NYC style blogger walking in red velvet dress with tie neck bow black handbag and red lip
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Office Holiday Party

It’s kind of unfair how men can accomplish nearly every dress code with just a suit. When your office holiday party comes with a business formal dress code, feel free to wonder what on earth that means, but don’t worry.  We’ll sort it out… with a little help from my friends! Since it’s Friday, I’ve recruited four of my favorite ladies who are serving up holiday work party style inspo like it’s their job (pun intended?). Let’s do this.

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Ruby Velvet A-Line Dress (similar HERE and HERE)


Passionate Pump (affordable options HERE and HERE)


Leather Shoulder Bag


Frontal Hoop Earrings


Lip Pigment in Under My Thumb


Bell Sleeve Dress


Petite Velvet Surplus Dress


Knit Sequin Side Slit


Velvet Sheath Dress


Ezra Satin Wrap Dress


Bell-Sleeve Jacquard Cocktail Dress

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NYC style blogger in red velvet dress and heels
NYC style blogger in red velvet dress with tie neck bow
NYC style blogger Mary Orton in a red velvet midi dress and heels

Holiday party announcements in a business formal office always come with their fair share of confusion.  You need a dress that is an extension of your work wardrobe, with a touch of “festive” that acknowledges you’re at a party, not a board meeting.  Keep hemlines on the longer side, and necklines that keep things conservative, but now’s the time to really have fun with color, print and texture.


Ruby Velvet A-Line Dress (similar HERE and HERE)


Passionate Pump (affordable options HERE and HERE)

We all know that this is the office holiday party that’s going to come up constantly in conversation until next year’s office holiday party so let’s make it good.  If you’re feeling like you can’t have fun with this dress code, let me introduce you to one or twenty killer options below, because you’ve got amazing fabrics to play with.

The Ruby Velvet A-Line Dress by Black Halo that I’m wearing today is my ideal office holiday party dress when I want to keep things on the formal side.  A deep, rich color like burgundy and a wintry texture feels fun and celebratory.  The tie neck detailing offers a nod to the season and if there’s a cure for a slightly flouncy sleeve, I don’t want it.

NYC style blogger walking in red velvet dress with tie neck bow black handbag and red lip


NYC style blogger in red velvet work party dress and heels
NYC style blogger in red velvet dress, YSL bag and heels

Add a bit of sparkle by way of your accessories (this is a party after all), and a slim clutch or crossbody to tote around the essentials.  Which, for once with this crowd, does not include your laptop.  When it comes to beauty, you have room to go a little bigger and bolder than usual (c’mon you know you want to try a red lip), but not so glam that you seem like you’re trying too hard.


Below, you can check out the fabulous office party dress picks and style tips of Anh Sundstrom, Ranti Onayemi, Jennifer Lake and Jean Wang, and dig into a few more of my office party favorites, too!  Just remember:  What happens at the office holiday party… will definitely be talked about on Slack the next day.  Cheers!

NYC style blogger in dark red velvet dress for holiday party with studded heels, bag and jewelry
NYC style blogger walking in red velvet dress with tie neck bow black handbag and red lip

Anh Sundstrom

Editor at 9to5Chic  |  @9to5chic

Dresses with long sleeves make me ridiculously happy (beyond reason!) and this color is the definition of festive. Even though it’s a holiday party, I still follow my workwear rules: nothing too short, too tight or too revealing. This dress checks off all of the above and it still manages to be fun.

Jennifer Lake

 Editor at Style Charade  |  @jenniferlake

When you find a dress you truly love, buy it in ever color, right?! I have long lived by this shopping mantra, and this dress is no exception. From the statement sleeve to the fit and flare shape, it’s so flattering on most every body type. Plus, they just created it in a gorgeous deep emerald green in time for the holidays. Best of all, the color works perfectly with black or brown accessories, and it definitely falls into the elusive “desk to drinks” category! Pair it with a cognac ladylike structured satchel, nude tights, and brown suede boots for daytime at the office. Then, try it with with a black designer beltstatement heels, and a classic clutch for the holiday party! 


Ranti Onayemi

Editor of  Ranti In Review  |  @rantiinreview

I absolutely love this dress. I’m always a fan of high-shine and sequin pieces; no holiday is complete without sequins. When accompanying my hubby to his yearly office holiday parties, I love wearing pieces that are well tailored and chic. Finding the proper one can at times be challenging, but this dress fits the bill. It’s simply perfection. 

Jean Wang

Editor of Extra Petite  |  @jeanwang

For holiday office parties, I like to err on the side of conservatism (and still abide by all the “rules” of professional dressing), but play it up with the fabrics and textures in the outfit! This dress has office-appropriate coverage with long sleeves and a modest length, but the rich hued velvet lends a festive touch. Bonus: the ruched side is one of my favorite features on dresses in general – this detail works magic on camouflaging a tummy after indulging in holiday treats! I’d style this with closed-toe pumps (satin ankle strap ones for a little extra flair) and jeweled stud earrings. 

Looking for more options?  Peruse more of my favorite office holiday party dresses below!

7 thoughts on “Office Holiday Party”

  1. From my point of view velvet is the perfect choice for this kind of events, especially this dress. It has a lovely color and a great design, I love burgundy velvet pieces for party season, the combination is so explosive and elegant. I really love it!!!!! You look stunning. Thanks for this amazing ideas!!!!!

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