First, you can never go wrong in floor length black dresses! Never inappropriate, though it errs on the side of formal, so be wary of the event you are attending.
|From left: Natalie Portman in Christian Dior; Kate Bosworth in Chanel; Victoria Beckham in Victoria Beckham Collection.|
A new take on the floor-length gowns are dresses in white:
|From left: Angelina Jolie in Versace; Mila Kunis in Elie Saab; Halle Berry in Alberta Ferreti|
|From left: Camilla Belle in Kimberly Ovitz; Beyonce in Antonio Berardi; Gwyneth Paltrow in Monique Lhuillier.|
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Long sleeves make it looks more fun and now, as they are everywhere right now:
|From left: Olivia Wilde in Calvin Klein Collection; Kate Bosworth in Chloe; Kate Bosworth in Erdem.|
Or you can wear the long-sleeved mini with sparkles:
|From left: Mandy Moore in Matthew Williamson; Anne Hathaway in a gold-beaded white tunic; Whitney Port in Farah Angsana.|
Sparkles also look good in cobalt tones...
From left: Kate Beckinsale in Dolce & Gabbana; Kerry Washington in J. Mendel; Demi Moore in Marios Schwab.
... or black, obviously:
|From left: Emmy Rossum in a sequined sheath; Taylor Swift in Jenny Packham; Halle Berry in Elie Saab.|
But black sheaths are always an easy go-to, with or without the embellishments:
|From left: Jennifer Hudson in a draped design; Amy Adams in Christian Dior; Claire Danes in a textured shift.|
However, if you want something more of-the-moment, consider one-sleeved:
|From left: Sofia Vergara in an assymetrical dress; Jessica Alba in Cushnie et Ochs; Natalie Portman in Lanvin for H&M.|
Another fun look is dark and jewel-toned dresses with an exaggerated sweetheart neckline:
|From left: Anne Hathaway in Dolce & Gabbana; Mila Kunis in Oscar de la Renta.|
Or you can wear the jeweled-tone dress loose with a belted waist:
|From left: Carrie Underwood in Jenny Packham; Molly Sims in a draped cobalt tunic.|
If you really want to stand out, red never fails These all have gathered waists and fun embellishments:
|From left: Carey Mulligan in Prabal Gurung; Anne Hathaway in a crimson chiffon dress; Christina Hendricks in CH Carolina Herrera.|
But, if you just can't decide which way to go, stick with the black pants:
|From left: Emma Roberts in Zac Posen; Cameron Diaz in James Jeans leggings and a polka-dot blazer; Mila Kunis in a tuxedo jacket and skinny slacks.|
So many options, each appropriate for an office holiday party, depending on the formality level. Have fun choosing!
Photos courtesy of Instyle.com