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By Chioma Okwu

Your office/company's party is coming up and you don't know what to shop for or you already shopped ahead and is confused as to what to wear?

It's quite simple; don't wear what you wouldn't wear to your mother in-laws home to your office or company's party. You might want to dress to show off your flawless fashion style or maybe you're simply dressing to impress yourself. Before gong out to shop for an outfit for your office party, here are few things you shouldn't tick off your list.

Sky-high heels

Walking in those sky-high stripper heels is a talent, but it's a talent that your boss doesn't need to know about. A pair of glitzy heels is nice for your holiday party, but they don't need to be too high.

Skin-tight dress

Make sure that your dress isn't too tight or too short. When trying on clothes, bend, stretch, reach, turn, sit and stand, looking at yourself in the mirror from all angles. You don't want to expose too much or have a wardrobe malfunction at your office party.

Sheer top

Sheer garments are trendy right now, but they shouldn't be worn on inappropriate occasions. If you like the sheer look, find a top that features just sheer sleeves rather than an overall sheer bodice.

Christmas sweater

Your grandma gave you a reindeer sweater last year, but that doesn't mean you should wear your festive knits to your company Christmas party (or anywhere else). Christmas sweaters should be reserved for children or in a more informal setting, along with antler headbands and any other over-the-top holiday accessories.

Boring suit

A holiday party is the time you want to loosen up a little bit. If you wear a navy suit to the office every week, it shouldn't be your go-to outfit for the party too. Instead, buy a cute cocktail dress with a little glitz. You don't want to wear sequins from head to toe, but there's nothing wrong with some shine.


Even if your company Christmas party is being held at a casual restaurant, resist the urge to put on your sneakers. Pick out a cute pair of ballet flats instead -- they even work with jeans.

Too much makeup

A little extra eyeliner, a bold red lip or some shimmering shadow is perfect for your office party. Just don't overdo your makeup. Too much makeup looks cheap and tacky, no matter where you are.

Too much jewelry

Like makeup, too much jewelry can look tacky. When it comes to accessorizing, less is more. Pick out one statement piece and flaunt it, keeping the rest of your jewelry non-existent or very understated.

Plunging necklines

Though you want to dress a little more sexy than your standard business suit, an office party isn't the place for low-cut dresses and tops. Show off your serious cleavage at a night club, not in front of your boss and co-workers.

Anything sloppy

A wrinkled top or dress, or anything too casual like yoga pants, isn't appropriate for your holiday office party. You still want to continue to make a good impression on your boss, even if you see him every day.

(torri ellis)

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