Depending on where you work, it can be difficult to know what to wear to a holiday office party. It’s one of the few times where you can finally ditch the work wear and step out into something that showcases your inner fashionista. But how do you remain professional without being too conservative? Keep the hair and makeup simple, first of all. If you want statement lips, like a bold red or deep berry, take it easy on the eyes. And vice-versa: a smoky eye is gorgeous but pair it with a nude lip. Try a hairdo that’s elegant, not fussy. A classic chignon is always great, as is a long side braid with lose curls.

Once you have the hair and makeup down, you’re ready for a holiday dress or a skirt and blouse combo. If you decide on a dress with embellishments, use minimal accessories. Let the dress stand on its own. A classic black blazer is always a great layering piece, especially a cropped or velvet one for the evening. Another great alternative is a kimono bed jacket with simple beading. If you opt for a skirt, go the way of the pencil skirt. It’s versatile and can be worn high-waisted with a blouse tucked in. The flowiness of the top will contrast nicely with the slim silhouette of the skirt.  A skirt with some piping or mixed materials such as velvet or leather can add a twist to a classic piece. If you go for a simple skirt, feel free to go for a sparkly, embellished blouse or knit top. Never do both.

As far as accessories go, have fun but don’t go overboard. Stick with one statement piece. Don’t wear the highest heels you own; instead, try some wedges. They’re on-point with trends, plus they’re so much more stable and comfortable than heels. Remember to have fun with this look – it’s your night to show off some serious sartorial skills!

Clothing and Accessories provided by Piper located at 10319 Pacific Street. Visit or call 402.932.7001 for more information.

Hair and Makeup by Steve Stensrud and Amy Polinko of Stephen’s Hair Studio located at 405 North 115th Street. Visit or call 402.861.0020 to make an appointment.

Models: Nicole Keimig and Gwyneth Talley

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