Post # 1
Hi Bees! Short background of story is that I’ve been clerking at a law firm for about 7 months now, and in January I will find out if they are going to hire me as an associate or not.
I REALLY want to dress to impress at the firm Christmas party, but not go overboard–it’s a standard law firm (suit everyday except casual Friday). My bosses are both women in their early 40s with young kids. The plan is drinks at my boss’s house at 5:30, then dinner at a fancy restaurant in town at 7. I will be the youngest person there (I’m 25). I have NO idea what the bosses are going to wear, and don’t feel comfortable asking.
Do you think suit? Dress (what kind of dress)? Heels or no heels? Dark jeans and a flowy top with jewelry? I don’t even know where to start–help!!
Post # 3
Wear your lbd, it covers every probability.
Jewelry, I’d keep it simple. Studs earnings and a pendant. Definitely heels. Keep it simple.
Post # 4
Definitely err on the side of conservative! LBD for sure, dark tights, modest heels. Dress it up with jewelry and a wrap of some kind. The hem of the dress should be about knee length or slightly higher, and make sure you’re also comfortable wearing the dress sans wrap/jacket. Avoid strapless dresses and/or anything TOO tight. If you get there and by some chance you’re overdressed, remove the wrap/jacket. That should cover everything!
Definitely no jeans! It is always, always better to be overdressed than underdressed in this sort of situation.
Post # 5
I agree to err on the side of conservative. What kind of choices do you currently have in your wardrobe?
Post # 6
I think a suit would be overkil for a christmas party- especially one that starts at someones hourse. I would avoid jeans and probably do a little black dress, penci skirt or cocktail dress with jewelry.
This kind of idea
You dont need to stick to those colors, but I think thoses styles would be safe and appropriate
Post # 7
Thanks guys, these are really good ideas! All my LBD’s are too short, but here’s what I found in my closet (caveat: the dress is about 3 inches above the knee). I do have opaque black tights as well. The shoes are peep-toe black suede booties with about a 2 inch heel. I don’t have a button-up shirt to go with my high-waist skirt, but I have other cute work tops in satin, cashmere, etc. Should I stick with dark colors on the top?
Post # 8
@CandieC88: That would work perfectly! As for color, I dont think you need to shy away from it(it is the holidays). I would avoid choosing crazy bright neons etc maybe head the direction of jewel tones if you have any
Post # 9
Is everyone going to the boss’ house straight from work? are you in an area of the country where weather is a concern? (This coming from a Boston girl who’s freezing her butt off today lol)
Post # 10
@CandieC88: I dont think theres anything wrong with looking a little festive (but still office party appropriate)! I would wear that skirt with sheer black hose and heels, then up top something sparkly or a satin cami with a jewelled cardigan.
Dont wear an outfit you would wear to work (ie boring)- its a party afterall!
Post # 11
@CandieC88: That dress looks great!
Don’t be afraid to wear skin-colored tights, you don’t need to cover up everything.
Maybe some interesting jewlery to spark conversations (“Ohh, I love your earrings, where did you get them?”)
Since you’ll have the address, definatley send a very short Thank You note after the party
“Thank yo so much for hosting us all (don’t just say “me”, include yourself in the company) at your beautiful house for the holiday party! Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say I had a wonderful time – happy holidays! Sincerely, CandieC88″
AND/OR (major suckup territory here)
since the party is at your potential bosses’ house, how about a very small hostess gift?
Food is usually best – maybe a small box of treats or a bottle of some interesting (sparkling) fruit juice. Alcohol if you’re feeling brave haha (though everyone loves it if they drink it haha)
It’s a little tricky because you don’t know how she eats (on a diet? allergies?) but it’s really the thought that counts.
“To: Future Boss
From: Your future Employee”
WINK WINK HINT HINT
Post # 12
@CandieC88: I think the outfit you posted is too young. I would wear sleeves, a dress/skirt below the knees so it will rise to just above your knees when you sit down, and close-toed shoes so you can wear tights/pantyhose.
Are you all going straight from work? You can wear your normal work clothes, but bring two changes of clothes and decide based on what the other women are wearing. Or you can bring a black dress, and have a jacket and jewellery you can take on/off based on what other people are wearing. If you come in to work and somebody says “Oh, you’re working that to the party?” you can then answer “Oh no, I brought a change of clothes”.