. They’re a medium control so they help smooth things out without binding.

I carried this metallic box clutch, although black would work as well. I just happened to have this one from last year, and I think it’s a nice pop against the navy.

The rhinestone stretch bracelet is an older piece that I keep around for occasions such as this. I can’t find anything exactly like it, but this and this are similar.

These earrings are older as well. They’re from Stella & Dot, and I like them with my dressier outfits. They have both gold and silver so they go with anything, and they’re large enough to make a statement without stealing the show. I really wanted this dress to be the focal point of this look.

I topped off the look with this faux fur wrap. I cannot believe I’ve gone all these years without a piece like this in my closet.

Every year when we go to my husband’s holiday office party, I cover my gorgeous cocktail dress with a long black puffer coat or my camel reefer coat. Now, granted, it is COLD here in Pennsylvania, and for some reason, they always seem to hold his office party on one of the coldest days of the year.

BUT.

There is no faster way to ruin a gorgeous holiday look than by putting the wrong coat over it, so I finally decided to invest in a more appropriate wrap. Even if I end up checking it for the night in the coat room, I will feel confident and glamorous when I approach the party knowing I’m wearing a jacket that enhances rather than detracts from my look.

The best part is, this faux fur wrap is on sale for $68! Even at the full retail price of $98 (what I paid), I think it’s a worthwhile investment, but at $68 it’s a no-brainer. I will have this jacket in my closet for years, and it will look great over just about any cocktail dress — or a festive top and jeans, for that matter!

As for being cold? I will just ask to be dropped off at the door. I often do that anyway because I’m usually in bare legs. And after all, it’s better to look good than to feel good, yes???

Haha! Kidding; I don’t think it’s an either/or situation. Honestly, I was surprised at how much warmth this little fur wrap gave me, and trust me, it was COLD the day we shot this look.

If you’ve got a semi-formal winter event coming up — whether it be a holiday office party, wedding, or New Year’s Eve bash, this sequined sheath with the faux fur capelet is a fool-proof combination.

sequined sheath // faux fur capelet // suede sandals // metallic box clutch // similar bracelet here and here // nails: CND Dark Lava // photo credit: Alison Cornell

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