Holiday Business Festive: Corporate Christmas Party

I really liked my officemate Fren’s outfit to our corporate Christmas party the other day. Here she is with me and my boss, Andrei. With many superiors in attendance, it was important to look polished and festive but still professional. Fren chose this simple white dress from Tyler and dressed it up with luxe ivory accessories. The modern cut and the sheer sleeves really flatter her petite frame and provide much coverage for a work party with many superiors in attendance. A simple updo and her usual sunny smile complete the look.

As a proud outfit repeater, I’m unashamed to admit that I wore the same dress to our Marketing Department Christmas Party and last weekend’s corporate event at Trinoma mall. The teal dress’ strategic draping and modest length make it a perfect go-to outfit for business/pleasure occasions. This time, I polished the overall look with a deep berry lip and a sleek, low ponytail. As long as you won’t be seeing the exact same people, I believe it’s perfectly fine to repeat a good dress for two different occasions (or more).

Attire Required: Festive Holiday Fun, but Professional

Last weekend, I recently experienced the thrill of having a work project come to life, after being there in its infant stage. It took three months, long discussions, and an entire team of creative people to get this up and running, so we were all incredibly excited for the all-day event. While strictly a working day, the occasion still called for festive holiday attire with just a touch of glamor. In addition, it needed to stand up well next to our celebrity endorser, model Georgina Wilson. Below, I share my top tips on choosing the perfect look for a working (but festive) event:

  1. Choose both form and function. I chose this soft, stretchy dress, which allows for a lot of movement. The dress offers a lot of coverage, which is critical for a work event, while still retaining a modern silhouette. The flattering draping covers most problem areas, too.
  2. Rich colors and shiny accessories. Clothes in jewel tones are a holiday staple because they are so bright and festive, and look beautiful in photos. This teal dress is no exception. Thin gold bangles and a small necklace do a lot to lift the simple outfit.
  3. Go for heels, but cheat with wedges. These shiny sandals in a benign nude shade are my new favorite. I stayed upright in them for the whole day without breaking a sweat, too.

Me (and the dress) in action, alongside Kiten (foreground) and Georgina. Photo courtesy of http://www.facebook.com/cadburyph

I was lucky to meet Georgina Wilson at the event, who was really nice and told me that she swears by denim shorts to stay comfortable while navigating her packed schedule.