As we gear up for the holiday season, one event that many of us are anticipating (or dreading) is the annual work function. This event is meant to be a time to celebrate and socialize with colleagues, but it can also cause anxiety for some people, especially when it comes to deciding what to wear.
For those who have been used to wearing a uniform to work, the thought of having to pick out an outfit for the event can be overwhelming. But fear not, there are ways to navigate this dilemma and make a fashion statement that reflects your style and personality.
Firstly, it is important to understand that the outfit you choose for the work function is a “tell” – it will say something about you to your colleagues and superiors. This can be a good thing if you manipulate the "tell" by conscious coordination and put some thought into the impression you want to convey. Alternatively, you can also opt for an outfit that you love and feel comfortable in, as this will help keep you relaxed and in the right frame of mind for the evening.
If the dress code is unclear, you can plan a layered outfit that will give you flexibility at the event. This means choosing pieces that can be dressed up or down depending on the situation. For example, you might pair a silk top and pants with a raw-edge linen bomber jacket to keep things stylish and modern.
Go for cool and comfortable Silk pants and top or a beautiful satin maxi dress with a stunning Satin Astrid jacket to add your personal touch of glam.
It’s important to keep in mind the overall vibe of the event when choosing your outfit. If there are going to be colleagues from different levels of the company attending, it’s best to err on the side of caution and dress a little more formally. However, this doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style for the sake of the dress code. You can still make a statement with bold accessories, a pop of colour, or a unique silhouette.
If it turns out that the event is more casual than you anticipated (i.e., there are young lads from the mailroom equivalent in attendance), you can still make a fashion statement while staying comfortable. But, let’s be honest if you’re going to be rubbing shoulders with coworkers who are wearing beer pong caps and muscle tees, it’s best to pack a hipflask of your favourite tipple!
In conclusion, the annual work function doesn’t have to be a fashion nightmare. With a little planning and attention to detail, you can put together an outfit that reflects your style and personality while still complying with the dress code. So, take a deep breath, relax, and enjoy the festivities!