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Photo: Zara, Net-a-Porter, Matchesfashion

Head-to-toe velvet, leaving your house dripping in glitter and sequins, a mass of multi-tiered ruffles that will put Marie Antoinette to shame… There’s so much to love about holiday dressing. But factor in the upcoming company-organised party, and suddenly, our many sparkle-filled outfit considerations leave the building. There’s just too many crucial components to dwell upon: Is this low-cut top inappropriate? Will this dress make me look unprofessional? 

It all boils down to one simple question: How do I perfectly toe the line between looking polished, and glamorously party-ready?

The perfect company holiday outfit doesn’t necessarily have to forsake all the glitz and glamour that comes with the traditional party garb. Choose a silhouette that veers on the conservative side, anchor your look with a couple of immaculate separates (like a blazer), and sprinkle a couple of dazzling accessories on for a look that’ll transcend the snooze-ville of festive dressing.

Below, we’ve got 5 different styling ideas to nail an outfit for that company party you’ve got on the agenda. Scroll on for more inspiration.


Western glam

Lizzie Fortunato Green Wave malachite & gold-vermeil earrings, S$550 from Matchesfashion; Isabel Marant Laomi knee-high snake-effect leather boots, S$1,805 from Matchesfashion; Dotted mesh tulle dress, S$89.90 from Zara; Jennifer Behr Gigi set of four gold-tone, Swarovski crystal and pearl hair slides, US$92.59 from Net-a-Porter; Maison Etnad Eloine croc-effect leather shoulder bag, US$373.76 (S$506.37) from Net-a-Porter

Incorporate a subtle touch of cowgirl glamour into your holiday look with a tiered mesh tulle dress with a high halter neckline and a dazzling pair of knee-high pointed toe boots in metallic light gold. Accessorise with pearl-embellished hair pins and a matching cream coloured croc-effect bag with gold accents. Finally, finish the look with eye-catching statement earrings encrusted with precious citrine and ridged studs.

Photo: Matchesfashion, Zara, Net-a-Porter


Jewel tones

ASOS Design earrings with chain drop and pink jewel in gold tone, S$11.12 from ASOS; The Row The Ascot silk-satin clutch bag, S$1,265 from Matchesfashion; Marques’Almeida peplum-hem taffeta slip dress, S$730 from Matchesfashion; La Collection Amandine oversized silk-satin blazer, US$1,090 from Net-a-Porter; Gianvito Rossi Luxor beaded-strap leather sandals, S$955 from Matchesfashion

‘Tis the season to be decked in a sea of regal jewel tones. Slip a plum satin blazer in a sophisticated oversized silhouette over a white peplum-hem slip dress and underline the modern styling with a pair of minimalist flip flop-strap heels embellished with gold-tone beads. Mix and match with ruby-toned earrings and a yellow-gold clutch bag for a ravishing yet refined aesthetic.

Photo: Matchesfashion, ASOS, Net-a-Porter


Ruby slippers

Éliou Bari gold-plated, pearl and bamboo necklace, US$346.41 from Net-a-Porter; True Decadence structured resin clutch with metal grab handle, S$46.32 from ASOS; My Accessories London Exclusive silver glitzy hairband and scrunchie multipack, S$27.79 from ASOS; Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Delaney snake-print asymmetrical skirt, US$1,644 from Farfetch; Asymmetric design top, S$39.90 from Mango; Malone Souliers Matilda 45 metallic leather mules, S$769 from Mytheresa

Make like Dorothy and bust out your best pair of ruby slippers for a stunning look that’ll turn heads at the office party. A matching statement animal print ruffled skirt, teamed together with an elegant asymmetrical one-shoulder top, will complement these gorgeous metallic crimson mules from Malone Souliers perfectly. Complete the ensemble with a chunky headband covered in sparkly crystals, a resin marble-effect top-handle clutch and, not to forget, a pretty gold-plated necklace to draw focus to the decolletage.

Photo: ASOS, Net-a-Porter, Farfetch, Mango, Mytheresa


Disco queen

Brinker & Eliza gold tone Lolita flower heart hoop earrings, US$255 from Farfetch; Reformation Seville printed crepe mini dress, S$106 from Net-a-Porter; Satin trousers, S$89.90 from Mango; Multicoloured diamanté mesh high-heel shoes, S$79.90 from Zara; Cult Gaia Pearl tortoiseshell acrylic and gold-tone tote, US$451.98 from Net-a-Porter

Layer your favourite party-ready mini dress over a pair of chic satin wide-leg trousers for a contemporary look that’s appropriate for the workplace. We’re a fan of this crepe slip dress from Reformation that features multi-coloured confetti dots, and Mango’s pewter satin pants especially for their affordable price range. Style them next to a pair of rainbow-hued tortoiseshell heart charm earrings, a conversational minaudiere like this sculptural sphere tote, and a pair of high heels.

Photo: Farfetch, Mango, Zara, Net-a-Porter


Feminine frenzy

Wandler Isa square open-toe metallic-leather mules, S$485 from Matchesfashion; Raey Sequinned midi pencil skirt, S$480 from Matchesfashion; Contrast knit top with polka dots, S$45.90 from Zara; Guita M 18-karat gold multi-stone earrings, US$6,600 from Net-a-Porter; Prada Fiori appliquéd satin tote, US$1,249.58 from Net-a-Porter; Shrimps Antonia faux pearl headband, US$247 from Farfetch

Pair a feminine puff-sleeved blouse with sheer polka dotted sleeves with a sparkling sequin skirt, and a statement tote – such as this baby-pink satin Prada bag with 3-D floral applique, for an outfit that will set you apart from the crowd. A pair of gilded pumps, an on-trend faux pearl headband and teardrop earrings will elevate your look further with an extra pizzazz.

Photo: Matchesfashion, Zara, Net-a-Porter, Farfetch