Office Party SOS! How To Avoid Being On The Worst-Dressed List

We’re in December, and this means that the Christmas countdown has officially begun. For many of us, the festive period involves at least one party. If you cringe every time you read the worst-dressed lists in the papers and magazines, you’re probably hoping to swerve this accolade at your work bash. Here are some tips to make sure you’re the talk of the office for all the right reasons.

Finding a style that suits you

Very few people suit every style of party outfit going. Unless you’re one of the very lucky ones, you’ll probably need to try a few options for size before you find something perfect. When you’re shopping for new clothes, always bear your body shape in mind. Certain shapes and fits will flatter some body shapes much more than others. If you’re not sure what suits you, try on lots of different styles. You’ll also find some helpful tips online. Aim for a look that highlights your best features. If you love your legs, but you’re conscious of your stomach, for example, go for an A-line mini dress. If you’re proud of your abs but you hate your thighs, a crop top and pleated midi skirt will flatter your shape.

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Avoiding underwear issues

Nothing spoils an outfit like a stray strap or a visible knicker line. Thankfully, today, there are all kinds of pants and bras out there. You can buy shapewear to slim you down and give you a fabulous silhouette. You can order backless and strapless bras and pants with no VPL. Or you could opt for something more alluring, like a silk underwear set. Always match the colour of your underwear to your dress or skirt. If you’re searching for underwear this party season, have a look at offers like the Tutti Rouge sale at Knicker Locker.

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Dressing for the occasion

When you’re going to a celebration of any kind, it’s important to dress for the occasion. You don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb or be uncomfortable. If it’s a formal dinner, go for a dress or skirt and heels. If you’re going for lunch or cocktails, skinny jeans and a sequin top or a tailored jumpsuit may be more suitable. If it’s an informal gathering or a fun activity, like outdoor ice skating, opt for a casual look. Check the weather forecast before you leave the house. Take a coat if you’re going to be outside for any part of the evening. You can always take it off and put it in a cloakroom when you arrive.

As a general rule, it’s best to avoid showing too much flesh at a work event. It’s a party, but you’ll be there with your colleagues and bosses. Avoid plunging necklines and incredibly short hemlines. Nobody wants to be the person everybody’s talking about at the water cooler the next day because they’ve exposed a bit too much.

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Buying clothes that fit

This may seem obvious, but many of us buy clothes without trying them on first. Sizing varies so much between different brands and labels. The style of an item can also affect the way it fits you. If you buy a dress, and it’s too small or too big, it won’t look right. Try and make time to try things on in the shop, or order different sizes if you’re shopping online. You can try them at home, and then send the one you don’t want back to the store. Many of us vow to slim down before Christmas parties. But resist the temptation to buy something as an incentive. If you don’t hit the target, you’ll have wasted your money on a dress that doesn’t fit.

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It’s that time of year again. The office Christmas party is looming, and there’s a mixture of excitement and trepidation in the air. We all want to have fun at Christmas, but it’s essential to know your limits when it comes to the work party. Dress for your body type and the occasion. Think about the dress code, and go for something that flatters your shape. It’s important that you feel comfortable and confident, as well as looking fabulous. Try different styles on, and make sure you get your underwear right. If you’re ordering online, give yourself time to find something else if what arrives doesn’t suit. It’s also wise to buy two sizes just in case. Parties are all about having fun after months of hard work, and hopefully, this guide will help you to plan the perfect outfit and steer well clear of the worst-dressed list.

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