5 Fabulous day-to-night pieces that will make dressing for your office christmas party a cinch

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5 Fabulous day-to-night pieces that will make dressing for your office christmas party a cinch
Wallis Green Sequin High Neck Top

£50; Black Belted Tapered Trousers, £35; Glitter Pointed Court Shoes, £45, available from Wallis

5 Fabulous day-to-night pieces that will make dressing for your office christmas party a cinch
Dorothy Perkins Burgundy Faux-Leather Mini A-Line Skirt

£16.50 (was £22); Pink Cable Jumper, £18 (was £24), available from Dorothy Perkins

5 Fabulous day-to-night pieces that will make dressing for your office christmas party a cinch
Oliver Bonas Star Jacquard Jumpsuit

£85; Cardoza Multi Circle Drop Earrings, £19.50; Cardoza Multi Circle Drop Necklace, £26, available from Oliver Bonas (shoes, stylist's own)

5 Fabulous day-to-night pieces that will make dressing for your office christmas party a cinch
Hush Cressida Black Shirred Dress

£56.25, available from Hush.

5 Fabulous day-to-night pieces that will make dressing for your office christmas party a cinch
Wallis Silver Embellished Blazer

£55, available from Wallis

5 Fabulous day-to-night pieces that will make dressing for your office christmas party a cinch
Sosandar Wine Fluted Sleeve Shift Dress

£59; Black Leather Zip Knee High Boot, £139, available from Sosandar

5 Fabulous day-to-night pieces that will make dressing for your office christmas party a cinch
Miss Selfridge Pink Sequin Camisole Top

£21 (was £28), available from Miss Selfridge.

5 Fabulous day-to-night pieces that will make dressing for your office christmas party a cinch
Next Multi Sequin Top

£45, available from Next

5 Fabulous day-to-night pieces that will make dressing for your office christmas party a cinch
Oasis Rainbow Sequin Tee

£27.30 (was £39), available from Oasis.

5 Fabulous day-to-night pieces that will make dressing for your office christmas party a cinch
V by Very Leopard Print Textured Midi Dress

£30 (was £40), available from Very

5 Fabulous day-to-night pieces that will make dressing for your office christmas party a cinch
Office Hiccup Black Cross Vamp Platforms

£59, available from Office

5 Fabulous day-to-night pieces that will make dressing for your office christmas party a cinch
Matalan Feather Fur Trim Heeled Sandals

£14, available from Matalan

5 Fabulous day-to-night pieces that will make dressing for your office christmas party a cinch
Simply Be Ste Glitter Kitten Heel Boots

£45, available from Simply Be.

Go from work to wow in a flash. Katie Wright reveals her pick of the party season’s best buys.

It’s one of life’s great style struggles and it rolls around every December: What to wear to the office Christmas party?

Because you want to get a bit dressed up, of course, but you don’t want to haul an entire extra outfit in with you in the morning, and you definitely don’t want to look too over-dressed – it is the work party, after all, you might actually have to do some networking.

There is a way to find a happy medium, however, and that’s by anchoring your outfit around a key piece that you can wear to work – and then switch up once you’ve clocked off by adding a different top, shoes or accessories.

That way you’ll feel office-appropriate (and warm enough) during the day, and ready to hit the dance floor when party time arrives.

Sparkles are always a festive fashion favourite and the shops are full of dazzling dresses right now. But you don’t have to go totally sequin-tastic if you don’t want to – a little bit of glitter goes a long way (don’t we know it!).

Here are five party pieces, and how to style them from the nine-to-five to after hours…

1. The midi dress

The midi dress – or its slightly longer sister, the midaxi – has been a huge hit this season, as tights continue to fall out of favour with fashionistas.

There’s no need for hosiery if you wear one of these babies with long boots, and a midi dress also makes a fab festive outfit if you swap your knee-highs for a pair of jazzy heels instead.

Animal prints are very on-trend, while a dark floral frock paired with stiletto sandals in a tonal hue makes a chic combo.


2. The leather skirt

Leather skirts have become something of a workwear staple, and they’re easy to take from desk to dance floor as well.

Just whip off your tights and jumper to reveal a sparkly top and you’re good to go. A rainbow-hued or ombre glitter top makes a trendy change from the usual Christmas gold or silver.


3. The jumpsuit

A black jumpsuit worn with a jumper over the top is a nifty way to disguise your party outfit by day.

Switch your knitwear for a blazer – there are some gorgeous metallic, jacquard and velvet jackets in the Christmas collections – for a sleek and understated evening option.


4. The mini dress

If long-sleeved minidresses are a winter workwear favourite of yours, here’s a way to dress one up in a jiffy.

Rather than teaming it with sandals, try a pair of soft over-the-knee boots instead (tights are optional), for a fashion-forward approach to party dressing.


5. The trousers

If you’ve yet to invest in a pair of high-waisted black trousers, now is the perfect time because the autumn/winter high street collections have got options to suit everyone – from ankle-length and slim fit, to long and wide-legged.

Plus, they’re ideal for an after-work transition by adding a sequinned top – tuck it in if you want to emphasise your curves, or choose a loose cropped style if you want to skim over your silhouette.