The Best Kind of Dress for Your Work Christmas Party

I’m sure your December planner is basically already full with festive drinks, dinners and—not to forget—your work Christmas party. It’s the one day of the year when everyone really lets their hair down (yes, people from the IT department, we’re talking about you) and the perfect opportunity to show your true colours to your fellow colleagues, so the outfit is everything.

But don’t just reach for that classic LBD you have collecting dust in the back of your wardrobe. You can still do sequins, ruffles and—believe it or not—minidresses (without it being totally inappropriate). So if you want to be the talk of the office (for all the right reasons, of course), you’ll want to see what dresses we’ve found to suit different budgets and tastes. There are also a few simples rules you’ll need to stick to.

Sequins are very much a Christmas party favourite this season, with so many about from 16 Arlington all the way to Zara. Master these by doing sequins in a midi or long sleeve dress in order to keep things sensible.

We’re not ruling out minidresses either, as long as they’re high-neck and long-sleeved, and not body-con, they’re in. Alexandre Vauthier has just the perfect satin ruffle version we’ve already added to our wish list.

For a total failsafe option, turn to wrap dresses. It’s not new news these are one of our favourite styles, but pick one up in a metallic or velvet and you’ll be totally nailing Christmas 2018.

Steer away from anything sheer or nude, and don’t wear white (it’s just asking to have some drunken idiot pour red wine all over it).

If you have to go from office to drinks without a change of clothes, then opt for something that looks cool with either sneakers or tights and boots so you can just do a quick switcheroo with shoes.

We’ve done the hard work for you, so now shop our favourite Christmas party dresses for your next office get-together from the edit below…

You can totally do a short-ish dress for the office Christmas party as long as the rest of the dress isn’t too revealing.

Sequins and cold shoulders? This midi dress is ticking all the festive boxes.

Wrap dresses are the most flattering work-appropriate style out there, and this metallic finish is just the festive touch we’re after. 

Metallic blazer dresses might just be our new favourite thing.

This long-sleeved velvet dress is a total standout number for all the right reasons.

If you’re not big on looking too festive, then this simple green midi dress will be just right for you.

A total dream dress isn’t just for Christmas. Wear this all year round, even when summer hits.

Velvet is high up on the Christmas wish list for this party season. This wrap dress is a perfect way to do it. Plus, the price is amazing.

A simple shape with just the right amount of bling to be the talk of the office the day after.

If you’re not into the festive-style dressing and just want a super-chic dress you’ll wear over and over again, this satin gown is your answer.

This dress is spot on for a work Christmas party in a super-subtle way. Carry on wearing this over a pair of jeans once the festive period is over.

A midriff cutout is the best way flaunt a little a super-subtle way.

We’re so into this sparkling boho vibes from Uterqüe.

Ombré sequins and a sassy side slit? We’re sold.

This satin slip is super chic and definitely work party–appropriate.