(Photos: Zara, J.Crew, Bloomingdales)
We've already told you about the 50 Prettiest Holiday Dresses of the Season Under $100, Holiday Dresses With Hollywood Style, and red-hot frocks too. But we feel it's crucial to address the sub-holiday-party category of office holiday party, because dressing for said event can be a tricky proposition. Especially if you're faced with one of those situations wherein you're at work all day and suddenly, come evening, the office morphs into a debaucherous winter wonderland—as seems to happen in ever movie and television show (see: The Holiday, The Office, Bridget Jones).
For this tricky scenario, we think we've come up with the ultimate solution: The key is to leverage a series of separates, pairing a minimal corset with a metallic pencil skirt and a bolero or cardigan for daytime, while carting some sparkle in your purse to layer on later come party-time. (Note: lose the cover-up once the celebration is in full swing, but keep it close in case there's any danger of wildly gesturing coworkers known for spilling red wine.)
Follow these instructions and you're guaranteed to maintain your totally stylish and utterly professional rep; that is unless you take it in a late-night-karaoke-while-standing-on-your-desk-with-misteltoe-in-your-teeth direction. No judgment.
Wool Bustier, $69.90 at Zara
From Left: Susie Pointelle Knit Cover-Up, $170 at Reiss, Collection Metallic Pencil Skirt, $695 at J.Crew
From Left: RJ Graziano Holiday Star Drop Earrings, $70 at Bloomingdales; Aqua Floral Bib Necklace, $78 at Bloomingdales;