You’ve made it through another work year and what better way to celebrate than with your ‘other’ family – your colleagues!


Many businesses throw annual Christmas parties to celebrate the end of the year and offer their staff a chance to socialise with their colleagues. When it comes to these occasions though, it can be difficult to nail just the right outfit. There is a fine line between being too corporate or too casual and you want to make sure you’ve dressed uber-appropriately for the occasion. It’s as important as ever to make the right outfit choices to present yourself in just the right way.


The Style Report fashion stylist and editorial freelancer Laura Churchill agrees that the work Christmas function can sometimes be a fashion minefield.


“With so many variations on Christmas parties these days, your event could take you from bowling to dinner and then out dancing, all in the same day!” she says. “This makes navigating dress codes tricky but the main thing to remember for the work Christmas party is that your time is not technically your own. It’s casual, but not as you’d do casual on your own time. The work party is a party look, but not necessarily as free as you’d dress on your own watch.”


The work Christmas party is your chance to put your best foot forward and dress to impress in all the right ways. Here are some of Laura’s suggestions for putting together an outfit for the three most popular end-of-year work dos.


BBQ lunch

A maxi dress in a bright print, teamed with wedges, is a great go-to outfit for the barbecue lunch. Accessorise with statement earrings or a chunky belt. Men should wear chinos rather than jeans and a collared shirt or polo instead of a t-shirt to keep the look a notch above too-casual.


Lawn bowls

This work party is a lot of fun but a little trickier for women to dress around. Consider culottes or shorts, or at the very least a skirt that falls past the knee. Keep the colours light, preferably white. And girls, remember your pedicure as you’ll be in bare feet!



Be guided by the venue or, ideally, the dress code on your invitation. It’s always better to overdress slightly than to underdress for a nice dinner. It shows you appreciate the effort your boss has gone to, to arrange the night – and you’ll feel fabulous!


The Style Report’s top tips for navigating a work Christmas party this year:

  • Be yourself and have fun, but remember you’re still in a professional social environment.
  • Don’t wear anything too over the top, low cut or too short.
  • If you want to buy something new but something you can wear again, opt for block colours or neutral prints and non-evening fabrics (avoid shimmer and embellishment). Instead, use accessories to add the party sparkle.
  • Always work to your strengths and don’t ever stray too far from your individual style as you’ll feel uncomfortable and won’t enjoy yourself. And remember, after 12 months of hard work, you deserved this!


For more information about Laura and The Style Report, head over to www.thestylereport.com.au or follow The Style Report on social media.


Belinda Glindemann

Belinda Glindemann  

Belinda knew she was destined for a career in communications and publishing from the age of 11 when her Year 6 teacher introduced her to poster projects and glitter pens. She completed her journalism cadetship in the Whitsundays and went on to hold various newspaper and magazine editor roles across Brisbane in a media career spanning more than a decade. When Belinda's not writing for haven, she runs her own PR agency, kid-wrangles two young daughters and drinks way too much sweet tea.