Among our spreadsheets, reports, presentations, meetings and so on, us corporate individuals take time off at least once a year to spend together outside the working hours. The annual winter (Christmas) office party is the best occasion for us to break the business code and dress to impress, especially if “Little Black Dress and Black Tie” is the theme to respect.
Oh but how tricky this could turn, because after all, you will attend a party with your manager, your peers, your subordinates and most likely with colleagues from other branches/countries who could put a face on your voice for the first time and it could turn so wrong, on so many levels...
So, let’s take it step by step.
You could either go with the classic, temperate look or you could choose an elegant, offbeat, yet chic outfit. Now, usually the corporate Christmas event has two parts, as more than often in the afternoon there is a workshop going on for team-work consolidation, that transits into a cocktail “soiree” (part 1) and ends into a good old fashioned party (part 2). Bottom line, even if you are not in the office, you are still surrounded by office individuals, and if you break the rules of common sense and not only those of corporate dress code stiffness, it will hardly be forgotten soon :).
The weather again is a pretty important factor to consider, as one does not have the comfort and leisure of summer time. Nonetheless, it is a party, there is going to be dancing going on, and you cannot afford to wear thick fabrics and warm shoes, but you cannot turn to silk either. Or can you? :)
On the men’s side, there is not much of a choice, as when you need to respect the Black Tie code, a long sleeve elegant shirt is a must and that is that (an elegant white shirt is the safest choice). The matching jacket could be left on the back of the chair when hitting the dance floor. I would not leave at home the matching waistcoat either.
Getting back to the question above regarding silk during cold season - even if the weather outside is not the friendliest, still, I stand by choosing open shoes when it comes to long elegant dresses, and delicate fabrics when it comes to Black Tie themed events that also include dancing. After all, when partying during winter, you just have to do it indoors, where is warm. These being said, please see below my three outfit choices for the Corporate Christmas party:
Cocktails’ time – simple elegant trousers and blouse (both by Poema), golden clutch and custom made medium heels shoes (by Hotstepper); to complete the look, I would add an elegant jacket or replace the blouse with an elegant long or medium sleeve tunic:
Classic- temperate look - long black dress (by Lashez), vintage snakeskin clutch bag (by Gucci), high heel sandals and pearls (grandmother’s necklace and Brindusa Ungurasu earrings).
Though I run the risk to become part of so many black books, I would wear (from the car to the location and when going out for a breath of fresh air) a black, dark brown or dark grey wrap. I would never say no to synthetics either (such a delicate matter here):
Offbeat chic look - clingy black elegant overalls, simple black leather clutch bag and strap heel sandals; I recreated my outfit from last year’s corporate party; as I have a minion structure and I am unfortunately so thin I was able to pull off this look avoiding vulgarity. Still, I walked on thin ice there, so always adapt to your silhouette. To complete it, I would add an elegant coat, waist fitted with a belt. If I replaced the sandals with stiletto shoes, I would also add slick leather gloves.
Hope you find all the above inspiring!
FYI - you can find more ideas for Black Tie themed events from my fellow bloggers, participants at Creative blogging competition – SuperBlog 2016. We are all putting down advice on this matter, so enjoy reading!