Dressed in Holiday Style: Dos and Don’ts of Dressing, Gifting and Celebrating

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Your social calendar is full and things are about to get seriously festive! But before you party, it’s important to have a game plan for each event. What’s appropriate for sipping hot chocolate and baking with your girlfriends might not be the best choice for clinking cocktails and exchanging gifts with your coworkers.

Luckily these Dos and Don’ts take the stress out of it all, leaving you free to be the life of each party!

1. Office Party

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Dressing

Do: Dress up! This is a chance to get out of your work clothes and into something sparkly.

Don’t: Show much skin! Remember, your look should still be HR-friendly.

Gifting

Do: Get into it! Odds and ends, clever trinkets and little treats can be the most fun gifts to put together. These DIY mason jar gifts will get your “Secret Santa” creative juices flowing!

Don’t: Wait until the last minute! No one likes to be the person who ends up with the slapped together gift that wasn’t remotely close to the suggested budget.

Celebrating

Do: Introduce yourself to someone new! This is the perfect opportunity to venture beyond your deskmates and meet people from other departments.

Don’t: Talk shop! This is a party, not a meeting. Leave work behind and actually get to know your colleagues.

2. Baking Party

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Dressing

Do: Think cozy! This is an ideal time to break out a festive fair isle sweater and flannel shirt.

Don’t: Choose something you’d hate to get flour on! You are baking. Duh!

Gifting

Do: Be thoughtful! Your hostess planned a warm and fuzzy evening. A cute DIY mug and hot chocolate pair nicely with her theme.

Don’t: Spend a ton! This is a sweet gesture for hosting, so don’t go over the top. It’s the thought that counts.

Celebrating

Do: Have fun! This isn’t about being the next Food Network star, so no worries if you’re no baker.

Don’t: Instagram the entire time! Sure, you’ll definitely want to snap a cute photo or two. But don’t let it get in the way.

3. Holiday Soiree 

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Dressing

Do: Really go for it! Sparkle? Check. Faux fur? Check.

Don’t: Hold back! This is a chance to flaunt your sartorially adventurous side.

Gifting

Do: Some research! If it’s an evening of ballet or the symphony, there’s often an opportunity for charitable goodness — fundraisers for the arts, toy/food drives, etc.

Don’t: Underestimate the power of giving back! It’s what the Christmas season is all about, after all.

Celebrating

Do: Mingle during intermission! Grab a flute of champagne and chat with other patrons of the arts.

Don’t: Forget to turn off your smartphone! This is huge. Do not be the person whose phone goes off during “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.”

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4. Christmas Brunch

Dressing

Do: Balance polish with comfort! This look should balance pretty and pretty comfortable.

Don’t: Wear anything tight! You’ll be down on the floor opening presents and indulging in a big brunch with mimosas.

Gifting

Do: Check your list twice! Make sure you’ve found the perfect gift for everyone.

Don’t: Miss the amazing deals on LightInTheBox!

Celebrating

Do: Play games! Trivia and party games make the day especially lively.

Don’t: Look at your phone! This day is all about engaging with your loved ones in person.

Wondering about New Year’s Eve? No problem! We’ve put together five looks for every style. And we’d love to hear your advice about holiday parties. Please share in the comments!

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