It’s that time of year again, and the office Christmas party is once again looming large on the calendar. For women, and probably most men, this will invariably result in a mad scramble to find that all-important perfect party outfit that will not only make you look professional, but instantly desirable as well. For this reason, preparation is absolutely vital.
The Importance of Accessories
What many people may not realise, however, is that a large portion of their hard work could be avoided if they spent more time on accessorising. No matter what you wear, the way you choose to accessorise your outfit will ultimately play the final part in determining whether or not your choice was a good one, or whether pictures of you will still be circulating on the office email come Valentine’s Day.
Avoiding Fashion Faux Pas
For example, imagine the perfect LBD. Then pair it with a pair of giant, clear plastic heels and a large gold chain necklace. In one easy step, you’ve gone from perfectly presentable to incredibly inappropriate. Pair the same dress with a pair of peep-toe wedges and a silver cuff bracelet and you’ve suddenly stepped right out of Burberry’s AW13 catwalk collection. These simply fashion faux pas can be easily avoided, as long as you do your homework beforehand.
Dress for the Occasion
Firstly, make sure you know exactly what kind of party you’re going to be attending. Is it black tie and a sit down dinner, or will you be doing the Macarena around the water cooler come 2am? Whatever the occasion, dress for it, and try to match your outfit to your activities if possible. If you’re wearing heels but you know you’ll be walking, pop a pair of flats in your purse. And if your boss likes to give speeches, make sure your dress is suitable for sitting down in for extended periods of time.
Accessories with Care
Next, choose your accessories with care. If you’re wearing a brightly coloured frock, perhaps pair it with muted heels and a matching clutch. If your dress is neutral, or black, you can afford to wear accessories which are a little more colourful. But remember, this isn’t a night out on the town. If you’re wearing a low cut top, don’t pair it with a low hanging necklace. Accessories should be worn to draw attention for the right reasons – not the wrong ones. If in doubt, keep it simple. Zayah do an excellent selection of pearls and pendants that are discreet enough to be classy, but beautiful enough to get you noticed.