Today’s post is one of my favorites of the year. I love getting together with other bloggers to bring you guys really awesome content, and that’s what this post is all about. We all know that you guys have a range of activities going on this holiday season–who doesn’t?–so we’ve gotten together to bring you outfit inspiration for every event on your calendar!
Here on Wellesley & King, I’m featuring an outfit perfect for the working girl’s corporate holiday party. The dress code for after-hours events is usually a bit more lax than 9-to-5 attire, but it’s still important to keep it conservative. The great news is that it is totally possible to maintain a classy and sophisticated look, while incorporating some fun and on-trend pieces into your look.
1. Add sparkle
Sparkle is a given for the holidays. It’s literally the one time of year where it’s totally okay to rock an entire skirt made of sequins. After age 25, I don’t think it’s possible to do that during any other time of the year! This sequin midi skirt is lightweight and has a beautiful flow to it when you walk. (I also adore this velvet version and this metallic option.) Anthropologie currently has a slew of great metallic skirts, all of which would be the perfect companion to any holiday ensemble.
2. Mix textures and prints
I don’t know that there’s a fashion blogger out there who doesn’t consider a leopard print clutch a neutral. It’s the easiest way to add interest to your outfit without overpowering it. This particular clutch has been a go-to for years, and the foldover option is equally chic. This leather (versus calf hair) option comes in at a lower price point but would work just as well as a neutral.
3. Choose ladylike lengths
This is the most important part of choosing an office appropriate outfit. For the most part, you can go crazy with sequins and prints, as long as you maintain a ladylike hemline, sleeve length and neckline.
Skirts and pants
Midi skirts and mini lengths cut just above the knee are office-friendly and on-trend. Skinny ankle pants and even high waisted flared pants are chic and sophisticated for corporate events.
Necklines & Sleeve lengths
When it comes to necklines and sleeve lengths, it’s all about balance. You certainly don’t want to be prancing around in a low cut, spaghetti strap tank, but that doesn’t mean that you have to wear a turtleneck with long sleeves (though I’m doing just that in today’s post).
If you choose a v-neck or wrap blouse, consider wearing long sleeves to balance the amount of skin you’re showing. If your arms are your best feature, then wear a sleeveless top with a mock neck or collar.
Just like with your daily office wear, holiday party looks shouldn’t show too much skin or be too fitted. If you prefer a body-hugging dress, then opt for one that hits just below the knee and has a cap-sleeve or three quarter sleeve arm length. Keep it classy, ladies–nobody wants a raise for any other reason that her brains! :)
Shop my party look:
Heading to more holiday events this season?
See what each of these lovely Pittsburgh bloggers is wearing to their holiday events!
Christmas Tree Shopping
Ashley of Afternoon Espresso
Ashley’s casual Christmas tree shopping look is right on point, and perfect for any outdoor activities you’ve got this season!
Zoe of Zoe with Love
You will die over Zoe’s feminine style and home decor. Her personality is as sweet as her home, and you’ll want to immediately curl up in her cozy Christmas morning look!
New Year’s Eve
Kim of Yes, Wear That!
I was so honored to photograph Kim in her festive New Year’s Eve look; she is absolutely as fun in real life as she is in these photos! Kim’s lacy NYE number is equal parts sexy and fun, and absolutely perfect for ringing in the new year!