During his career, my husband has worked for several employers. I used to hate going to their holiday office parties because I never knew what to wear. They’re usually held at the end of a workday, so everyone was casually dressed, or so I thought.
At one party, I showed up wearing a simple outfit and found the female employees had brought long, formal, sparkly gowns to change into before the party. Gowns! I felt very under-dressed.
Another year I dressed in a little sparkle only to find the other women just stayed in their work clothes. Being dressed appropriately for these parties always felt like a moving target because I didn’t know the employee’s and have no idea what they will wear.
I finally decided to dress the way I would feel comfortable, no matter what anyone else wore.
Trends can be quicksand for the woman over 50 but touches of it make you look modern and current. Gray is on trend this season and I just happen to already own and love it. Softer and less formal than black, it’s perfect for this occasion.
The party will require lots of standing so my shoes have to be comfortable. I want to look great, but if my feet hurt, it’ll show on my face. Not worth it! I’ve worn these booties for years so I know they’re super comfortable.
There’s just a touch of glimmer, with the sequins on my top.
I’ll be shaking hands and nibbling appetizers at this holiday office party so I carry an evening bag with a shoulder strap.
With the sequins on the top and rhinestone earrings, a necklace would be overkill. For me.
No matter what other people are wearing, I feel appropriate and confident.
I invest in my clothes and wear them for many, many years. Accessories almost never get edited out of my wardrobe. This is investment dressing and my cost-per-wear on these items is pennies per wear.
What do you wear to a casual office party?
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