Office Christmas parties can often be tricky when it comes to knowing what to wear, especially when deciding whether that quirky novelty jumper is appropriate. Whatever your dress code, the festive season is a cracking opportunity to go out and get dressed up. Our guide will show you how to dress for an office Christmas party, getting you ready to enjoy the festive season in style.

Men’s office Christmas party looks
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Worried about going too smart, or not smart enough? We'll help you navigate the style minefield.

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Men’s suits

Men’s office Christmas party looks may seem like a cinch, but it can be hard to know just how fancy you need to dress on the night. A suit is a versatile option, so begin with business casual. This is your opportunity to choose a colour more festive than black or grey. Choose a quirky tweed or houndstooth design for a standout look. Coming straight from work? Switch up your tie for one with a festive hue – if there was ever a perfect time for this novelty accessory, it's now.

If the event is a formal tuxedo dinner, most of the work has already been done for you. This black and white ensemble exudes class, but you can add some flair with your choice of cufflinks. Choose subtly festive ones in silver or gold to get into the Christmas spirit.

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Men's shirts

With the right button-down shirt you can adjust to any kind of do. If you're heading to a formal Christmas party, a crisp white dress shirt will work perfectly.

At a more laid-back affair, pair a coloured or patterned shirt with jeans for a smart-casual look. Prints like tartan, which incorporate a lot of red and green tones, are a subtle way of getting into the festive mood without throwing on a pair of antlers right away.

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Men's trousers

Depending on the event, you might opt for suit trousers, chinos or jeans. Formal affairs call for black trousers, but black denim is more than acceptable at a casual do, and you can dress them up with a smart shirt. Chinos in grey, blue or another neutral shade are versatile enough that you can wear them to parties, work or on days off, so invest in a couple of pairs.

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Men’s shoes

Smart black shoes will complement just about any outfit, looking equally good with suit trousers or denim. Elegant brogues will fit the bill, but if black is too sombre, pick up a pair in relaxed brown or even dashing bright blue. If you want to make a statement, go for classic two-tone brogues that exude vintage charm.

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Women's office Christmas party looks
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At last, it’s time to bring out those party dresses and make them earn their keep in your wardrobe. Or maybe this year you’ll mix it up with a swish jumpsuit or skirt?

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Women's dresses

Christmas festivities are a chance to let loose: put aside the plain party dress that’s your usual go-to and look for something a little more daring with different textures and embellishments. Beads, feathers and sequins are perfect for dancing the night away when the weather outside is frightful.

For a more conservative occasion, fall back on the classic black dress to see you through the night, and any awkward conversations with colleagues, in style. It’s a fashion stalwart when it comes to office Christmas parties and guaranteed to flatter the figure. For a formal alternative to black, consider a navy shift dress paired with a smart blazer, or go contemporary with a fit and flare dress with a nipped-in-waist, fitted body, and full skirt.

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If you fancy trying something new this festive season, the jumpsuit is the perfect dressy alternative to an actual dress. It ticks all the boxes when it comes to occasion wear, works across various fabrics and comes in styles to suit all figures. Add a belt to accentuate your waist or go for a loose, wide-leg shape to leave room for those Christmas canapés. The popular culottes trend is glamorous, practical and draws attention to your favourite party shoes.

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A full skirt is almost universally flattering. You could even wear it out to meet clients during the day and pep it up with a glittery top for party time. Alternatively, go for a sequined skirt and keep your top half neutral. A tuxedo-style jacket slipped over the top is a polished finishing touch.

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Women's shoes

A pair of flats in a bold block colour will take you reliably from desk to dinner and dancing. Unusual materials like shiny patent, soft suede or plush velvet will pep up your standard office court shoes. If walking or taxi-hopping to your next location doesn’t put you off heels, consider a block heel to give you more stability and comfort throughout the night. Jumpsuits and maxi dresses look chic paired with an edgy ankle boot, while all-black ensembles will benefit from a pop of colour or sparkle.

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