This simple cut lace dress is undeniably one of my favorites. It is such an easy to pull together outfit and creates an elegant and ladylike look with a hint of delicacy. With a blazer or a long cardigan on top it is the perfect outfit for an office holiday party.
Besides, this lace dress has proved itself to be very versatile. Take a look and see HERE how I styled it for a formal cocktail event. Click HERE to see how I layered it to create the impression of a skirt for a business professional look. Oh! And the best part! Did you think that you could turn this very dress into a tunic and wear it over jeans for a casual Friday look? Take a look HERE to see how I made it work.
…and talk about that office holiday party. …and drinks. At this time of the year you have some sort of a work related holiday party on a weekly basis. You celebrate Hannukah with colleagues, attend your husband’s company dinner, participate in office potlucks, go to your company’s holiday event and you go out for drinks after work with a few colleagues. All sorts of opportunities open up to wind down, get to know the people you work with better and certainly to have a drink or two. I remember when we used to go out to the Christmas market every week with my coworkers and Thursdays used to be the “after work” club nights for business professionals.
By the end of the day you feel exhausted, frustrated over projects not going as planned, your to do list is longer than it was when you started and Jo was such a jerk anyway. After a drink or two you suddenly have a little buzz going, you are relaxed and become talkative. That’s when you start getting yourself into trouble. (..or at least I do)
I am not saying that drinks after work are a no, no, but it is certainly helpful when you know yourself and your limits. The one thing you have to keep in mind is that acting tipsy or talking too much will start gossip. (Not being tipsy or talking, just being present might start that gossip too).
The way you act off the clock will shape people’s opinions about you on the clock. You cannot “un-say” or “un-do” things. Your actions will be magnified and get totally out of proportion. You’ll find out that you did things that you don’t remember doing because you never actually did them. I remember we were out with top management for drinks during a business trip in Kazakhstan. Those guys were partying all right and a couple of us were watching it. The CEO called the German office and was joking about one of the junior managers, me, dancing on the table and drinking like a fish. Well, guess what! The other side didn’t get the joke from all the way in Astana and by the time we got back, a rumor was going around the company about me rocking it on the top of the bar. I wasn’t too thrilled about this, especially because I was the only one sober that night.
So where do I get tipsy? At home or our favorite restaurant with hubby. (I know, I know I’m probably getting old and boring.) He always jokes about me being a “cheap date”, because one glass of good prosecco does the trick.
Enjoy your next office holiday party!
Photos by Rick Robillard