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Festive season functions are almost upon us and, as every woman knows, the office party is the stress dress of the year. Even if your firm’s celebrations are being held after hours and away from the office, you should still conform to the rules of the company. No matter how sassy you look in a low-cut red silk mini-dress, remember you have to work with these people on a daily basis. Professionalism can easily be forgotten if your colleagues see more of your body than they need to - and you could become the topic of office gossip.

The time of day, the venue and who’s going to be at the event are key to picking the perfect party outfit. You’ll want to dress up a little more for an evening function than you would for a daytime one, but whatever the time, the number one rule is to be confident.

If you feel self-conscious or uncomfortable in any outfit your discomfort will show and may prevent you from having a great time.

Before you spend a lot of money on an outfit you’ll never wear again, look at what’s already in your wardrobe. You might have a great pair of trousers or a skirt that just need a little dressing up and this need not cost you a fortune.  

Good quality base items make it easy to create a glamorous and appropriate party look. Make these items worth the investment by ensuring you can wear them again and again, mixing and matching them with your existing wardrobe. Most body shapes can get away with wide-leg softly draping trousers. Dress them up with a silky or sequinned top, or make them more casual with a t-shirt and beaded sandals. Or dress up a pair of jeans with a sequinned blouse. Rather than buying a dress you’ll never wear again, try dressing up a smart skirt with a satin blouse and a pair of suede knee-high boots. Or swap the boots for flats and the satin for cotton for a more casual look.

If you really want to be glamorous, the little black dress is of course a seasonal staple. Why not experiment with colours other than black? Try wearing something in your colour direction - burgundy, deep plum, silver grey or soft gold can all be very flattering and festive.

Whatever you wear make sure it fits, that it flatters, and that it suits your style.

Accessories are a great way to freshen up your existing wardrobe - but don’t go overboard, especially with Christmas accessories. Santa hats and reindeer ears are best kept for themed parties with your friends. Wear only one or two glittery, shiny or Christmas-themed items, if you must. Strappy sandals, heels or flats in gold or silver, a beaded clutch, sequinned or printed silk scarves, costume jewellery or a faux fur stole make it easy to glam up your wardrobe.  

Match the mood of your accessories with the mood of the party and you’ll never look out of place.

Finally, try something elegant with your hair - adding a sparkly clip or a jewelled headband will make you look more sophisticated. And when the lights go down, ramp up your makeup. But remember - if you‘re playing up your eyes, go light with your lip colour, and vice versa.

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